Friday, September 4, 2015

Kitchen Renovation: Part Five!!

I think I said in Part One.. I hope I'm not here in a year posting Part 20 or something crazy like that..but we are going on five months since we started the renovation... Warning.. this post is "picture-heavy"

When we left off in Part Four we had finished installing all the new crown mold.  Hubby beefed up the chunky-ness factor using the crown that we removed in the beginning and by adding a couple more elements.  The first piece is basic base mold turned upside down.  Next he attached the old crown (also using some chunks of wood behind and out of sight for stability), then he cut a 1" by lengthwise and attached that to the top of the crown - coming out over the edge slightly.  Once this was caulked and primed it looks like one big crown mold!

Then the day came for the granite installation - I was blown away by the beauty...

It's called River White.  I was trying to find something as close to carrara marble as I could find. Hubby talked to his supplier and she knew exactly what to show us..  This is beautiful and has specs of ruby in it as well.  I'm so in love with it!

Then I started priming the upper cabinets.  I took off all the doors and we filled nail holes, caulked and primed.  See how all the crown/trim looks like one piece now?  Love it.

We also found these kick-ass corbels online for a great price. (sorry about blurry pic - I cannot hold my phone in my left hand and take a decent picture)

Hubs knew he would need some L-shaped iron that he could use as the support for the island counter overhang.  He cut it to the size he needed (yeah, no eye protection is not good - do not try this at home!), drilled holes, and bolted them to the island.  Then he glued the corbels in place - you would never know they are hollow! (oops, i guess you do now haha)

Just needs a little caulk and paint and they're good to go! 

We also traded out our 20-year-old dishwasher for a newer model - one that's only 8 years old!  Hubby picked it up from one of his customers..he's always thinking ahead!  (scroll back up a few pics, you'll see the old black one)

Last weekend we had a choice - continue working on the cabinets (priming/painting doors, painting cabinets) or turn our attention the back splash.  We decided to get the most bang for our weekend-buck and do the back splash!  We went with classic white subway tile with white grout.  Clean, clean, clean!

I had originally wanted to put stainless up behind the stove and continue it up to the stainless vent hood, but I recently had a change of heart.  I have seen so many kitchens with the white tile over the stove - I made the switch and so glad that I did.  I think it looks bright and clean, and it will be easier to keep clean.

Of course we are totally thrilled with the results..  We are SO CLOSE to finishing this!  Our biggest enemy is time - but we will prevail!!

And we must have a before & after... err "during"

We are getting there, right??  This space is looking 1,000% better than it did before!  Let's see what I can check off the list... you may notice I keep having to ADD to the list because new things crop up!

Remove old cook top, oven/microwave & cabinets
Move gas line/electrical
Install new stove
Reuse cabinets to build new island
Remove laminate back splash
Build upper cabinets/install
Build pull-out garbage can drawer
Add stainless steel back splash behind stove w/small shelf
Paint cabinets - white on top, black on bottom
New stainless vent hood
New hardware
New microwave
Wood trim around window
Install new under cabinet lighting
Touch up paint
New sink & faucet
Install new subway tile backsplash
New granite counter tops
New hardwood floors throughout kitchen/family room

Thanks for coming along for the ride - we hope you have a relaxing Labor Day weekend.  We are taking a break from the house and joining some friends at their cabin.  Time to chill for a bit!

To see the rest of the reno click below:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

PS - let me know what you think about the reno!  Leave me comments - I love them :)


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