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Building a Kitchen from Scratch

When we started working on the kitchen at the I Street house, all we had was a refrigerator that did not work, a small, apartment sized stove and a sink.  We decided to change all that and move the kitchen into what used to be the pantry and the dining room.  it was going to require new plumbing and wiring, but we need to do that anyway, so the extra cost was minimal.

Our biggest challenge was taking down the wall between the dining room and the pantry, but we called in a friend who is a licensed contractor for help.  Here are some before pics:

Dining Room Demo 1Kitchen Demo 4

Once we took the wall down, we installed a cedar beam and the room was open!

Kitchen In Process Opened Up

We found beautiful hardwood floors under carpet, linoleum and newspaper and you can see, we also uncovered beautiful ship lap.  There was no way I could cover up that beautiful 100 year old wood with drywall, so we decided to sand, chink and stain it.

Kitchen New 2

The guys from Traditional Hardwood Floors, in Salida, CO took our floors that were black from age and use and made them beautiful again!

Living Room Floors Refinshed

 Once the floors and the walls were done, it was time to install the cabinets.  We decided to go with IKEA RAMSJO cabinets with a cherry finish.  There are a lot of parts to these cabinets, but once you build one, the rest go pretty quickly.  The quality is good and they feature soft close doors and drawers

Kitchen New 1

We also decided on butcher block countertops from IKEA.  They are a great bargain and are easy to  cut and put in place.  We have had them for a year or so and they are holding up nicely, but you have to seal them from  the start.  We rounded out the kitchen with black appliances.  Stainless Steel seemed too modern for a 100+ year old house.

The result is awesome!  we have tons of counter space, a raised bar and a beautiful ship lap accent wall that celebrates the old house!

Kitchen New 4Kitchen Raised Bar

What is Shiplap?

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When starting the demo on an old house, you might uncover a wall of beautiful wood under your lath and plaster. The first time I uncovered this wood was in our 1904 house remodel, I was amazed at the beauty of this wood.  I didn’t know what it was, but began to research it.

The wood you are seeing is called “shiplap”.  Before the modern days of drywall, it was cheaper to line the walls horizontally with pine boards.  These boards are usually rough-sawn