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812 - the Home: Kitchen History!

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From time-to-time I post about my parent's house, the house I grew up in and the house my dad has rebuilt in its entirety. After all, my dad and 812 are the reason for 173 - following in my father's footsteps is really my way of thanking and celebrating him. 
Today we'll talk about the kitchen.  Back in the day the kitchen was the central hub of the house.  Sure, mom cooked in the kitchen, we (obviously) ate meals there, and did dishes (mostly my older sister and I argued over who was going to wash and who was going to dry).  But the kitchen was about more than just meals.  When visitors came, the kitchen was the hangout spot.  I have very specific memories of mom hanging out with her friend Alice - drinking tea (or coffee maybe?), and smoking Tereytons (remember their old tagline - "I'd rather fight than switch"?) and it seems like Alice smoked some king of Menthol.  I also remember relatives coming over, and they'd all stay up late, talking in the kit…

Last Post on the Kitchen Trim (probably)

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Ninety-nine percent sure this will be my last post on the kitchen floor trim.  I'm still working on the details, so I thought I'd throw in a little progress post here.  One of the things I put off for a couple days was the door that goes to the basement.  The LifeProof vinyl planks I put in are almost 7 mm thick so the bottom of the door had to be trimmed.  In this picture you can see that the bottom hung just below the level of the planks.  At this point I still had one small piece of flooring to install, and it was time to do it.


AAAh! I just noticed - ignore the dog hairs on the floor - Linus is everywhere!  Moving on - I put painter's tape on the door for two reasons: to protect the door from even more scratches when I ran the saw across it, and to give some contrast to the pencil line.

And let me take a minute to point out that tool...it's called a Simple Scribe, and it's aptly named!  I've used it a couple times and it's well worth the $10 or so that…

Kitchen Floor - Working on the Details

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When last we met the new kitchen floor was in, but the detail work still had to be done.  

First I did the transitions between rooms.  This picture shows the transition to the front hallway which, as you can see, needs to be refinished - that'll come eventually.  I'd show the transition to the dining room, but there's a little surprise there so I'm going to wait until the final reveal.


Now it's time to work on the molding around the baseboards.  First let me say - I have this awesome sliding compound miter saw that I picked up when I was working on the dining room built-in. 

But for some reason, for this project I'm using a cheap old-school miter saw box I picked up at the Home Depot sometime in the late '90s.

I think I'm using this because the kitchen floor contacts five different doorways, and using this old miter box gives me a little more control when cutting very small pieces.  But, some of the quarter round is long and straight - pretty simple...

Back to the Kitchen

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No, this isn't a Legacy Project, it's a whole new project that rounds out a recent project.  Back in June of '17, the kitchen makeover was all but done.  As a matter of fact, in the last kitchen post I even mentioned that there was one more thing to do, and I was going to get to it soon.  Well, a year later - here we are!  A year ago, the kitchen here at 173 looked like this:


And this...

And...

 The ceiling, wainscoting, lighting, walls, some cabinets, countertops and paint were all new, and was a far cry from this grainy old photo from sometime in the late '90s:


But, in case you hadn't noticed, there aren't any shots that clearly show the floor.  For many decades I'm sure, and at least since before 1997, the kitchen floor was sheet linoleum, and was in pretty decent shape - especially for its age.  But in recent years, the floor (like me) has been showing its age.  The seems had come loose,


and there was a spot I had glued down a couple times...

If you…

Re-re-visiting the Fences

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I kinda like doing these "Legacy" posts, they give me a chance to look at the changes at 173 over the years and reminisce about times gone by.  This one is a little different though.  You see, the back yard fence project was already written about, way back in 2011.  That's another fun thing about these posts, they become a look back at this blog - I don't often look very far back in the posts.  So, why am I posting about the fence again at this time?  Did another fence project get done?  No - although the fence is on the list for some repairs and replacements.  No...I'm posting this one because I came across a bunch of old progress pictures that I had forgotten existed, and they were fun to run into so here they are!

This is one of those opportunities I love, a chance to pay homage to the only other family to own 173 - the Moshers.  This picture is of my friend's father, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mosher, who lived here since 1927.  I'm guessing that this p…