Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Kitchen: Almost Done!

A while back, we redid the kitchen.  And, of course, it's still not done.  That's how I roll, so to speak.  One of these day's, when feeling like I need to self deprecate, I will post all of the unfinished projects I have.  There are a lot.

Anyway, below is our kitchen as I was in destruction phase.  I'm really good at destruction phase.  I'm also much thinner now then the toad in the picture below.  About 40 pounds thinner.  Mark's Daily Apple.  Go there.  Be inspired.  It works.

I have scoured the computer for before shots prior to that one and can't find any.  This was done pre-blogging, of course.  Not that my picture taking has gotten any better.  Here are a couple more of the "pre" pictures.

I included a picture with my father-in-law, without who's guidance half the stuff I embark upon wouldn't be completed.  As you can see, we took out a bar height wall along with all the cabinets.  We didn't change the footprint of the room, meaning the sink, stove, refrigerator and dishwasher are all in the same place which is a huge cost savings.  We simply updated the contractor grade cabinets and counters with new.  We did add a little bit of storage, as well, replacing the bar which I am dismantling in the top picture.

Here is the nearly completed kitchen.  As a side note, I'm going to begin posting a lot about the inside of the house.  The reason for my lack of posts, is that the garden is taking a back seat to the completion of the house itself.  The way I look at it though, is that I have a big garden that we happened to plunk a house in the middle of.  Therefore, the house is as much of the garden as the outdoors is.  Moving along...

Two things still need to be done.  First, the backsplash is wood wainscoting, needs to be caulked and painted.  Second, we need to replace the under cabinet lights.

As you can see, there are some wires sticking down.  Don't panic, the circuit breaker is off for these.  Anyway, that's the second thing that needs to be done.  More on that later.


  1. The kitchen looks great. Have you looked into the led lights on a roll of tape( you can cut them every 3 inches as needed) for your under cabinet lights? I did it for a customer and liked it so much I did our kitchen, 3 years after the remodel.

  2. Randy, funny you should say that, as I just saw the This Old House guys use that very stuff on a fireplace on last weekend's show. I thought then, and definitely now, that I need to give it a try.