Last update: August 11, 2015, 12:15pm

This is a picture from shortly after we moved into the house.
Donald built the short wall to make a "diner booth".
In years following the refrigerator, dishwasher and sink were replaced.

So when we retired and decided that since we aren't travelers we would fix up the kitchen.
This is what it looked like before work began.
Donald had taken out the half wall and moved the cabinet to the wall by the door.

But when we started taking out the little pantry in the corner we ran into wire mesh; and Donald quit
That is what the cardboard is covering.
We hired professionals; the blue tape is where an island and small table will go.

A note about "updates" and "days":

The men working on the kitchen work four ten hour days each week - Monday through Thursday. Therefore the "Day" headings to each group of pictures refers to a work day and not a calendar day.

The first day of work was July 8; work was completed on August 5.

Day 1:

The left door goes to the garage.
The open door goes into a lavatory (which will come into play later).

Day 2:

Day 3:
The electricians completed their rough-in.
The only visible difference to day 2 pictures are additional holes in the wall and ceiling.

Day 4:

Day 5:

Day 6: Cabinets!!!

Day 7:

Day 8:

Day 9: Tile and grout!!!

Day 10:

Day 11 and 12 (half day):
The electrician installed new switches, outlets, and ceiling fan.

Day 13 (half day):

Day 14:

Cat Training
Our young, furry friend, Rosie, has jumped up on the kitchen counters in the past.
We want to stop this behavior so with the turmoil we took this opportunity to try.
To create an unpleasant experience when she lands on the counter, we covered the counters with cardboard onto which is taped contact paper . . . sticky side up.

Rosie has tufts of fur extending down between the pads of her toes.

This is the bottom of her right front paw.
We left the house for four hours and returned to find one little patch of fur on the edge of the island.

We'll leave the trap in place for a few days to see if any more "evidence" appears.

Further adventures in cat training

We put the 'cat traps' up on the cardboard for a couple days.
Then we noticed the wheels turning in Rosies "powerful walnut" brain and decided to take the contact paper off the cardboard and just lay it on the counters.
Sure enough, a couple mornings later, one sheet of contact paper was on the floor in somewhat of a mess and a corner had been chewed; we're assuming the chewing occurred as she was trying to extricate herself.

Day 15:

The chairs are circa 1949; they were purchased, unfinished, from Montgomery Ward when Donald's parents moved into their first house. The finish is spar varnish.

Day 16 (2 hours):

Day 17 (2 hours):

Night lighting

Hood lights

Sink light

Under cabinet lights (Every other one turned off; it is really bright with all of them on.)

Ceiling perimeter lights

There are also two over the island which aren't pictured here.