Today we are babysitting the grand puppies Ewok and Biscuit. Our daughter and son-in-law are having a roofing company come to work on their house and this will prevent the dogs from going nuts inside while the guys are busy hammering away outside. This is their dogs first time coming into our house so they had lots to sniff and explore both inside and out in the fenced-in yard too.
So far we have tackled a couple little projects. Steve added a whole house water filter, leveled the refrigerator so the doors shut properly, then he hooked up the ice maker and water dispenser on the refrigerator,
We had bought two light fixtures off Facebook Marketplace. One matches my other fixtures and Steve mounted that in the kitchen over the area that's going to be our breakfast nook. That was $75.
He also added one over the kitchen sink to match as well.
this pic is from the seller....
it's really white, not ivory,
She has the same mirror as I do too!
While I had the white paint out, I decided to paint the frame around the outside front door. It's a new door that the previous owners had installed recently. They never got around to painting the frame and I noticed that it was unpainted from the moment we first saw the house. My fingers were just itching to paint it, so that's one of the first projects I wanted to do.
Steve is really thinking a second bathroom makes a lot of sense. We have a nice large laundry room that it would be easy enough to add a toilet and sink to. Actually, originally this was the full bathroom so he is just putting a sink and toilet back where they were.
Not only is he going to add a toilet and sink to the room, but he's going to change the entrance. Right now the entry into the laundry room comes from the dining room. He will close off the original doorway, leaving a long wall in our dining room.
It will be perfect for my buffet to fit on the long wall. Temporarily the buffet is located in the kitchen and I would really like to get it out of there and into the dining room where it belongs.
He is going to move the entrance to the room to the kitchen instead. There is an awkward piece of cabinetry in the kitchen that was over head of the original kitchen stove location. The stove is now a slide in one in the center of the island. The remaining piece of overhead cabinetry is just kind of hanging there. He decided to remove the piece of cabinetry to make a new doorway to get into the laundry room / new half bath. He sure has some good ideas!!
Such a Happy Man with Projects To Do!
This will probably be the only room in the house that we are really revamping. So we may as well make it the way we want it.
As for the remaining piece of cabinetry, there's another awkward space on the opposite all wall in the kitchen. It is where the refrigerator used to be located.
The more I looked at that piece of cabinetry it suddenly hit me. I am wishing for a coffee bar. Our big tall coffee maker does not fit underneath the overhead cabinets while sitting on the kitchen counter. It is a taller coffee maker because it grinds the beans as well as brews the coffee.
But, if we had a little coffee bar like we had in our last home, we could just leave the coffee maker out and make coffee and be able to fill it from the top with the water and the beans.
So the more I looked at this piece of leftover cabinetry, I decided we should flip it on end and make it vertical! The very top surface can then have added a matching piece of counter-top. Steve said he could move that center shelf board a little bit over to the left. That will be fantastic because we already own five really neat wrought iron wine bottle racks. We can stack the wine bottle racks in the wider opening and make it into a wine cabinet! On the left side it will be narrower we can add a couple little shelves. That will be perfect for Steve to put his big growler jugs from the microbrewery or maybe some of his booze bottles standing up right. And the coffee bar on top!
I think this will be a win-win situation and it will fill in that awkward space as well, but still leave room enough to pull out the drawers or get into the cabinet in that corner.
Well, we are almost at Menards in Marinette. Time to sign off and go fill our lists and check them twice. I will add photos to this later and hit publish when I have a chance. We are busy busy busy so I'm not sure when that will be?
P.S. Well, $900+ later,
we are set and ready
to work on our projects!