Thursday, April 26, 2012

We begin our Kitchen Remodel


I will not be doing as much cooking for the next four weeks since my kitchen will be undergoing renovation. I will still post some recipes here and there but I asked on facebook if people would like to see what we are doing with the kitchen and there were several positive responces. So I hope you will bear with me as I share our progress on our mostly DIY kitchen redo.
Let me know what you think. I do realize what we do may not interest everyone but I hope this will be somewhat entertaining and/or educational in place of the recipes. The kitchens we use do have a huge impact on the food we make and how much we enjoy making it. I know I have readers here from around the world and I would love to hear about your cooking spaces too!
Okay, back to the kitchen renovation.  I am still not sure how it happened but we have decided to completely re-do our kitchen.  The seeds of this began when I cooked my first meal in our new home, 20 years ago and realized I had a very small oven. The usable oven space is only about 18 inches!! I could not fit several of the pans I owned in the oven and on holidays, had to cook two smaller turkeys (one the day before) just to have enough for our guests.

My husband has several friends at work who have remodeled their kitchens lately and one family purchased an oven he really thought highly of and wanted to buy for me. But that would mean tearing out cabinets and counters to put it in…which led to the idea of new cabinets, and new counters…which led to the idea of refinishing our wood floor with a darker stain. In addition, our old, cheap cooktop was almost ready to die so we would need a new cooktop… on and on.

  I had already been looking at new paint and lights. When we moved in, we had to quickly choose light fixtures and paint. We were trying to save money so we went with the cheapest options. The builder would include white or off white paint without extra cost so we stayed with off white. The light fixtures were the least expensive but I never really liked them. We thought we would repaint and replace the lights in a few years, but with young children to provide for and vacations to take; we never got around to it. I have to say, decorating has never been my passion or gift even though I adore seeing well decorated spaces! I just have trouble choosing for my own home so it has always been a matter of sort of falling into a style and collecting mismatched bits to throw together. To be honest, I have never wanted to spend money on decorating.  But somehow, here we are, buying new everything for our kitchen. I have been frugal for 30 plus years so a little spending now is not unwarranted but I do still feel twinges about it.

The other factor in our remodel is that in 15 years or so, we probably will want to sell our house.  The last house we lived in had an atrocious kitchen. We kept saying we would remodel it when we had extra money but then we had to sell it suddenly and remodeled it just in time to move out. We never want to do that again! Putting in a nice kitchen which will still look good in a dozen years is a good investment.  Our kitchen is very dated, not that it really matters to me but getting nice counters, better appliances and updating cabinets that our worn will be helpful. The shelves inside really need replacing and several doors would need refinishing. The lighting actually gets comments such as,” So have you thought about getting new lights?” yes they are that ugly. We have had three floods in our 20 years here- two from plumbing pipes and one from a natural flood which ended up pouring water through my breakfast nook ceiling  and we  have never fully repaired or repainted…oh long over-due.

Last but not least, I think my husband wanted to keep me busy so I would not start on my other spring project. I was hoping to have him build me a chicken coop so I could get some hens. He is not opposed to it but worries that the foxes will eat my chickens and I will be sad. Well, that is what he says anyway J Who wouldn’t want a backyard of chickens? A few months ago some friends did have a chicken massacre in their backyard so the fox thing is a real issue.  But I suppose we are safe for another year because we will be busy working on our kitchen and painting the whole house. And if we paint we ought to put in new carpet in the rest of the house and new window treatments. Yes, no time or energy or money for chickens…this year.

Okay so we need some before photos.  Tonight we start demo!!
Our Kitchen, basically the same as when we put it in 20 years ago with lots of oak that has reddened with age.

The table and chairs in the breakfast nook stay. They are recently purchased from Ikea and they inspired the color on our new cabinets, which will be oyster.

Basically I had a hard time choosing so I made everything various shades of cream and beige with white appliances and oak wood since these were cheapest choice at the time.

I still like the counter, but admit it is boring. The cooktop however has seen better days!

Chickens? What are chickens doing here?

19 comments:

  1. Wow, good luck! Sounds like a huge project!

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    1. Thanks Kiri, it feels like a huge project. Just day one has me exhausted, my husband has a blood blister and a cabinet hit my son on the head--he is okay, they assure me! But I keep thinking of how nice it will be once it is done!

