Maggie & Ed's Renovation: Finishing Touches

Maggie & Ed's Renovation: Finishing Touches

Tess Wilson
May 19, 2015
Buster pointing out the shadow on the floor which is all that remains of where the old wall used to be.

Name: Ed and Maggie Williams (of MVW Architect)
Type of Project: Kitchen/dining/music room renovation
Location: Freret, New Orleans, LA
Type of building: Craftsman-style shotgun double

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If Maggie and Ed's entire project had been restoring those gorgeous floors, it would have been enough...

A view of the refinished floors in the dining area
A view of the floors looking from the laundry nook towards the kitchen

From Maggie and Ed:

Now that most of the construction work is finished they are ready to do one last coat on the floors to fix up the scratched areas and smooth everything out. Buster and I crash with a friend (Ed is out on tour), while they do the floors and when we come back a few days later it looks wonderful.
The end panel in place
The plinth at the full-height pull-out pantry. This cabinet had to be up on higher legs than the rest so the top of the cabinets would align. Therefore the carpenter had to make a special custom plinth for this toekick.
This week the Ikea end panel finally arrives and gets installed at the end of the base cabinet by the fireplace. It makes for a much more finished look now that it goes all the way to the floor. They cut a piece of this panel for the full-height pull-out pantry plinth.
Something I have always wanted to do is add frosting film to the window that's now in front of the kitchen sink, because as you can see in this before photo, the view is rather unfortunate. I got started putting up the film over the weekend, and plan to finish up asap, (I know, famous last words...ha).

We also end up adding one more additional item to the contractor's list this week: installing the bookcase we used to have in the dining room in the front room of our house (which functions as our guest room/Maggie's office). Installing the bookcase requires lots of shimming as New Orleans houses are notoriously unlevel. And with that last thing, our GC, Bennett, is all done with his work at our house!

Next week all we have left to do is finish moving back in, hang curtains, artwork and get Ed's music room set up. Can't wait!

Estimated time for project: 12 weeks
Time remaining: 1 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for the big reveal of Maggie and Ed's completed renovation.

(Images and diary text: Maggie and Ed Williams)

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