Friday, October 2, 2009


Pocket door is in, sheet rock is up, painted and TV is hung. Now I have to figure out how to make an entertainment closet/center. Small update on what I've done.

I still need to sheet rock the west wall and paint and decide on what to do with the ceiling. Panels seem the most obvious choice, but I may put up more sheet rock.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Oh hold

Home repair has shifted, mother has taken over all space to fix up the kids rooms. I've managed to add some sheet rock over the pocket door frame and above the door. The girls room is coming along real nice tho and the boy child is next with a new bed and dresser. Pictures coming soon via the wife.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Finally started using my twitter account. Posting about movies and other reel stuff...

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I know I posted this image before but then again this a before and after post so I hope you can deal with our messy house and construction. I took today off so I can move electricity around and tear down walls. Yes, real walls and all walls are coming down, we are combining the living room, dining room and kitchen as one great room. As a family who watches a lot of movies this seems like a logical move. Here is one wall that I've removed already.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Cabinet Drawer

As you've seen in the previous post I made a drawer from the kick area of the cabinet. See lots of wasted space...

There are a few plastic pieces that hold the front of the kick board on so I cut them and glued the kick board down flat for more support. Make sure you only use 1" screws, 1 1/4" will go all the way through. oops...

I am not going into detail how I made the actual drawer, but here it is with the slides attatched.



yumbrownie anyone?

Ok, almost finished project, I just need to put the face and handle on it.

The other ones I made.What a pain this one was...

Sunday, February 22, 2009


I am starting this blog so I can keep up with what I have have and haven't finished yet. We started to look for a house before the housing market crashed, and every time we found a house we really liked, I knew we should not get into another loan. So we decided to start fixing up the house we already own. The kitchen is where we started, as there was no joy in cooking in the existing setup: only one person could be in the kitchen at the same time.
From kitchen
When the side-by-side refrigerator doors were open, it blocked the entrance. When we were doing the dishes, nobody could get through or open the cabinet doors to put away the pots and pans, and the open dishwasher door took up about half the floor space. The next post is an original post on my myspace page a year ago, February 26, 2008

Endless project

Remodeling, not the Laundry... Particle wood sub flooring is not a choice I would of made when putting floors in a house. A leak under the house caused some pretty bad damage to the kitchen and dining room floor. After fixing two other holes in the house I finally decided to claim this one our insurance. Since it happened in two rooms we got enough coin to tear out the old floor and replace a 6'x6' POS sub flooring with real plywood.
It started as a small hole and as I pulled up more carpet we found out it went further under the sink where there was obviously an older leak.
So, after tearing the sink out I had to replace the whole area with new sub flooring and relocating all the plumbing. I didn't take pictures of the huge hole but here are some before pictures or the dismantling of the kitchen.

After all of this I placed the sub flooring in and started with the Laminate flooring, We've been buying it for awhile for this project and the rest of the house but it turns out the flooring we were buying and used for the kids bathroom, hall and living room they quit selling it and we were unable to find it so we had to go with a different style that almost matches.

Not too noticeable and it transitions from the living room to the kitchen area just fine.

hmmm lovely wallpaper...
From kitchen

Nice looking cabinets, no?.. (particle wood with contact paper and plastic molding...niiice)

Brought in the new sink cabinet and after much struggling with the plumbing I finally get it all working including the new dishwasher and a couple of other new cabinets. Oh yeah, before I could continue I had to fix the wall were we are moving the sink and counters to. The previous owners had an air conditioner in the wall and when they removed it they did a half ass job repairing the wall, missing studs flimsy paneling etc. Don't worry we are adding a splash board and hanging cabinets to this wall so we won't have to see such lovely paneling and wallpaper. Meanwhile I got a 30 inch cabinet and modified it so the toe kick could be used as another drawer. I always felt that is was a waste of space not to have a drawer there so I built one in.

I plan on doing a step by step how to on my next cabinet I buy so I can show how easy it is to do this. Yes, I'm a geek and I've spent all kinds of time on the net trying to find other ideas for hidden storage. If anyone has any ideas I would like to hear them. Until next time..