Monthly Archives: November 2011

Sink cabinet

We started the day early and after breakfast I put a third coat of epoxy on the sink bowl.

And later a last coat on the whole sink. Before showing the final result, lets check how it was before we uninstalled it.

And now the looking-like-brand-new-one.

Another view. I can’t stop looking at it ūüôā It is white, it is smooth, it is shiny. And it will be clean when we start using it again. That is a very nice quality for a sink.. So now we wait 5 days and we are ready to install.

As I said yesterday this sink is part of a sink cabinet. The piece is a Youngstown Kitchen by Mullins, probably from the 1950s. we really wanted to keep it but it was in sad conditions. There were dirt, rust and broken parts and the “new” pink knobs didn’t help the poor thing at all. And it was painted with regular paint in a very beige beige.

So we decided to renovate the cabinet too. First we disassembled it. And if it was disgusting inside the cabinet, I am not very sure what would be the word for what was under it.

Yes, there was 2 toothbrushes and a cigarette (of course)…

We took it out and we (mainly Pierre’s parents) stripped the painting. This morning we finished stripping and cleaning. the weather helped a lot, it was cold but very sunny.

We also applied some rust converter as we had seriously damaged parts. The bottom of the cabinet we had to cut as there was no way to recover it.

After drying up we took it back inside and started painting. We decided to use the same epoxy to paint inside, the back ¬†and the sides as there was a lot left and these parts are not really visible. For the front and the doors/drawer we will use another paint that dries faster and it is a paint for use on appliances and cabinets. Painting inside the cabinet is a real pain.. There is so many corners and little things, and you have to twist a lot. And the flat sides are really difficult to make it real flat. Anyway, as I said we won’t be able to see these parts, the painting is for protection more than for beauty.¬†After a first coat we had some very uneven result.

Then we painted the bottom, or what is left of it, and the base with anti-rust paint. And applied a second coat of epoxy.

It is already dark so the picture is not fantastic. Also there was no good angle to get the picture. Tomorrow I will take some better ones. Next step is to paint the front and the door and drawer during the week and next weekend we install everything and, hopefully, finish successfully the plumbing.

A before and after to finish this post. We started here…

…and got here.

Boa noite, pessoal!




When we decided to buy this house we also decided to stay extra days in our rented house so we could work in some priority stuff before moving. One of the main points was the kitchen, because it was very clear we could not moving without a dishwasher installed. And as this is a very old house there is no place (and no plumbing and no electricity…) for a dishwasher. We have the kids every other week what means a LOT of dish to wash, so I think everybody understand our decision.

Obviously we miscalculated the size of the job and we were not able to do it before moving (does it happens to everyone or just us?). So for the last five months the kitchen was almost always like that:

Often much worse than that. So, today we finally start working on it!

The challenge is that we have to do a lot of things together, it is not just installing the dishwasher. It will go by the sink – a 1950’s steel cabinet with a sink – in serious need of care. Additionally, the plumbing is quite old so there is no way to close the water to uninstall the sink. It is necessary to close the water of the whole house to literally cut the pipes.

We started with some plumbing then.

We even had some extra emotion moments..

Things were very stick¬†together so it was necessary some heat to make it loose. Then we uninstalled the sink and the cabinet. We worked in 2 different fronts, the sink and the cabinet. The cabinet is taking longer and we didn’t take pictures of the last results of the day, so I am posting tomorrow about it.

We set a painting booth for the sink inside the kitchen. Then we cleaned deeply and extensively as the sink came out like that:

After the cleaning we got a much better view.

Then a first coat of epoxy paint.

And after dinner a second coat.

Tomorrow we have to make a final sanding to get rid of some drippings and stuff that glued on the drying paint and we are ready for the final coat. So more updates tomorrow with the full post on the cabinet.


We (almost) have a pantry!

This week we started our last big work of this year: finishing the kitchen. I will post later this week about our planning but I realize we didn’t post anything about our pantry.

Well, when we bought the house there was no pantry. On the week before moving, that we were working hard to have all the important things done (like installing the dishwasher, that still in the box, but that is another story…), I had an idea for the pantry. There was a very strange passage connecting the kitchen to the laundry room. And a completely unnecessary closet in the dinning room.

Pics from the kitchen, from the laundry and from the dinning room:


The brilliant idea was to remove the wall thus connecting directly the kitchen to the dinning room and turning the closet into a pantry. It is also a nice addition of much-needed storage space to the kitchen. Well, I told Pierre about it and he liked the idea. A little later I come back to the kitchen to find that:


Ok, idea approved! It was like that for a while till he had some time to completely take out the wall. Next step was to address the pantry walls. As it was a closet we had some wholes where the rods were installed. So, some little reparation and muddying and the wall was ready to paint.


But before there was something else to address. The floor in this area is hardwood, but it was under very old vinyl, in very bad condition.

It looks disgusting (and it is) but it is actually very easy to deal with. You just take out the vinyl (almost none was left) with your hands and then focus on the paper-glue-whatever thing that stays over the floor. I did some research (blogs are sooo useful) and found an easy and very efficient recipe: wet towels.

You just leve a wet towel over the affected area for some minutes. After you scrap with a plastic “scraper” (whatever is the name of it in english) and finally wash the floor with a wet cloth to take out the rest of glue left.

It goes quite fast and it is not as disgusting as it looks. The final result is a floor ready to be finished (and much easier to clean and live with till there)

During the scrapping process I painted the walls. The color was a special deal at Home Depot, that was cheap and that matches our color scheme. The challenge was to cover the water and cigarette stains (I guess someone was smoking inside the closet.. I can’t thing of a worse place to do it..). I did some serious cleaning, 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint and we still can see some stains..

We still have to solve how to install the shelves the way we (me) want in a way they stay there (dry wall is something very frustrating to me. I am used to brick walls, that means everything you install on your wall usually stays there). For now we just organized it with some furniture we had, but the plans are ready. We will install some shelves made with wood we have in our basement, install some hangers and hoods from Ikea (that we have from our previous kitchen) and probably keep the furniture. We also need to find something to close it, maybe something like a barn door or some brilliant idea still to be found.

Now everybody is updated on our starting point for what is coming this month.