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Old 04-01-2012, 11:35 AM
 
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Default Kitchen Diningroom Redo

Where to start so you have the complete picture? My husband Jerry was building our house and we were living in a motor home Jerry had borrowed from his parents while he built the house. Jerry passed away in December 2010 suddenly and unexpectantly. I have been disabled since childhood. When Jerry passed away half of the outside of the house had siding, windows and doors, the other half had insulated board and housewrap, the roof had plywood and tar paper but no shingles, the eaves were open, the septic system hadn't been installed, and nothing had been done inside. His parents took their motor home which forced me to go live in the house even though it wasn't livable, because my house is the only house in the middle of the woods, I had no transportation, we only had $4.00 in our bank account when he died, the life insurance had not paid and social security had not kicked in, so what choice did I have. When the life insurance paid I hired contractors to get the house more livable, they got the septic system in, plumbing, electrical, insulation, sheetrock, and central air and heat, all this was downstairs only. Then I hired a finished contractor to finish everything, I bought everything the contractor said I needed to finish and paid him his labor about 10k which was all the money I had, he never came to do the work, and that left me with a garage full of materials and no money to hire anyone to do it as I was living on my husband's SS by then. The carpenter I had hired was redoing a lady's kitchen and told her about me not having cabinets, so she let him have her old cabinets to give to me, and he came over and installed them and cut some plywood for a countertop. I don't have all the cabinets I need but do have some. The carpenter did not charge me for installing the cabinets and doing the plywood countertop, he told me he had never done anything in his life that made him feel that good. Anyhow, last weekend I decided that the only way it would get done is if I did it myself which was no easy feat with me being as crippled as I am. You have to realize that for months I looked at 2x4 walls, then for months I looked at sheetrock walls that had been taped, floated, and textured but not painted, and plywood floors, not to mention unfinished cabinets and countertops. The carpenter came and put down the flooring for me and again didn't charge me, I had the flooring in the garage. Thought you might like to see the finished product. Would appreciate your honest opinion on the kitchen and diningroom. Keep in mind that I had to use what I had here as I had no money to go buy anything. Please ignore the red wall in the livingroom, my daughter in law painted it red when she lived here which I hate, I plan to repaint the livingroom a sage green as soon as I have the money to buy the paint. The first two photos show the two sides of the house at the time of Jerry’s death. Thanks for looking and taking the time to comment!
Jeanette
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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Please check your photo links. I get an error message "page not found".
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:34 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA... where the nest is now empty!
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Yep... photos do not work.
And the text is very difficult to read without paragraphs....
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:01 PM
 
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I don't know why the links don't work. I copied from Photobucket and pasted here so they should work.

I would've had paragraphs but the browser froze several times and I had to keep rebooting the computer.

Jeanette
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:42 PM
 
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I am trying a direct link to my photobucket album Pictures by isew4kidz2 - Photobucket If this doesn't work I don't know what else to do
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Back Home In TN…YAY:):)
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I am trying a direct link to my photobucket album Pictures by isew4kidz2 - Photobucket If this doesn't work I don't know what else to do
Did you try to copy the "IMG" code?

Here are your pictures:





















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Old 04-02-2012, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Back Home In TN…YAY:):)
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I think in your situation you did an excellent job. You now have a functioning kitchen. You are much more open to colors than I am but it seems cheerful. I like that you painted a book shelf(?) to match your kitchen for extra storage. I also love the pantry. You can never have enough storage.

Are you planning to add any more shelving on top of your sink area? You might be able to save money just by adding some shelves instead of cabinets.

The floor looks good and I really like your sink. I love big open sinks as they are the only ones that you can soak or wash big pans in.


You should be proud. After such devastating circumstances you pulled it together and got your house livable. Good luck to you.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:47 PM
 
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Thank you for getting the pictures in and for the compliment! I did copy the IMG code but it didn't work for me, not sure what I did wrong.

I don't know about being open to color but I didn't have white paint for the ceiling and didn't have the money to buy any. All I had was blue, pink, green and yellow paint. I did want the walls yellow as I wanted a cheerful kitchen. So, I thought the blue would go better with the yellow than any of the other colors. After the ceiling and walls were painted the cabinets looked awful. I didn't have stain and only had green and pink left to choose from, so they got painted green.

Yes, that is a bookshelf that I needed to put the appliances, some big pots and knives on, so my counters wouldn't be cluttered.

I am hoping that one day I will have the money to get the remaining upper cabinets. I need something there. Never thought of shelves.

Thanks,
Jeanette




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I think in your situation you did an excellent job. You now have a functioning kitchen. You are much more open to colors than I am but it seems cheerful. I like that you painted a book shelf(?) to match your kitchen for extra storage. I also love the pantry. You can never have enough storage.

Are you planning to add any more shelving on top of your sink area? You might be able to save money just by adding some shelves instead of cabinets.

The floor looks good and I really like your sink. I love big open sinks as they are the only ones that you can soak or wash big pans in.


You should be proud. After such devastating circumstances you pulled it together and got your house livable. Good luck to you.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:42 PM
 
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Hi~ I love the green cabinets! Overall, I think you've done a great job!
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