Join me today as I share this Millie’s Remodel Update where I’m installing the kitchen cabinets (mostly by myself!)

Millie’s Remodel: Installing the Kitchen Cabinets

Hey all you Millie’s Remodel fans! Today we’ll be hanging out in the kitchen to install the kitchen cabinets. If you’ve never installed cabinets, it’s not too difficult, but installing them level is important before you can have the countertops installed.

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Welcome back to a new Millie’s Remodel update. Today we’re finally giving the kitchen function by installing the cabinets.

As a reminder this is what the kitchen looked like when I bought the house.

After removing the old cabinets I discovered more water leaks than I’ve ever seen in a house. If there was a water line, it had a leak! There was lots of mold forcing me to complete some HAZMAT demolition while taking extreme precautions. It’s been quite a process building the kitchen back.

black mold on drywall

Interior Design Help:

As I was trying to wrap my head around a kitchen design plan, I discovered a local designer on Instagram and reached out to her. Elizabeth Burns, a local interior designer helped me come up with a floor plan for the kitchen. Now I can’t wait to get started making those plans a reality.

kitchen layout of Millie's Remodel project

I ordered all the cabinets from Cabinets-to-Go. Although I previously used a shaker style cabinet from Cabinets-to-Go for Saving Etta, I decided to use a modern-looking cabinet for Millie and selected the Charleston Driftwood cabinets.

When the cabinets arrived for pick up, I loaded my truck and drove them straight to the Millie’s Remodel house. That’s where I discovered several of the boxes were super heavy and labeled with a warning label that it was a two-person lift. Being that I was working alone most of the time, I attempted to unload all the boxes by myself. You can see how that went and how the installation process when in this video:

Something Different for the Range Hood Cabinet:

When it came time to choose a range hood cabinet, I decided to use a simple white cabinet with a glass front instead of the Charleston Driftwood. I wanted the cabinet to float on the wall and not look dark. The only snafu was the sides of the cabinet are white, where I thought they would match the glass frame (stainless steel.) To solve the issue, I installed self-adhesive stainless steel vinyl on the side. It looks much better now and once the open shelves and backsplash are installed you probably won’t even notice it.

The range hood was a mid-range Broan NuTone stainless steel under cabinet hood. It wasn’t super fancy but looks sleek and modern. This is a similar range hood to the one I bought.

Once the range hood was hung, I connected the ductwork and hid it behind some extra shelving material that came with the white cabinet.

Affordable Cabinet Pulls:

I opted for modern gold pulls on the cabinet drawers and the cabinets. Luckily, I purchased them for a steal on Amazon. When they arrived, they felt lightweight, but once mounted onto the doors you can’t tell that they feel less than solid.

I ended up putting a small microwave into the pantry cabinet (shown above). Personally I don’t like seeing the microwave on display in a kitchen and this hides it away nicely until the renters want to use it.

After a busy week, the kitchen cabinets are finally installed and ready for the countertop templating process.

Next week I’ll take you with me to shop for countertops. It’s going to be fun!

Have you been enjoying the Millie’s Remodel updates? Have you missed any of them?

Millie’s Remodel: First Day Tour

Millie’s Remodel: Mini Demo Update

Millie’s Remodel: HAZMAT Demolition

Millie’s Remodel: Why I’m Canceling my Termite Contract

Millie’s Remodel: Framing, Plumbing, & Electrical Oh My!

Millie’s Remodel: HVAC Update (How to Extend Your System’s Life Span)

Millie’s Remodel: Main Bathroom Design

Millie’s Remodel: Powder Room & Laundry Room Design

Millie’s Remodel: Kitchen Design Plans

Millie’s Remodel: Help Me Decide! Mid-Century Lighting Options

Millie’s Remodel: Tips and Tricks to Self Level a Floor

Millie’s Remodel: How to Waterproof Floors in Any Room

Millie’s Remodel: Drywall Update and Critters

Millie’s Remodel: Laying the Cement Tiles in the Bathrooms

Millie’s Remodel: Help Me Choose Exterior Paint Colors

Millie’s Remodel: Exterior Paint Color Reveal

Millie’s Remodel: Front Exterior Reveal

Millie’s Remodel: Lighting and Fan Reveal

Millie’s Remodel: Moving the Shed

A special thank you to the Millie’s Remodel Sponsors:

The Millie’s Remodel project sponsors have donated materials for the Millie’s Remodel project. As you know I am very particular about the brands I work with and recommend. As a general contractor, I choose the products used on my projects wisely to make sure they last a lifetime. Therefore, I have no reservations putting my name behind each and every one of these sponsors.

