Monday, April 27, 2009

Kitchen Update

We took a home remodeling class last Thursday night that was given by the OAR group. One of the items they discussed was that home remodeling projects always take longer than you think. Nate and I just gave each other a knowing look. While we never really had a firm timeline for our kitchen, I think we weren't anticipating that it would take one full year. Granted, as friends and family have pointed out, we did 90% of everthing ourselves, did not take time off from work to complete anything, and also did things as our budget would allow, rather than save up a lump sum of money and knock out the project in a shorter time period. We also didn't put pressure on ourselves (until recently) and worked on it when we felt like it in our spare time. This worked for us, as we never really had a non-working kitchen, except for the overnight period before the countertop guys came. It also felt more manageable from a budget perspective too, since we could save up incrementally and still manage to have "fun money" at the same time. At some point, when the project is finally done, I will have to continue this "lessons learned" reflection.

Now, for the point of this post: an update. Remember our kitchen list that we made before the project started last spring? Yeah, I almost didn't either. It hasn't made an appearance on this blog since Dec 26.

This is the list that was posted 12/26/08:

  1. Sand cabinents, wood putty any existing holes

  2. Prime cabinets

  3. Paint cabinets

  4. Change cabinet hardware

  5. Change countertops

  6. Install sink and garbage disposal

  7. Install subway tile backsplash

  8. New flooring in foyer, kitchen, dining room

  9. Remove upper cabinets that divide kitchen & dining area

  10. New range/oven (our last appliance to buy!)

  11. New pantry doors

  12. New light fixtures

  13. Install roman shade in window



Since I haven't really looked at the list since then, I noticed that there have been some modifications to this list:
First, item #8 re: flooring may be cut from the list, or delayed. Our flooring is in good shape. It originally made the list because, aesthetically I didn't like it because it contributed to the cave-like feeling one got while being in the kitchen. However, I'm not thinking it is so terrible now that the kitchen is whiter and brighter. It would be more budget-friendly at this point to keep it.

Item #11, re: new pantry doors. I think I did blog about this, but basically the space to our pantry is odd (like everything else in our house) so that standard doors will not fit. And the pretty bi-fold doors that I originally wanted will also not work. We made the decision to paint the existing doors and change out the doorknob and hardware instead of investing in brand new doors. Again, the existing doors were in fine condition, I just wanted an aesthetic change.

There are items to ADD to the list - one being a New Microwave. As you can see in the picture below, our existing microwave is centered from the cabinets, but NOT centered over the oven. To made our tiling job easier, and also because we have decided that it will look better, we are going to get a microwave to match our other appliances and move it to center over the oven. We ordered our new microwave yesterday and it should be here by 5/11.


The other item we need to add to the list is to install gas valve. We have our eye on a gas range/oven and we have a capped gas hookup behind our exisiting electric range/oven. However, in order to use this hookup, we need to install a shut off valve before HD can deliver the oven/range. They will not do this for us. So we are going to have the guy who installed our faucet and garbage disposal install this for us. We figured his $20/hour labor charge was worth investing in rather than risk blowing up our house.

Our revised list now looks like this:

  1. Sand cabinents, wood putty any existing holes

  2. Prime cabinets

  3. Paint cabinets

  4. Change cabinet hardware

  5. Change countertops

  6. Install sink and garbage disposal

  7. Install subway tile backsplash

  8. Install new microwave

  9. Remove upper cabinets that divide kitchen & dining area

  10. Install gas shut off valve

  11. New range/oven

  12. Paint pantry doors and install new door hardware

  13. New light fixtures

  14. Make and install roman shade in window

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