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"Pictures or it didn't happen," they said. - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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"Pictures or it didn't happen," they said.
Oh, it did. Trust us.  And here's some proof.

Starting with the part that started it all:

The 55-year-old electric cooktop. Everything but the hummingbird feeder's being replaced. Front left burner's been dead for more than a year; front right one, dead for so long we didn't even try re-inserting it. The two back ones work, but note the set screws drilled into the metal to keep them that way. It all goes; the replacement's in the dining room awaiting the suitable countertop hole for it.

The wall behind that cooktop had equally old, even more hideous Cheap-o™ brand tile on it. It left a bit of residue.  To see what kinds, have a look at the area behind the fridge:

Below, the original stuck-on tile. (That'll stay, being behind the fridge and all.) Above, the wall mostly cleared of the adhesive residue; this involves a small hammer, a pair of chisels, and much cursing.  In between, and in the spot above and below the wall outlet, you can see what the residue looked like when the tile was peeled off.  Some required little prodding at all; some seemed resistant to nuclear weapons. But we're down to single digits of squares left to be cleared.

The worst of them were in the corner below the two intersecting cabinets. How do you get those chiseled out?, you ask:

THAT's how. (Let the record show she asked me to take that picture.)  I came home on a weekend morning to find Eleanor in that spot. She got out everything in front of her; I later cleared the wall above and to the left of her head.

The hand chiseling only gets you so far, though; some spots need sanding, others spackling. Here's how the First Wall To Go, above the cooktop, now looks after we're both finished with it:

It's going to get a much thicker, prettier, permanent tiling over it.

Now in the Eleanor-on-the-counter shot, you may see some of the tiles with decorations on them.  This was the plan a good 10-15 years ago, to paint over and decorate the patterns left behind by the tile.  You can see a better sample of those in this one:

Except for the final few to the left of that shot, it's all gone- the adhesive, the designs, everything. Plenty of pockmarks, but that stuff got plenty grimy in the intervening years (the wall behind that switchplate was covered in pet hair), and the new tile will be a much more resistant surface.

Remaining, more or less in this order:

* Sanding the repaired spots on the ceiling and then painting the whole thing;

* Clearing the cabinets below where the countertops will be going and figuring out how to remove the existing ones;

* Then, come Tuesday, it gets into high gear. The biggest piece of countertop, an L from the right of the fridge all the way to the oven, will arrive, destined to go in where its ancestor now is, and the new sink and cooktop will magically fit and reconnect to their respective supplies using the holes pre-cut for them;

* The other piece, much smaller, will go to the left of the Frigidydaire and house the new microwave, which has been sitting in the dining room sulking for a month because we won't open it while shit can fall on top of it;

* Moldings and lightings will be re-installed;

* And somewhere in all that, we'll find the hammer which disappeared a week ago and was probably used to murder Jimmy Hoffa, Junior.

Finally, nothing to do with that, but we will need to clean up afterwards. And the kids' new kitty will not be pleased:
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stress_kitten From: stress_kitten Date: June 7th, 2015 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I can see why you guys are so gung-ho about changing out that cooktop. It would drive me nuts too! Your kitchen renos will end up with it being such a lovely looking space at the end!

I really don't envy you removing that grout, though!
plantmom From: plantmom Date: June 7th, 2015 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I was coping pretty well with the cooktop, but as Ray said, better to replace it now, while it still sorta works. Also, I hope we'll add some equity to this house by doing all this.

What Ray left out about the adhesive removal is that I crawled up on the counter in order to save my sketchy rotator cuff. Doing that kind of work at arm's length is just too hard on the shoulder.

Thanks for the compliment. I get giddy at times, the changes are so drastic.
nentikobe From: nentikobe Date: June 7th, 2015 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. What masterpieces will E make now???

Can't wait to see the finished products. And what a gorgeous little man.
plantmom From: plantmom Date: June 7th, 2015 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww, thanks. Ray left out that I'm going to strip, stain, and reseal just the cabinet doors and drawer fronts, so it'll be a while yet before it's done.

Then I'll go outside and work in the gardens. :-)
bill_sheehan From: bill_sheehan Date: June 7th, 2015 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're braver than I am. Also more skilled.
greenquotebook From: greenquotebook Date: June 10th, 2015 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Before I read the whole update, I saw the photo of Eleanor on the counter and thought she just curled up there and fell asleep. :)
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