If you ever lose your ever-loving mind and decide to buy a fixer-upper whose kitchen is harboring two live snakes, a beehive and a nest of dead mice....oh, did I neglect to mention the mice carcasses? We're pretty sure they were the snakes' winter stash. They were also in the exterior wall that day, the day I rinsed my eyes with rubbing alcohol in an attempt to erase the images from my mind. Anyway, if this peaceful, uplifting experience is on your bucket list, just buy a place with the kitchen already torn out. Seriously. Those shows, you know...the ones that make you think you can do this in one weekend, always try and get you to believe that demo is "the fun part". No. No it's not. You wanna know what the fun part is? Being done. There is no other fun part besides that.
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textured dirt-colored sheet linoleum was then glued down. Before we could even think about installing the new flooring, I was charged with the task of pulling up each of those layers, sanding the primary sub-floor smooth, cleaning it, and prepping it with a coat of adhesive primer. It was similar to having my wisdom teeth pulled, except without the fun.
And while our kitchen looked like this...
we prepared our "meals" (read: microwaved popcorn and Lean Cuisine) in this microwave hooked up in our dining room. Note the all-important coffee maker in the right corner, which we could not use at the same time as the toaster because that would blow a breaker.
Oh, and during the time that our kitchen was unusable, so was our living room, seeing as we jumped the gun a little on the ordering of the cabinetry and had no where else to stash it.
Yes, we could have saved a solid week of blood (literally), sweat (literally), and tears (literally) had we just bought one of those places with no kitchen and no bathroom at all. And we could have probably gotten it for even less, too!
p.s. If you're itchin' to see an "after" shot, check out the new before/after page I added today. As with our house, it's a work in progress.
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