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  3. I'm so excited for you! Anyone who loves to cook really needs a functional kitchen. How glorious you will finally have what you have needed for so long! I will be watching for every update with great anticipation. I'm depending on you for my vicarious redecoration thrills, Denise. ;D Oh, and chickens are a great idea. I was thinking just yesterday how I'd like to have just two hens once I finally get a house with a yard. But I hadn't considered foxes. I guess I'd want some sort of fox-proof coop or something. Or hey... how about house-chickens? LOL! Blessings and best wishes... ~Alice

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    1. Thanks for your encouragment you have already been, Alice! I hope the updates are positive and fun. So far, I feel like we are the people on those remodeling shows who find problems. But hopefully this weekend will be better.

      House chickens...I did think of keeping them in a night pen in the garage but was thoroughly vetoed :-) I think the foxes tend to get them during the day when they are free ranging. Day pens aren't as fox proof. Do you have many foxes in Denver? We live on the edge of civilizaition and have lots here but I also see them roaming in the center of town. Plus, racoons!!They are mean!

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  4. How exciting! I think your kitchen currently is great... but I can't wait to see the "after"!!! I love the stove top on the island... it makes it easier to chop right next to the stove. I don't like chopping under cabinets. I hope your re-modelers do a great job and get it down on schedule!! Can't wait to see more pictures. Ramona :)

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    1. Thanks Ramona! Yes, I am keeping the layout the same and I too love chopping and cooking on the island. I do very little on the outer counters. My husband and I are the re-modelers with a bit of help here and there I hope from friends and our kids. He can do just about anything he sets his mind to if it is fixing or building. He remodeled our basement with just a bit of help- new bathroom and everything. This week is electrical wiring...makes me nervous but I know he understands this and is very good at it. Just wish us stress-free days and we will get it done!

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  5. I'm very jealous that you get a new kitchen, that must be pretty exciting stuff! I imagine that you have a lot of changes you must be looking forward to, hopefully they are all you want them to be!

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    1. It is exciting although I worry about making mistakes. We are punching out holes for lights and wiring today...did we choose the best places? I have done hours of research for each decision...maybe I over research but I want this to be good:) so far all the samples, tiles and appliances seem great. Now to choose paint and lights- a challenge for me!

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  6. So ENVIOUS!!! We did kitchen counter and updated appliances after we moved in to this house, but I wish to do the ENTIRE kitchen one day... The cabinets are old and waste a lot of space. I love remodeling and even enjoy looking at others. I can't wait to see your new kitchen!!! Please do share! :-)

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    1. I am adding quite a bit of space with new cabinets. Not as much as I wanted...really hoping for a pantry but not workable. But a few inches here and there will be great plus I am adding several new cabinets.

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  7. Like Nami, I'm so envious! My kitchen is old and tired. My appliances are new so that's okay but I'd kill for a remodeled kitchen.

    Please keep us up to date on the progress. I'll live vicariously through you. :)

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    1. Well the first few days of taking it apart have not been the best...finding that the original builders took some shortcuts which will make this remodel more work and time. I will have to hire an electrician after all since they did some silly things with the wires that makes changes more difficult. But I hope next week will be a bit happier! I am still excited about the changes!!

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  8. Lucky you! Nothing quite like a new kitchen. Looking forward to seeing it all done! A.

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    1. I am looking forward to that, too! It is going to be a long month without a kitchen though! But the end will be worth it.

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  9. Choosing what to replace your home items with (colors, lights, and other elements) is a delightful experience. You grow excited on how the things you choose would mix together. After everything is done, it will be a wonderful cooking experience in the kitchen every day.

    Terence Watthens

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  10. I saw from one of your latest posts the changes you did in your kitchen. I like the new cabinets and the kitchen island as well! Your choice of paint for the cabinets, including the cabinets for the kitchen island, made the room look brighter. Way to go, DeniseB!

    Darryl Margulies

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    1. Thank you. We really like our new cabinets, tile, colors and floor! It always looks bright and cheerful

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  11. “The kitchens we use do have a huge impact on the food we make and how much we enjoy making it.” - I totally agree with this! My mom loves to cook for us but because she’s already old, we decided to renovate the kitchen in a way that she can still move freely on her wheelchair. We also lowered the cabinets so that she can easily reach whatever she needs from there. I sometimes help my mom in cooking, but the renovations that can things easier for her is a big deal. :D

    + Mirian Noonan +

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