Kitchen Collaboration

We've been slowly working away on our kitchen update. The first update is intended to be Step One in the kitchen remodel. Basically, the original kitchen was so covered in yuck* that we decided to do a simple clean up (sand and paint cabinets and cupboards, paint walls, replace countertop and backsplash with tile, and rewire some outlets and light fixtures). This is an effort to tide us over until we can afford the big renovation (tearing out the wall between kitchen and dining area, re-plumbing and moving sink, adding a dishwasher and water line for the fridge, and installing new cabinets).

This brings us to our lovely friends. Since the day we moved into our beloved 'fixer-upper', we've received countless offers to help with fixes. But how do you ask your friends to help with the really yucky* stuff? Well, we did and they came to help!

Thursday night Michael stopped by, not only to help rip out the Formica backsplash, but to loan us his pickup for the weekend. Home Depot - here we come!

Saturday Matt came over to help rip out the old countertop and install the new tile. (On a side note: Erin, Matt's lovely wife, assisted me with painting and sanding the dining room furniture that we're fixing up - more on that project soon.)

Finally, after handwashing dishes in the bathroom sink (with the help of Whitney), Adam was on hand to assist with the re-install of the sink. The pipes below the sink are still leaking, but we're well on our way to semi-functioning kitchen!

On a side note: It makes it so worth while to invite your friends over to help if you celebrate the hard work with food and drinks after!

*Yuck/Yucky (Very technical term to describe the level and age of grim/dirt/scum buildup in any given area of the house)