Kitchen remodeling / Lake Ridge House / One Room Challenge

Fall 2019 One Room Challenge: Things are going up!

After a decidedly slow start here at our new house, I feel like just today we made some great progress. Welcome back to week three of the One Room Challenge. If you would like to catch up on all the nitty gritty details please check out the Week Two and the Week One posts!

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As I talked about last week, the vintage door has been stripped, cleaned and is ready for a finish. (I wrote a very detailed tutorial on how to strip a door if that might be helpful to you. ) I have not applied a finish to it yet because I wanted to dry fit it in place with the sliding hardware. The top mounted sliding “barn door” hardware from Delaney arrived on Tuesday evening and my dear husband got the door hung on Wednesday.

Now that it is in place I can get an exact measurement on how much wood I need to add to the bottom of the door. Right now the door looks like it wears “high waters”. Funny right?

This very well-made door hardware is incredibly easy to install with clear and efficient directions. You can purchase it here. It does help that by now we have installed 4 separate sliding door or ladder hardware.

Years ago, before barn doors were as incredibly popular as they are now, we created an in-depth sliding door installation tutorial that has helped thousand’s of people install their hardware. I hope it continues to be helpful to others in the coming years.

I don’t have any qualms with you being able to see a transition from the old door to the new added in piece. Old things aren’t perfect and neither is this door. But, the arch and the panel details really spoke to me and provided a subtle nod to the Tudor influence I want to add to our house.

The only detail in the extension I am concerned with is matching the wood type. Right now, I still can’t decide what kind of wood the door is made out of. Got any guesses? Most people I polled on Instagram thought it was cherry. I feel like if I could at least have the two pieces in the same species, I could make them match fairly well.

What I hoped I could show you this week was a wall of brick! The goal was to start installing the brick on Tuesday so I could have a good portion completed to share for today’s update post. But we delayed our contractor from starting on the kitchen prep once we discovered some very serious and dangerous electrical problems the builder left behind the drywall around that window. So very thankful we decided to replace that drywall!! We waited for them to come and remedy the situations before allowing our contractor to even touch that wall.

We also had our contractor remove the crown moulding on the sides of the kitchen that will have the brick. He carefully cut the moulding so that I could slide the brick in. He also installed the cement board for us. Having done that kind of job several times, we appreciated getting to skip that messy, cumbersome step ourselves.

He also moved the pendant lights to their proper place, centered on the island and with a more comfortable distance from each other.

Here is what I can show you today!

I think I love it!, even in the dark!

I plan to use grout instead of mortar and I also plan to spread the grout just as you would for a tile installation. I say that with just a bit of trepidation because I know the brick is porous and will likely soak up the grout. I have every intention of mitigating that problem through careful testing on practice boards once I have enough scrap tile.

So what is still ahead? While this list doesn’t look too long, each one of these items are pretty good little projects.

Projects to complete

  1. Finish installing brick walls and backsplash.
  2. Add wood to the bottom of the vintage door and apply a finish.
  3. Add custom finishes; new faucet and cabinet hardware.
  4. Build and add open shelves.
  5. Build out pantry.
  6. Find the perfect runner.
  7. Touch up paint the ceiling.
  8. Paint the walls and maybe the trim that do not have brick.


With all of the inherent expenses related to a moving into and setting up a new home, this transformation could not be possible without the generous help of the sponsors listed below. I will be sharing more about each of them as we move through the upcoming weeks.

Pfister: Faucet ||  Delaney: Barn Door Hardware || Wovenly: Rug 
D. Lawless Hardware: Knobs & Pulls , Emtek: Door Plates, Pull

Be sure to check out the other guest participants and follow along each week! Click here for the link up list of all the participants!

Also be sure not to miss the featured designers. It’s not surprising that their rooms are shaping up beautifully!

And again, special thanks to Linda and the Media Sponsor Better Homes and Garden!!

I’d love if you left a Comment and let me know what you think about the projects so far!


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