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Kichler Ridley II Fan

This is by far my favorite phase in any home renovation! In my mind, the lighting install is like adding jewelry to complete the outfit! And you have to admit some of this lighting is drool-worthy bling! Today, I’m excited to share with you the lighting and fans I chose for Millie’s Remodel.

Millie's Remodel: Lighting & Fan Reveal

Millie’s Remodel: Lighting & Fan Reveal

I can’t believe how much progress has happened on the Millie’s Remodel project. If you’re just getting caught up, you can find all the Millie’s Remodel updates here. While we were working outside and moving the shed, my electrician was busy working inside.

Almost all the lighting and fans were provided by Kichler, the Gold Sponsor of the Millie’s Remodel project.

Kichler logo

To be completely honest, I’ve been a fan of Kichler lighting for over a decade. I have installed many of their fixtures in my house and always know I can expect quality from the brand. (You can read how their customer service hooked me up in this tutorial.) But, I had no idea they also manufacture ceiling fans and lighted mirrors. You have to see all the options! Ready to see the lighting and fans I used in the Millie’s Remodel house?

Trying to choose options for Millie wasn’t an easy task because there were so many beautiful fixtures to choose from. I finally narrowed my selection down, and once I stepped into the house, I was blown away by how gorgeous the fixtures are and how well they complement the mid-century modern style.

Lighting in the Millie’s Remodel House:

A black and glass modern LED light greets everyone at the front door and definitely sets the tone for the interior.

Kichler Riverpath light fixture

The River Path light from Kichler, is a modern LED light with bubble glass that reflects the light around the front door.

Kichler River Path led light

I love that you never have to replace the light bulbs, and can leave the light on all night and well into the daytime. I snapped this quick photo of the sunset as I left one night. It shows the light cast from the River Path fixture.

Millie's Remodel at dusk

Inside the living room are low profile LED lights from Kichler. They aren’t showy, but that’s what I love about them. The Horizon II LED lights are dimmable and they install on top of the drywall (but look like recessed lights). No more worrying if you have a ceiling joist in your way (although you still have to install a junction box), you can set your lights anywhere you want on your ceiling!

Kichler Horizon II Faux Recessed LED Ceiling Lights

Sputnik light fixtures (especially chandeliers) are making a big comeback. I chose the Armstrong flush mount light for the powder/laundry room and love the shape and natural brass finish.

How sexy is this light, especially when it’s lit?

In the hallway, my electrician installed the three-light Alton fixture.

This semi-flush light puts out a ton of light, and I love the shadows the seeded glass projects on the ceiling.

The main bathroom has the most quintessential mid-century modern light fixture (in my humble opinion.) The Jasper three globe fixture adds a lot of ambient light in the room. Although I chose to mount the globes facing up, it can also be mounted down. This orientation, gave me plenty of room to install an elegant Ryame lit mirror underneath. If you’ve ever used a lit mirror, you know how flattering the lighting is.

The best part about the Jasper and Ryame (besides that they make a handsome couple), is they both use LEDs and you never have to replace a bulb!

I saved my favorite lights for last. These hexagon cage pendants aren’t just modern and stylish. They will complement one of the tile choices I made for the kitchen. I can’t wait to show you them together, but for now, gaze at these beauties.

The Rocklyn pendant lights have an industrial modern look. I decided to hang them at various heights for more visual interest. My assistant, Stephanie, told me about these gem bulbs and I ordered them as quickly as I could. Once screwed in, the Rocklyn pendant lights and the gem bulbs looked like a match made in heaven.

I mean, come on, can you even argue that these two weren’t made for each other.

gem shaped vintage light bulb in Rocklyn pendant

Ceiling Fans:

Time to chill with a few ceiling fans. I know many people who despise ceiling fans because of how they look, but these fans from Kichler are truly works of art.

This is the Incus LED fan. The light is dimmable and is the perfect low profile light in this modern fan. I love the curves on this fan and think it might need a better name like Ana, Ashley, or how about Marilyn! What do you think? Should we all send notes to Kichler with our name suggestions? 😉

In the smaller bedroom, I installed the Ridley II and I kind of have a crush on him. Ridley is a guy, right?

The fan blades are real wood, and I don’t know if they are truly hand-carved, but they look like it! Maybe the woodworker’s name is Ridley. Anyway, no faux wood for Ridley, no siree.

I’d love to know what you think of the lighting and fan choices I made for this mid-century house. Personally I have a crush on all of it. Can I get away with mid-century modern in a late-70’s dutch colonial? Asking for a friend.

