Monday, December 12, 2011

Kitchen Redo-Appliances Arrive!

This past weekend was fairly busy. Friday evening,Rick and I went to the premiere of "Besting The Bullies",a movie starring Zach and some of his fellow students. They helped write it,and the cameraman,Mr. Chagnon,runs the Farmington local access channel.It's part of an Enrichment program that they have at school.The premise is art students are being bullied by a fellow classmate,and he winds up stealing their field trip money.He will only give it back if the art students beat his basketball team in a game.The art students practice hard,and the game is close,but they wind up losing.However,the bully sees the error of his ways,and he gives them the money back in the end.

While we were at the premiere, our neighbor Kelly came over and helped install our new water heater. He had to put in a 240 outlet. We now have hotter water than we ever had before,and our electric meter is not spinning like a whirling dervish. I am curious to see how our low our electric bill goes.

Saturday I started putting out my Christmas decorations in the living room. (the photos on the main page of the blog are from last year). Rick sanded the ceiling.He looked like one of those Snow Cap candies,he was so covered with dust. I took a photo of him vacuuming the dust off the ceiling:

He and Brother B also took down the old dry wall from the wall where the stove is going. Kelly came over yet again,and moved the  stove outlet to the proper wall. They didn't have the right size wiring at our local hardware store,so Rick and Zach made a trek down to Rochester to Home Depot. While they were there,they also picked up the dry wall for this space. It took them a while,so by the time Kelly moved the outlet,it was too late to do anything else but put in the new insulation.
                          Photo of the old insulation:

                      Photo of the new insulation:

Sunday morning we went to pick Zach up at his friend Jake's house. He spent the night and practiced for the talent show at school. Zach is playing electric guitar and I believe Jake is going to play keyboard.They are going to sing/play "Beth," by KISS. After we picked him up,we went to Torr's Tree Farm and got our Christmas tree. I then went down to my Mom's for her 86th birthday lunch. My sister Linda and I started a new tradition last year-take Mom out to lunch,then go to Wentworth's Greenhouse to buy our poinstettas.(sp?) My brother Valmore sends money each year to buy them as our Christmas present. We then went to a couple small shops in Somersworth. It was a lovely afternoon.

While I was gone,Brother B brought Zach down to the Fox Run Mall in Newington so Zach could do his Christmas shopping.Rick put up the drywall,taped,and mudded the stove area.

Today,our new appliances arrived!! The guys from Lowes set the stove and fridge up,and took our old appliances away.They were very nice.

                                  Photo of the wall with new drywall,and the old stove:

                         Photo of the new stove:

   Photo of the old fridge and the wall that needs to be painted:

                              Our new fridge:

It felt like Christmas Day when they were bringing in the appliances!

Next,the wall needs to be sanded,and the second coat on the ceiling (which was really more of a skim coat) as well. Of course,the appliances will be covered up. Then we can paint,and get the molding up.

We decided to wait until after Christmas to get our new sink cabinet and counter top installed.It's just a wee bit too close to the holiday for my taste to try and get it all in before Christmas Eve. 

Have a fabulous day on this fabulous planet!!!!


  1. wow! those are some sexy new appliances, Donna! you are sooo gonna love your new kitchen when it is all finished! and ya - with the holidays approaching - lay off the reno work.

    it sounds like Zach did a wonderful performance - the start of a budding career perhaps?

    wishing you all of the best - your friend,

  2. Wow...Santa came early! Nothing like a newly remodeled kitchen.....we did ours 3 years ago and I am still loving it except the color of my walls. I may get around to repainting them someday.
    Merry Christmas

  3. The changes are amazing so far. Can't wait to see the before and afters when it's all done. But yes, good idea, enjoy Christmas first without all the disruption. Thanks for sharing, Donna!

  4. Your kitchen is coming along so quickly you can tell you are both working so hard!!! Keep up the good work it is going to be so wonderful when you are done :) The appliances must be so nice and makes cooking so enjoyable!

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