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Work on our entry way addition has sure taken longer than we originally thought … the plan was to complete the work sometime around Thanksgiving, but (as always) there were several delays that stretched things out longer than anticipated.  As of last weekend, though, the only things remaining are a couple of touch-ups to the interior paint … and the last coat of exterior paint, although that will likely have to wait a couple of months for the weather to cooperate first.

I still need to get some pictures of the outside work, but I thought I’d share a few of the inside ones first.

Just as a reminder of what we had before, here are a couple of pictures of the small and out-dated entry way and connected powder room before the renovations started:

The Entry Way "Before" Picture

The Powder Room "Before" Picture

And here’s a picture of the entry way area taken from the same spot now that construction is complete.

The New Entry Way

We added about 6′ on to the front of the house, which gives room for a coat closet (on the left), a proper front door with side lights, and access to the kitchen (on the right) that doesn’t involve taking a short cut through the powder room like before.

Doors to the Coat Closet

We were really happy with the way the new coat closet doors turned out.  We had been a little concerned when we started the project that we would have trouble matching the style and stain color of the existing doors in the house, but the contractor & painter did a great job on both fronts … they go perfectly with the originals.

Inside the Coat Closet

Inside the coat closet, we asked for a stained hat shelf and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.  We’ll probably keep looking for a closet rod and a couple of shelf brackets that have a more vintage feel than the ones there now, but we’re excited to finally have some closet space on the first floor and a good spot to keep coats!

French Door to the Kitchen

The french door in this picture goes to the kitchen, with a new pantry closet just through the door on the left and access to the basement stairs on the right.  We love the way the door looks – the only problem is that seeing the kitchen from the new entry way is making us start to think more seriously about our next remodeling project (updating the kitchen).

View of the New Entry Way From the Kitchen

The powder room connected to the entry way also got a face lift as part of this project.  The walls were filled in where a window and a second door (making it a pass-through to the kitchen) used to be.  We weren’t really intending to do a bathroom remodel, but by the time the walls were patched and the floor tiled to match the entry way, there were a couple of things (faucet, light fixtures, etc.) that just didn’t seem to fit, so we decided this might be a good time to make those updates also.

Updated Powder Room

The new light fixtures are a match to the sconce that we picked for the entry way area and we really like how they tie the two spaces together.  I also like the height they give the room considering that the ceiling slopes down under the staircase to second floor.  I’m also really liking the new faucet, which we think has a bit of a vintage feel.

Updated Faucet

Replacing the faucet (and drain) on a pedestal sink turned out to be a larger adventure requiring a lot more patience than we anticipated, but the end result was well worth it get the last bit of polished gold out of the bathroom and replace it with a fresher look.

We are so excited to have the main floor bathroom back and to finally be able to start using the new entry way space!  We were beginning to feel like this day would never come!

New Kitchen Sink

I’ve been pretty delinquent in posting over the last few weeks, but here are the “before” and “after” pictures of the new kitchen sink Chad got me for Christmas!

The "Before" Picture

The “Before” Picture

The "After" Picture

The “After” Picture

We finally got around to installing the new sink about a month ago and it took the better part of a day, but it was well worth the work (and the wait).  I love how shiny and fresh the new sink looks in comparison to the old one, which was so marred up it never looked quite clean.

Removing the Old Sink

Removing the Old Sink

The installation process was pretty easy.  We started by disconnecting all of the drain and supply lines for the sink andremoving the garbage disposal from under the sink.  We then used a razor blade and putty knife to break the seal under the rim of the sink.  It took some prying, but we were eventually able to break it free from the counter and lift it out of the opening.  We then cleaned all around the opening (it was pretty nasty looking with all of the old rusty caulk still there from the old sink) and did a test fit with the new stainless steel sink.  After making a trip to Lowe’s to pick up replacement drain pieces, supply lines, a faucet, and drain trim kits, we decided it would be easiest to

Cleaning Off the Old Caulk

Cleaning Off the Old Caulk

start by installing the drain trim kits and the faucet on the sink before installing the sink in the counter.  Once the drains and faucet were installed, we then attached the clips to the bottom of the sink, placed a bead of silicone around the opening, and dropped the sink in place.  From below the sink, we then tightened the clips to hold the sink tight against the counter top.  We had some trouble with this since the opening in our counter top wasn’t quite centered over the base cabinet, so we weren’t able to get to any of the clips on the left side of the sink to tighten them, but it turned

Installing the Drain Kits

Installing the Drain Kits

out that the clips on the other three sides were enough to hold it in place, so that wasn’t a problem.  With the sink in place, we then reconnected the drains and supply lines and reinstalled the garbage disposal.  After checking for leaks, the installation was complete.

When we were installing the sink, we decided it was just as easy to install a new faucet as the old one, so we decided to go with something new to match the sink a little better.  We got a Moen “Quinn” style (model 87845CSL) faucet in a stainless steel finish.  I love how tall it is because it makes the sink feel so much larger and makes washing big pots and pans a lot easier, but it does lead to a lot more splashing and water on the counter top.  The only problem we’ve had with it so far was right after we installed it.  The faucet made a noise a lot like water hammer when we turned it on.  Reducing the water pressure at the shut off valve for the sink made the problem less noticable and, since then, it seems to have gone away almost completely and we’ve been able to increase the water pressure again without any problems.  We’re not sure what caused it … just glad that it doesn’t seem to be a problem any more.