ready to rock and roll!
I just made my last purchasing decision yesterday and we start our renovation two weeks from Monday. I am so excited!!
I don't post much but read this forum religously after learning so much from the bathrooms forum during those renovations last year. Without it, I would never have known about Waterstone faucets (thanks A2gemini and Poohpup), Julien sinks and of course, Blue Star (although I did go back and forth between BS and CC like so many GW readers). I would not have been able to see so many beautiful examples of cabinets and countertops. I am doing inset cabinets and marble counters with my eyes wide open about their advantages and disadvantages. The list goes on an on. You guys are awesome.
Anyway, we are tearing out our NYC galley kitchen which is 23 years old. We did a major makeover in 1999 (new appliances, refaced doors, added some cabinetry, new floors, granite counters). But the original cabinets were laminate so the additional ones were too, the refaced doors are thermofoil which are starting to peel and one or two of the older base cabinets are starting to feel really old. Finally, the small sink is getting annoying, the tile floors are hard on my back and I want to open the kitchen to the dining room. Otherwise, we have a really functional layout so no major changes there other than to move the washer/dryer to the back of the butler's pantry area to open up the space near the window.
Oh, and did I mention that my two youngest are going off to college in a couple of weeks, so I need a project to make myself feel better?
So, the decisions are made and I am chomping at the bit to get started. We have decided to go with Rutt walnut inset cabinets in a tawny stain, honed Calacatta caldia countertops and matching 6 x 12 subway backsplash, a Marmoleum floor, Blue Star 36" range with grill, Modernaire hood, SZ french door fridge, Miele Diamond dishwasher, Miele speed oven, Uline wine fridge, Waterstone traditional pulldown faucet and a 30" Julien J7 sink.
Finally, I found a company to which I can donate my current kitchen. The existing appliances (SZ, Miele) are in great shape and the granite counters still look great. With a bit of cabinet refurbishing, someone will get a real steal at the recycle store. And the stuff will not go to a landfill.
Will post before and after pics during the process. Thanks again for all the help, everyone.