Thanks to a very generous donation of $5000 by Uncle Wilk to honor Suki and an equally generous anonymous donation the Board undertook an "internet mediated" project to refurbish both the kitchen and the downstairs bathroom. Some 300+ emails later we decided to tackle the kitchen first and selected new flooring, new counter tops, a new sink, new paint, and new cabinet doors and drawer fronts. The floor was professionally installed before our arrival and then on Friday (May 12th) a paint color was selected and the work crew showed up to paint the ceiling, walls and trim. On Monday and Tuesday the counter tops were installed, the sink and new faucet as well as a water filtration system were installed, the rusting stove door was replaced, and new LED lights were installed on the beam. On Wednesday we installed new cabinet doors and new drawer fronts as well as new hardware on all of the cabinets after the cabinets had all been thoroughly cleaned. Finally, we rolled up the protective felt paper on the floor and here's what we ended up with, a kitchen that looks bigger and brighter than ever before, with fresh paint and fresh surfaces on nearly everything:
And some other photos from the week:
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The work crew: Anya, Ashley, Jon, Phoebe, Jen, Chris, Gregg, Dave, Linda
Large 16 gauge Glacier Bay sink, 3 inches deeper than previous double sink.
Moen faucet with pull out spray attachment.
Aquasana water filtration system.
Removable bottom rack allows option of rinsing and drying dishes while still contained in the sink. Able to hold large pots and pans.
"Santa Cecelia Gold" Formica counters.
Meridian cabinet doors and drawer fronts, factory painted.
Doors installed with self closing "soft close" concealed hinges.
Brushed nickle door and cabinet pulls.
Beach Haven "Breakstone" vinyl flooring is more durable and less likely to peel up at edges than prior linoleum product.
Ceramic tile flooring was NOT an option due to the very uneven condition of the floor, but this choice is very attractive and should hold up better than tile would have.
New LED ceiling lights with dimmer switch allows directional adjustment and variable lighting. These are brighter than the previous lights.
The view from the kitchen sink never gets old.
We didn't change that . . .
I think this may have been the first time Phoebe saw a ceiling being painted. When the dust settled, Linda and I celebrated with Champagne. Many thanks to all who supported and who participated!!!!
Now, with some leftover funds we're on to planning the downstairs bathroom renovation to be ready for the next rental season. Stay tuned for further details . . .
This was the ARRIVAL load, with the crated cabinets, the sink, tools, and lots of firewood.
The Porter Family Trust
2019 - Jen donated her used refrigerator/freezer, which works fine except for the ice and water system, which we didn't have in the old one anyway. The old one went to the dump. Linda and I spent two and half days moving them in and out and getting the flooring just right for easy removal and cleaning.