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Another Kitchen Reno

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Only a few months after finishing our first kitchen reno project we had to move. That meant selling the house we had put so much into. We bought a new house, and while the kitchen was not terrible, it was dated, and poorly designed. For examples cabinet doors were oddly mounted leaving you wondering which way they should open, and creating a feeling of out-of-balance. Here’s what we started with:

We elected to replace the 42” cabinets with 2 rows of cabinets, one 30” (about all most people can reach anyway) and a clerestory row of 15” cabinets with windowed doors and puck lights in each one. This would mean replacing the original cabinets, not just refinishing.

We will re-purpose most of the cabinets in other parts of the house. They are not in bad condition, just large (42”) and give the kitchen a weighty, frumpy feel. (oh yes, also a bit greasy and dusty)

I won’t bore you with the demo. Here’s the kitchen with a new floor, and everything removed except the stove. It was a good stove and I found a friend who could use it.

The first step was lighting. Lighting is critical in a kitchen. Not enough and it looks dark, like this one. Too many overhead florescents will give it an industrial feel. We want to go for a modern, warm, but classical look. Not too trendy, but nice materials and finishes. So we changed the 4 globes to 6 recessed floods with CFL bulbs.

Here is the lighting while some of the wall cabinets are going up:

The puck lights in the overhead cabinets and LED under-cabinet lighting will add more light and a touch of glam!

We went with a wall-oven mounted under the counter to give more counter top space. Also, we allowed for the microwave to be under the counter. We moved the cook top to the island and built the island with more cabinet space under it. Oh yes, we added a wine cooler at one end and a glass windowed cabinet above it for wine glasses.

-- There are two kinds of people in the world: those that divide all the people into two kinds, and those that don't.



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MoshupTrail

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MarkTheFiddler

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posted 402 days ago

I really liked your last kitchen but this is one is even better. I’m sure the previous kitchen played a big roll in selling your old house. I still haven’t looked behind my soffets to see if I can go all the way to the ceiling. I’ve also got some recessed lights that would look at a lot better the way you did yours. I noticed the corner cabinet as well. I’m guessing you gained some extra storage. Simply put – that kitchen is awesome. Very well done. Thanks so much for posting.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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MoshupTrail

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posted 401 days ago

If you have the freedom to put recessed anywhere, I find that about 30” from the wall, and spaced about every 4-5 feet is working well. This house had the lighting a little too much in the center of the room so it doesn’t really get to the counters well. But the ceiling is textured with a “splat” pattern that is really difficult to match so I was limited where I could put them.

-- There are two kinds of people in the world: those that divide all the people into two kinds, and those that don't.

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rhybeka

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posted 395 days ago

Another gorgeous reno, Mosh! Wishing we could do our kitchen but our lottery number has yet to come up. Good tip about the lighting – I’ll have to remember that.

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MoshupTrail

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posted 126 days ago

It has been almost 2 years now. Perhaps you are wondering, how is it holding up? Famously! The dark wood floor does have tendency to show every speck of debris. The upside is we keep it clean more regularly. The downside is we keep it clean more regularly. It wipes up easily with a Swiffer and small dust vac.

-- There are two kinds of people in the world: those that divide all the people into two kinds, and those that don't.

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joecot

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posted 121 days ago

I’m a newbie to this group (first post) but I just want to say I think the clerestory cabinets with windowed doors and puck lights was a great idea. It breaks up what would otherwise be a monolithic wall of cabinet, and it adds character and light. Great job. Glad it’s holding up well. You’ve inspired me to consider doing something similar in my own kitchen, which has a very high ceiling.

-- Joe Cottonwood -- 99 Jobs: Blood, Sweat, and Houses

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MoshupTrail

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posted 121 days ago

Thanks joecot.
Did you see my other kitchen?

When we had to move and buy a new house one of the requirements was a 9 ft ceiling so we could do it again. In the second kitchen (this one here) we chose cabinet doors with 3” wide wood around edge. A narrower band allows greater visibility to the upper cabinets and I think would have been better.

-- There are two kinds of people in the world: those that divide all the people into two kinds, and those that don't.

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joecot

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posted 121 days ago

Your other kitchen is lovely. In both, the upper cabinets have a great effect. My own kitchen has a vaulted ceiling, so my upper cabinets would fill a triangular space with the pucks casting light at an angle toward the center of the room, which I think would be totally cool.

-- Joe Cottonwood -- 99 Jobs: Blood, Sweat, and Houses

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MoshupTrail

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posted 121 days ago

Man, I would really like to see that. Ping me when get close!

-- There are two kinds of people in the world: those that divide all the people into two kinds, and those that don't.

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joecot

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posted 121 days ago

It’s only in the dream stage right now…

-- Joe Cottonwood -- 99 Jobs: Blood, Sweat, and Houses

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MoshupTrail

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posted 121 days ago

I find that starting these projects is like jumping down a well. Once you are in the well your creativity and will power will kick in big time to get you out!

In the first kitchen we saved a ton of money by re-using the original cabinets and then augmenting with simple oak uppers (15” high) from the big box store. I had to make one cabinet myself for the 45 degree corner, but the rest are all just cheap, oak cabinets painted white. (be sure to use oil-based paint – it won’t stain when things are splashed on it)

-- There are two kinds of people in the world: those that divide all the people into two kinds, and those that don't.

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