Nothing much has been happening around here lately so I haven’t been updating this blog as often as I’d like to be. I know, shame on me! I should probably be punished.
However, a couple weeks ago something awesome happened. Wait for it…. We ordered our kitchen cabinets! That deserves a thousand exclamation points but I didn’t want to go too over board and break the internet. So with that news that means things are going to start happening as we near the undertaking of our first major home rehab project. Finally!
My original plan was to go with white cabinets. I just love how clean and bright a room with white cabinets looks. I wanted to go white also for the fact that it would make the room feel bigger. I quickly found out though that getting white kitchen cabinets made out of real wood would be an issue. They all seem to be manufactured with some crappy plastic overlay. If it chips, you’re pretty much screwed. No refinishing there. No thanks!
So instead of going with the white cabinets we decided to skip all the way to the complete opposite end of the spectrum and go with a nice dark coffee brown, shaker style. The kitchen will be mostly open to the whole house so I’m not too worried about going so dark in such a small space.
Before the kitchen rehab is even ready to be tackled we have so many other steps to take in preparation though. Yes, we seem to be stricken with road bumps at every turn. That’s what makes it fun, right? Right!? At least that’s what I’m telling myself. When you are basically changing the entire layout of a whole house though, I guess you can’t expect everything to go smooth and fast.
Step one. Remove the furnace chimney that runs through kitchen area. Wait that’s not step one, I’m getting ahead of myself already. First we have to get our new furnace and water heater purchased and installed. The type that can be vented out the side of a house rather than needing a chimney. So as you can see our first little bump is actually quite a large mountain. The new furnace and water heater will be at least 3grand or more I’m guessing. Then we have to traverse up on to the roof and start to disassemble the chimney. All the way to the basement ceiling at least. I’ve never done this or have seen it done so I don’t know how easy or quick this chimney removal is going to be.
After The chimney is gone, without falling off the roof hopefully, that’s when things will start to happen in a big way in the kitchen. The to-do list is long and pricey.
- Remove 95% of wall between kitchen and dining room.
- Put new back porch access in room next to kitchen
- Seal porch access door in kitchen
- Install wall studs
- Install insulation
- Run electric/gas lines/plumbing
- New drywall on ceiling
- Drywall walls
- Install hardwood floors
- Install cabinets!!!!!
- Install lighting
Whew! That’s a lot of things to do, and I’m sure I’m missing a bunch of little things on that list.
The last step to our complete, brand new kitchen will be counter tops. We’ll probably have to live with plywood counter tops for awhile while we save up for the granite counter tops. Naturally every one we pick out and love is the top of line, most expensive stone. Crap! I cannot wait to cook in and enjoy our new kitchen. It is going to be awesome!
So who is coming over to enjoy a meal out of my fancy new kitchen when it’s complete?