Kitchen Remodels forum: My own Kitchen Remodel

 
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 2, 2010 6:05 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I thought I'd open up this cubit since we are nearing the end of our own kitchen remodel. Some of you may have seen a thread I posted on DG about it. If not, I will copy and paste it here so you can see what we've done so far.

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My kitchen has been needing a major overhaul since we moved in here in 1989. Two years ago, after hunting season ended, my husband decided it was TIME to get started. My husband is a carpenter, and like the cobbler whose children have no shoes, or the mechanic whose wife's car barely gets around town, I knew that it would be a long drawn out process. I was determined to NOT nag him about however long it took to get the job done. He works hard all day long and enjoys hunting.

He mainly works on new homes so was much more up to snuff on what's "in" these days than I was. On the other hand, I spend much more time in the kitchen than he does, so pretty much knew what I wanted the final result to be. Every time I'd suggest something, he'd nix the idea and tell me why he didn't like it. There was quite a bit of frustration over this, but in the long run, we compromised and I'm delighted with the way the kitchen is now.

I've unloaded and reloaded the kitchen cabinets time after time over the past 2 years. I'm glad that I don't have to do that any more. Many other home and hunting projects have begun and finished since the kitchen began. So all in all, I'm pleased as punch that it's not taken any longer than it has to get to the point we are at today.

We've done the majority of the work ourselves and saved a ton of money. We had someone he works with come in to do the countertops, back splash and flooring. There have been some errors made that were easily enough corrected. I've taken over 400 photos of each step of the remodel and "documented" them in a slide show. I've put off sharing this project (except with a few folks here at DG) until this point because I wanted to be closer to completion before I started a thread about it. It's still not complete. We still have to have cabinet doors and drawer fronts made. We also need to get a new stainless steel refrigerator. Both of these are going to be a major expense.

Due to the number of photos, I will post a link to the slide show rather that posting the photos here. I hope you will enjoy seeing the transformation of our kitchen and welcome your comments and suggestions.

http://uniquetreasures.phanfare.com/2147752_2310203#imageID=...

The cabinets are made of birch.

I'm hoping that eventually the white trim around the doors will be stained wood. We put that trim up before we trimmed the cabinets just to cover up where we'd taken the old trim off.

I love the extra counter space that is now there. It sure makes it much easier to prepare dinner.

We've always been a "2 fridge" family. Once the new fridge goes in, the second one will be removed and another small pantry will be built there beside the fridge.

Janet

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Imagemcgper1
Feb 4, 2010 5:43 PM CST
Name: Warren
Lisbon Falls, Maine

This is great. We are in the process of remodeling our old farmhouse...what a job it is.
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 4, 2010 10:38 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Thanks Warren. It really has been a major project and I'm so glad we are on the end of it now. I love cooking in the kitchen now. It was always so cramped before. There's plenty of space to spread out. It's hard to believe how much space was added by taking out that pantry that was originally there and just moving the cabinets back by 2 feet.

Take plenty of photos as you go along. I watched the show from start to finish before I posted it and it was amazing how much I'd forgotten about what all has been done. Over 2 years I've gotten used to using some things and just can't imagine how I ever did without before.

Please feel free to start a thread and show us the progress of your project.

Janet





ImageDea
Feb 5, 2010 4:22 PM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
Excellent !!! We just poured the foundation for our new home this week, and although not a remodel, I'm looking forward to the kitchen ideas for sure!

Happy to be somewhere that people don't look at me strangely for wanting 2 frigs !
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 5, 2010 8:27 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
HAHAHAHAHA I've had 2 fridges since we moved here in 1979. NOW, he tells me that's not normal and one will have to go. Sure will change the way I shop.
Imagerylaff
Feb 6, 2010 6:49 PM CST
Name: Lisa
Niceville Florida
We recently did a kitchen overhaul. All wood cabinets, a lot of cool features like pull out shelves and lazy susans. Beautiful granite counter top, matching stainless appliances, under mount sink, new faucet, porcelain tile on the floor, tumbled tile on the walls. 35,000 later Voila

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Imagerylaff
Feb 6, 2010 6:50 PM CST
Name: Lisa
Niceville Florida
here is the backsplash and counter

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 6, 2010 6:51 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
It's beautiful! Please feel free to post more photos of your kitchen.

