Monday, November 9, 2009

Ruby Tuesday - Renovating



Ruby Tuesday allows us to post lovely rubies, the artistic subtle reds of life.

But not here! Instead of perfect, I am 'showcasing' the mundane, the imperfect, the work-in-progress that portends nice things to arrive.

After the work is done, that is!

Four years ago, we were having our kitchen redone to accomodate the wheelchair. The counters were lowered, 'chair roll-under access to the range and sink, and a new floor.




To get there from here, of course, we all had the opportunity to live among the construction. Really, the best ruby here in the transitional mess is the Porter + Cable air compressor that facilitated the nailer. Lesser rubies include the red parts of the broom and the orange extension cord.

No style here, but the look of the anticipated kitchen update. Although messy, we could picture the time when the kitchen would be completed....


31 comments:

Robin said...

Renovations are sure a mess, but no question that they're worth it, especially liveability improvements like yours.

ilanadavita said...

We are having our bathroom renovated at the moment and yes, it seems to drag on!

Ellie said...

It looks neater then my kid's room - very neat home improvement project - I am impressed as always on your site.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Living through renovations is tough. Glad you were able to see the end while you were still in the midst of it all.

maryt/theteach said...

Ralph, show the finished product... I'd love to see it! Great Ruby Tuesday post! Who said RT posts have to be perfect? :)

Carletta's Captures said...

Before we sold our other home we took out the carpet downstairs and put in wood laminate floors. I hated the mess but the results were well worth it.
I see the red but I'm really looking at those painted blue cabinets. I love those.
Have a great Ruby Tuesday Ralph!

Leora said...

I like the colors! Blues and reds, in the midst of "redecorating" blues.

When we did work on our kitchen, we camped out in our dining room for a few months.

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

Transitions can be challenging, but well worth the time, energy, and money invested. Reminds me that I'm giving thought to having my 30 year old bathrooms redone sometime soon.
Hugs and blessings,

Mimi said...

We're just a year over some renovations, and haven't yet got back to normal!
I too love your painted blue cabinets.

life's journey said...

after those works don I know it looks great. Happy Ruby Tuesday.

DrillerAA09 said...

Ahh...a bright red compressor is a sign of things to come. The do make the manual labor go a little smoother as they assist a multitude of tools. Happy RT.

Diane AZ said...

I love photos of "ordinary" objects and events. That must have been some noisy construction with the air compressor and all! I am curious to see what the finished kitchen looks like.

pinkyshelo said...

Your post is great.. Sometimes we have to see the ordinary things behind the great perfect ones. Im sure your home after the renovation looks great and perfect.

Pawlie Kokonuts said...

I don't like the unsettled mess of a renovation; hence, I left my wife to her project. She can have all credit and no blame. Good luck on yours.

Jim said...

Hey Ralph, I like your ordinary reds. Your air compressor is pretty, mine is aluminum colored and old. I have even splice the hoses.
Happy RT! Thank you for visiting and for your nice comment. I figured it was time for a car or two. His truck may be an F250, I called it an F150. I'll find out.
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Felisol said...

Hi, Ralph,
I like the honest picture of a work under construction. I sometimes wish I could hang a poster around my neck with the same saying.
I do like the way you meet with challenges.
Looking them right in the eyes and then move on.
From Felisol

Paz said...

Good shots of the color red. So, were you satisfied with the outcome? I hope so.

Paz

chubskulit said...

It's a little messy but after the renovation, its worth it. We started renovating our basement before we moved to Korea last year, but now that we are going back to WV, we will be continuing the renov. project. Goodluck to you!

Please come and find out what our little fashionista has to say.

bj said...

o, we have to go thru the messy stuff to get to the good stuff!!
I always enjoy your ruby postings..one of these days, I will try to have a post that even men would enjoy. Right now, all I've got is decorating stuff...
Have a great week...
bj

Napaboaniya APAD said...

During stages of renovation, we all dread through it. The dust and furniture all over the place. But come once it's done, voila! :)

Linda said...

The road to renovation can be a rough one sometimes but usually in the end, the inconveniences were well worth it!

Loree said...

Renovations create a heck of a mess but it's worth it in the end. Thanks for visiting my RT post.

Annie said...

Great story Ralph. So - do we ever get to see the completed project?????

Hootin' Anni said...

.........but, one day, it'll all be worth the hassles!!

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Happy Tuesday to you!

Auntie E said...

Isn't it amazing all those ruby finds hidden in the renovation mess. I bit the Kitchen looks great. Happy RT

Dianne said...

ahhh yes, living in the ruins

thankfully it is all worth it in the end

Bond said...

Lots of work to facilitate an ease in living...wonderful

Marice said...

thanks for always sharing to us some lovely memories! bet that turned out to be one beautiful kitchen :)

u may view mine if u have time

Gayle said...

I've been building/remodelling for 18 years now, and no longer enjoy it AT ALL! Hopefully, you are finished and comfortable.

moosh said...

A lot of work but worth it I hope. I would like to see the results. HRT

Nukke said...

Then it will be so nice as the work is done !!! And then it's nice to look at pics before and after the renovation !