DIY Kitchen Reveal

edb2nJuly 27, 2014

We began our kitchen facelift in January and finally finished last week. It's so exciting to have it done! I am so thankful to all of the people here; it would never have turned out like it did with out the collective wisdom of Gardenweb.

A little background: The kitchen is small and narrow. It's a builder grade kitchen; the house was built in 2005. We didn't love the cabinets, but we couldn't justify the cost (or waste) of replacing perfectly good cabinets. This isn't our forever house, so we weren't interested in a major remodel. The breakfast nook was small, and with the round table and other stuff it was basically impossible for more than 2 people to sit there. The whole kitchen was dark and yellow. So we undertook a DIY facelift. Everything except countertops was DIY.

I don't know if anyone is interested in details of our budget kitchen, but just in case:
We kept the exisiting appliances and faucet. Continued the mahogany floors from the rest of the house.
Cabinets were painted with a custom color in BM Advance and added crown molding and light rail
Counters are Kashmir White Granite
Hardware is Kraftmaid
Light fixture is Feiss (plus lots of new LED recessed and UC lighting)
Backsplash is San Dona marble hex from The Tile Shop
Wall paint is Revere Pewter (actually Behr color match)

Here is the before kitchen

Here is the after

Here is breakfast nook. I built the banquette and the table. The chairs are the one missing piece in the kitchen. These are just temporary chairs from our bonus room. My wife made the curtain and pillows. We love this area now. It easily seats 4, and can comfortably squeeze 6. And our 3 year old son and I enjoy sitting at the bench while my wife cooks.

Close-up detail of the backsplash.

I put floating shelves on the side of the pantry cabinet for cookbooks and display.

Close-up detail of the countertop (plus an excuse to show off my sons).

Though this was mostly about looks, we did improve the function of the kitchen as well. The eat-in area is FAR more usable now. The banquette gave us lots of extra storage, and I put in a cabinet into what was formerly empty space in a corner for additional much-needed storage.

I also built pull-out shelves in the pantry (can't believe we lived without those for 9 years!) and drawer dividers for our far too few drawers. The B sign in the background is made from wood from a gate on my wife's grandparent's farm.

Of course, the problem now is that the rest of the house looks dark and tired by comparison. The living and dining room are now on the to-do list!

Thanks again for all the help!

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badgergal

Looks very fresh, light and airy now. I admire people who can DIY. You did a great job. I think your small improvements in function will really be appreciated. A beautiful kichen to go along with your beautiful children.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 12:05AM
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Texas_Gem

Nice!! I love seeing other DIYers projects and how well they turn out.

It is nice, bright airy and very inviting. I want to sit at the banquette with you!

You did a great job!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 12:24AM
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brightm

Love the banquet! That's awesome. So many wonderful personal touches. Great job.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 12:57AM
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terri_pacnw

It looks great. My favorite reveals are the ones like yours. Reused and repurposed face lifts!
Great job!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 1:16AM
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susanlynn2012

Amazing transformation and now so bright and happy as well as pretty! I love the counters especially and the pull out shelves. I love your hardwood floors! Thank you for sharing.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 1:37AM
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shelayne

Congratulations, it is lovely! It is so bright and fresh. I love your backsplash!

Your boys are adorable!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 1:41AM
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Mags438

I loved the cherry stained in before photos, but the after is so much lighter with a much more airy feel. It looks great!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 4:10AM
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aktillery9

It looks wonderful!! So bright and airy. You did a fantastic job!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 4:45AM
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mitchdesj

It's just lovely, and so perfect, your sons are beautiful !

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 4:57AM
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christina222_gw

Really nice update, you did a great job. I love how bright and efficient it all looks. Also your boys are adorable!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 5:26AM
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tinker1121

Wow! Just beautiful!!! The special touches really make it different. Love the white plate collection on the wall (another shot of it please?) and is that a tv on the wall.Love all of your choices such as the bs, and floor.

Nicely done and even nicer that you did it yourself.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 6:06AM
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itsthedetails

The white cabinets look so refreshing ...love your color choices! Very nice....congrats!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 6:24AM
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beautybutdebtfree

Wonderful job! My favorite parts are how well the light but blending tones go together (white and neutrals) to lighten up and open up the space, the new cabinet crown, the floating shelves on the end, and the terrific surface choices (counter, backsplash, etc.). You should be more than proud to post this accomplishment - great job, well executed! Cute boys, too!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 6:54AM
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mgmum

It's so bright and airy feeling now! Love the shelves and the banquette in the nook! It looks terrific!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 7:36AM
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edeevee

Holy Cow! That doesn't look DIY in the slightest. Love the lighter palette and the banquette.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 7:51AM
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greenhaven

