Last Friday I shared with you our first 13 steps to our kitchen rehab. Here is how we finished this thing out.
while our floors were being sanded and stained….
Step 14 – Built the Fridge Cabinet
Lee made this cabinet thanks to the help of younghouselove. We didn’t use their exact tutorial because our fridge was not as wide, but it sure gave us direction. There will be no post on this one because why re-create what younghouselove already did? If you want to do this, check it out there. If you are wondering why part of it painted? We originally were going to find a bigger cabinet to use here. We couldn’t find one at a re-store and didn’t want to buy a new one. (we are cheap) Anyway, this cabinet was going to get discarded so it was our test cabinet for our first time spraying cabinets. We decided to use it after all, but it was already painted.
Step 15 – Stabilized and trimmed out the island
I can’t wait to post how we did this. It was so easy. This picture is in the in between stages and kind of blurry. I will post more detailed pictures soon.
Step 16 – Painted the base cabinets, island, & fridge
We used a sprayer….I will never use a brush to paint cabinets again. The finish is so much better using a sprayer. We covered up the painted part of the newly built fridge cabinet.
Step 17 – Installed the base cabinets
In this step we also trimmed out the toe kick and added spacers to make the cabinets fit perfectly. You will have to do this if you buy stock cabinets or re-use and relocate old cabinets. Notice that we had to cut a hole for the vent in the sink cabinet.
Step 18 – Installed Upper Cabinets
Lee always uses a 2X4 to make a level resting spot while he drills the cabinet into the wall. Make sure its level and place it where the bottom of the cabinet needs to be. He had already done it for the smaller cabinet and then removed it when it was secure and in place.
We were originally going to put shelves below the cabinets but Lee wanted to leave that step for the new home owner if they wanted to do it.
Step 19 – Measured and Ordered the Doors and Drawer Fronts
Here was the kitchen while we waited
We wanted to clear space in the garage so we went ahead and put the appliances in. We ordered them Black Friday, Lowes delivered them in March (after we delayed them every stinkin, week they called) This picture was taken in July. It was time for them to have their home. If you look at the after pictures of our kitchen you will see that we added a spacer piece to the fridge cabinet to make it look seamless.
Step 20 – Ordered the Countertop
While we waited….
Step 21 – Painted and installed window and door trim
Step 22 – Installed the countertop
Actually, we had it installed. We used Designer White Dupont Corian Countertop. (note this picture is a little out of step. I didn’t snap a photo because the countertop was installed white I was at work. We had paper over them for about two more weeks after that and I didn’t take the effort to clear it all off to snap a photo in process.
Step 23 – Tiled the backsplash
Why is there tape on the wall? Funny story. I will post soon!
Here is the tile without grout. I was pulling for gray grout. The no grout shows what that would have looked like.
The hubs wanted white. Guess who won that battle? If it were my house there would have been gray. White grout is universal and can be really bright. I supported my hubby’s decision.
Step 24 – Installed the sink and faucet
Step 25 – Painted the new drawers and doors
Here are the doors when they arrived!
I will post all about this process because I have gotten many emails about how this went. I WILL do it again. It was not as scary as I thought it would be. I will also post about spraying cabinets. We have a few tricks up our sleeve that I want to share.
Step 26 – Installed the drawer fronts to the existing drawers.
Most of the drawers we kept and simply unscrewed the front to screw the new one on. There were two drawers that we had to rebuild. We just used scrap wood and the existing drawer slides.
Step 24 – Made and installed the new pendant lights
I can’t wait to post this project but I used these old pendants from the bathroom. We also added the outlets, outlet covers and installed the other light fixtures.
Step 25 – Installed the Doors
Step 26 – Added the hardware
As you can see above, we added the hardware as we installed the doors.
Step 27 – Stepped back and soaked in the final product.
You can see the spacer piece we added to the fridge cabinet here. ( I spoke of it in step 19)
I hope this helps you think through all the little steps it takes to make a kitchen happen.
Have a Happy Monday!