Monday, October 20, 2014

Are you sick of me talking about my kitchen remodel yet?

Sorry, I am just so dang happy it's almost finished!!!

After using my old dark and disgusting kitchen for so many years, I longed, dreamed,  fantasized about the the day when I would have a kitchen that reminded me of sunshine. A room which was light, bright, and happy. I would say I am well on my way.

Here is the kitchen with all the recessed lighting finally installed. The center light fixture won't be installed until after all the crown molding goes in to avoid damaging it, but it has 3 additional lights. And don't forget, I also have under cabinet puck lights to install as well. Although I have to admit when we flip the light switch on (especially in the morning) it is somewhat jarring. Who needs caffeine? heh


Notice anything else?

Remember the issue I had with the 6 inch gap next to the stove? Well my brother-in-law shifted the cabinets to the left so the gap is no longer next to the stove. It is now at the end of the run of cabinets behind the lazy susan cabinet. Why didn't I think of that? Ummm, because he is the professional, and I am not!

So I think the plan will be to block of the back of the lazy susan (under the window area) so things (or my animals) can't get stuck back there.


Block access to the dead space behind the lazy susan cabinet.

Although it is making me crazy KNOWING that extra space is there and will be unused!
Unused space BEHIND the lazy susan cabinet.
To bad I can't have some fancy high tech gadgetry, that raises and lowers a TV...wait a minute...These things actually exist?!!  How fancy is that? Not that I could EVER afford something like that. But it is nice to dream, eh?


You really can find everything on Pinterest!
 I took a little artistic license to render an ideal of what this would look like with an access panel/ door


The space is 7.5 inches wide, has a maximum depth of  28 inches and a height of approximately 30 inches by the time you factor in the construction of the cart/ shelf and clearance. Just imagine the possibilities for storage! I could stash the pet food, have small roll out pantry shelf or store over-sized platters and baking sheets. 

Hmmm, what else? I bought the cabinet hardware and the fabric for my curtains. I am still scouting ideals for a bar stool or 2. I am prepping my kitchen island makeover and have some decorative objects for the kitchen...but more on these later.


Here's my list from my earlier kitchen remodel post with some additions/ modifications
  • Finish tearing out the plaster and lathe on the North wall--DONE!!
  • Tear out ceiling--DONE!!
  • Cut out the wall boards in the sink area to remove mold. It appears to be contained in a few spots. Decided to do a complete tear out--DONE!!
  • Patch/ repair the remaining 2 walls. Possibly skim coat. Decided to do a complete tear out
  • Build temporary supports for new headers over door and window.--DONE!!
  • Cut out a  2 foot by 8 foot floor section (sink area)--DONE!!
  • Sister the joist beams and shim where the floor slopes--DONE!!
  • Determine if sill plate needs repaired  Damage is minimal-yay!--DONE!!
  • Install a floor jack on North-East corner--where the the sill plate is water damaged
  • Move the stove outlet from floor to the wall and update to a new receptacle-DONE!!
  • Build bump out wall (west wall/ kitchen sink side) to accommodate for out of plumb wall.DONE!!
  • Lay a new subfloor--DONE!!
  • Replace, update and attach the outlet to a stud on east wall--DONE!!
  • Add 1-2 new receptacle(s) to the east wall (window wall)--DONE!!
  • Add 1 new receptacle to west wall-DONE!!
  • Purchase recessed light housing and trim kits
    DONE!!
  • Order focal/ center light--DONE!!
  • Move center junction box, DONE!!
  • Install recessed lights perimeter of the kitchen (3 on each wall) and install dimmer switchDONE!!
  • Install/ wire in electric for stove exhaust hood--DONE!!
  • Replace the window--DONE!!
  • Insulate and seal. Minimize any possible cracks, leaks or vermin/bug/ draft entry points-IN PROGRESS
  • Electrician inspection--DONE!!
  • Drywall, mud, tape, prime and paint --DONE!!
  • REPAIR THE EXTERIOR WALL FROM INSTALLING A SMALLER WINDOW--IN PROGRESS
  • Install the linoleum -- DONE!!
  • Install plugs and light switches--DONE!!
  • Final electric connection to the breaker--DONE!!
  • Purchase additional corner cabinet DONE!!
  • Install cabinets-- DONE!!
  • Figure a solution for the 6 inch gap in run of cabinets (stove side)--IN PROGRESS
  • Order remaining counter top (stove side of the kitchen) Order NEW counter tops due to laminate being discontinued--14 days lead time
  • Install counter tops
  • Plumbing!
  • Install sink
  • Install garbage disposal
  • On demand hot water? Maybe???
  • Order and install stove exhaust hood--DONE!!
  • Paint and install new door
  • Purchase door hardware--DONE!!
  • Install door hardware, including kickplate
  • Add a peephole to the door since it is windowless
  • Trim work (doors, the window, baseboards, crown molding)
  • Purchase  tile for backsplash--DONE!!
  • Install tile back splash (sink area), considering backsplash installation on stove side?
  • Install stove and refrigerator
  • Purchase end panel for dishwasher installation--DONE!!
  • Purchase and install a dishwasher--IN PROGRESS
  • Purchase and install cabinet hardware--IN PROGRESS
  • Purchase ceiling medallion
  • Install the ceiling medallion and chandelier
  • Decide on window treatment--DONE!!
  • Order and SEW fabric for window valance/ curtains/ shade--IN PROGRESS
  • Paint  mobile island/ cart
  • DIY some wall art
  • Purchase/ DIY 2 kitchen stools
  • Accessorize
  • Cook, bake and ENJOY the finished kitchen!

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