Look At My New Kitchen!
Yeah!! My kitchen Reveal! I have never had a title back splash before. Also my cupboards are so much easier to open and close… and they are all wood as compared to the melamine I had before. I love it…
Ok… here is the “Before” so you can see the difference before the remodel. The white melamine just wasn’t holding up.
And the other side…. notice I got a new sink and faucet too! There is still some dust from the tile work on the counters…but I just couldn’t wait when I took this picture! lol
I am SO excited with it!!
We are planning on selling this house in just over a year to move to our farm house. Then of course there will be another kitchen to remodel…that one really needs help!! But, we have kids that need to go to college and we will be able to save some money by moving there. But for now I am going to get to really enjoy this kitchen!
I love my counters – I knew I wanted them to have a “granite” look. But we didn’t feel spending the money on granite was worth wild for us right now. I wanted a smooth shiny look…. I didn’t want an texture to it. I had a counter at another home I lived in that had a texture and it was a bear to clean. This is the Wilsonart Granite Laminate. That is the name of it… Granite. They have a granite like surface now, but this laminate does not fall into that. That has a texture to it. I like this much better.
Jerry Brand owns Brand Homes.net and he did my kitchen. I made him pose for this right when they were finished…. If you live in the central Ohio (or out a little) and you need a home built, or remodeling done… this is the guy! I’ve been friends with Jerry and his wife Kathy Brand for years through our church. I didn’t have to worry about being cheated or prices being “jacked” up.
He went right from working on my kitchen each day to working on helping to build a home for a woman with MS. That job was a volunteer job. He used some of my old kitchen cupboards in her kitchen. How often do you see that? Wouldn’t that be someone you would want working on your home?
By the way….. my kitchen was not sponsored, I did not get any discounts for mentioning Brand Homes…. I just want you all to know about them because as anyone knows…the construction business is a hard business to be in right now!
Wilsonart did offer me the laminate for my counters. I ended up turning them down on the offer because of the logistics of getting the counter company to wait on the order etc… But I did want to mention what my counter laminate was because I am so excited about it. So they are not a sponsor of this kitchen.
We plan on remodeling our kitchen at the farm in the next year and I am planning on using the same counters.
Yeah, my Kitchen Isn’t So Bare Now
So what do you think? This kitchen remodel is coming along isn’t it? Do you like my new cupboards? I do.. and that is what matters since I have to see them everyday! So… I’m glad I like them. I actually love cherry. But with a small kitchen, and one we probably won’t be in for more than another year or so, I went with the maple.
Here is the other side. I still have no sink to use. We are eating out mostly – thank goodness Dave’s kids are with their mom this week. That is helpful. But having no sink or water in your kitchen really throws ya.
Yes I can pour that bowl of cereal and eat it, but then to rinse the bowl out…. I have to use the bathroom sink. Of course I have to make sure there are no food particles in it. So I have a nice little bin with dirty dishes that can’t wait to be washed!
The cupboards are configured the same way. The one thing I have noticed is that my drawers are different. I had 3 drawers before. Now I have 4. You might think… oh good more drawers. They are in the same amount of space. I had my silverware in the top drawer. Then the 2nd drawer down was our bread drawer, the 3rd drawer was the cookies and snack food. Now I have 3 thinner drawers and only 1 big one. I will have to rethink this. What I should do is just get rid of all the cookies and junk and then I wouldn’t have a problem…. we would all lose weight and the world would be a perfect place. LOL Oh yeah… like that will ever happen. (Believe me, if it does I will be blogging about it!)
Jerry from Brand Homes is doing a great job on my kitchen so far… Thanks Jerry & Mike
Before You Can Build It – You Have To Tear it Out!
So begins the tearing out part of my kitchen remodel. It is so strange to see your cupboards with no counter top and no sink. This is Jerry Brand of Brand Homes working on taking out the cupboards. They had to take things apart with care. He is using some of this kitchen to help a woman who can’t afford a home – that has MS. Cool huh?
Here is the other side. It almost looks like a design on the wall where the glue was for the back splash. Are you ready to keep going?
It is almost like my kitchen is stripping you know? lol Eeek gads Edith! Where did my kitchen go? LOL They were having a time getting the microwave off. Evidently there is a safety catch that hooks the microwave to that metal frame. When you first put the microwave up, it enables you to screw it in place without having to worry about it falling. But they couldn’t find the release on this model and had it just sitting there with nothing apparently holding it up. They had taken out all the screws and it had them baffled for a few minutes.
