Maxi-Minurism- Things Are Changing In The Kitchen


Last year alot of money went out as alot of our appliances, big (refrigerator) and small (iron) just decided they were not going to make it into 2016.  So we watched the sales, did our research and bought a new refrigerator for the kitchen – which had to be ordered and is scheduled to arrive sometime this week.  It will most likely get its own blog post since it is kinda the biggest addition to the family since the beagles.  (Hah!)

One of the reasons we needed a new refrigerator was that the one we had just was too small for our family now that I am feeding what seems like three NFL football players every day – though Chip can probably still out eat them all – well – except Jesse.  The current refrigerator is also a side by side design which does not really accommodate a Thanksgiving turkey the size we need to get.  But at the time it was the best option because we couldn’t fit a bigger refrigerator into our kitchen.

You see, we have this “L” shaped counter top that runs into the frig.

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So while I would love to be telling you that Chip agreed to do a major expansion of our kitchen and double its size so we could fit in a bigger refrigerator and be able to fit in all of the cooks we have working in this kitchen (yeah – he kinda laughed at me again when I suggested it) – we settled on just trying to cut down the cabinet which ran alongside our current refrigerator to give us the extra space.

But before we could really start this we had to address the first dilemma, which was how do we get the refrigerator into the house?  Our existing back door is only 27 inches wide – and we have never had an appliance make it into our house through that door.

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Clearly we needed to replace the door with a bigger one.  (The door knob went awhile ago.  Don’t ask.)

So working with minurism, we knew we had a door in storage that we had bought at a salvage store 10+ years ago that we thought would fit with the house and would be a good replacement for our existing back door – but there were always so many other things to do that this job never made it to the top of the to-do list.  So Chip and the boys pulled it out of our storage room and moved the door into the basement where they were working on it – caulking around windows, scraping off old paint and making sure it was ready to take it’s rightful place in the back of our house.  I did not see it during this process – I just trusted that it was there and functional.  It had to be, right?  Otherwise Chip would not have started removing moldings and cutting up my wall – right?

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As the week progressed, I kept seeing more and more of my walls exposed.

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Chip installed the new header along the way.

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Okay – the minurism part.  Alot of the wood that we used for these bigger wood installations came from our friend Gaspar – who loaded Chip up with a truckload of wood to help complete this project.

We also had some wonderful and timely assistance from our friend Ray who helped us with moving the electrical outlet over (and fixed the connection issue we were having with one of the switches at the same time – Thanks Ray!) and with getting this major early construction done before Chip moved onto the next steps – which were scary.

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(See?  Much better wiring.)

For the trim pieces, Chip went into the loft and pulled out boards we had that he cut into the trim pieces.

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And then he started cutting a hole into our house

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Daylight.

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Yikes!

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Breathe. . . . .

I had to run to court yesterday and when I came back home there was this BIG rectangular opening cut into my house with Chip and Jesse in the middle doing something.  I thought it was better not to ask and just run in and hide out in my upstairs office – next to my radiator.

When I came downstairs later – there was a door in that space.

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Which Mattie needed to get through please. . . . .

As Chip was still working late into the night, we ordered take-out for dinner.

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The kitchen was still a construction zone and Chip had to get the insulation in.

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But as the new day dawned – we were alot closer to being done with the door – and now we get to see the outside from our back door.

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Obviously we are not done with this project but there was enough done to show you what Chip did.  We were able to do this really big project without hiring anyone else to do it and with wood and a door we had and with the assistance of friends.  And now we should be able to get the refrigerator into the kitchen once it arrives.

I am really really proud of my husband and my sons who helped.

So today’s bonus pic I also took yesterday.  It is Vash reading.  This is how he usually reads – sitting on the couch or a chair with beagles curled up and sleeping on his lap.  This time it was Roxie and Birdie.  He is their boy.

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Life is busy.

Onward and Upward.

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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8 Responses to Maxi-Minurism- Things Are Changing In The Kitchen

  1. danielle says:

    Whoa! What a huge project. I really like the new door…way cooler than the old door. I can’t wait to see the new fridge!

    • Shelly R. says:

      Can I just say what an act of faith it was to watch Chip cut a hole into the house and not suggest we hire someone to do this? He has really learned so much in working on this house that he came through it like a pro. He’s caulking the door now to keep more of the winter out. 🙂

      • danielle says:

        Actually, I really can imagine. We need to reroute the vent in our bathroom and it needs to travel from the shower ceiling to the outside and there will have to be holes cut into our ceiling and possibly in the side of the house and I was so relieved when Mike finally stopped looking at YouTube videos on how to do it himself and decided we need to call a plumber. Phew!

        • Shelly R. says:

          Hahahahahahaha – I sooooo get it. The first time Chip did electrical work and hung the chandelier in the dining room he called me downstairs and told me to bring a bottle of champagne and a fire extinguisher because he was going to flip the switch to turn it on and we were going to need one or the other. Hah! Luckily, we needed the champagne. 😀

  2. There was a hole in your house! Don’t you love renovation where you have to do 3 major projects to be able to do the one “easy” project you wanted to do in the first place? Lol. Love the new door. And now you have an old 27″ door to hang on to for some future project where it will be exactly what you need. I have a friend whose husband is putting knee walls up in their attic to make a studio space for her, and he’s using old doors to make the knee walls. Looks really cool.

    • Shelly R. says:

      What a great idea!! I am going down to tell Chip about that now since opening up the attic and turning it into a “teen space” is also on my to do list. Chip keeps rolling his eyes when I talk about it but Markus and I have a plan. . . . . 🙂

  3. Barbara Antonelli says:

    This post was sooo made for me!!!!I love it when Chip changes thing s in the house! It looks so very good! What a talented son-in -law I have!
    I love it when my other son-in-law works at his house too.The patio and now the shed is getting a new floor. Love, love my son-in -laws. You read and taught yourselves. I love to visit because there is always a new project. Chip should be on the cover of This Old House! Love your door too. Can’t wait to see the rest of his kitchen make-over…Go Chip Go!!!!!!!!!!!!

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