What a wonderful job, I especially love the banquet. Congrats on getting it finished1

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 7:53AM
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bbstx

Well done! Wish I had your talent and perseverance.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 8:04AM
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ck_squared

I, too, admire someone who can pull off a beautiful DIY remodeling project as I (we) know how much work they are! Really beautiful job. Everything looks fresh, bright and just right. Enjoy your new kitchen!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 8:05AM
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tea4all

Nice job! Your attention to detail makes for an even lovelier kitchen--curtains and pillows, lamp over table, utensil holder by stove, rug by sink, plates on wall, B on wall, pic of sweet sons, etc. I love the floating shelves and pull outs and your color choices. Ooohhhhh to have wood floors like yours would be a dream. Thanks for sharing.

Enjoy the fruits of your labor for years to come! It's a great place in which to raise your boys.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 9:08AM
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countryatheart

What a beautiful DYI. Love all your finishing touches. Your banquette is wonderful. Perfect to enjoy a sunny spot. Congrats on your new bright, airy kitchen.
P.S. your boys are precious, they reminded me of my two, now 25 & 22. They grow up fast.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 9:14AM
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JessHS

Please share how you made the banquette- I have a bay window that I want to put a banquette/window seat in and would love some ideas of how to get started.

Love everything- your colors, your finishes. It looks lovely. And tell your wife a wonderful job on the curtains.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 9:17AM
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kksmama

Gorgeous and smart, you made excellent choices! I think I even love your knobs - and I'm knobless after 3 or 4 failed attempts. Closeup picture and more detail if you have it?

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 9:17AM
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killinsnakes

Very nice!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 9:31AM
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bowbat

It looks fantastic! You guys must be so thrilled every time you walk into your kitchen now. Nice work.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 9:37AM
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annkh_nd

Beautiful! I love that you made functional improvements, and not just cosmetic. It must feel like a whole new space! Well done.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 10:32AM
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romy718

One or both of you really has an eye for design. Everything down to the choice of your accessories is so appealing. I love your fabrics. I can't remember a prettier kitchen with Kashmir White Granite or Revere Pewter. Love your hardware & the kitchen towel bar. I have to stop because I love each & every detail (the floor too).

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 10:58AM
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Linelle

This is not the same kitchen! DIY? No way!!! ;-)

You guys did an awesome job. This is my kinda kitchen. I love how all the finishes go together and the valance is totally adorable.

My kitchen was a facelift too, but I had to pay someone to do it. You did real good!!!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 11:05AM
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amck2

I love your new kitchen! There is nothing about it that is overwrought and trying to be showy. It's just a lovely, practical use of space with well-considered details.

Thanks for posting, as I'm sure your remodel will inspire others to take the plunge. Congrats to you & your wife on a great result. Enjoy it with those two beautiful boys!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 2:37PM
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judithva

Wow, what a difference cabinet color and more lighting can do! Love the banquette too. Everything looks great.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 2:50PM
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nosoccermom

Really nice! You must be thrilled by this new kitchen :)

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 4:18PM
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blfenton

This is beautiful. Love the floors, the banquette and the extra storage details you added.

I am always in awe of those who have the talents and vision and can DIY and bring it all to fruition.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 4:47PM
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schoolhouse_gw

Everything I wanted to say has been said. Like someone else, I love reveals like this. You did such a good job. Congrats.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 5:10PM
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renov8r

I thought your original kitchen was great, until I saw the update. What a wonderful job! It looks so fresh and inviting. The white brightens it up so much. And what a great space saver the banquette is. I admire anyone who can do such a fantastic DIY. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 5:46PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Happy wife, happy life.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 5:51PM
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SparklingWater

A real eye pleaser with great details as said above. I bet even your toddler gets a lot of pride from his dad and mom working together to accomplish this. What a great life lesson.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 5:59PM
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mdln

Beautiful, great job!

Only thing missing is pic of your 4-legged family member. Love the shelves above the bowls.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 6:36PM
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edb2n

Thank you everyone so much for the kind words!

Tinker, here's a close up of the plate wall. The center one is an antique deviled egg plate (milk glass with gold trim) from DW's grandmother. The rest are from Old Time Pottery open stock ($2 a piece). And it is a tv on the wall, which freed up space in the breakfast nook.

Kksmama: Here is a close up of the knobs. We saw them on a bathroom display at Lowe's and loved them. They're Kraftmaid. They come in a few finishes; ours are polished nickel. I can't remember the name right now, but if you're interested I can look them up.

JessHS: the banquette is made of three single upper cabinets turned on their side. I built a base out of 2x4" and built a seat out of 1/2" plywood. It was really pretty easy. I just bought the unfinished stock cabinets at Home Depot for around $50 apiece.

