Saturday, January 14, 2017

Nightmare on Scenic Drive: Kitchen

Wow, did we do a lot in the kitchen or what. Here goes a ton of photos!

The dining room before

The beam - this was put in when they added an addition (the dining room) to the house in the 80s

The cabinets above this counter came down the first day we had the house

Can you believe my babies were this small when we started?

And here's a picture of the nasty sink

I started sanding all of the cabinets so we could paint them white. Eric ripped down the ceiling surrounding that beam so we could expose it all. 

Here's the beam!

There's TC filming Eric taking out the counter. We paid someone to install a granite countertop, so we didn't need to take this out. BUT, the tv show wanted to see us demolish something in the kitchen, so we took it out for them. Then strategically cut it so we could "accidentally"drop it on the floor and "accidentally" wake up the babies. Ha.

Eric then sawed into the floor for the show as well. There were three layers of vinyl on that floor. Gross. 

This is Eric building the barn door!

And there's TC - our videographer!

Eric took out the pantry doors...

..and added this beautiful barn door

We had to make sure the floor was sturdy enough for the new counter because we knew the floor was rotting out. And indeed, how gross is that? 

Eric pulled down the walls as well, and found "insulation" in the walls... aka a ton of leftover sheetrock. 

New subfloor!

This is after I started sanding the beam so I could stain it

Our new counter!

We had to even out the floor for the new floor, and so here's it all clean, and us adding the thinset to even it out. 

My dad started helping me put in this subway tile, and then went home. So, I finished it, and then added some to the bathroom too. 

And after!!

You won't see the real before of the kitchen because we had already started working on the kitchen before the tv show came out and filmed. Again, storyline will be that we bought it from somebody who tried to remodel it. 

Nightmare on Scenic Drive: 5th Bedroom

This room WAS basically a huge utility room. You couldn't call it a bedroom because the utility access was through this room.

There was a drop ceiling in here, and the ceiling made this room SO short, but they were trying to cover up a huge air vent. 

The floor through this room and the hallway was evil. The laminate on top was easy to get out, but not the vinyl crap underneath it. It took a lot of scraping. Then we had a carpet salesman who came in and told us we didn't need to take that stuff out, that carpet could go right over it. Greeeeeeaaaatttt....

And here are the folding doors for the actual utility room- where the water heater and furnace are. 

This is from the corner of the room looking out. You can see that there is no door to this room, just a big wide opening. You can also see a great view of the doorway/door that goes up the stairs. (We got rid of it.) You can also see here that we tore down the drop ceiling, and what was underneath the laminate floor. 

And here's the big air vent we ended up framing out and put sheetrock over. 

Here is the room from the hallway (you can see the door that opens to the stairs on the right of this pic). This is when we decided we were going to turn this room into a BEDROOM! We decided to put up a wall, make a bedroom closet, and access the utilities from the other side of the wall. GENIUS! Just turned a useless room into a bedroom. 4-bedroom house magically becomes FIVE! BOOYAH!

With all the sheetrock done. Did I mention I will never sheetrock again? Ever. Hate it. 

And after! WAHOO!!

You will see this room in the tv show - where they have us "accidentally" drop a piece of sheetrock. :) 

Nightmare on Scenic Drive: 4th bedroom

Before we remodeled the downstairs, there was only one bedroom downstairs. We called it the 4th bedroom. 

They had these weird acoustic tiles for the ceiling in this bedroom, and also under the stairs. When I removed these, I wore every single face/hand/skin/eye protection available in case of a run in with any asbestos. I put a fan in the window, closed off all of the openings to other rooms, and got those tiles out without breaking them. I put them in a bag outside straight through the window. (Speaking of that window, we used this opening of the house to bring in any materials that had to go downstairs. Once the new windows were in, we surely missed that convenience!)
The ceiling took forever, but Eric was sure proud to come home and see it was gone! 

This picture was when Eric started knocking down the wall between the bathroom and the 4th bedroom. 

And afters! New lights, new trim, new sheetrocked ceiling, new carpet, new paint, new closet doors, new electrical, new windows!

This room IS in the TV show but mostly in it's before state. :)