It’s been a while since I updated you on our massive kitchen remodel project. That’s because we’ve been working like crazy so that we can have countertops again, but also because there hasn’t been much to write about. We’re in Week 9 of this crazy project, so I thought it would be a good time to show you the progress we’ve made so far.
In the last post, we left off with the majority of the demo finished, and we were waiting for drywall.
The drywall & texture was completed fairly shortly after that post, and I was finally able to take down the plastic sheet! That was incredibly satisfying!
The New Space
With the plastic gone, we could really get a feel for just how big our new open space is. We absolutely love it! Removing the wall and putting beams in was a strain on the budget, but it was totally worth it.
That weekend we were busy painting walls & ceilings, installing the can lights, and hooking up all of the switches & outlets.
After all of the room prep was finished, it was time to start installing cabinets. We’re using IKEA cabinet frames with Custom Doors & Drawers from Scherr’s, which we’ve done in several other areas of the house, including the Built In Bar. We started installing the cabinets on the back wall first.
We decided to build bases for the island cabinets using 2×6 lumber that we ripped down to 4.5″ tall. This allows our island to be secured to the wood floor & subfloor below. Instead of making one large base, we made a single base for a run of cabinets on the same plane, and then another for the run behind that. The cabinets set on an angle got their own bases.
While the cabinets were being installed, I spent about 2 weeks in my garage painting half of the cabinet doors & drawer fronts. Since we needed the drawer fronts to be able to build the drawers, I made sure to paint all of the drawer fronts in this first round. I still have about 40 cabinet doors left to paint, but that’s going to have to wait a few weeks because its far too hot to paint right now.
Here’s what it looks like now:
We still have a couple of things to do in the kitchen remodel project before we can get the countertops templated. First, we’re waiting on our 115″ cover panels for the tall cabinets & the fridge to be delivered. Once they arrive, we can install those. We also need to finish the laundry room cabinet modification & install the panels as well as install the island cabinets & filler pieces. The last thing we have to do is install the farmhouse sink in the kitchen.
You can start to see some of the finishes we’re going with in the kitchen remodel project. The cabinets along the walls will be painted Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White like the rest of the trim & cabinets in the house. The island cabinets are Benjamin Moore Graphite, which is the color that we use on the inside of the exterior doors as well as on the shiplap in the Master Bedroom. We’re going with Top Knobs Lydia knobs and pulls in polished chrome. This is how I’m getting my hexagons in the kitchen. I love the hexagon profile of the pulls and how they don’t stick out on the ends to catch your pockets.
For the countertop, we’ve chosen LG Viatera Quartz in Karis. I wasn’t able to obtain a sample, so I’ve linked it for you. It’s really pretty and looks more like a natural marble to me. I think it will go really well with the white and grey cabinets. We chose the Kohler Whitehaven Farmhouse Sink along with a chrome Kohler faucet. The backsplash is going to be the same elongated handmade white subway tile that we used in the guest bathroom. I was able to pick it up on sale at Lowes back in March.
The Laundry Room
Everything in the laundry room remodel will be similar to the kitchen, except we’re using the marble hexagon floor tiles that we used in the guest bathroom project. All of the cabinets in the laundry room will be white. The sink will be an undermount stainless steel rectangle single basin sink, and we chose a Delta faucet in chrome.
Kitchen Remodel Project Thoughts
We’re starting to see a light at the end of the usable kitchen tunnel. Our plan is to get the kitchen remodel project to a point where we have countertops, running water, and appliances. Once we’re there, we’re going to slow down a bit and take a more leisurely pace on things like tiling the backsplash, trimming the cabinets at the ceiling, and working on the custom pantry shelves.
This kitchen remodel project has been very time consuming and frustrating at times, but also kind of fun at times. Having everything ordered and on hand before we started the project has helped tremendously. If not for an issue with the cabinet doors, we probably would be closer to countertops, but things happen sometimes. If I had to do it over again, I would have ordered the cabinet doors back in March so I could have painted them in April when it wasn’t so hot and the kids were in school. That way, they would be cured by the time we installed the cabinets, and I could put it all together right away. Live and learn.
So what do you think? Have you ever done a project of this scale? I’m pretty pleased that I won’t ever have to do it again. I’m thinking we hire everything out from here on out. Except painting. I’ll always do the painting.