The Kitchen Project: And Then Came The Floors

The cabinets are in.  The appliances are installed.  The gorgeous granite is in place.  The lights are hooked up.  We once again have running water and electricity in the kitchen, which I will never ever take for granted again.  The next stop?  The Sanding, Staining and Sealing of the Floors. Now mind you, I knew this part was coming, and for some reason I thought this was going to be a minor blip in comparison to the cabinet rip-out and the new cabinets being put in place and the appliances arriving and so on.  Which goes to show you what I knew about flooring work, which was Absolutely Nothing.  Welcome to the most chaotic part of this whole project!

First came the realization that we would need to take everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, out of the kitchen and the adjoining breakfast room.  Anything that sat on the floor needed to find a new temporary home.  If you ever want a good sense of how much stuff you have on your kitchen and breakfast room floor, I highly recommend taking it all out and putting it elsewhere in your house.  It’s an eye-opener (and more on this later).

The floor guys arrived with a sander with a big industrial vaccum that needed so much power that mysterious things needed to be done with our circuit breaker box.  Then our entire kitchen,  including any doorways to other parts of the house were covered in this spooky-looking transparent sheeting that protects everything from the dust.  It gives the kitchen a kind of Great Expectations look, don’t you think?

The covering and the fact that we are not supposed to walk on the floors for days while everything is drying has separated me from my brand-new kitchen.  Which is kind of like taking a lollipop away from a very big baby.

Hello, warming drawer.  I hardly even know you, and I miss you.

Meanwhile, back at the stuff that used to live on the kitchen and breakfast room floor, I remember back before this project saying to the Southern husband that even though the kitchen would be upside down, we would be very good about not letting the kitchen chaos impact the rest of the house.  To which I say now: hahahahahahahahahaha!

Here is our downstairs hall, which used to contain some old family photos, an antique wagon wheel, an antique quilt and a lovely soft green runner.

The runners have been relocated to the basement for their own safety, and the hallway still has all the other stuff plus the breakfast room table, my photography table, the pie safe, the bread bin, the kitchen broom and the refrigerator.  The refrigerator has basically been going on a Grand Tour of the house ever since this whole thing started.

Then there is the living room.  Which in addition to things like sofas and wall units also now has a bookcase, my kitchen desk, an antique Irish hutch, the dog’s food and water dishes, a ceramic chicken and various other things.

The ceramic chicken might not make the cut when we getting to the Putting Things Back phase. Cluck-cluck.

While in the dining room you will find the microwave, the kitchen garbage can, the Aerogarden, practically every chair we own and the grandfather clock from the breakfast room.  Which looks not so bad in the dining room and I am thinking about leaving it there.

And if all of this wasn’t enough excitement…next comes the painting!  Stay tuned to this channel…

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  1. Just curious, why didn’t they do the floors when the kitchen was gutted?

    • Hi Mindy! I’m pretty sure it was because of all the wear and tear on the floors during the installation of wiring, plumbing, sheetrock, cabinets, appliances, etc., and all the moving of heavy stuff all over the floors during that process. There was a fair amount of spackle/scratches/etc by the time all that was done! But now it looks brand, brand new. :)

  2. Karen Nelson says:

    Wowza! One step at a time.. you are almost there!
    Keep visualizing how excited you will be when you put that first dish
    in your warming drawer, with your Southern guy sitting on the other side of the island(not on!)
    Pretty soon it will all be a memory:-).. how beautiful it all will be!

    • Yes! If I squint I can almost see tile and the new fridge…. :)

    • Barbara C says:

      I was so hoping no one else had seen that little conversation about sitting on the island! It’s there forever now! Things are looking quite lovely. Can’t wait to see it when it’s finished!

      • I loved our back and forth on the seating – not to worry, I was so touched by your concern! :) and thanks – we are getting there!

  3. I can so relate. We have been building a master bedroom addition and we are so tantalizingly close but the floors just got sanded (same deal here with the sander on the breaker box), staining and 3 coats of poly and everything else came to a grinding stop. But the last coat went on today and the floors look fabulous. And tomorrow is the final push. So close. . . You will be too

  4. I can so relate. We have been building a master bedroom addition and we are so tantalizingly close but the floors just got sanded (same deal here with the sander on the breaker box), staining and 3 coats of poly and everything else came to a grinding stop. But the last coat went on today and the floors look fabulous. And tomorrow is the final push. So close. . . You will be too

  5. Really looks great Kate. You will really enjoy your new space.

  6. Anne Lane says:

    I once had to wrap an entire museum in plastic in preparation for testing our dry-pipe sprinkler system, which had already shown a propensity for spectacular failure all on its own. Ironically, while the stuff was still wrapped up – 36,000 square foot building with collections storage, archives, and five galleries of exhibits – we had a leak in our HVAC system and were mightily glad there was no damage. One week later, our archives would have been on a freezer trailer waiting for conservation treatment.

    I feel your pain!

  7. I like the clock in the dining room. I also like the wagon wheel in the living room. :)

  8. I think I know of a good home that would take in that chicken. ;)

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