Monday, April 23, 2012

Kitchen Remodel -- An Update

We're right in the middle of the messy part of the kitchen renovation now.  Yes, folks, the shop vac is temporarily residing in the kitchen, next to the table.  Our very own, personal R2D2.  WARNING:  Please excuse the mess in these pictures.  /:)

There's only enough clear space on the table for one person to eat there, so we mostly eat our breakfast and lunch in the den, and eat dinner out.  That's definitely gotten old.

Sawdust is everywhere, so we have to remember not to leave anything edible, or anything that we wish to eat or drink from in the kitchen, or it will get a liberal sprinkling of sawdust.  And I've discovered that the smell of primer is not one of my favorite smells.  Definitely not.  But these are really minor inconveniences, which we can deal with because in the end, we'll have a nice, like-new kitchen to use and enjoy.

The great news at the moment is that all the wallpaper is gone, and we now have warm and cheerful yellow walls and clean, white trim.  The crown molding isn't up around the ceiling yet; it will probably be one of the last things to be done.  But the dark effect caused by all the stained woodwork and cabinets is mostly gone -- either painted or covered with white primer.  It's amazing how much brighter the room is already.

Last weekend, Tim (our contractor) was tearing out drywall from behind the old tile backsplash, and he discovered the edges of the original counter tops.  Bright orange...

which coordinates beautifully with the original color of the backsplash.  ;)  Yes, this bright, yellow-gold color in the back of the pantry was, we believe, the color of the original backsplash.  Our contractor thinks the backsplash didn't have tile, but just painted Sheetrock.  When Tim discovered the orange Formica under the current white Formica counter top,

 we wouldn't have been surprised to find Alice in our kitchen cooking dinner the next day.

I've realized during this process that it's fun to discover what was here when the house was first built.  I told my mom that it feels sort of like looking through someone's closet of old clothes and thinking, "Did people really wear these?"  I think we might all agree that the 70's was not really our best decade for either clothes fashions or home decorating trends.

Here are some pictures of where we are currently on the renovation.

In the next picture, you can see how the space in our pantry wasn't being used in the most efficient manner for optimum food storage.  Too much wasted space.

I have big hopes that our new pantry insert will help with that problem.

Before the tile backsplash came down...

...and after.

Now the old drywall is off, and we're down to the studs.

At this point, Tim has also built up the corners of the cabinet frames, patched seams, filled holes, sanded and smoothed everything out; and we have a second coat of primer on the cabinet boxes.  You can see in these pictures how bad the inside of the cabinets look.  That is kind of bothering me.  But I feel like that was one of the ways Tim cut corners in order to accommodate our budget, and that's okay.  He is doing such a good job for us.  He's very meticulous and thorough, and hubby and I are so pleased with the beautiful paint job.  Also, I'm getting some other features that I really wanted, such as granite counter tops and a nice sink, and those aren't cheap.  So we made some trade-offs.  I'll find some nice shelf paper to cover these, and not that many people will see the inside of my cabinets anyway.    

Here's an unpainted view of our new cabinet doors.  Tim brought a few last weekend to show us.  They're solid poplar wood.

Of course, MacDuff had to check them out.

The door on the right is the frame for one of my glass doors.  I'm going to have two of those.

The new yellow walls in our eating area...

 These are the accent tiles we'll be using in our backsplash.

Granite sample and cabinet hardware.

It looks like we're about three weeks away from being finished with the work.  Then I can look at putting everything back in the cabinets and adding all the personal touches.  And after that -- time for a whole lot of cooking.

This is the biggest thing we've done to our house since we've lived here.  We finished a large room in our basement, but we did that ourselves, with the exception of some of the electrical work and the carpet installation.  And we've done lots of little things, and little touches can make a big difference.  But this is pretty big (to us) and we're really excited.

Well, that's all for now.  I'm joining Susan's Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.  Can't wait to see what other people are working on!  Thank you for visiting and reading my blog.  Your visits and comments always make my day.  :)



  1. I was so excited when I check my dashboard this morning and saw this. I knew that you were chin deep in this remodel in your "blog recess". I LOVE what I see so far! We got as far as removing wallpaper and painting/decorating, but what I really want is to do what you're doing. I can't afford the counter tops that I want so I'm procrastinating.

    This looks so bright and happy now. I can't wait to see the finished product.

  2. Things are coming along beautifully, Denise. I love the paint color, your granite and hardware. It will be stunning when it is finished. You may not want to cook for awhile! It took me several weeks, didn't want to mess anything up!!! lol xo

  3. Wow what a big job! I love the tiles you chose! It will look amazing when it is all done!

  4. Things are moving right along. I am so excited for you. I can not wait to see it when it's finished. And don't worry about the inside of the cabinets. If it saves $$, it will be fine. And shelf/contact paper will make it look much better. Love seeing the work in progress. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. With these recycled glass countertops, there will be no difficulty to the environment as you will not take away something from the atmosphere. And in the end, they are recycled so there will be no problems about dumping it to the surroundings so it will be a fantastic assist in keeping it clean.

  6. certainly have a great work in progress....Anxiously waiting to see the finished project!...Looks like it will be a fantastic remodel.

  7. Oh, my! How wonderful to be almost finished with your new kitchen! Everything looks great! Your granite is gorgeous and love those little accent tiles too! Good luck with the almost to the finish! Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  8. Renovating is a huge job, and there's always a mess. But just think how beautiful it's going to look in a few weeks. You'll be so pleased. Best of luck in the home stretch.

  9. It is a huge undertaking but you'll enjoy it when it's done! Great job!

  10. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Kitchen is looking good..This is a big job! I love the tiles you chose! It will look amazing when it is all done! I did a redo nine years ago on my Kitchen like you are doing. I hope you post the new look for us.
    I hope you have a wonderful Mothers Day with your family.
    XXOO Diane



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