The cabinets arrived on Friday. They are mostly stored in the living room and dining room, but one corner cabinet is in the garage because it was too big for the door. The contractor will have to solve that little puzzle, but both he and we have a couple of ideas.
This is the way things looked this morning:
We have long wondered how this kitchen was originally supposed to function. The house was built in 1947 and the cabinets all match, but there is evidence that a washer and a dryer were once at the end of the room. The original contractor lived in the house next door, so the owners may have had him add that awkward end cabinet. After the dark green tile was removed today we found some formica, white with gold sparkles, but only on that end cabinet. I’m pretty sure that formica countertops were not available when the house was first built, and this pattern is one of the later ones, maybe in the 1960s. I think the boomerang design was first. The original counters were probably tile, and when the end counter was added, the formica must have made the room look like a hodge-podge.
The refrigerator does not really belong where we have had it, but there is no other good place for it.
The shot below shows the old kitchen floor and the hardwood in the dining room. The new kitchen and breakfast room floors will match the hardwood in the rest of the house. Vickie does not approve of the old floors, nor the disruption of her schedule and her house, not to mention her breakfast.
All the cabinets are gone and the mess tidied up by 3pm.
Removing the cabinets has uncovered a mystery: there are two water lines running toward the breakfast room. One is a copper line for an icemaker, so at some point the refrigerator was in the breakfast room. The other line is made of black plastic, a little larger diameter than the copper one. It’s for water, but we can’t imagine why.
The detritus from the kitchen is in the breakfast room until tomorrow. Tomorrow they will tear out the rest of the old flooring and some of the sub-floor in the kitchen where there is water damage, as well as the breakfast room and service porch.
So far so good. Very little mess because the contractor sealed the dining room door, so no dust drifted into the rest of the house; they have been very thoughtful.