Kitchen Reno Progress Report

Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend (or maybe you’re still enjoying it because you have off for the holiday). I just got home from a week in Denver so I spent my weekend doing wash and working on the kitchen reno. We haven’t got a ton done but I wanted to share what we did do. I don’t have any pin-worthy photos today but in order to understand what we are doing I only have mid construction, room-is-small-and-I-am-aiming-my-camera-at-the-window photos. 😉

This is where we started…

Kitchen Reno Progress Report www.chatfieldcourt.comThis is the side that we’re going to work on first. The first thing we did was to empty and remove both cabinets so we could take the soffit out. Then we removed the 60-year-old light that was cemented into the soffit.

Kitchen Reno Progress Report www.chatfieldcourt.comNext came the take-down of the soffit. As I said before, this house is 60 years old and they built things differently back then. The walls are covered in plaster and sheet rock, that is the thickness of 2 pieces of our sheet rock today. It’s pretty thick and we really had to work to get it out, but out it came.

Kitchen Reno Progress Report www.chatfieldcourt.comThere is loose, sprayed in insulation in the attic that came down with the soffit so the Mr. put some new insulation up. If you notice the walls have no insulation. We had an inkling that there wasn’t any but this is the most exposed that we’ve had any wall, so now we know for sure. The attic is the only place there’s insulation in the whole house. The only way to get any into the walls would be to rip them down, which isn’t going to happen, so all we’ll do is put new sheet rock up (it wouldn’t make much of a difference if we put insulation in this small area).

The pipe with the wires from the light and clock electrical outlet was the next job. Mr. C² is an electrician so he took care of all of that while I was in Denver.

Kitchen Reno Progress Report www.chatfieldcourt.comNext came the sheet rock. We had to use layer two pieces on top of each other on each opening.

Kitchen Reno Progress Report www.chatfieldcourt.comKitchen Reno Progress Report www.chatfieldcourt.comThat’s as far as we’ve gotten. Oh my…this is going to take us a while. I hope you’ll stick around. 🙂

Have you ever done a reno and gotten a surprise (like double thick sheet rock and no insulation)? 

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  1. MaryJean
    Monday,January 19, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    K, reminds me of the days when we were remodeling our little house. Our home is about the same age and there was no insulation in the walls. You have to remember back then heating your home was cheap. Since we were replacing our cedar-shingle siding we torn down the planking (no wood panels on this house) and insulated from the outside. Planking went back and no siding went on. We did, however, insulate the kitchen from the inside. It was our first reno and we were young (sigh). In the end it was well worth it, which I’m sure you will say too. Hang in there, pal! There is a light at the end of the tunnel. 😉 MJ

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 19, 2015 / 4:57 pm

      Thanks MJ. It’s so strange that there’s no insulation and our heating bill is really pretty low (but this is a small house too). Our rental we lived in, when we first moved to Illinois, was a newer, insulated townhouse, and it was so cold we had to wear two pairs of sock and two sweatshirts every day in the winter. I was always cold, so awful.

      Thanks for sharing your experience, and for the support. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed your extra day off.

      • MaryJean
        Monday,January 19, 2015 / 9:59 pm

        I agree, before we insulated our heating was not that much either. Small house, small bills! Now they are even lower and with the price of fuel we are thankful!

        • Kristi
          Wednesday,January 21, 2015 / 4:31 am

          I’m sure MJ. Small bills are always a good thing.

  2. MaryJean
    Monday,January 19, 2015 / 12:26 pm

    Oops, made a typo. That should have been, ” Planking went back and new siding went on.”

  3. Monday,January 19, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    Slow goings just means you get more time of your kitchen staying intact (and useable!). 🙂

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 19, 2015 / 4:51 pm

      True, true. I’ll keep telling myself that when we are on the same project week after week. 😉 Thanks!


