Happy hump day, buddies! How is it Week FIVE of the One Room Challenge (ORC), already?!
If you haven’t stopped by before, the ORC is a 6 week “design challenge,” where 20 featured designers and hundreds of guest participants support each other to makeover one room in their homes in just 6 weeks (but really 5, because the Week 1 and Week 6 blog posts “bookend” the 5 weeks of work, if that makes sense). The challenge is hosted by Calling It Home and House Beautiful, and you can check out all of the amazing room transformations over at the One Room Challenge page! We here at Fiddle Leaf Interiors (or more affectionately known as Casa del Ochoa) are renovating our KITCHEN!
You can catch up on our progress thus far here:
You can also read my ORC Preparation blog post HERE!
Week 5 has been a BIG week! Our kitchen is finally beginning to resemble a real, functioning kitchen again! We got the DIY concrete countertops completed (we used two Ardex Feather Finish 10 lbs Bags of concrete) and sealed, and our new AMAZING farmhouse sink and black faucet installed! We have running water again, but I will say that we may need to replace the garbage disposal. We actually installed a brand new one, but it seems to be making an odd noise, so we may purchase a different brand and go from there! We also got our Industrial Pipe Towel Bar installed, and my matching pipe paper towel holder assembled! I didn’t get as much cleaning or paint touch up done as I would have liked, but that’s okay, we still have a few days to go 🙂
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Week 5 Progress Update:
Here is what our kitchen looks like CURRENTLY:
And to remind you, just for fun, here is the before:
So much change this week! I can’t wait for the last big project – the backsplash! That will really tie it all together and give it a little more of an upscale feel – and of course, make it whiter and brighter!
But back to this week. The main things we accomplished in the past 7 days are:
- Remove old sink (if you try to do this and your sink is GLUED into place with liquid nails, stick with me below for my mini tutorial this week on how to get that baby out)!
- DIY concrete countertops
- Seal concrete countertops (I used Omega Concrete Countertop Sealer – it is a bit pricey, especially when you factor in the shipping cost, but it was honestly the BEST thing I found out there in terms of stats on stain/water resistance/finish/overall durability – I’ll of course keep y’all updated on how it holds up)!
- Install new farmhouse sink/faucet/etc
- Hook up/change plumbing below sink to accommodate new one basin sink (we used to have a two basin sink)
- Begin cleaning (and by cleaning, I mean SCRUBBING our ceiling – ugh – this is what happens when you san concrete in a small space and don’t tarp off your ceiling!)
- Assemble bar stools
- Install towel bar
- Assemble paper towel holder
- Begin styling! (YAY! – the funnest part)!
And of course, here are some photos of the process and how all of those things changed the look of our kitchen from last week!
And that my friends, concludes Week 5. ONE WEEK TO GO. I really can’t believe it. And also am struggling to comprehend how we’ll finish everything, but we’ve managed to stay on track thus far, so I’m sure we’ll manage!
Speaking of staying on track, here is how we are doing with my original timeline:
Week 5: Remove old sink and move major appliances (if not already done above); Finish DIY concrete countertops; Start DIY subway tile backsplash; Begin working on rearranging plumbing below sink to fit new one basin sink
Week 6: Finish DIY subway tile backsplash; Install new sink and plumbing fixtures; Switch out switches/faceplates; Install under cabinet lighting; Install corbels; Style and photograph!
So I’d say we are doing pretty great! A few things we need to do that are not on this list include cleaning, re-installing the appliances (microwave and stove), and paint touch ups. But overall, I’d say we are doing great. Now I just need to muster ALL my strength to make it through the next 7 days! Wish us luck!
Be sure to also check out all the other amazing bloggers and their Week 5 updates HERE! But, before you do, scroll on to read my How To Tutorial on how to remove a sink that is GLUED to your countertops with liquid nails!:
How to Remove a Glued Down Kitchen Sink:
To be fair, while we were doing this, we CRACKED our granite countertops. But, this is how we learned how to do this the RIGHT way very quickly. Lucky for us, we were covering our counters with concrete. If you are trying to save yours, consider this How To, but also consider hiring a professional to tackle this project. I don’t want to be responsible for anyone’s counters being ruined!
Also, Home Depot and Lowe’s both have GREAT tutorials on the sink removal process. Because of that, I am not going to reinvent the wheel. I am mostly here to tell you what to do when you get to the step that more or less says “cut away the old caulking with a utility knife, and then pop out your sink,” and then your sink WILL NOT pop out. Everything was going along swimmingly until we got to this step, and then we realized the sink was glued down with COPIUS amounts of Liquid Nails, which was totally unnecessary. But, considering all the other shoddy jobs we found in this kitchen (and our entire house), I am really not surprised.
At first we just tried putting some putty knives under the lip of the sink and hammering them in to find one weak spot. We finally found a spot at the corner that we could get some leverage under, and we PULLED HARD.
We cracked the granite. Yup. Who knew that could even happen?! Or at least just with some force used on to pull out a stupid kitchen sink?! Oh well!
So that’s when we stopped, Googled it up, and found a product called Goof Off. (Follow instructions on can, always work in well ventilated areas, and do NOT use if pregnant!) Hubby had to made a trip to Home Depot for it, but it worked like a CHARM.
We sprayed it around the entire edge of the sink, and then let it sit for a few minutes.
We then wedged in chisels, flathead screwdrivers, and putty knives under the sink lip all the way around.
We then hammered the main larger/stronger/flat tool (I honestly don’t know what it’s called) under the sink lip, and did this all the way around as well, just to loosed the glue/caulk.
Just using one round of the goof off and this method allowed us to break free the entire front and sides of the sink, with really little effort! The back was a bit tricker though, so we sprayed one more round of the Goof Off, waited a couple minutes, and then the sink literally popped right off – voila! Honestly, that Goof Off doesn’t goof off (see what I did there)? 😉
Now just learn from us and use Goof Off the FIRST go around. IF you do, you MIGHT be able to avoid cracking your existing countertops like we did!
Again though, if you have any doubt about this – HIRE A PROFESSIONAL!
And that concludes Week 5 my friends!
Don’t forget to check out all the amazing guest bloggers HERE, as well as all the featured designers of the One Room Challenge HERE! And, as always, if you want LIVE updates from the Casa del Ochoa kitchen renovation, head over to my Instagram and watch my latest stories! The most recent happenings of our kitchen renovation are also saved in my highlighted stories for your viewing pleasure!
Enjoy buddies, and I’ll see you next week for Week 6 of the ORC – THE BIG REVEAL!!!
P.S. Approximate man hours worked so far: 258!