Here is the other side. The pass through ledge is gone too.
On the picture below – Ewww… look at that mess! Actually you can see the flooring had been cut out where the sink counter had been. There is water all over from the connections… and then all around it is wet and dirty looking from …. their shoes, the cabinets…. but of course not because there was anything the least bit dirty on my floors! Oh heavens no! (lol… and if you believe that… then I’ve got some property to sell you!)
I didn’t have any water today, so I knew with this bladder I wouldn’t be able to stay in the house. So I ran some errands and sat at COSI’s eating my favorite salad – their Signature salad. (If you haven’t been to one.. you should go and try that salad.. and no this was not sponsored… but I sure wish they would… LOL!)
Tomorrow… you get to see the new cupboards…..
Clearing and Cleaning
I needed to make space to clear out every cabinet for my kitchen remodel…l I mean …. EVERY cabinet in your kitchen! I don’t know about you, but I do not have a very big house. I knew I would need every bin and surface that I had for several days. Here is my dining room…. ready to go. I am going to use the chair seats also… to put things on.
So it can now look something like this mess!! The only possible thing organized at all is that I have my coffee put set up (not in this pic) on the left corner… along with a toaster and cutting board. So I can make my coffee in the am. Hubby and kids can make toast…. the cereal is there too. So at least we can have those couple of luxuries while we have no kitchen.
Now.. get a bucket of soapy water. Unless you are a fantastic cleaner (and I am not! I can organize.. but I’ve said before, I have never claimed or will ever claim to be a great cleaner) you will have some serious cleaning to do. Get that step stool out and clean out the cupboards.
You may not have to if your cupboards are being scrapped. But my builder Jerry Brand of Brand Homes has been volunteering to help turn a barn into a home for a woman who has MS. He is going to take my old cupboards and use some of them in her kitchen. So I had some cleaning to do. I’m sure they will still need more cleaning than what I did… but clean the shelves and outsides if so.
When they pull out your stove and dishwasher, refrigerator … just wait to see what that floor looks like! Also the side of my stove was a mess. Obviously things had dripped down between the counter and my stove. Ewww!
Having white cabinets is not advisible if you have 5 kids at home. I still have to clean these. …. and that filty microwave! Yuck.
So before you do a remodeling job… plan where all your things are going to go. Get ready to do some cleaning… and get ready to not have a kitchen sink for awhile.
Disclosure: This project is not being sponsored in any way.
It Really Needed To Be Done
You might be thinking, “Well… that doesn’t look bad”. (Or you might be thinking… OMG she is right.. She HAD to redo it). Actually when I look at this picture I don’t feel a kitchen remodel had to be done either. But there are things you can’t see in this picture…. but look below and you’ll see more!
Notice the missing drawer to the right of the dishwasher? I used the space for the bottled water… Why not use that space right? The cabinets were made out of melamine, not wood. There were a couple other doors that had small cracks on them. The kids like to open them and while they make things in the kitchen I’ve seen them put their knee or foot on as a prop. Or lean on them… This stuff isnt’ that sturdy.
This cupboard door was warped from the heat of the toaster below. If you look close you can also see where the edge if peeling at the inside bottom left of that same door. There were a lot of edges doing that on the drawers and cabinets.
These are things that need to be taken care of before you can put a house on the market. Especially THIS housing market. We aren’t planning to move right away. We are thinking about it for 2012 after my step son graduates. We would move up to our farm (and that kitchen needs to be remodeled too!)
But we thought we might as well do it now and get a little enjoyment out of it ourselves. Oh… our disposal also decided to die. We have been wanting a deeper sink. This one is like the cheapest one you could put in a house.. It wasn’t deep at all. So… new sink, new disposal… you might as well do the rest of the kitchen right?
Here are the samples of what I am going to use in my kitchen. My dream kitchen would have cherry cabinets and granite counter tops. But… this isn’t my dream kitchen. With it being a galley style kitchen, it is narrow and we knew we couldn’t go very dark. It would make it look too small.
You can see the maple cabinets we are getting. The counter sample is a laminent from Wilsonart. The tile it sits on is the back splash.
I called in a friend and fantastic house builder and he also does remodeling too. Jerry Brand of Brand Homes to the rescue! I know I can trust him and I know he does quality work.
It is hard to tell what your kitchen will look like… these are the only samples I have to go with. Hoping I like it.
It is all being done this week… so I’ll take you along with me to see it step by step.