Anne and Gary's
Mid-Century Modern Home

A new home for the refrigerator.

November 7th, 2009

Sheetrock Progress Report

In the previous post we showed a picture shot from the hall of the framed box the refrigerator would be moved to.    This is is a picture of that box from inside the kitchen.

The refrigerator was in the space now occupied by the cabinets with the green drawers.    It will now go in the built in space you see here.

As you can see, there will be a cupboard above the refrigerator. Since Gary is six foot three, he will be the one taking stuff up and down from there.

Where the new stove will be.

November 7th, 2009

stove wall

This is the wall where the stove will go.   The stove will slide in between the two cabinets.

You saw the cabinet to the right in the previous picture that showed where the refrigerator would go.   As you can see, the refrigerator will go the directly to the right of these cabinets.

The space were the refrigerator used to be will now be cabinets and counter space.    it will be wonderful to have counter space between the range and the refrigerator.

It will be very handy having the refrigerator directly to the right of the cooking area.

The kitchen sink.

November 7th, 2009

Kitchen Sink

Not much to say about this one.    This is where the new kitchen sink will go, which is exactly where it was before.

Off we go. The demolition begins.

October 23rd, 2009

Sheetrock Progress Report

As you can see, the old kitchen is gone!

John Mueller, our remodeler extraordinaire, has completed the demolition of the kitchen and hallway.   The electrician has been getting the electrical work in order and everything is being prepped for the cabinet installation.

We'll keep you informed of developments as they happen.

Going, Going, Going, Gone!

October 15th, 2009

Kitchen demoliton

Our kitchen tear-out is beginning this week! (Don’t worry; it was not the original 1955 kitchen.)

Gone will be:

   * An impossible-to-keep-clean kitchen sink

   * A glued-down cutting board with a giant crack

   * A drawer which can’t be opened unless the dishwasher is opened

   * No counter space between the cooktop and the frig

   * Double ovens which routinely set off the nearby smoke alarm

Stay tuned to see our new retro kitchen!

Tom Woodruff - Cabinet Maker Par Excellence

September 27th, 2009

Tom Woodruff

We are very excited to be working with local cabinet maker Tom Woodruff.

We had quite the challenge finding someone to work with who could meet our specific needs.    We finally heard about Tom through John Mueller, our remodeling contractor who is also a La Grande artist.

Tom makes wonderful custom furniture and art work as well as cabinets.    He generally works on one project at a time and is known for his quality work.    We are really excited about working with him.

We particularly appreciated that he was willing to sit down and patiently work out sizing for specific drawers and cupboards.    He is going out of his way to give us exactly what we want.    We are confident he will be able to implement our vision.

Tom is progressing rapidly on the cabinets as you can see from the pictures on the left.

Very shortly (gulp) our old kitchen will disappear.

If you happen to live in the La Grande area and would like to talk to Tom, here is his contact information:

Woodruff Custom Furniture and Cabinetry
2407 East Q Avenue
La Grande, Oregon 97850
(541) 963-8332

More pictures of cabinets being made by Tom Woodruff

September 25th, 2009

Here are more pictures of the cabinets Tom Woodruff is in the process of making for us.

Tom Woodruff

Woodruff Custom Furniture and Cabinetry
2407 East Q Avenue
La Grande, Oregon 97850
(541) 963-8332

Deb Allstott helps us select colors and shades.

September 12th, 2009

Deb Allstott Picture

Deb Allstott is our color consultant and window treatment expert.

Deb, who owns Home Matters in La Grande, Oregon, has been a life saver when it has come to picking colors for our renovation.

Though we were comfortable selecting the colors for our living room area, the rest of the house was too much of a challenge. This was especially true with the hard surfaces where it's not "just a can of paint".

Deb has an excellent eye for color and has been invaluable in helping us find colors that are dramatic while working well with the colors we've already selected.

If you happen to live in the La Grande area and need help figuring out colors, give Deb a call.

You can find her at:

Home Matters - Deb Allstott
1115 Adams Avenue
La Grande, OR 97850

We are in Atomic Ranch Magazine!!!

August 25th, 2009

Atomic Ranch Magazine

Our Mid Century Home has been pictured in the Fall issue of Atomic Ranch Magazine!

A picture of the house and a paragraph about it can be found in the "Home Page" section of Atomic ranch magazine on page 43.

If you do not yet subscribe to Atomic ranch, though we suspect many of you already do, please check it out their web site at

We have been reading Atomic ranch for many years and always find it inspiring.    It is a wonderful source for ideas about what to do with your home.

If you aren’t subcribed to it already, we suggest you do.

Progress Report: The Shower Tile is Laid.

June 24th, 2009

The Shower Tile is Laid
Here is a quick update of the installation of the new shower in the remodeled master bath.

John Mueller, our remodeling contractor and an artist, has been working away on the project.

The picture on to the left shows the new tile that is now completely laid.    The grout still needs to be applied, which John will do next.

That's it for for now.

We’ll keep you informed as things develop.