Monday, June 27, 2011

More Kitchen Progress + June 27 Menu Plan

I'm back with another kitchen update! Nathan and my dad worked so hard this weekend sanding, doing some plumbing to install the new sink/garbage disposal, and . . . (drum-roll please) . . .installing our new bottom kitchen cabinets! They're not technically "installed" because they still need to be screwed in, but they are in their proper places, and I've been playing with them all weekend long. :)

Here's some photos of their progress:

On Friday, Nathan worked all day sanding down our cement backer board. This is the stuff our old ceramic tile was stuck to, and what the new tile will be stuck to. We had to make sure this surface was as smooth as a baby's bottom. 

Cement backer board + grout + a sander on full speed for 3 hours = Dust. Everywhere. In every room. On every surface. In our noses. In our hair. Embedded in our skin. You get the picture. That's me in the photo above vacuuming our couch. I was probably crying. I'm only sort of kidding. I had to go back and re-read this post, last paragraph, 43 times. 

Around 10 PM Friday night, my dad and Nathan installed the very first cabinet -- our sink base. And we all sung the hallelujah chorus. 

Saturday morning was a full day of plumbing. The guys installed the new sink/garbage disposal and that's where we ran into some hiccups. Darn those hiccups.

But on a good note, by Saturday afternoon we had all the base cabinets in (minus the one that's to the right of the stove) and the water running...that blue bucket is where the water goes right now until we can get the right doohickey to plug it up. I feel very prairie-like when I dump the bucket into our backyard. :)

Here's some more photos of the bottom cabinets . . .

Phew. I'm exhausted just thinking about how tired my two favorite men are right about now. This week we're painting the walls, installing the upper's and getting everything prepped and ready for tile! Wish us luck!

Here's what we'll be chowing down on this week . . . 

Monday -- King Ranch Chicken {new}

Tuesday -- BBQ Chicken & Cheddar Sandwiches {new} w/ French Fries

Wednesday -- Steak K-Bobs w/ Rice

Thursday -- Steak Burritos (made from the leftover steak k-bobs)

Friday -- Leftovers

Saturday -- Grilled Swiss Cheese Sandwiches w/ Fruit Salad

If you need more menu plan ideas, don't forget to check out I'm an Organizing Junkie -- lots of great menus are posted each week for Menu Plan Monday!
Have a blessed Monday!


  1. That's progress you can see! I love seeing the step by step process. Thanks for posting.

  2. yea friend!! what progress. Those cabinets look wonderful.

    oh. and I would have cried too with all the dust.

  3. Wow! You guys have made some amazing progress. I can't believe how fast your renovation has been going by.

  4. That looks like some seriously hard work. It's paying off, though. Everything looks fantastic!

  5. Is that dust all over your living room floor? I wish you had put the couch and the TV out of the room before working on with the cement. Or, at least covered them with plastic. It would've saved you a lot of time from vacuuming the space. Anyway, looks like you guys enjoyed the installation and the whole process. Isn't it a wonderful thing seeing your hubby and your dad working together? I hope that the kitchen turned out the way you planned it. Take care!

    Althea Tumlin

    1. Hahaha Althea, yes that is dust everywhere!! My hubby actually taped the whole room off with plastic, but the cement backboard dust is relentless....we even found it in the very back bedroom (we had the door shut through the entire remodel) took many MANY weeks of deep cleaning to get rid of it all.

  6. Good job for the man of the house! Having the skill in plumbing is truly an advantage that one could use long term. Just make sure that whenever you are installing or fixing sink, or anything that involves plumbing, you know that you are doing it properly or you will only worsen the situation. If this occurs, call for professional help. Have a great day!

    Lovella Cushman @Perfection Plumbing


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