Dan's Kitchen: Walls Go Up (and Dan Takes a Break)

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I'm in Arizona, far away from the unfinished kitchen.
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Name: Dan Bailey
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: East Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
Type of building: 2nd Floor Condo in a Greek-Revival Row House

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This week I left behind the chaos of an unfinished kitchen renovation and the miserable New England weather and headed out west. I’m writing from sunny Tucson, Arizona where I’m taking some much-needed time away from work and the renovation.

The newly drywalled kitchen.
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While I’m away, my contractor, Gregg, has continued working on the kitchen. It was a short holiday week, but he still managed to finish drywalling the kitchen singlehandedly. Gregg was kind enough to send me a few pictures of the progress. With the drywall up, the kitchen is actually starting to look like a real room, rather than the grimy hole in the wall I’ve become accustomed to over the past few weeks. I can’t wait to see how it looks in person when I get back.

The rear wall of the kitchen, once composed of crumbling brick, is now covered in new drywall.
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Even though I’m not in Boston, I’ve been thinking about the renovation. After some careful online comparison shopping, I ordered a sink and faucet this week. I chose a 24-inch stainless undermount sink and a satin nickel single-handle faucet, both made by Kraus. Having used both undermount and drop-in sinks in the past, I definitely prefer the undermount option – water doesn’t pool around the edges of the sink, and it makes it easy to brush crumbs and spills on the countertop into the sink.

New drywall around the entrance to the kitchen, currently sealed off with plastic sheeting.
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I should be back just in time next week to help finish taping and mudding the drywall seams. Then we’ll prime the walls, install the cabinets and a countertop, hook up the appliances, tile the backsplash, paint the ceiling and walls, and — bam! — I’ll have a kitchen! It sounds manageable when I put it like that, so hopefully all of this work will go smoothly.

Estimated time for project: 24 weeks
Time remaining: 4 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for installment #24 of Dan's Kitchen Renovation.

(Images and diary text: Dan Bailey)

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