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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Kitchen Update

We are now weeks into our kitchen renovation and we are over the mid-project hump. We have done so much... Warning, this post is going to be picture heavy.

Our kitchen used to be Laminate City. It was horrid... A counter top that matched (?) our cabinets. Who thinks that's a good idea? Look at this beauty:

We ripped out the 'backsplash' and the counters. We found that previous owners had wired behind the backsplash. Great decisions...

We have made countless trips to Home Depot, Ace, and Lowes. The dogs like to come with us.

 We moved a section of cabinets so that we could place the stove on an exterior wall to vent outside.

After moving the cabinets, we found there was a hole in the floors that we had not anticipated. This would have to be repaired, sanded, and stained to match the rest of the kitchen fir floors. 

When ripping the backsplash out, we found evidence of the original faucet.

We chose to go with simple white subway tile. 

We had originally planned on having a professional carpenter cut the counters, but he cancelled last minute so we decided to do it on our own.

We were nervous about the 45 degree cut to make the two sections of counter match up in the corner. It worked out great!

We cut everything outside while Couver supervised.

The only professional work we have had done is a gas and water line for the stove. We are installing a pot filler, so we wanted one plumbed in when he moved the gas line for the stove.

We refinished the flooring under the stove. It isn't perfect, but we will never see it...

Thomas used brackets to tie the two sections of counter together.

We had to cut smaller sections of counter.

We also made a skinny base cabinet to hold our spice rack.

Khloe Mae was a great helper. 

We did a dry fit of the sink to make sure the measurements were correct. 

Thomas drilled a hole in the counters for the garbage disposal.

... and made many more trips to HD, Lowes, and Ace.

We filled in the seam between the counters and sanded...

We started tiling behind the sink. It's pretty simple! 

We conditioned the counters after sanding and wiping them down. This helps them stain more evenly. 

Stain is my favorite favorite part. It is always such a drastic change. We stained the counters Minwax Dark Walnut like all of our woodwork and floors. 

While I stained, I would let it sit and then wipe it away after a few minutes. 

The kitchen after staining.

We tiled some more... behind the stove and freezer.

I like to leave little notes and items behind when we do projects.

The spice rack will be to the right of the dishwasher right next to the stove. 

Thomas installed a garbage disposal! This is a big deal... We have never had one in this house.

... and installed more tile.

I am in love with my Ikea Domsjo sink! It's huge...

Our first meal in the kitchen in weeks... Everything has been torn apart, so we've been eating out a LOT.

Electrical was done. We had no plugs in half of the kitchen, so this will make it so much more functional.

We spent all day doing electrical and tiling today... more pictures to come! 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Kitchen Renovation 2017

We are in full kitchen renovation mode at The Bois Bungalow. I have been looking forward to this reno for years now... We have added an upper cabinet, microwave/range hood, moved cabinetry, removed some counters and backsplash. We are beginning the finishing of the butcher block counters and have several other small projects going.

Here is a sneak peek of some of what will be going in the kitchen:

New cabinet and microwave/range hood. We will build doors to match our existing cabinets. We are moving the stove under here.

Our solid oak butcher block counters

The countertops before being treated:

This is the underside of the counters. We are sealing them with Waterlox. We will finish the tops when they are installed. 

Our apron front sink from Ikea and faucet from Amazon

Garbage disposal! I am so excited for this... 

 We have had a record breaking winter this year... It feels like the snow has been non-stop since the end of November. It is pretty though...

Updates to come! We have a plumber coming in to run a new gas line and water line for the stove and pot filler. We will be having a carpenter cut the butcher block and we will be installing them. These are some of the plans:

Subway tile backsplash, new cabinet hardware, schoolhouse lighting, built in bench/cabinet for the end of the kitchen, new electrical, pot filler for behind the stove, open shelving... 

I'm looking forward to a beautiful kitchen!