  4. Monday,January 19, 2015 / 4:24 pm

    You got farther than we did! That’s so interesting about the lack of insulation — reminds me of some of the DIy shows I love to watch on TV. Have a great week! 🙂

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 19, 2015 / 5:00 pm

      It’s crazy to see the way things were built back then, the wood they used, the sheet rock. So different. We won’t get anything done for a few weeks, so you may move past us. 😉

      Thanks for dropping in and I hope your week is great. I’m off to see what great recipes you have posted. 🙂

  5. Monday,January 19, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    I think EVERY renovation brings surprises!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 19, 2015 / 8:56 pm

      I think you are right Barbara and I’m sure we’ll have more before it’s over. 😉


  6. Sue
    Tuesday,January 20, 2015 / 7:21 am

    All renos come with surprises. Keep the faith, it will be gorgeous in the end!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,January 21, 2015 / 4:31 am

      Thanks Sue! I’m sure we aren’t done with the surprises. That’s what makes this fun right? 😉


  7. Tuesday,January 20, 2015 / 8:51 am

    Kristi, Maybe the sheetrock and plaster are the insulation. My sister used blown in insulation in the ceiling of the old house they bought. Maybe you could use that or is it only for ceilings? I have had both old and new construction homes and I have found the older homes cheaper for ac/heat for some reason. The construction is always better too. I remember watching them construct my first and only new home. I was amazed at how they used scrap wood and flimsy materials inside the walls where you could not see them. So I have bought only older homes since then. And Yes, electric is much cheaper in the older homes.
    Good luck in the reno and keep reminding your self how fabulous it will look in the end.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,January 21, 2015 / 4:41 am

      I could be Debbie. Even hammering a nail in to hang a picture is tough. That stuff is thick. I don’t think the blown in insulation would work. It would still require us to rip down the very thick sheet rock.

      We had one home built too and watched the builders religiously so they didn’t use any inferior materials.They definitely don’t build them like they used to that’s for sure.

      Thanks so much for your support. 🙂 I hope it is fabulous in the end and we don’t kill each other in the process. 😉

  8. [email protected] Stroll Thru Life
    Wednesday,January 21, 2015 / 9:21 am

    Having that soffit gone is going to make a ton of difference. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,January 21, 2015 / 2:41 pm

      It already does. 🙂 Thanks so much for hosting Inspire Me every week Marty!

  9. Thursday,January 22, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    Good luck with your renovation. I have soffits in the kitchen in my 60 year old house and would like to have them removed and stretch the cabinets up to the ceiling line for more storage. Although I am not sure, I believe that my sidewalls do not have insulation either. I read an interesting website though, that said that unless you put up a vapor barrier before putting insulation in your side walls, you are just asking for moisture and rotting problems in the future, because we generate a lot of moist air in our homes that naturally ventilate out of the walls in older-construction homes. The author suggested this instead:

    “insulate your attic space to an R-value that matches the region you live in. The U.S. Department of Energy has a map showing the zones, After insulating your attic be sure you have good eave-to- roof-peak ventilation. You should also friction fit foam board insulation into the box sills in your basement (the area where the beams or floor joists rest on top of the foundation).”

    Seems like sound advice to me. I’m no longer going to worry about not having insulated side walls! By the way, not in my current home, which already has foam insulation around the basement sills, but in my former home built in 1990 and was drafty as heck, I had foam insulation sprayed into the basement sills in 2009 and it made an immediate and drastic difference in the comfort level inside the home. Humidity levels dropped and the basement got a LOT warmer, also noticed creepy critters nearly disappeared once they couldn’t find their way into the basement anymore!

    • Kristi
      Friday,January 23, 2015 / 12:27 am

      Wow thanks so much for the great information Jan. It makes a lot of sense and I’m pretty sure we have what the author suggests. My husband is big on stuff like that.

      I’m not really bothered about not having insulation in the walls. I feel that it is what it is. We can’t really change it and we went through one of the coldest winters on record last year and were warm and toasty, so I guess they knew what they were doing when they built it.

      We have windows in our basement like you do too. The hubs bought some kind of rigid insulation and fit it in each window. What a difference. I guess I should do a blog post on it. 😉 I’m sure you are happy that your are done too and you have no more critter invasions.

      Thanks again for taking the time to share all this great info. I truly appreciate it. 🙂

  10. Sunday,January 25, 2015 / 5:11 pm

    We did a mini version of this wonderful undertaking in our old home, built in 1942. We discovered a lot of very strange things behind the walls, giggle. I look forward to seeing more of your progress. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday hop. xo

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 3, 2015 / 5:25 pm

      Maybe I’m strange but I love discovering what the walls of a house that has had a long life are hiding. You never know what you will find.

      Thanks so much for hosting your Thursday Hop Katherine. There’s always so much inspiration to be found.


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