KRIP: Kitchen Remodel in Progress
Hello my fellow GardenWebbers,
I am excited to report that our kitchen is in tatters. On purpose, of course. :)
We're doing a refacing, rather than a gut remodel. The layout is fine and we're sensitive to the idea of throwing away perfectly good cabinet boxes. We're trying to keep the budget around $7K, we'll see!
I'm not patient enough to hold off on posting until it's time for a glamorous reveal (plus, what if it never looks glamorous?) so instead I'll share some in-progress pics.
The original kitchen, strictly builder-basic, not that there's anything wrong with that. But we're slowly working our way through the house and making it contemporary, which has been a terrifically fun process!
Install of the Wild Sea bar top. We used a remnant piece of stone because I can't live with the idea of cutting up a whole slab just for my pleasure. But the remnant pile offers tons of possibilities and is really fun to search through. The installers were attentive to details and they fussed over the seams for a good long time. They didn't even mind me giving them a geology lesson on the origins of Wild Sea in the meantime.
Wild Sea got its name from the wavy pattern, properly called cross-bedding. The rock is sandstone that is mostly quartz but also has pretty garnets in it.
I am in love with our own little piece of geology, right in the kitchen. :)
I know you'll appreciate this photo, where DH demonstrates a GW technique to determine size, spacing, elevation, and quantity of pendants. We weren't even sure if we wanted pendants until we tried this. Gosh, even just the balloons looked great! So that's a yes for pendants. Two of them, from Denmark.
Next up: countertops. We chose a modern laminate in a silvery color with a subtle, linear texture. The edge of the countertop is a neat slice of Baltic birch, which adds to the linear effect. Don't mind the blue tape!
Oh, the countertops were all raised 2 inches. We are tall folks and DH has back issues. We love to cook and this will make our kitchen hours more comfortable. We love the new height.
Of all the things I could not wait to replace in the old kitchen, the sink was at the top of the list. The annoying, double-basin sink with neither side large enough to be useful; scratched-up, dirty-looking, bleh! You get the idea. Now we have a sleek Kohler Vault. Just look at it! Beautiful! So square and modern and shiny. I could go on.
Hey, have I mentioned how cool this sink is? It warrants another view.
We purposefully selected a shallow sink, which in effect raises the floor of the sink. This allows us (especially DH) to be much more upright while doing dishes.
Also note Wild Sea windowsill.
The faucet was pre-existing, which we bought a few years ago in a desperate play to make the kitchen more modern.
New cabinet doors will be Baltic birch, slab front, and will go to the ceiling. In this photo the builders were just test-fitting them and seeing how it would all lay out.
More of the same. The challenge for the builder is to cover every possible inch of the old oak frames, so there has been a lot of strategizing in the corners. I think it will work out well. DH is happy, builder is happy (mostly), and I'm happy. Who knew that was possible?
Inga gets a test drive on the Wild Sea. Don't make a habit of this, Inga!
That's where we're at for now. It's been a fun week. Next week we get the cabinet doors for real, and then new pullouts for the pantry and pots-n-pans, plus new super Susans in the corner cabinet. The following week will be backsplash and lighting.
The only decisions left to make are cabinet pulls and soap dispenser. Ideas welcome!