I am so excited to be hosting the Ultimate Coffee Date link up in my new kitchen! Grab a cup of coffee, or tea, or your favorite relaxing beverage, and let me show you around! Since it’s not all about me, make sure you leave comments on other blogs in the link up, and visit my co-host Deborah at Confessions Of A Mother Runner.
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Kitchen Remodel — Before
First, let me remind you what my old kitchen looked like. It was a perfectly lovely kitchen that probably was updated in the 80s, except for the wall ovens which I think were original to the house in the early 70s. My main objective for the remodel was to take out the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, and get more enjoyment out of the beautiful bay window.
Kitchen Remodel — Demolition
The contractor warned me that everything would be going on the first day, but I was still surprised to come home to a big empty space.
The one “unforeseen” complication was how hard it was to get up the old floor. They ended up tearing out the whole sub-floor and installing a new one.
Kitchen Remodel — During
Once they got the old floor out, things moved pretty quickly. They put up a new ceiling (reducing the previous drop to a soffit along the exterior wall), new drywall, and installed the new floor. The next big thing was the cabinets, which they assembled on site.
The counters were installed while I was in Copenhagen, and there was a glitch with the cut-out for the range. They didn’t make it deep enough, so the range stuck out too far. Luckily they were able to re-cut the counter and slide it in a few more inches.
Kitchen Remodel — After
We are still working on the finishing touches, but have fully moved into our new kitchen and are loving it! I am particularly pleased at how well everything came together–did I tell you how much I love the floors?!–and glad that we hired a decorator to help us pick the paint color. I was thinking soft blues, but she suggested greens-Sherwin Williams Sea Salt for the kitchen and above the chair rail in the dining room, and Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay for contrast below the chair rail.
All in all we are very pleased with our new kitchen. While the work seem to slow at the end, the whole thing was done in about 2 months, which is about what we expected.
Now, can I get you a cup of coffee or glass of lemonade from our beverage center? Or some ice water from our new fridge?
Have you done any major home renovation projects?
If you haven’t been by since our last coffee date, check out my two April race recaps and highlights of my international business trip linked below.