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Old 05-05-2011, 09:41 AM   #136
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Ah man, how long is your deployment? Wish I were closer so I could help your wife finish it up.

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Old 05-05-2011, 10:03 AM   #137
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I'll be gone for a year. I volunteered to make some bank.
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:47 PM   #138
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Wife got some work done on the kitchen. She finally put clear coat on the cabinets that she's stained so far, she loves them. I'll upload the pictures when I get time from work. She also put the 1st coat of stain on the bottom cabinet's and putting a 2nd on tonight. Once these cabinet's are all arranged in order and stained, we're getting a cabinet door maker to make some doors for us, then I'm either deciding laminate counter tops since we're just going to rent the house out one day, or granite which we found for $18/sq ft.

We're also getting someone to build a deck for us, we decided we're going to with like a shaped deck, because we don't want a rectangular deck near our gate, it'll juts look weird. So, the part of that deck that it near the gate will be shaped.
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Old 06-13-2011, 01:56 AM   #139
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Here are pictures as promised, upper cabinets have 2 clear coats, wife said she's going to add one more just to make sure it's good.



Here are the bottom, with just 1 coat.


Now some more project idea's, see the fan over the range, wife and I want to take out the lower part of the cabinet, and put in a mounted microwave that has a built in fan if needed. The wife did some more staining tonight, and putting a clear coat on tomorrow. Once that's done, buy another cabinet it finish off the breakfast bar, mount them to the wall, get a professional over to make the cabinet doors and that should be done. Then we're deciding to either do laminate or granite counter tops. The house will be rented if I PCS, so we don't know which route we should go. I'm thinking laminate due to being cheap, but buddy said the kitchen is small enough it wouldn't cost much to do granite.
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:46 AM   #140
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You seem to be making slow steady progress. The baby steps eventually add up though! Keep posting!
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:53 PM   #141
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Thanks. Alot of this would be done, just currently deployed and the wife works, and sometimes she needs some motivation to get back to the project, lol.

But, once the wife says "Hey, I'm done staining and clear coat, and the bottom cabinets are secured to the wall" then it'll be time for the counter top, and cabinet doors.
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Old 06-15-2011, 03:40 PM   #142
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Wife got some more work done, she said she's finally finished for the cabinets, and all I gotta do is give her money to get the other cabinet's we'll use for our little breakfast bar. Then she'll stain those, and the pantry as well. I have a few questions:

1. Our pantry cabinet is about 4-5 inches off the wall, what's the best way to mount it so it won't move? I was thinking of just having it screwed into another cabinet and it'll stay in place.
2. Wife want's to spray paint the stove, so what paint would be best for something like that?
3. Any help on how I can decide to either get laminate or granite? We'll be renting the house out if we move, so don't want something expensive if people won't be taking care of it.


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Old 06-16-2011, 11:00 AM   #143
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Good progress so far!
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:39 AM   #144
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Thanks, I found a nice color for the countertop that I'd like, it's the same color green that's in the shelves and I could get granite for $29/sqft instead of Home Depot for $55/sqft for what they quoted me.
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Old 07-03-2011, 02:19 PM   #145
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Due to change of career decisions and if we're just renting the house out, we decided we might just keep the floor the way it is, get laminate countertops for sure. The wife is buying on Tuesday another cabinet, paint, sheet of drywall, different backsplashs to see what we want (she thinks silver would be nice), schedule appointment to get countertops measured, and she's buying an over the range microwave.

Once that is all done, we already picked out a new range and refrigerator.
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Here is some progress, wife bought that cabinet, and finish staining everything and clear coat. We're trying to figure out how to level the cabinets that we moved around, I told the wife to just start ripping up flooring, since I was going to get new wooden floors.



Once I talk to her again I'll get Home Depot to come out and do the measurements for counter top. We were going to go with granite, but seeing we're just going to rent the house out, we decided that laminate would be a cheaper route. Then I need to get someone to come see if they can make some custom doors and get a quote. We want frosted glass in the doors.
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Old 10-01-2011, 02:39 AM   #147
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So, I'm slowly making a list of what I'm going to do when I get home for R&R.

1. First, finish the kitchen.
- The overhead stove vent plug is ran into the wall, so I don't know what to do about that, because we want to cut the 2nd shelf and mount a microwave.
- Remove flooring, add new flooring
- Patch up hole with dry wall, already got the drywall
- Secure bottom cabinets that we moved
- Counter tops - Can we get counter tops already if the cabinets are not mounted yet? Besides the backing that goes to the wall, I can easily do that once we figure everything out, wife just wants counter tops ASAP.
- Cabinet doors - I just want to be unfinished doors and stain them, wife wants to by stained ones, do they even sell stained cabinet doors?
- Paint the stove and refrigerator black.

2. Tile carpet, this is just an idea, might replace all the rooms with tile carpet.
- Once I reenlist, I'll be renting the house out, so figured tile carpet is a good idea.

3. Change the laundry room around again.
- Hang up cabinets that I have in the storage.
- Buy front loading set

4. Deck
- Just a normal deck I suppose, with the corners at 45 degree's
- About 20x16ft. neighbor said it would only cost around $500.

5. Do some exterior designing
- Paint a few things
- Figure out why there are floors growing through the rocks we laid down, wife thinks a bag of seeds spilled in our bag of rocks at Home Depot.

I'm hoping to knock most of these projects out. They seem easy enough, especially since I'll have 15 days off, not needing to do anything but hang out at the house.

I decided I'm not going to try and smooth the walls or ceiling. But we are looking at DIY blogs and loving some ideas people come up with, such as paneling a wall which I did a terrible photoshop of, it's going to get redone and I'll share it with everyone.

But, the wife wanted to paint the hallway with a nice warm color, so we decided to get a nice medium gray.


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Well, the Army is letting me reenlist so I get to move to another state when I get home, pretty excited. So, not trying to burn to much more money into the house before we rent it out. Still need to decide if I want to get carpet tiles or roll carpet, what do you guys prefer for renters?

I think the paint looks good, we'll be getting new laminate tile.
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Paint looks nice. You nieghbor is crazy if he thinks the deck will only cost $500.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:24 AM   #150
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He said around, and that was if I was to do it myself.

As of right now the wife and I are trying to decide:

1. Wood flooring throughout the house, no carpet in the house anymore.
2. Wood flooring down the hall ways, and every room will have carpet tile.

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