Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Kitchen Reno – Before pictures

Today is the day that my new kitchen cabinets will be delivered and the install will begin.   We have lived in this house for 17 years and the house was only a year old when we moved in. The kitchen cabinets were build by the previous owners and had a few issues.  I couldn’t move any shelves, the doors were not on straight, the melamine was chipped where they cut it and they varnished the oak trim after it was on the doors so there is varnish splatter in many spots.  So they were not high quality cabinets but they were okay.  So I’m looking forward to updating the look and most importantly having it be more functional as we are making a few layout changes. Here are the before pictures.
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Note the lack of dishwasher!  I am really looking forward to having a dishwasher that doesn’t complain when you ask it to do the dishes. I think my boys are going to love that the most and even said they would be happy to load it for me!  Let see how long that lasts :)
We also had our skylights removed, you can see in the pictures below they is now drywall there.  I was very sad to see those go but they we more of a problem as having water pour into your kitchen every spring was getting very frustrating.   During certain weather conditions in the spring when the snow on the roof melts then freezes again it creates ice dams on the roof causing the water to back up under the flashing.  Water then pours into the house though the drywall around the skylights and you have one big mess.  I think we have repaired that about 4 times so are done with that.
This is how I have been living all week.  Didn’t want to take out the sink until we knew the cabinets were in town and we had a delivery date. 
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We took the sink and cabinets out last night so this is how my kitchen looks right now while I wait for the cabinets to arrive.   We are also waiting on a drywaller to come this month and finish plastering our skylight area then I can finish painting the ceiling. I thought I better paint above the cabinets before they are installed to make that job easier.  Once all the cabinets are in I’ll share more pictures.   The only thing I haven’t decided on is the tiles for the back splash but I thought I better wait until the cabinets are in before making that decision.
I have purchased all new appliances and decided to go with white again as I really don’t like the cold look of stainless steal.  I’m not sure what all the fuss is about with stainless but I know that it sure is hard to keep my stainless steal toaster and kettle clean so how am I going to keep a kitchen full of appliances looking good.   I’d rather be quilting than cleaning!  :)
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16 comments:

  1. Kathy, how exciting to be getting a new kitchen! You are a wise woman to stay with white appliances. We have stainless steel and they do take a lot of time to keep clean. There are times I wish for my white appliances back.

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  2. Oh, how exciting! Almost there now... can't wait to see the finished project!

    I'm not sure about the stainless steel appliance thing... I've been replacing old appliances when they give up the ghost with white and am very happy...

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  3. oh I love seeing transformations like this! I would opt to take the skylights out too-sounds like quite an ordeal. can't wait to see the result

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  4. Good for you! I agree about the white appliances. Hope you enjoy your new kitchen when it's finished. Thanks for sharing your photos. Almost done!!!

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  5. New kitchens are very exciting!!! I agree about the stainless, all of my appliances are the almond color, which I don't think you can get anymore, but they are all new within the last 5 years so I'll have them for awhile. Anyway can't wait to see the kitchen come together!!!

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  6. Success with the work. Waiting for the new pictures!

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  7. What a thrilling day you have ahead of you! Hope it all goes well. Can't wait to see the "new kitchen"! I agree with you about the stainless appliances - they're lovely to look at as long as no one touches them!

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  8. A new kitchen... how exciting!! Mine is on my "wish list" for within the next 5 years. I agree with the white appliances. Who wants to be constantly cleaning when you can be quilting!?? :-)

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  9. new kitchen bravo-exciting, I am only dreaming to change mine-want something modern and classic but-the price is too high(. will be waiting for new pictures of new kitchen) good luck and quick replacement!

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  10. Woohoo! Love the photos! I can hardly wait to see the finished product! When we renovated our kitchen, I ordered my new appliances in white as well. I'm thrilled to hear how many here have stayed with white. My kitchen has a lot of wood and thought the white would brighten it up -- besides how do you keep SS clean? Your fridge and stove are looking pretty lonely! Good luck! It will be fabulous!!!

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  11. With time on my hands (post-surgery), I looked back through your blog posts and enjoyed it. Really liked your tutorials on longarm techniques! And the setting of your home is fantastic. Will look forward to seeing your remodeled kitchen pics.

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  13. I must agree with your plan to have a kitchen reno, Kathy. Even though it looked good before, the ambiance looked very stern. Aside from the living room, you should also make your kitchen look inviting. I think you should try installing shelves instead of kitchen cabinets to accentuate the kitchen's atmosphere.

    #Ryann@YanceyCompany.com

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  14. I'm a little sad that the skylight had to go, but I completely understand why. It may be pretty to look at but when it's causing more harm than good, you're definitely better off without it. -Tiffany @ Maggio Roofing

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  15. Thank you very much for the professional Kitchen Renovation, I had the best design for my little kitchen the Tango's designer did a fantastic jon.We love our custom kitchem, it looks awesome.

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