Sunday, February 14, 2010

Kitchen Renovation '09

So our kitchen renovation is finally complete, prepare to be blown away...

This photo was taken before we moved into our house back in 2007. We had done a little painting but this is basically how the kitchen looked until we started this project back in mid-October:

We had to start by removing our counters, about half the original cabinets, the stove and wall oven. After about four attempts, we were able to pack all of the above into our little cars for a trip to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Belgrade.

I started out by laying down the new flooring (directly over the old flooring). It is a modern linoleum product called Marmoleum and it comes in 12" square tiles that simply click together. I finished the installation in just a few hours.

After some painting and minor electrical work we started assembling and installing our new cabinets that we picked up at Ikea during a weekend trip to Salt Lake City.

Our new appliances arrived about the same time we finished installing the cabinets. They are trendy stainless steel and we love them dearly. Once the new refrigerator was in we were able to get rid of the old one via craigslist.

Once we had the bulk of the new work completed we turned our attention to the other side of the kitchen where we kept the original cabinets, put in concrete countertops and a new sink.

New concrete on left, old laminate on the right:

Note: For those of you who don't know, fabricating concrete counters is not fun. The upside though, is that they look fantastic and I spent about $400 on them, which includes all materials, tools and other supplies.

The last major item was to tile the backsplash. We used 1"x2" glass mosaic tile from Oceanside. Installing this tile is pretty tricky but with some patience it went smoothly and looks great.

At this point our work was basically complete. The final piece was to have the original cabinets (that we didn't donate to HFH) professionally refinished. We hired Sean from Deluxe Lustre, he did a great job. We finished things off with new door pulls from Ikea and new hinges from ACE Hardware.