Repairing Laminate Counters

Phase 1 (lol) of the kitchen renovation was new cabinet doors and to paint all the things. Done. two weeks tops, refreshed kitchen ready to go. Then. THEN, people came out of the wood work saying things like...."well, why not just get new countertops NOW, since you'll need to pull them up to install the drawers?" and, "if you're replacing the countertops NOW then you should cut in for a dishwasher too, oh yes, you should get a dishwasher." OKAY PEOPLE, I caved. So Phase 1 QUICKLY turned into a full blown overhaul.

I mention this BECAUSE I had a post ready about how to repair laminate countertops, but then we ripped those out HA. BUT, i'm going to share ANYWAYS, because I learned something while I did it and I want you to learn ALL THE THINGS, too.

You see, the countertops were starting to pop up all grody like. So, assuming that construction adhesive can solve all problems, I globbed it on, let it sit over night and moved on...


And I was all "dad, whuddu I use?" And, of course, he had the perfect answer.

Just spread this stuff on, clamp it down over night and ALL THE THINGS ARE FIXED! I would like to mention, this did NOT make it any harder to then rip it out 2 weeks later :)

Demo: The Kitchen Edition

Things have been rocking full steam ahead with the 'ol kitchen makeover. I left you off here, and went over some ideas on the space. Since then, I turned the spare bedroom into a make-shift kitchen and started hammering away. First I removed all of the cabinet doors and drawers - tackling as much prep as I could before the big guns stepped in to help remove the counter top. As I've mentioned before, things are built in this house to withstand a zombie apocalypse, so all hands on deck for big demo projects.

We took out the sink (after removing 800 clips in the tightest under-sink area #smallhandsneeded), and then hammered away at the counter top. Initially, I thought the larger counter was built like the breakfast bar (which we took out last weekend) - nails through the top then covered in laminate. So that once I removed the laminate and pulled the 3" nails out, the counter would pop right up! LOL. no.

After realizing that the small 1" nails that were coming up were not long enough to go through the 2" counters I took a sledge hammer and pounded the counters up, revealing about 20 large nails hidden from the top view. WELL, there were actually TWO counters going on here. One was nailed down 'normally' to the cabinets, then a sheet of plywood was set over with about 4,000 nails in it. The laminate went over this. Got it? ANYWHO, destroyed that. Well, not me particularly, the boy and father took charge here. I just ran around yelling "DON'T DESTROY THE CABINETS!!" and, "AH! SLOW DOWN!" All that was damaged was the disposal switch and the cutting board supports, NBD.

See, the pretty Avocado Green counters!

THEN! We cut a hole to install a DISHWASHER! No photos for this because I was nervous in the other room while the dream team (My dad and his friend Roger) sawzal-ed my cabinets apart (they were built as one piece, not separate boxes like they are made today) and routed the edges all nice like. As you can tell from the images above, there wasn't a dishwasher there previously. THANKFULLY the cabinet size was 18". Standard dishwashers are 24", but there are baby 18" ones out there too - score! It looks SO AMAZING. Might be my favorite addition to the kitchen during the renovation (Thanks Dad for pushing me to get one!), jury is still out until I get my faucet hooked up :)

THEN! Since that isn't enough work to get done in one weekend, we started to rough-install the cabinet doors/drawers. Which is TRICKY when none of the cabinets are super square. A few will need to be adjusted, all will need to be sanded and painted (what? you don't like the two toned wood?). I ordered all new doors & hardware, and made the drawer boxes (out of white melamine, a nice wipe-able surface) and drawer fronts (out of the same poplar wood as the doors).

Once the Melamine is cut, edging is added to the raw sides for a nicer finish

Then the boxes are assembled (the raw sides pictured here will be covered by the drawer front and glides), and fingers are crossed that they fit! Only 2 didn't in my batch, pretty good odds for my first rodeo.

Now comes the dance of  sanding, painting, sanding, painting, sanding, painting, painting, poking my eyes out, painting. 

Sup, 2015.

WOOF. Finally coming up for air. Since 10am New Years day I have been horizontal watching BBC Earth due to a bout of food poisoning/stomach bug. To everyone else fighting the bug, I FEEL you. And grab some Yogi Tea Stomach Ease, LITERALLY saved me. I took Friday off in an effort to prep the basement for paintpocolypse 2015....buuuut that didn't happen. Onward for a more productive start to my 2015! HA.

HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS! For the past few years (2013 & 2014, i've done a little re-cap of what happened here, so in case you only check in once a year, i've got it allllllll laid out for ya. You're welcome very much.

SO, what happened you might ask?!

This little nugget probably takes the cake for 2014, buying a house! Check out alllllll the posts about this beast right here. Some notable accomplishments include renovating the upstairs bedroom, fixing up the bathroom, refinishing wood floors, and spending way too many hours trying to pull bushes from my back yard. 

My family and I traveled to our favorite place on earth: Marco Island!

SPEAKING of traveling, my besties and I went to THAILAND (Chiang Mai, Phi Phi, & Phuket/Bangkok)  & CAMBODIA this year, WOAH. #blessed

A few things I built this year:
A workbench
A Coat Rack
Jewelry Hanger

Some Crapts:
Copper Candle Holder
Painting old canvases

So much has changed in the last year, it's crazy to think that I actually own a house. A year ago I toured the house, there was about a foot of snow on the ground - too much to fully walk around the house even. Funny to think I didn't even look in the garage before I bought the house (don't worry - my dad did) - I didn't need to, I knew it was the right house for me regardless. It's funny, people always say "you'll know when you see the right one, it'll feel right." And from the moment I stepped into this house it felt like mine.

I am loving this roller coaster that is home renovation, it's a slow and steady process, but I can't wait to see the final product. This year I hope to spruce up the kitchen and slowly continue to slap paint on these sorry walls. Home renovation is a tough formula of cash flow and motivation. There were things that have HAD to be fixed (read: upstairs & bathroom floors), but now i'm getting to the part where i'm not fixing, but sprucing up and changing out. It's going to be a fun year guys.