Romy: thank you! it's definitely my wife with the good eye. She gets these visions and tells me to "Get on gardenweb and figure out how to make that work."

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 6:42PM
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edb2n

mdln: our four-legged family member matches the kitchen, of course. He's a white and gray shih-Tzu. He's even small and narrow!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 6:43PM
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oldbat2be

HUGE smile on my face as I saw your after pictures, WONDERFUL!! Great backsplash - huge hex fan here - , that fabulous dark floor makes such a statement, and I love your paint color. Oh please, do post pictures of your next projects, I know I will love them!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 9:11PM
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meddam

That looks fantastic! I think I recall your original posts when you were in the planning stages. What a difference you have made!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 9:36PM
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lisa_a

Wonderful transformation! So many things to like but I think my favorite thing is the floating shelves on the side of the pantry. That's a great use of that space.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 1:03AM
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CEFreeman

I love befores and afters where it's the (almost) exact same kitchen with all changed things. It really brings home how incredible updates, while keeping original layouts, etc., can be.

I really really love your paint color. And your back splash, and your sweet boys, and your table!

You put in a lot of touches only high end kitchens seem to come up with -- unless you happen to be a GW Kitchen board member, right!?!

Enjoy. You did a fabulous job.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 9:00AM
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gr8daygw

What everyone else said! So pretty. Love your choices and talent in making the banquette and your wife's sewing talent. I really like how you extended the flooring into the kitchen. I immediately noticed how pretty everything is. The knobs on your cabinets are so glamorous, I really like them. Genius how you did the cabinets on their side for the bench. So creative and cost effective and looks great.

I have been lamenting how it's hard to find those old deviled egg plates these days. In the old days they were quite unique and beautiful, my mom and grandmother had such pretty ones. So neat how you included DW's grandmother's plate. Love that. Sweet picture of your children : ) beautiful.

Of course always a plus when your dog matches your kitchen! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 9:10AM
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Bellsmom

As others have said, many subtle improvements besides the obvious paint. Fun to look at these carefully, comparing before and after to find the differences.

I was especially struck by the difference the new trim over the cabinets made in the look of the old cabs. Really a huge improvement that would not have occurred to me to add.

Nice improvement to the lighting, also.

By the way, I found the dog dish, but not the dog. Is he/she hiding there somewhere?

Thanks for sharing a great job.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 9:33AM
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romy718

I remember the discussions about your lighting (the Christmas lights you put above the cabinets). What kind of bulbs are in your recessed lights? What did you use for undercabinet lights & did you add lights to light the ceiling above the crown?

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 10:10AM
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browneyes776

Really nice job! I recall your initial posts asking for advice. Glad you went forward with the white cabinets! The added lights are great too!

I love the hex tiles you picked - you were kind enough to tell me about them when I was looking. If you're taking more pics would you mind taking one of the bs and counter together?

You really made it look so much more beautiful! It's great you were able to add additional functionality as well as beauty. How long did it all take? Ours seemed to take forever because I decided to add shiplap and then build another cabinet after the cabinets (and floors, counters, etc.) was done!

Enjoy it in good health!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 12:08PM
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vdinli

Love love all the details. So fresh, airy and crisp! Great design and execution. Enjoy!
Can you tell me more about how the floating shelves are attached?

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 1:10PM
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Errant_gw

That came out great! You guys did a wonderful I job. I love seeing other DIY budget reveals :)

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 1:21PM
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pamplemousse

Your cabinets look amazing - you painted those yourself? What finish did you use in the BM Advance paint? I want to paint my cabinets, and have read lots of tips, but anything you learned from your experience? Thanks!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 1:28PM
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dilly_ny

Wow! so bright and cheerful. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 4:25PM
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edb2n

Thanks so much again for all the compliments!

CEFreeman: you're right about including high end touches I learned about on Gardenweb. So many of the things we did were a direct result of things I learned here.

Gr8day: she must have 20 deviled egg plates. I always wonder how many deviled eggs she must make? My wife says you can't be a Southern woman without a deviled egg plate.

Romy: we used Halo Cooper LED surface lighting (SLD4). It's actually not recessed; it protrudes about 1/2" from the ceiling. It can be retrofitted into existing recessed fixtures, but it's much easier to install than typical recessed lighting in a new installation. It's 3000K. We just used 3000K LED puck lights from Lowe's for UCL. The electrician put a switched plug above the cabinets that is our power source. My wife didn't like the lighting above the cabinets (She said it reminded her of a 1980's California Cove ceiling). I liked it. Guess who won that debate?