Disclosure: Kichler Lighting is a Millie’s Remodel gold sponsor. I was provided with complimentary fixtures for the house. 

how to move a shed

You might remember the ugly Frankenshed behind the Millie’s Remodel house. It’s finally time to try to move this ugly monster. Whether we’re successful or not, I’ll share the Easiest & Cheapest Way to Move a Shed!

Millie’s Remodel: The Easiest & Cheapest Way to Move a Shed

A long long time ago (back before we had children), Pretty Handsome Guy and I were making a move from Philadephia to Charlottesville, VA. We packed our rented UHaul full to the brim and were ready to start the new adventure.

We were backing the truck out when we heard a loud scraping sound and suddenly the truck was stuck. The front wheels were still in the driveway, but the back of the truck had bottomed out on the crowned pavement (turns out a road really isn’t flat from side to side.) We were blocking traffic and didn’t know what to do. I tried calling UHaul but they said it was operator error and we needed to call a large truck tow company.

As I was searching around for someone to help, our neighbor took one look at the situation and ran to the back of the driveway. He came back and created a lever with some blocks and a 4×4 post. Then he put one end under the bumper and proceeded to perch on the other end of the 4×4 bouncing up and down. He told Pretty Handsome Guy to give the truck a little gas. Although my neighbor couldn’t have weighed more than 125 lbs., the lever gave us enough lift to get us unstuck.

Here we are about twenty years later, and I still remember that 4×4 lever trick! But, I have a few more tricks up my sleeve, because although you might be able to lift a shed with a 4×4 and some blocks, how do you move it from one side of your yard to the other?

The Easiest & Cheapest Way to Move a Shed:

Today, in the Millie’s Remodel updates we will attempt to move the Frankenshed.

This eyesore sits directly outside the back bedroom and I can’t even express how ugly it is with poor construction and ugly siding. Then there’s the piece of plexiglass screwed over the window opening.

ugly shed in backyard

But, the worst thing about this shed is the siding that is cracked, and the caulk used to fill the seams. Now you can understand why I don’t have high hopes for moving this monster in one piece. I kept the dumpster over the weekend because I think there’s a very good chance this shed will fall apart the minute we try to move it. If that happens, I’ll cut it apart in pieces and top off the dumpster.

But, hey, you’re no idiot. I’m sure you are thinking, “Brittany, if you title this post How to Move a Shed, that means you probably were successful. ”

Well, you’ll just have to see if you’re right and watch the video:

Materials:

  • 2 – 2″ x 4″ x 16′ (or as long as you can transport)
  • 3 – 4″ x 4″ x 10′
  • 6-8 Cinderblocks (depending on the size of your shed, you need least 6 to set the shed)
  • 4 – 3″ PVC pipes (at least as long as the length of your floor joists)
  • Drainage Gravel
  • Carjack
  • Level

Tips on Moving a Shed:

  1. Empty the shed (less weight is better)
  2. Have a helper or two
  3. Use longer lumber for better leverage
  4. Measure and determine the final resting location
  5. Make sure the final location is clear of obstacles (especially low branches)
  6. Pick a path and clear any obstacles
  7. Use 2x4s to act as tracks
  8. Use large PVC pipes to act as rollers
  9. PVC pipes roll best when perpendicular to the floor joists
  10. Elevate the shed on blocks off the ground (to prevent rot) unless you have a concrete pad

How to Move a Shed:

Set a block near the shed and slip the end of a 4×4 under the shed while resting on the block If you can’t get the 4×4 underneath, raise the shed up with a car jack, then slip the 4×4 underneath.

Lift the shed and slide 2x4s under the shed in the direction you want to roll the shed.

Set one PVC pipe under the shed in the middle of the shed. Release the 4×4 slowly. If the shed doesn’t tip toward you, you can add a little weight to the front to help it tip.

Lay two more PVC pipes on top of the 2x4s under the shed perpendicular to the 2×4’s and to the floor joists. Then slip one more PVC pipe in toward the front.

Remove the blocks and the 4×4 (but keep it nearby). Push your shed and let the PVC pipes roll underneath. As soon as one PVC pipe pops out the back, bring it to the front and roll onto it.

To turn the shed, put the 4×4 inside the door frame against one corner. Press against the other end of the 4×4 outside the door frame to pivot the shed. (You can see how this is done in the video.) Adjust your 2×4 tracks and place the PVC pipes perpendicular to the floor joists, then push the shed.

