Happy Labor Day!! Eric and I have been working on our kitchen remodel 3.0 for the past couple of weeks, and it's been hectic trying to finish everything. We first remodeled the kitchen when we first bought the house in September 2008 and already had done major work. We added a kitchen island, refaced and resurfaced the kitchen cabinets, added recess lighting, added hardware to the cabinets, and painted the kitchen. We never fully completed the kitchen remodel to our full liking because it was a temporary fix until we were ready to tackle this major project again. Eric had always told me that he would give me the kitchen of my dreams and I was tickled pink that we would finally complete this project.
Our main goal for the kitchen remodel 3.0:
1) Refinish the cabinet doors and give a new paint of gloss to the existing cabinet doors. (Eric wasn't too happy from the first time we refinished and refaced the cabinet doors, and finally fixed his mistakes.) From the previous remodel, we used the existing kitchen structure and replaced the kitchen doors. We replaced the old kitchen window in front of the sink and replaced the front and back patio doors. We stained the new cabinet doors a beautiful Cayenne Pepper and added a nice paint of gloss to them. We added veneer to the existing cabinets to stain them as well. What a dramatic change from kitchen 1.0 to kitchen 2.0 already.
3) Replace the sink and faucet. I love to cook and sometimes when I try and wash the bigger pots or the large cookie sheet pans...this sink was not the ideal size. Try washing a 16 pound turkey in this sink...it was rather difficult. Ideally, I wanted one large sink basin with plenty of room to wash my big dishes.
The agony of demo day had scared me because Eric had started taking down the kitchen cabinet doors and realized a problem with our cabinets. They had shifted downwards and were not level. The previous owner had mickey moused the microwave and had poorly installed it overhead the oven. When he did install it, the weight of the microwave caused the supporting wood to break, and slowly bringing down the cabinets at an angle. We didn't notice it the first time we remodeled the kitchen, but there was a significant difference from one side of the cabinet to the other. Eric had a bright idea to use his tire jack to push the weight back up of the cabinets and then reinforce it with new brackets. I was scared that the cabinets would come crashing to the ground. In theory, Eric's idea sounded like a great plan...and it did work. That civil engineering degree is quite handy, and all those episodes of Holmes on homes!
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Finally, I'm saving the final reveal for the next post. It's been a hectic two weeks, but we are really proud of our work. I can't wait to start cooking again in my kitchen because it feels like ages since I last prepared a home cooked meal. The only cooking I have been able to do is make coffee with my makeshift kitchen table...thank goodness for fresh coffee. Eric is my awesome handyman super-duper-iffic husband for doing this all for me. Love you!