Kitchen renovation has begun!!!!
This is how my kitchen looked when I last showed you a picture of it back when we first moved into the house. You’ve seen glimpses of it since then… like when I painted the great room twice in 2 weeks. But aside from painting the walls and cleaning the surfaces, nothing else had been done to our white-on-white-on-white-on-white-on-white kitchen. Yes. That was 5 whites (cabinets, backsplash, counters, appliances, and floors). There is a whole lotta white going on in there.
And this is how it looks after we painted and raised the cabinets! Here are the things you should notice:
- No. You aren’t going crazy. We did paint our white cabinets white. You can kinda see in the before picture that the cabinets did not match the doors. In person, the difference was MUCH more obvious. The cabinets had that lovely nicotine-yellow color while the doors were white. Now they all match! More on that in a minute.
- The cabinets are now 12 inches higher than they were before!
- The backsplash is gone and the wall is painted.
- The blue tape line indicates something more to come! *Hint hint* look here for my inspiration!
- Yes, that is a new cabinet sans doors above the microwave. And yes, I realize that it is shorter than the other two.
Let me preface the rest of this post by saying this: I apologize. Not only do all of these pictures have terrible lighting because they were taken at night, but I didn’t take many pictures during the process. Bad blogger! 😉
Let’s begin the story here, shall we? Once upon a time there was a fair maiden who was sick of bead board being EVERYWHERE in her house (hallway, master bath, BATHTUB, side of cabinets, backsplash…). So one day, she decided to give her bead board backsplash a little pull and all of it came tumbling down, revealing a hidden secret! Bright orange walls! When the fair maiden’s kind and patient husband came home that evening, she informed him that the day had finally come to remove the cabinets from the wall.
With drill gun in hand (they were very advanced back in those days) the two set to work emptying the cabinets and unscrewing them from the walls.
Okay. I’m done being all medieval. The maiden and her husband lived happily ever after. Blah blah blah.
As far as removing cabinets goes, it is very straight forward and simple. In most cases, cabinets are held to the wall with 4-6 screws that are screwed into the studs. There are also normally 2-3 screws screwed into the face frame holding the front of the cabinets to the other cabinets. So all you need to do to remove them is unscrew them and use your big strong muscles to carry them down from the wall. A microwave is the same way… 2 big bolts into the cabinet above and screws that hold the mounting bracket onto the wall. Then the microwave will slip right off the wall.
Also…I tried to warn the hubby that if he kept making that face it would stick that way. And I might put it on the blog for everyone to see. That’ll teach him.
When the cabinets were down, we primed and painted the wall behind the cabinets. It was just painted the same color as the rest of the wall… Behr’s Sparrow.
Bet this picture further explains why we painted the cabinets. At some point in the past, when the previous owners still lived in our house, something on top of the cabinets leaked. It was obviously cleaned up because there was no residue on the cabinet. It was just stained.
After a light sanding, using a little liquid deglosser, 2 coats of primer, and 2 coats of paint, the cabinets were finished. All in all, it took 3 days. We also painted the base cabinets so they all match (Martha Stewart’s Picket Fence).
Then we put the cabinets back up on the wall the opposite way we removed them, using a stud finder to find the studs to screw the cabinets into… just 12 inches higher.
As for that new cabinet, I found it at Habitat ReStore, removed the doors, and painted it to match the other cabinets. But yes, it is 3 inches shorter than I need it to be in order for it to be level with the other cabinets. I have a plan for that! It involves some wood and trim.
The backsplash will eventually be replaced with tile. But we have to wait until we can replace the countertops to do that. Why? Because of that stupid little 4 inch laminate backsplash that is attached to the counter. I can’t put in the tile until that is gone which requires the countertops to be gone. Baby steps.
As it stands today, here is the checklist for the kitchen reno:
Paint upper and lower cabinets Raise upper cabinets
- Level tops of cabinets and add crown molding
- Add a shelf below cabinets
- Add decorative shelves to the left of cabinets
- Replace cabinet doors
- Replace countertops & sink
- Add tile backsplash
- Replace appliances with stainless steel appliances
- Lower breakfast bar (it is currently 4 inches taller than a normal breakfast bar, resulting in zero stools being the correct height)
- Add hardware to doors/drawers
- Build a kitchen island??