So as I contemplated the changes I have in mind for our kitchen, I also contemplated tackling this one alone. Mom's seen my plans for the kitchen, and she knows I'll be relying on her advice (and extensive tool collection) but she also knows I want to do this myself.
I'm starting on the north end of the kitchen. The only change in this half of the room will be the addition of beadboard wainscoating under the existing chair rail. Here's a picture of my progress so far:
In a way I feel like my age was just divided by ten and I'm a three year old insisting, "I can do it by myself!". And, like a three year old, my progress is much slower and my work perhaps a bit rougher around the edges. But I did it myself, gosh darn it!
My plan is to do the room in sections, which means I will prime and paint the beadboard pictured above before moving on. We're living in the house, and I'm hoping to keep most of the kitchen in some semblance of order as I proceed. Up next will be the northeast corner of the room, which will be a repeat of the beadboard work I'm doing in the northwest corner of the room.
The south half of the room will be more challenging. Here's a picture of what I'll be starting with:
Yeah, kind of crazy I know. Especially when I admitted just a few paragraphs back that using a brad nailer or a circular saw makes me nervous. But I'm still planning to do it.