Monday, July 21, 2014

Week 4 Kitchen Reno: Framing and Electric

Our contractor is kicking butt. The guys finished framing the new wall & doorway into the dining room and framed out a new closet this week.

The closet entrance will be in the dining room and is where we're going to store all the AV equipment. In fact, Chris is running wires for new speakers as I type. Chris is also planning to put his now beloved dorm fridge in there to store adult beverages. That closet will be his very own man cave. 

The new kitchen window has been framed and the old one was boarded up until the new one arrives.  The guys also removed all the clapboard from the side of the house and covered it up with Tyvek-- which explains all the daylight you see!

The electrician came back to do all the rough wiring.

 Speaking of lighting, I decided that I needed to do something about the polished brass chandelier that will soon be on full display in the dining room. Unfortunately the chandelier and all of its Colonial Early American 80's ugliness will have to stay as I can't afford to replace it right away. Still, I wanted to see if there was something I could do in the meantime to make it a little less offensive.

I tried a little gold leaf Rub n' Buff to mute the shine. The difference is subtle, but it definitely effective. Now the finish will more closely match the new pendants we got for the kitchen.
 But I'm still not in love with it.  Hopefully it will grow on me more as the rest of the kitchen comes together. If not there's always spray paint...


Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

sweet progress! things are really moving along.

Laura@Elegant Nest said...

Making progress...yay! I spray painted an 80's era shiny gold chandy with Design Masters in Antique Gold...and love it. The best gold SP I have found yet!
ps...our cabinets started going in today...double Yay!

Ri Home said...

You have some pretty big light gaps in the wall. Wouldn't it be better to tear off the old boards in that area and replace them with plywood? Once covered with Tyvek you'd have a nice tight wall that wouldn't lose heat in the winter.

It's coming along great.

Holly Gruszka said...

Chris's man closet is Steve's dream - beer fridge included. If we are ever in the area you will definitely have visitors. And nice job w/ that chandelier. What about sprucing up the white with some fabric or spraying that part black? (aren't you the one that did that before on a fixture? I debated doing that on my Habitat semi-flush mount but never had the time to do it).

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Your kitchen project is amazing!! I can't wait to see it all finished. On a side note, I just recycled our brass chandelier by painting it rom a different room, I didn't love it until I added round light bulbs, I can't believe how much I like it now. Maybe give them a try.


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