The plan was: Remove the hot water heater and replace it with a tankless water heater. Replace all the old pipes in the house with copper (you may have seen earlier posts on that process). Demo the built-in cabinet thingy, remove the old exhaust pipe and put the electric and gas lines into the walls up to the central heating unit. Remove the funky white shelves, put them on the sidewalk with a "free" sign and see how quickly they disappear (about an hour.) Then paint the walls, put in new flooring and put in new shelves. Finally, return the dining room to it's role as dining room, not buffet.
Here is where we started:
We did this little bit-o-demo. Demo is always fun.
Thanks to Brody-Pennel (who installed our central heating a few years ago), we had to open walls, insert electric and gas lines, then close the walls. They used the old exhaust pipe to run the lines before. We didn't know until we did this job. Oh well.
Meanwhile, as you recall, the pantry contents were in our dining room, camping under their clear tent (SO MUCH PLASTER DUST!).
The walls got patched, then Kurt patched the holes from the old exhaust pipes:
We painted the walls a lovely sagey green then had to buy cheap-ass vinyl floor tiles to even out the flooring before laying the new tiles. Kurt is very precise.
Then, as you read more recently, Kurt put the floor in and it is just as cool as we hoped it would be!
Then today. I was gone for about 4 hours and Kurt rocked the Ikea shelves into submission. (These are "Gorm" by the way.) (WTF is Gorm?)
We now have about 90% of everything that needs to go in here, in here. Oh joy.
The man, the myth, the handyman/pantry redo legend!!
I don't have a wide angle lens on my little digi-camera, otherwise I would do a shot of the whole room. I call it a room. It's 40 square feet -- 5 feet wide by 8 feet long. It's not big. And our laundry (stackable, thank god) takes up probably 1/6 of the space. It's not large.
I am so happy. Look at all that extra space! Look how handy it is and how fresh and new and on purpose!
I'm so happy. So So So happy.
Now, if Nate Berkus wants to come and rip it all out and start over, I have no problem with that.