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Made at 173: The (Old) Medicine Cabinet

Taking a break from the kitchen posts until some of the punch list items are done, so I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to document an old, minor project.  Not long after moving into 173, it became apparent there was a need for a medicine cabinet.  Fortunately, there's this funky little spot between the entryway and the kitchen, where the basement door is, that is too small to do anything with:


That little wall was the perfect spot for a medicine cabinet, and after some project or other (I don't recall at this point) I had some scrap wood available.  If you've been reading this blog at all, you know I usually try to find a project to use up the scraps, and that's exactly what I did for this cabinet.

Yup! Pretty rustic, but almost 20 years ago I think that's what we were going for (that's my excuse anyway - just let me have it!).  To show the scraps used, and just how rustic this thing was:

The panel in the door is leftover from the original front…

The Kitchen - Part 4: Cabinets

The cabinets were a bitter-sweet project.  The sweet part was adding a couple new base cabinets, new countertops, new color and new handles.  The bitter part was kinda two-fold.  First - I wanted to tear them all out and start afresh, but at the same time this was a refresh more than a complete remodel.  Besides that - I hate to get rid of these huge, solid, built-in-place cabinets:


Alas, they had to stay, which was okay in the end because of my constant struggle to want to keep things here at 173 as close to "original" as I can (within reason).  One of the big problems in the kitchen is lack of counter space.  On the side with the sink, this was compounded by a third of the countertop essentially disabled by the design of the cabinets, and the low placement:


You can really see that in the area of that pineapple.  See how the sides of the cabinet sloped down?  Not only that, there was also a little half-shelf at the bottom of it - leaving about 3" below it to the counte…

The Kitchen - Part 3: Walls

The walls were solid, but paint was peeling everywhere, and there were some rough spots throughout...


If you look closely at the picture above (and below for that matter, you can see the spackle in pink.  And, this next picture shows where there was a large dip in the wall that leads to the dining room.  It was significant enough that it made the ceiling look horrible, and I had to put so much spackle on that I figured I better put some tape in it:


I used this stuff:

I liked it because it went on pink, and when it was dry it turned white, taking the guessing game out of it.  Besides that, as to quality - well, it worked just like any spackling I suppose.
Then there was the area behind the stove - what a mess.  All these years there was this big piece of metal on the wall behind the stove, and a large piece of melamine on the wall next to it:

And here's the sheet of metal behind it:

Luckily it all came off pretty easily, but how ugly is that glue??

Only one thing to do - cover it:

The Kitchen - Part 2: Ceiling

When last me met, the ceiling looked like this:




Obviously, it was time to do something about this!  So the best idea I had (absent ripping it all out - which I wasn't ready to do) was to go over that mess.  Here's a couple shots of the progress:

So, that's the ceiling until the reveal.  It came out quite nice, but to be honest pulling it down and putting up a new ceiling would have been a thousand times easier.  Because of the plaster-and-lathe and the weight of the panels, I had to use toggle bolts (look closely at the pictures) to make the panels flush with the ceiling.  These things worked great:


Next up:  The walls!

The Kitchen - Part 1: Wainscoting

It's been awhile since the last post, but with school and work projects generally have to take  back seat.  However, One project did get started in the midst of my last class - the kitchen.  I still recall the day we had the first viewing of 173 way back in 1997, and the first thing noticed was that the kitchen needed to be redone.  Well, here we are 20 years later, and it's finally getting a refresh.  I'm still looking forward to one day having a complete remodel, but at least for now it's looking better.

The kitchen was so bad, I used to take pictures in black and white: 

Here's an old grainy pic looking toward the front hallway.  Dear lord, when you are living in it, you don't realize how bad it looks...soooo much stuff!

Same end, looking at the other side:

Then looking toward the back yard:

As I go through this post, I'll point out a few key items...like:

This is in the breakfast nook.  The paint on the walls was peeling badly...I wanted to tear the wa…