2009.1.1: The new kitchen is fully functional, and we are enjoying have a dining room!
2006.6.26: North view of our former kitchen
Rob made the oak door, complete with etched, oval window. The buffet is a Campbell family heirloom. My collection of vintage tins and glass milk bottles stay put for the time being but will eventually be moving into the new kitchen.
2009.4.30: Rob trimming paper around doorway into living room
2009.4.30: Finished papering the new dining room!
Called our favorite flooring people. Greg and Cindy. They can be here May 18. May 18! YIKES. We were thinking maybe we'd be able to get on their schedule in July or August. We need to get moving if we're going to have the entry way stripped and ready for them to work in there too.
Detail above doorway into living room
Wall coverings in entry (shown to the right of, and below, medicine cabinet mirror:
#1) Linoleum and beige paint
#2) Contact paper (on the walls when we moved into the house)
#3) Wainscoting and wallpaper that we put up (approximately 1984)
2009.5.3: Got a call from Greg and Cindy. Somebody canceled. They will be here May 11. May 11! YIKES!
Let the destruction in the entry way begin. Rob takes out the clothes closet he built in 1982. You can see where we previously removed a north-facing window.
Different paint colors exposed on the ceiling in the entry after the closet came out. Rob and I are responsible for #4 paint and paper.
2009.5.5: Love that plaster dust
Thank goodness for professional respirator masks. This is what Rob uses when he uses spray finishes.
We kept the door closed between the entry and dining room, which helped contain the mess a bit.
Even so, I had to take an allergy pill because I was choking up.
I was only too happy to let Rob handle this project. Besides, it's a small room. There's not really enough space for two people to work. We would have been bumping into one another ...
2009.5.7: Rob hauled out the last of the yuck today. He stripped the walls back to the studs. He'll re-insulate with a better R-value product.
2009.5.8: New window treatment and rod in the old kitchen/new dining room. (Old flooring showing its age to the right, by the buffet.)
We used a pair of vintage harness hooks to mount the rod on the wall. I got them at Bud Miller's auction sale several years ago. The worked perfectly.
2009.5.8: Today was my birthday. Rob promised me a new front door and window for the entry. Steve Zachmann came up from Baker to lend a hand.
The project was delayed on account of rain early in the day, and Rob had to run to Beach to pickup up a freight shipment.
Out with the old steel door ...
... and in with Lisa kitty ...
... and a few rain drops ...
... and a couple wet carpenters ...
... and in with the new double hung window and fiberglass door!
To celebrate, I let Rob and Steve lick the beaters. I took the afternoon off from the computer and baked Jennifer's FABULOUS recipe for old-fashioned chocolate cake ~ for myself. While the cake was cooling, the three of us went into Golva and had supper at the bar.
But first, Steve had to sign the guest book. Jessie made sure he didn't leave without completing the paperwork.
2009.5.11: Area behind and beneath sink cabinet in entry with square linoleum on wall and gray/primary-color accent linoleum flooring. Armstrong vinyl around the edges and just a bit of maple hardwood flooring in the upper right corner.
Greg & Cindy installed Congoleum DuraCeramic in both the dining room and entry today. They grouted on May 12 and got away without me getting their picture.
The weatherman predicted 40 degrees for the high today, with 40 mph winds and 40 percent chance of snow. He got it right on every account. The snow didn't last long, but it did stick to the windowpane.
2009.5.13: Rob had a dental appointment in Glendive this morning. I had a busy morning at the desk/on the phone, and attended the spring tea at the Wibaux County Nursing Home. When we got back home this afternoon, it was time to scrub the tile with ammonia and water to take off the last of the grout.
Rob did the hand-and-knees part and I finished up with the hand mop. He bought a new one at the hardware store in Wibaux, an O-Cedar. Excellent choice!
He does windows, too.
Matching flooring as far as the eye can see.
Jen brought the bouquet of flowers Rob and I sent her last week to celebrate her selection as one of North Dakota Businesses' "40 Under 40" and her 5th anniversary with the Altru Health Foundation. They were gorgeous, even a week after being delivered.
"40 Under 40" recognizes business leaders under the age of 40: http://www.ndbusinesswatch.com/business-news/40-under-40/
About Jennifer: http://www.ndbusinesswatch.com/business-news/jennifer-dobrowski/
About All 40 Honorees: http://www.ndbusinesswatch.com/tag/40-under-40/
Project at hand ... reinsulating and hanging drywall in the entry
Behind David, on either side, you can see wood salvaged from the old house that was used to build this house (placed on the diagonal). Directly behind him (horizontal) is where Rob and filled in a north-facing window when we resided the house in 1983.
This is the reason we stripped the walls back to the studs, so we could make the room more energy efficient.
2009.5.23: Memorial Day Weekend
David Dobrowski, Rob's brother, is visiting from Missoula, Mont., and our daughter, Jennifer, is home from Grand Forks, N.D. Have we got plans for them ...
David cutting wood to Rob's specifications.
... and knows how to use them!
Jennifer is the kind of girl who likes to get power tools for Christmas ...
David and Rob stapling thick plastic over the fiberglass insulation ...
... David cutting out around the breaker box ...
... and cutting out around an outlet ...
... bringing it inside ...
... where Jennifer screws it in place.
... and cutting the drywall to size ...
And Rob gets a little carried away with the spray insulation. At least it's not the kind that can distort doors and windows.
Derby 2009 June 004