Here's my recycled kitchen. Show me yours.
[Note: This thread is meant to build on the now "disappeared" -- i.e., probably being tortured in a soccer stadium -- DAT #12 wannabe. I hope the circuspeanut will repost here the details of her fabulous handmade kitchen, and also that mama goose and her fellow travelers will either post their kitchens with details or link to such posts.]
The story is that in 2009 I bought a bedraggled and foreclosed but still way cute 1923 Sears kit house, in an appealing but not upmarket DC neighborhood. I knew from the outset that the basic work needed -- renew the envelope, move some walls, upgrade the systems, replace the windows -- was going to leave a small budget for the kitchen. So, while the basic work was being done, I haunted craigslist, ebay, Community Forklift, etc, storing bits in the garage until we were ready to do the kitchen.
Kitchen from dining room
West wall and door to hall and pantry
Northeast corner, showing both windows
AFTER (but not finished)
--Appliances: a virtually new set of upmarket black bought from craigslist, as a set. (The refrigerator is so Darth Vaderlike that I consigned it to the refitted pantry in the hall to keep it from looming over everything. It is five steps from the sink, so it works.
--White cabinets: dated style but good quality, a large enough set that I knew I would be able to put a kitchen together. (The leftovers went to Forklift.) This is the palatial suburban space they came from.
Turquoise -- a provisional color -- cabinets: Free, from a neighbor. I had to have the boxes built anew, but it was worth it because the scale is so elegant.
Counters: Ikea Numerar, done a la Brickmanhouse, with india ink, but finished with pure tung oil instead of Waterlox.
Sink: Kohler cast iron double, from Forklift. A bit chipped at the edges, but I touched it up with bicycle paint. Also new smaller radiator from Forklift.
Galvinized pendant over sink, cabinet hardware, Faber hood insert, faucet, ceiling fan, adjustable pendants over peninsula (needed because the ceiling is uneven): ebay.
Floors: Sanded, with the water-damaged boards artfully replaced with ones under the cabinets, finished in Bono oil by a wonderful family owned firm.
Backsplash: Lowe's unassuming 23 cent white subway.
My contractor -- a recovering economist with a genuine affection for old houses -- shimmed every single cabinet, built the wooden hood, built the shelving units that face the dining room from the wall cabinets and at the end of the peninsula, and fitted an open vertical space for trays or cookie sheets in the base cabinets on the range wall.
What I regret: The cabinets by the peninsula back up to a now drywalled chimney that runs from the basement through the roof but only vents the furnace. It was not nice enough to expose, but taking it out would have cost an extra 15k, so I will leave it to the next guy. (Who will also come in, yell "what were they thinking?," and rebuild the wall between the DR and the kitchen.)
Only indulgence: Having the window openings made taller, since I was going to have to have the windows made to size in any case.
That's it. Please bring on your own recycled, downcycled, upcycled kitchens.