Perpendicular or Parallel to the Joists, why does it matter?

When the PVC pipes are placed perpendicular to the joists, the floor framing touches the pipes in multiple spots (as shown below.) This allows the shed to roll very easily.

The pipes can roll when parallel to the joists, but it’s much harder because the framing is not resting on the pipes at as many points, and the PVC may bow in between the blocking. You can certainly use the pipes parallel to the joists for pushing the shed out into an open area where you can then set the pipes perpendicular to the joists.

A Makeover for Frankenshed:

To clean up the look of the shed, my assistant Brett built a new door. Then he added trim and used the old bathroom window for a new window. Once my painter painted the trim and siding to match the house, it was unrecognizable.

I can’t believe this is the same shed, can you?

before and after shed makeover

The old patchy privacy fence between the neighbor’s property was removed (it practically fell down when we removed the patched section).

Brett installed a new PVC privacy fence to match the one in the front of the property.

PVC privacy fence

Now that the exterior has a beautiful front and backyard, it’s time to start focusing on finishing the interior. Stay tuned for more Millie’s Remodel updates!

A special thank you to the Millie’s Remodel Sponsors:

The Millie’s Remodel project sponsors have donated materials for the Millie’s Remodel project. As you know I am very particular about the brands I work with and recommend. As a general contractor, I choose the products used on my projects wisely to make sure they last a lifetime. Therefore, I have no reservations putting my name behind each and every one of these sponsors.

millies remodel sponsors logos

Get a load of this transformation! See Millie’s Remodel and her exterior front reveal. Plus, I’m sharing tips to help you keep your home protected from termites when landscaping.

Millie’s Remodel Update: Exterior Front Reveal

This update of the Millie’s Remodel project is sponsored by Corteva, the makers of Sentricon. I’m grateful to have Sentricon on board as a Millie’s Remodel sponsor!

Although I still have a lot to catch you up on inside the Millie’s Remodel house, the exterior siding, brick, and front door has been painted. I chose a pretty bright blue for the front door. It’s Loyal Blue from Sherwin Williams.

I built the shutters using leftover tongue and groove planks from the porch overhangs. I promise to share a tutorial for you in the near future.

And I added a modern address plaque beside the door. Also, a DIY I’ll share a tutorial for later.

Although the shutters have been hung and the house numbers look amazing, I feel like something is missing. The house feels a bit naked from the waist down if you catch my drift. It needs some landscaping!

Unfortunately, I’m a little over budget on all the renovations at Millie’s Remodel, so I need to save some money on the landscaping. I decided to plant a few bushes out front and call it done.

Budget Landscaping for a Mid-Century Modern House:

With my budget being under $200, I was able to put in some foundation plantings and one feature plant to give Millie a more finished look outside.

I planted three Fatsio Japonica bushes (the wider bushes with bigger leaves).

Between the Japonicas, I planted two Golden Ticket privet bushes. They should fill in a little over time, but for now, they certainly help ground the house.

For the feature item, I chose a pretty yellow Amber Gold arborvitae for the small bed between the front door and the driveway. I like the color and the tall skinny look of this tree. When full-grown it may be up to 5′ wide and 10′ tall. But, hopefully, it won’t reach full width and can stay a little narrower. I’ll have to keep an eye on it and trim the sides if it starts to get too big.

Luckily, I had a pile of wood chips in the backyard where I had to take out a large rotted tree that was hanging over the house. I was able to use the chips as fresh mulch around the plantings.

Although it’s hard to tell, in the above photo, I kept a barrier of bare earth (and no wood chips) against the foundation of the house. Why? Let me take a moment to talk about how to landscape while keeping your house protected from termites.

Landscaping While Keeping Your Home Termite Free:

I know we live in an area that is overpopulated with termites, so I’m very careful about protecting my homes from conditions that could lead to a termite infestation. Most plants need moisture to stay alive, but unfortunately, termites love wet mushy wood because it’s easier to chew and more tempting! For that reason, it’s important to pay attention to moisture around your home’s foundation. All the tips below will help you reduce the likelihood that termites will find your home tasty.

  • When spreading mulch around plantings, keep it away from the house. Leave at least a one-foot perimeter along the foundation clear of mulch and other organic matter
  • Plant bushes so as to maintain a three-foot clearance from your home (be sure to look at the mature height and width information on new plantings)
  • Never pile firewood, lumber, mulch, soil, or other “termite-friendly” matter against your house
  • Don’t use wood timbers or lumber to create garden beds against your house
  • Install gutters and use downspouts to move water away from the foundation
  • Always make sure your land is graded with a slope away from your house
  • Keep gutters clear of debris to prevent them from overflowing.
  • Contract with a good termite treatment company (you can read how I chose Sentricon in this post.)
  • Keep up with scheduled inspections with your termite company.

