Claire & Jeffrey's Kitchen:
Taking Care of the Basics

Renovation Diary

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Jeffrey tests the brackets he's attached to the studs for the future wood slab floating shelf.  

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Name: Claire & Jeffrey
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Type of building: Single-family bungalow, 950 square feet

The Renovation Diaries are a new collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style.

This week we wait for all the boring, not-visually-transformative stuff to be resolved. Electric, plumbing, heating. It's hard on me because I want to see more "progress". This is progress, yes, but I don't understand how it all works and there's nothing I can do to help, so I'm not jumping for joy.

As we kind of quietly anticipated, there is much more electric work that needs to be done. To meet code and to ensure safety and peace of mind, we'll need to route many new circuits and move a few of the existing ones. In these old, turn of the century homes, it's not unusual to find many rooms connected to the same, singular circuit. That's the reason you can't run a hair dryer and own a refrigerator at the same time. Ha!

So, we bite the bullet. Accept the inevitable. We'll invest the time and money to do this right while the walls are open.

Meanwhile, Jeffrey has figured out how the floating shelf will float. He's installed two heavy duty L-brackets, back-to-back, to form a T on each stud. Fasteners will prevent the T's from bending as weight is applied. He's tested it with 200 lbs. (himself, spanned across a board). No problem! Once we pick out a wood slab that we love (I'm thinking 2" thick walnut, but I'm sure by the time we get there, budget will dictate), we'll route out channels along the underside to allow the hardware coming out from the wall to rest flush, so it will be hardly noticeable. 

We also found a great, affordable source for under cabinet lighting! We'll run a strip of LED tape along a routed-out channel under the floating shelf. We may have to play a bit to make sure the light diffuses nicely and doesn't look too rope light-y, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Since we're installing many new circuits, we've accommodated a hidden plug-in for the lighting.

For about $60, we're able to span the 8 foot length of countertop. Sweet. Check out the resource at Inspired LED

Estimated time for project: 4-8 weeks
Time remaining: 2-3 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for #8 of Claire & Jeffrey's Diary.

(Images and diary text: Claire Moyle)