Kitchen Renovation: A progress update

Now that the holidays are over, it’s back to work on our kitchen! A lot has happened since the last update. Cabinets were installed and painted, and our flooring is done! With the busy-ness of holidays, though, we haven’t had a chance to clean up the dusty floors and move tools/appliances to get good pictures, so here are some iphone pictures we snapped just after cabinet install.

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We LOVE the cabinets! Our kitchen feels so much bigger and we’re really excited about our pantry cabinet! I definitely think moving the water heater was worth it!

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We also love how built in the area around the fridge feels. Though we have yet to push the fridge in there, so hopefully it fits!

The opening below is for the dishwasher, and I’m still so excited to have the dishwasher next to my sink instead of behind it! We’re also giddy about our trash can pull out, which is the lower cabinet on the very end.

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And look at all those upper cabinets! Before, we had about the equivalent of one of these on this side of the window, and it held mostly barware. Now we have a small bar on the other side of the kitchen for all those items, so these cabinets are basically all added storage!! So excited.

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Unfortunately, we didn’t love the paint job quite so much. The painters have already fixed several of the issues, but we’re still in the process of talking with them about some things. Sigh. Overall, we definitely would consider it a professional looking paint job, and we get that nothing is ever perfect, but we’re still hoping for improvement in a few areas. We’ll see.

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We also wish they had covered our patio door and window better…because we’re going to have to spend so much time scraping all the oil-paint overspray off EVERYTHING. Grrrr.

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On a happier note, here’s a sneak peak of our flooring being installed! I’m in love! 🙂

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We opted to hire someone to install the tile rather than do it ourselves, and we’re so glad we did. The reasons are almost infinite:

  1. Herringbone is a complicated pattern.
  2. This isn’t like our other projects where we can shut the door and ignore it. It needed to get DONE!
  3. Bigger tiles are harder to work with and keep level.
  4. December is already a super busy time with holiday parties, travel to see family, etc.
  5. Did I mention the pattern?

He did an awesome job and got it done so quickly!

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So our countertops are scheduled to be installed January 12th, and other than the backsplash that we’ll be using the same tile guy for, almost everything else falls on us to complete. You may be thinking, what’s left? Oh, trust me, SO MUCH. Here’s our to-do list:

  • Install outlet for fridge
  • Install 3-way dimmer switch
  • Re-mud small areas on the ceiling (where the painters didn’t use painters tape and it ripped off the fresh mud. Ugh, why?!)
  • Scrape/clean paint overspray off patio door and hardware, window, chandelier
  • Prime and paint ceiling
  • Caulk/fill crown molding
  • Sand, prime and paint walls (will need to sand and prime because of oil-paint overspray from cabinets)
  • Frame kitchen window and install window sill, fill, prime and paint
  • Install scribe around base of cabinets, caulk, touch up rough edges
  • Prime, paint, and install baseboards, caulk baseboard, fill and touch up nail holes
  • Re-paint patio door, laundry closet doors, and door to garage to match cabinet color
  • Replace threshold piece on door to garage
  • Paint laundry room (tired of that color) and re-install trim, put washer/dryer back
  • Frame out laundry closet and re-install door tracks
  • Install cabinet hardware
  • Re-install kitchen light and vent
  • Sand, prime, and paint broom closet (where water heater used to be)
  • Install flooring/trim in broom closet

After countertop install

  • Install electrical boxes and complete outlet wiring
  • Schedule backsplash install
  • Install under cabinet lighting
  • Install stove and over the range microwave
  • Install dishwasher
  • Install faucet and garbage disposal
  • Install sconce above sink (over backsplash tile)

Eek. Deep breaths. I’m sure I’ve missed something, but that seems like more than enough for now!

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