Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Remodel 6

When the countertop guys were done, our friend John Dorser came back to put on all of the knobs and drawer pulls on the cabinets. He did this in no time at all, and then it was time to get the tile guys in. These guys had already done our master bedroom, and living room, and will no doubt do the final two bedrooms, when we get to that project. Anything to abate the mold from the old faux wood flooring.

 Here is that special corner cabinet that John made me, isn't it great?!
 Irving & John in my finished kitchen, all the knobs and pulls are done.

Here the tile guys are doing their thing. Again I must apologize as I did not get their names. They do great work tho, and it all seemed to go in like magic.

 Here's Andrew checking out the new floor. I think it turned out beautifully.
Here are some final pictures of the entirely finished kitchen. The only thing left now is the big pizza feed we promised everyone, then our task is complete.

The new wall, looking towards the dining room from the living room.

 Dining room with new table & chairs & seating area.
It still needs a bit of decor on the wall.
 Bar side has great cabinets for storage too.
 New wall, looking towards the hallway, from the dining room.
View from the couch in the dining room, see our lovely mountain view?!
Mahalo and much aloha everyone that helped my dream come true!!!

Remodel 5

While John our cabinet guy took a break, it was time for the next guys to come and do their thing. Sorry to say by this time I was near worn to a frazzle, so forgot to get the names of the great guys that came out from Big Island Countertops. These were such nice guys too, and had such a challenge working with this house, since not a single wall was square. It created real challenges, and about drove them nuts. It is really hard to make tile look right, or cabinets line up, or counter tops look straight, if every wall in a house is off. They not only stood up to the challenge, they finessed it.

 Because of the out of true walls, this corner was some pain to get together. It didn't want to line up for love nor money. Since the laminate was patterned in a bamboo pattern, it really had to be lined up exactly right.
 The guys hauled this part in and out at least five times, trying to get it to fit, then to cut the sink opening.
 The center island was a piece of cake, but must have weighed a ton. It is 7' long, and over 4' wide.
 Here is Gregg back from the Mainland after two months absence. Such perfect timing.
Back in time to install the range hood, new sink, and new dishwasher. Woo! Hoo!
 Here the guys are cutting in the new sink into the countertop.
 Working on that blasted corner again!
 Thanks guys you were wonderful! If you need good countertops in Hawaii, look no further than Big Island Countertops.

Remodel 4

Now comes the best part of the whole experience. Well it did have a few hiccups, but our good friend John Dorser and his friend Irving, did a fantastic job. The hiccups were all my fault, and John was so good about them, I am truly thankful for his kindness.

As most of our family and friends know, yours truly has asthma, and it had been giving me a bit of trouble all through the project, but nothing really serious. That is until John brought in the end panels to finish off the cabinets. My body decided to go whole hog with the works, and I awoke the next morning with my face all puffy, and my eyes swelled shut. Fortunately he had not glued them in place, so it was just a case of storing the panels for a few days, until they had, had a chance to cure.

The next hiccup was trying to figure out what glue to put them in place with, since we were now concerned I would react to the glue. John went to all the trouble to find a supposedly low V.O.C. glue, only to find that no matter how much of it you put on the boards, they would not stick in place. Plus the low V.O.C. label was a complete lie. It smelled like horrid turpentine, and left me gasping for air. The solution was to send me away for the day, put every fan on we had, and let John use the glue he normally uses. It worked like a charm.

John this page is especially for you, you went above and beyond the call, and your cabinets are like fine art. Your special design of the corner drawers are a dream, and this is the best kitchen I have ever had. The fact that you would build the corner drawer unit, when you had never done one before, and it turned out so beautifully, speaks to your skills as a craftsman and artist. Anyone in the Islands looking for a fine cabinet maker, need look no further than John Dorser.

 Friend John Dorser putting on doors.

Remodel 3

The next task after the removal of the old kitchen, was all about sheetrock repair and painting. You will not believe what a mess the glue from the granite did to the walls. It pulled off huge chunks of sheetrock in some places, and left huge holes in others. The granite back-splash left huge glue-globs that had to be scraped and chiseled off, before it could be remudded and taped. I cannot tell you the hours I spent sweating in the summer heat, at this horrid task. I am no fine sheetrocker, and I haven't fixed holes, taped, or finished a wall since the 1980's, when we managed an apartment complex. But I couldn't get my sheetrock guy to show up, so I had to do it myself. The fellows were coming to bring in my new cabinets, and I couldn't delay them, so what you will see is the best I could do, under the circumstances.

This is what the kitchen looked like right after the guys removed all the old cabinets. The major damage in the sheetrock was from the slab of granite that had been behind the stove.The two small square holes were behind the range-hood when I removed it. I left those to be covered over by the new cabinets, and only sweated what I had to. Believe me it was enough!

 On the lower right is a hole in the wall. You see it has a string in the middle. The string is from me taking a piece of hard cardboard, poking a hole in its middle, slathering it up with mud, and poking it through the hole and holding it in place with the string. Once the repair was complete and dry, I cut the string off. This is one very good way to repair small holes in the wall. I then taped over it, to strengthen and finish it.
 This is the rough taping before I worked, and worked, and worked, to get it all smoothed out. What a nightmare!
Here I have finished mudding and smoothing, and have sprayed the wall with texture from a can, trying to match the old texture as best I could. Then it was on to the painting, which took two coats, and countless hours of  more hard sweaty labor.

All in all I think it came out pretty well. Fortunately most of the damage would be covered by the new cabinets, counter-tops, and the new behind the stove back-splash. I truly thought at times I was going to plain keel over from all of this. I wouldn't wish it on a dog. It gave me a whole new respect for those sheetrock guys, that is for sure!