Kitchen: Take Two

One couple’s adventure in kitchen remodeling

Cabinets are in!

Posted by kitchentaketwo on April 9, 2009

It’s been a while since the last post, and a ton has happened. Most importantly, the new cabinets are in and look beautiful. I’m biased, but I think they look way more expensive than they were and just as good as a lot of remodels I’ve seen on HGTV and DIY (which I’ve been watching a lot of lately).

We went through Lowe’s to buy the cabinets and have them installed. We also worked with them to have the old cabinets torn out – it cost some money, but I’m confident they did a much better job leaving walls intact than we could have.

Here are a couple of pics of the empty kitchen after tearout.

Sink side

Sink side

Oven side

Oven side

It was a huge relief to have the old painted cabinets out, but also left us with a lot of prep work before the new ones could go in. There were several small and moderate holes that required patches. I watched a video tutorial on how to repair drywall and was able to patch the holes fairly easily with low-cost supplies  including joint compound, a 4 inch trowel, and drywall patch kits – these come with a metal backing and a screen that you cover with joint compound.

Then I sanded the entire area where there were nail holes and adhesive from the backsplash and used more joint compound to smooth those areas.

The removal of the soffits created some more tasks. The ceilings and walls where the soffits had been were covered in popcorn and nothing, respectively. So, I worked with a looped roller and wall texture mix to create a knockdown texture that matches the rest of the kitchen. This was only after renting a texture sprayer and having NO success – it sputtered texture and was impossible to use.

Scott patched the huge hole where the oven had been with new drywall. I primed and painted the newly textured areas and the paint was barely dry the day the installers came (we had one week between tearout and installation).

Cabinet Installation

Cabinet Installation

It took them two days to get all the cabinets in and the hardware installed. We originally chose a nickel hardware and I had second thoughts a few days before installation. I ended up getting a oil-rubbed bronze type and am so glad that’s what we chose. It looks great (but this fuzzy picture doesn’t).

Hardware

Hardware

Here are a couple of pictures of the cabinets in. After the installers were finished, I decided I wanted to add an extra drawer cabinet to the end of one run on the sink side, creating a small desk area for cell phones, mail, etc. I installed that one myself (woot!)

Sink Side

Sink Side

Oven side

Oven side

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