I'm jealous. You have doors! Some day.....

Edited to add... we cross posted. Sorry for the interruption. Please carry on. It's gorgeous!
Imagerylaff
Feb 6, 2010 6:57 PM CST
Name: Lisa
Niceville Florida
We have finished the kitchen and the dining room. We are now going to jump across to the other side of the house and do our bedroom and bathroom . The goal is to get rid of this darn wall to wall carpet. Who in the world thought it was a good idea to carpet a house in humid saltwater air Florida????
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 6, 2010 7:08 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
HAHAHA I felt the same way when we pulled up our carpet and found hardwood parquet floors.
Image1AnjL
Feb 18, 2010 3:29 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
UniQueTreasures wrote:I'm jealous. You have doors! Some day.....


Rolling on the floor laughing DH added on to our master bed/bad 20 yrs ago. bath is still not complete.... I'm waiting for cabinet doors! Grumbling

Kitchen is on our 'hopefully todo' list. our kitchen is 40 yrs old and in horrible horrible shape. But funds are limited for now so I'll just watch this thread and ogle at all your completed jobs for now Smiling
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 18, 2010 3:37 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Back in 1992 hubby installed a pantry in the kitchen. He never did get the trim installed on it. The drawers were too heavy and didn't open all the way (probably a good thing since they were so heavy!). I love the new pantry he built this time. And it's ALREADY got trim!

I love cooking in the new kitchen. Heck, I enjoy just standing there with my coffee cup looking around! Big Grin
Image1AnjL
Feb 18, 2010 3:57 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
You have drawers!! The architect for this house was horrible! ONE drawer in the entire kitchen! just one!
I actually have a dresser in my dinning room so I could have drawers for utensils etc!
I didn get a new gas oven/stove range last year. But now I have a gaping hole where the old built in double oven was Sad
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 18, 2010 4:24 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
It's a shame you are in California. I have a fairly new double oven sitting in my front room just waiting on a new owner! Crying
Image1AnjL
Feb 18, 2010 5:08 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
oh no.. we took ours out last year...and it sat in my yard (thankfully the back yard!) until a few weeks ago...finally hauled to the dump! I dont want another one here! teehee!

We purchased the Kenmore Elite gas double oven range
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_02278003000P?vName=...

I hate it! but dont tell hubby I said that! we spent alot of money, got it home and well, when you open the lower oven door it literally lays on the floor while your putting things in the oven.

The upper oven is so narrow that you burn yourself trying to get things out of it. cant pull the shelf out without buring yourself either. and the upper oven doesnt seem to cook right, too hot or cold either burns things or doesnt cook them thru. if I would have read the product reviews, I would have just bought a single oven gas range instead...since now I only use the lower oven anyhow! LOL
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
Imagesacvalley
Feb 22, 2010 6:04 PM CST
Name: Jo Burcher
Wilton, CA
Married 40yrs. 2boys,2Gkids
This type of remodel takes a long time. The planning is such a huge part of the whole outcome. Getting two more feet of counter top is great. And I love your stove.
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 22, 2010 6:12 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Thanks Jo! I am loving that stove also. Making some spaghetti tonight on it.

You are absolutely right about it taking a long time. Especially when the carpenter is the homeowner. If he had been getting paid for the job, it would have already been done.
Imagemcgper1
Feb 27, 2010 11:16 AM CST
Name: Warren
Lisbon Falls, Maine

Beautiful job you guys. We need to start out kitchen shortly to. Did you guys know a 110+ year old New England Farmhouse does match anything...some studs(if you can call em that) are 10" apart some are 20" and everything slants, lol
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 27, 2010 11:42 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Our house is only 50 years old, so the studs were uniform. BUT, the walls sure weren't square!

Please post your progress. I would love to see it.
jasonalonzo
Mar 12, 2012 3:35 PM CST
Hi, just a newbie here. Home renovations is important for transforming an old house into a more modern one. Kitchen furnitures like the kitchen cabinets toronto, cupboards, chairs and tables are also included in renovation projects.

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