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Kitchen Reno

Project by MoshupTrail posted 07-24-2012 01:58 AM 6061 views 3 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our renovation started from the floor up.
Floor – replaced linoleum with dark, solid bamboo floating floor
Cabinets – refinished oak cabinets with white cabinet paint, added second row of small cabinets with puck lights – added one 2 ft cabinet with opening for a wine cooler
Counter – replaced formica with granite “blue pearl”
Island – added one cabinet to extend the island by two feet
Appliances – all new stainless steel.

Before:

After: (total time – about 6 weeks)

Total Cost less than $12,000

-- 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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posted 08-01-2012 01:16 AM

NICE! Adding the upper row of cabinets with the accent lighting really made a huge difference.
Nice to have those tall ceilings to work with.

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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posted 08-01-2012 01:33 AM

I agree with GaryL the upper cabinets make an awesome touch. Very nicely done.

-- Josh

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MoshupTrail

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posted 08-01-2012 02:28 AM

Thanks. Actually, the before picture included the recessed lighting I added earlier. (you can see the primer on the ceiling) The “builder-grade” kitchen came with one of those 4’ long fluorescent lights in the middle. That was it. It felt like working in a cave.

Another cool thing, you might not see it at first, but the pendants and the chandelier all changed color. My wife found a metallic paint and did them all so they would match the color scheme and each other. They came out great.

Oh yes, I can highly recommend the Bosch dish washer. It really is quiet!

-- 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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posted 08-01-2012 04:27 AM

That is incredible. I agree with the other that the extended cabinets really make it. I was actually studying the light fixtures and until you pointed out the new finish, I couldn’t put my finger on how they were different. Really Really nice. The backsplash treatment is really good and I like the way you dealt with the mosaic under the hood. Did you even paint the dinette chairs?

Your work is super impresive. You managed to change the entire look and feel of the kitchen even though you reused the cabinets and lights. Well done sir!

Are you planning on changing out the door hardware?

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

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posted 08-01-2012 06:14 PM

You know – it occurred to me that I asked a really silly question about the door hardware. I asked it because I believe door hardware has a cascading effect. Change one – change them all. Please don’t take as a criticism. I am absolutely wowed by your work!

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

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MoshupTrail

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posted 08-01-2012 10:11 PM

Actually it’s not a silly question. One would like the door hardware to match the decor. But… As you point out, where do you stop? And is it right to have brass in one room and nickel in an adjacent room?
We actually thought that through and just decided, enough was enough. Line in the sand. Gotta draw it somewhere. And we were keeping lose tabs on the budget.

Of the money we spent most went for granite (did not do that myself), and appliances, including a new microwave and sink disposer.. But a significant chunk went to “other” – all that little stuff. Speaking of which that Moen faucet was about $200 from Home Depot and it’s worth it. It’s really got a quality look and feel and the pull out sprayer works great – unlike many similar faucets.

-- 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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posted 08-03-2012 02:35 AM

Very nice work. As everyone else has said, the additional top-row of cabinetry makes it stand out. You point out how much the “other” stuff costs. It is amazing how much the detail will add to the total bill.

You made a nice choice on dishwashers. And yes, they are quiet (and worth every penny).

Again, you did a very nice job.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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rickf16

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posted 08-06-2012 04:44 PM

That’s a good lookin’ kitchen! Never would have thought of putting runners in a kitchen, but it adds seems to tie it all together. We are near the end of our redo(will post soon) and I think we have the same faucet, and yes it really works nice. The white cabinets and stainless go very well. Was wondering how long before you had a working kitchen back? Thanks for posting

Rick

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MoshupTrail

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posted 08-06-2012 09:10 PM

About 6 weeks – working evenings and weekends.
At the end of day one we had this.
Note: I don’t recommend leaving the wall cabinets up. When the floor changes, the cabinet height needs to change with 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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posted 08-29-2012 05:13 PM

Outstanding work! With kitchens, you can never go wrong with white.

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posted 09-12-2012 05:18 AM

Beautifull kitchen!You realy done your job very well.I hope your wife is satisiffied.

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posted 09-17-2012 01:28 AM

Beautiful kitchen!

-- CJIII

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posted 01-25-2013 09:14 AM

Wow, that is a really drastic change you’ve got going on there in your kitchen! And it is a wonderful change too. Now, your white kitchen looks more sophisticated and modern with the puck lights creating such an energizing ambience. I like how you decided to add the wine storage are which adds “class” to the whole concept. And the “island”, it never kills to have some extra storage space!

-- Dean Alexander Ashby - http://www.ezestore.com.au

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posted 06-28-2013 08:22 AM

I love the new concept of black and white, making the kitchen look clean and sleek. I am very particular with storage, especially for the kitchen utensils (to make the area safe for my kids), and I am glad that it does have ample storage cabinets. However, I do not really fancy the flooring, which includes the floor rug. I wish they have changed the rug as it looks very displaced.

-- Edward Thirlwall: http://supercheapselfstorage.com.au/facilities/sydney/

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posted 03-26-2014 07:41 PM

Edward – we eventually found some better carpets that look more modern and have better colors. You are correct. They don’t exactly have the same design basics as the rest of the kitchen.

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