Final Kitchen Touches

Project by JayT posted 03-07-2013 05:08 PM 4189 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I remodeled the kitchen last year. It was basically a complete gut job including about half the walls down to the studs, the whole floor down to original sub-floor planking and most of the electrical. (Sorry, no pics of the complete project) The final touches were finally done this spring due to major delays from a glass company that was contracted to do the backsplash and a couple months of 14 hour days at work last fall.

Over New Year’s weekend, I finally got a mosaic backsplash installed—we had to give up on the glass company after months of delays and a total refusal on their part to do anything about the errors. Turned out for the best, we like the mosaic better anyway and using polyurethane grout will drastically reduce maintenance. Undercabinet LED puck lighting was also installed.

The final piece was baseboard and crown. Couldn’t find anything commercially available that would look good with the simple lines of the cabinets, so I made them by hand with planes instead of paying for a custom shop to do the job. Had to figure out a way to complement the maple cabinets and also go with the existing 70 year old pine window and door moldings. Moldings were made of clear pine and a couple of different stain colors layered to get the right shade. The process of making the moldings is posted as a LumberJock project if you are interested in reading more about how they were made.

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posted 03-07-2013 05:30 PM

The LED lighting plays well with the glass mosaic. Well done on the trim. That’s determination to make them by hand. Nice, nice, nice….

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

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posted 03-08-2013 10:22 PM

Thanks, Gary. I don’t know if making them by hand was determination, desperation or stupidity, but they came out pretty good and I enjoyed working with the hand planes.

Also thanks for popping over to LJ to encourage more activity. My wife has quite a few renovation projects to keep me busy for a while and I can sure use the inspiration and expertise available here.

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posted 03-24-2013 01:42 PM

I like your lighting and would like to add some to my cabinets. Do you have any recommendations where I can get some puck lights that are powered by 110 volts and don’t break the bank?

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posted 03-24-2013 07:32 PM

I got those at Menards. It was about $40 for a three light kit. Lowes had something similar, as well, but I think they cost a bit more.

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