My local termite company that installed the Sentricon system came back two weeks ago to check on the system to see if there was any termite activity and inspect the bait stations to see if they needed to be replaced. My technician was able to find most of the bait stations from the map he created during installation.

But, if the stations were buried, he could use the detector to find them.

You can learn more about the Sentricon system and how it’s installed by watching my previous video:

We saw some minor evidence that they had found the stations. This is good because it means they are feeding off the bait stations and taking it back to the colony.

Unfortunately, the memory card in my camera was corrupt, or I’d show you the bait station after almost a year. Luckily, Sarah has an excellent photo of her Sentricon bait station after being in the ground for almost a year.

A Look Back at Millie’s Front Exterior Transformation:

Together, I think the landscaping (although only 6 plants and some mulch) and painting made a big difference. We should look back to when I first bought the house. Remember how she looked? The greenery you see was all weeds!

Then, after painting, she looks great, but still needs some architectural pizzazz.

Finally, the shutters and painted front door made a big difference, but she was a tad naked around her base.

Now she has some beautiful modern greenery out front.

Did I do okay on my minimal budget?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Corteva, the makers of Sentricon. I was provided complimentary termite protection for a year and was compensated for my time and efforts to promote Sentricon. I was not told what to write. All opinions are my own. I am particular about the brands I represent and will always let you know when you are reading a sponsored post.

Thanks for all your votes and comments on the siding and brick paint color. I’m excited to finally show you the exterior paint decision for Millie’s Remodel!

Millie’s Remodel Update: Exterior Paint Decision Made

Thank you all for your input on the exterior paint colors for Millie’s Remodel. If you recall, I left you with two choices for the brick and siding color. But, I also left you with some choices for front door colors.

Although I haven’t painted the front door yet, I’m happy to reveal the results of the siding and brick color. I painted them Sage Advice from RomaBio! And your advice was very sage and appreciated. LOL. In full disclosure, I contacted RomaBio about sponsoring the Millie’s Remodel project because I wanted to use a product that would allow the brick to breathe and not require lots of maintenance.

This fella in particular seemed to love the color as I found him perched here shortly after the painters finished painting.

Well, what do you think?

Ummm, yeah, the house wasn’t supposed to be two-tone. My painter was convinced I wanted all the trim and siding painted white. But, I assured him, I wanted the siding painted sage green. What are your thoughts? Do you like it two-toned look or all one color?

Of course, the house still needs shutters and I will be painting the front door something other than forest green. But, for now, I love how clean and uniform the exterior looks. Especially with the old laundry room door bricked up and the repairs no longer visible under the transom window.

A few more things happened since we last chatted here on the blog. I had gutters installed and another rain chain. In this particular location, we didn’t have a spot for a downspout without it being unsightly. Instead, I purchased a modern-looking rain chain and installed it on the end of the roof overhang out back.

If you know me, you know I have a thing for rain chains. Especially on the homes I renovate. Recognize these rain chains on Saving Etta?

My only complaint about the rain chain is when leaves get stuck in the hole in the gutter. But, it’s not a big deal to clear. Otherwise, the rain travels down the chain and lands in a planter pot on the ground.

The planter has holes in the bottom facing the backyard. And the rain chain is simply buried and held in place by river rocks in the pot.

Another eyesore that gave way to something more modern, was the split rain fence between the driveway and the neighbor’s property. When I had the survey done, it showed the fence was encroaching on the neighbor’s property by 8 inches.

To remedy the situation and give some more privacy, I had my helper, Brett, install a modern privacy fence right up against the driveway. I still need to have it stained, but it’s a great improvement over the split rail and gives some privacy between the houses.

Next on my list of “eyesores to attack” is this ugly shed directly behind the house. From the back bedroom, you have a beautiful view of “Frankenshed”. I’m calling it that because of all the seams in the siding. It’s so ugly.

We’re going to try to move the shed over the weekend before the dumpster is picked up. I think there’s a 75% chance the shed will fall apart the minute we try to move it. If that happens, I will cut it up and put the entire thing in the dumpster.

Wish us luck!

Disclosure: RomaBio is a Millie’s Remodel sponsor. I reached out to them after doing lots of research on painting exterior brick and asked if they wanted to be a sponsor of the project. I was provided with complimentary products to use.