Kitchen Progress- Almost Complete!

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For the past few days Nate and I have been working like crazy on the kitchen and now we are finally able to see some fruits to our labor.

Things we’ve accomplished since Sunday:

1) Attached new hinges and hardware to cabinet doors.

2) Attached doors back on to cabinet boxes.

3) Installed new dishwasher

4) Finished installing butcher block countertops

5) Installed a new range hood

6) Installed beadboard on sink side as a backsplash.

Things still on the to do list:

1) Install beadboard behind range and ends of cabinets

2) Spackle and paint beadboard

3) Install crown molding and trim pieces

4) Paint ceiling

For now I am just happy to be able to put all of my dishes back in place and bring order back to my house after several months.

It truly is amazing how much paint can transform a room. We love looking at the progress we’ve made so far.

Our kitchen started out like this:

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And now looks like this:

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So much better already! Once we have completely finished our renovation I will be going through all of my receipts in order to break down all of the costs involved in our makeover. That will be interesting for sure since I have no idea what the total cost will come out to. πŸ™‚

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Kitchen Faucet Hunting

Cabinet Update: First coat of Cabinet Coat paint is on and the doors are currently drying in the sun room!! YAY! FYI the Cabinet Coat paint is amazing and really does dry to an almost factory finish.

Now on to the topic at hand: Kitchen faucet shopping.

Because we are going to attempt to install the IKEA DOMSJO sink we needed to find a faucet that met very specific qualifications:

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Our Faucet Specifications:

1) Needs to be a one hole installation (I am not comfortable drilling additional holes in the sink although I’ve heard it can be done).

2) Since there’s no hole for a side sprayer it needs to be some sort of pull down or pull out spout with spray option.

3) Spout reach needs to be at least 8 inches to reach all corners of the sink.

4) Good customer reviews (at least 4 out of 5 stars).

5) $200ish

My first inclination was to look for a faucet at Ikea, but their only spray faucets were either too expensive or didn’t spray.

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Ikea GLITTRAN $149- I absolutely love this style and price, however there is no sprayer and for us it just wouldn’t be practical considering how much we use our current sprayer in the kitchen.

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Ikea ELVERDAM $179- I also love this style and the spout does pull down, however there is no spray option and I read some negative reviews in regards to the water pressure.

Overall, I wasn’t impressed with the Ikea options. It was on to Home Depot which is right down the road, making it convenient should we ever have to return or exchange the faucet that we decide to go with.

After sifting through tons of reviews and information I decided (or thought I decided) to go with a simple model from HD:

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American Standard FairburyΒ $129- This faucet met all of my requirements and the sleek lines really won me over (not to mention the price).

Off to Home Depot we went to check out this beauty in person. It definitely looked great and I gave the spout a good tug and let go. Much to our surprise the spout flew back up snapping off pieces of the plastic grommet at the top of the neck. Needless to say I didn’t feel comfortable spending over $100 on a product that would break that easily.

After that experience, we went through the models, tugging, pulling, and scanning barcodes to read reviews (Love my Home Depot App!). After some time we finally decided on two contenders:

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Moen Benton $198- Excellent reviews and met all of our requirements.

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Moen Lindley $218- Just over our budget, but we loved the look. This faucet felt like it would fit in better with the country look we are going for, especially with the apron sink. Spending $18 more to get the look I wanted seems completely worth it to me! πŸ™‚

THIS IS THE ONE!!!! πŸ™‚

Ready to pull the trigger on the faucet purchase, we looked for our cargo on the shelves…..only to find an empty spot where our precious faucet was supposed to be 😦 Apparently the one that was listed in stock is the model. Wah! Hopefully we’ll just pick it up at a different store.

Tomorrow we will also be picking up:

1) Our new countertops

2) Our apron sink

3) Beadboard backsplash

Our budget kitchen reno is definitely underway.

Kitchen Update

Part one of our kitchen update: Painting Cabinets

Painting our kitchen cabinets is taking FOREVER. Seriously. FOREVER.

Take my advice. If you work full time and are thinking about painting your kitchen cabinets, do yourself a favor and do one section at a time. This allows you to see your progress and motivate you to keep going. Of course, it will be a much easier job if your cabinets aren’t covered in laminate veneer sheets that need to be removed.

Taking on the entire kitchen at once is extremely overwhelming and even disheartening at times.

Here’s a breakdown of our timeline so far:

Weekend #1- Take down all doors, remove all hardware, remove all dishes from cabinets and move into living room,dining room, and guest rooms (Your house should look like you are having an indoor garage sale).

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Weekend #2- Start sanding, realize that sanding does nothing on the laminate veneer and start peeling the veneer sheet off instead. Realize that using a heat gun will make your life ten times easier and finish removing all veneer sheets.

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Weekend #3- Remove veneer sheets from cabinet boxes, drawers, and sides of doors. Remove backsplash. Clean disgusting wall that was behind theΒ backsplash.

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Weekend #4- Sand all doors using 40 grit in order to remove all the glue from the laminate veneer. Sand inside cabinet boxes as well.

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Weekend #5+#6- Rest and go to couples counseling πŸ™‚

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Weekend #7- Finally finish sanding! Final sanding included 220 grit for a smooth surface. Research primers and paints. See final decision below.

Finally start priming!!! Hallelujah!

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Our primer of choice:

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I had briefly debated using an oil based primer like B-I-N but decided to be more “green” and since we were no longer painting over the laminate veneer I didn’t think we really needed something as strong as B-I-N. Plus it was a lot cheaper: $20 at Home Depot.

As far as paint goes, I am leaning towards using Cabinet Coat or Benjamin Moore. Anyone use either of these?

Hoping to have more progress for you in the next post. (Hopefully it won’t take us another six weeks to finish!)