Browneyes: it took about 6 months to complete. I'll put in 2 pics of the counter and backsplash together. When we were holding up the tile to see if we liked it p, I SWEAR it was all white. Somehow the grouting process brought out the variation in the tiles and made them look more gray. Sometimes when I'm looking just at the tile and counter together they almost seem to clash a bit. But in the big picture context they look great.

Vinudev: I made a bracket of 1x2" that is screwed to the cabinet. The shelf is basically a sleeve made of 1x2" and 1/4" plywood. It is open on the back, so it just slides on the bracket. I put a link that shows in great detail how to do that.

Pample: thanks for the compliment. My wife painted them. We used the Satin finish. The biggest thing is to be SUPER careful about drips. The Advance paint is very thin, which helps it self level. But that also means it drips badly. We still ended up with a few drips and blobs despite being very careful. Also, use a very high quality brush and follow all the steps (cleaning, priming, sanding between coats, etc.).

Here is a link that might be useful: Floating shelves

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 8:37PM
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edb2n

One more pic

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 8:38PM
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bicyclegirl1

I can't believe this is a DIY. Great job! Your old kitchen wasn't bad, it was just a little dark. But, your new one is so bright & beautiful! Congrats! Job well done.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 9:10PM
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vdinli

Thanks a lot for the link! I have used Ana-white plans before. I forgot to check there before.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 9:23PM
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kclv

Lovely!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 10:15PM
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kksmama

Thanks for the hardware closeup and other follow-up pictures. I'll make the trip to Lowe's, they only have round ones pictured online. I've clipped the banquet info, so clever! You and your dw make a great team, congrats!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 10:59PM
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edb2n

Here is the link KKS

-Evan

Here is a link that might be useful: Knobs

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 11:20PM
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raee_gw

So, clearly folks *are* interested in the details of a budget, DIY kitchen! ;)

Very nice job -- can't say what I like best, the bench, the floor, the new light, the shelves, the roll-out trays, the granite...

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 12:28AM
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musicteacher

I am in the process of diy-ing my own kitchen right now- popcorn ceilings, painting cabinets, searching for stone. If my kitchen turns out half as nice as yours I will be so happy! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 1:29AM
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nmjen

So pretty! I especially love the backsplash, the curtains and the pillows. Good ideas, and great execution!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 9:37PM
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blackchamois

Great GREAT job! Congratulations and well done! I love the banquette and the floating shelves! Genius!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 1:07AM
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ivaniphone

1) Your backsplash and counter combination are visually fascinating to me.

They are obviously 2 different materials and patterns, yet the patterns of color variations are magically similar.

2) I love banquettes where there's lots of "overhang" in the seat behind the table.

- it adds a sense of opulence or luxury

- it creates a great informal place to easily sit and talk without moving behind a table (good for grandparents with bad knees)

3) That banquette geometry the easiest for people to enter and exit in general

4) Your window valance is beautiful. Perfect color combo to my eye with the paint and your granite

5) The shelves and pet bowl area is genius! It creates visual interest where there would be none otherwise - just an expanse of cabinet.

Congratulations.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 3:50AM
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edb2n

Thank you so much for the kind words, everyone! Mare Luce, spot on about the banquette! We originally planned to do a bench just the length of the window. But there would be such a small space on each side that we decided to go wall to wall. So glad we did; it's really nice to be able sit there and converse without having to be confined behind the table.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 5:32PM
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browneyes776

Good job! You make me feel like I ought to post a reveal too. It really is so hopeful to see how others do things.

You should be so proud!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 6:50PM
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abbycat9990

Tell us more about the pull out shelves in the pantry. Did you make the boxes? With a kit or assembled from readily available hardware?

Our kitchen has similar features: banquette, deep pantry, etc. We've added open storage to the peninsula behind the blind corner too. Next up is repainting or replacing doors and drawer fronts, and converting lower cabs to drawers. You did a great job. It's a bright and cheery kitchen!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:30PM
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edb2n

Abbycat: I made the boxes. The base is 3/4" plywood, and the sides are 1/2" thick poplar from the "Hobby Wood" section at Home Depot. They come in varying widths (I used taller sides for the drawers with taller items), so I didn't have to rip cut them. I used a nail gun and wood glue to assemble them. I used 3/4 extension slides. The full extension ball bearing ones are probably better, but they're real persnickity. If your box is too wide or narrow by even 1/32", they will bind up. The 3/4 slides give you a small amount of room for error, which is good for amateurs like me. It was a tedious job, but not difficult.

Good luck on your project!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 11:52PM
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diyguyjr

From one DIYer to another: Nice job! Like the banquette and pull out shelves in the pantry.

Looks great!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 1:09AM
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