Monday, April 12, 2010

Kitchen Makeover

Before I move on to posting about the new house, there's one room I didn't post about yet.  The kitchen!

Back in 2007, Chris and I tackled our largest and most expensive remodel yet: the kitchen.  After living in the house a few years, we knew what we wanted to do to make the space a lot more functional.  The fact that the kitchen was a small galley kitchen kept the project from getting too out-of-hand budget-wise, but we also planned well so that we could recoup the costs of the remodel when we would inevitably sell the house a few years down the road:
  1. We decided early on not to change the footprint;
  2. We decided we'd install everything ourselves;
  3. We decided to forgo the shiny stainless appliances and instead get the most basic white appliances (which still functioned far better than the original appliances we'd replace).
That said, there were a few things that we wanted for sure:  solid surface countertops, drawers for pots and pans, slide out shelves for other large items (no more crawling around on the floor to dig into the depths of the cabinets!), a deep one-bowl sink (as opposed to the divided kind), and glass door fronts on the upper cabinets.  All of these were functional issues, except for the glass door fronts, but I was fairly adamant that we have ribbed glass.  Even though the remodel would have been far cheaper without them, I don't think it would have looked as good at all.

Without further ado, here's what the old kitchen looked like:














So, we started ripping out the old cabinets and installing the new.  Removing the old and installing the new cabinetry took four weekends and we maintained a functional kitchen throughout the whole process, cuz we're super awesome like that.



New pot and pan drawers!

I was a little excited to get rid of the old cabinets:
Some weekends were worse than others:

We got a cabinet above the fridge that extended past the front of the other cabinet.  We were able to get much more functional storage space out of the cabinet that way.  The other advantage was that we no longer had to stand on a stool in order to open those cabinet doors.  Also below, check out the glass!

The finished product:

Note the one-bowl sink, the Corian countertop and the goose-neck faucet


We also added a microwave to the project.  This kitchen didn't have a built-in microwave and there wasn't enough room to have a microwave on the countertop, so we added a built-in for our convenience and for resale value.

One of my favorite fixtures were the knobs.  I loved these. 

So, that's it for the kitchen remodel and that wraps up the tour of the old house!  We had a great 5 and a half years in that house and we loved making it our home.  In the next few days I'll post a bit of detail about the ups and downs of the whole buying and selling process.  I'll also post pictures of the new house, for those of you (SCOTT!) that haven't seen photos on Facebook yet. 

2 comments:

scott said...

You guys rock!
Now get yer husband to post something too!
(cuz yes, I don't do Facebook)

I Have To Have It said...

Yeah, we are pretty awesome, aren't we?

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