Update to 1984 Kitchen
We've lived in our home for 14 years. Always hoped that we'd be able to almost gut our kitchen; father in law did our tiling and that would stay - no compromises there. Years have gone by, kitchen got older and older. Money got tighter and tighter as the kids get bigger and more costly. We had to replace our dishwasher which had leaked for the past 3 or 4 years and replaced our side by side which was no longer cooling or freezing well - hated the darn thing. So, off we started on a project to update what we had. Our cabinets were solid oak, 3 quotes for replacing ran 25 - 45K which wasn't going to happen.
This was a true DIY project. Hubby did much of the nailing in of new woodwork, but I installed the plumbing for the sink, the downdraft, the cooktop, did the painting,. installed new hardware, you name it. I did hire a friend to help me do the cabinet moulding this week and of course, I did not do the granite or hardwood.
Still not 100%. Waiting for 5 cup pulls to arrive to install last drawer fronts.
Cabinets - 1984 solid oak in great condition. Paint is California Paints French White - no yellows, but a coffee based color for this coffee lover.
Granite - Black Forest. Is a charcoal background with whites, creams, greys, silver, pink, brown and even some cranberry spots.
Sink - Blanco Vision Silgranite in anthracite
Faucet - Hansgrohe Allegre E from Costco
Soap Dispenser - reused from previous kitchen
Hardware - mix of cup pulls, knobs, handles and hinges in weathered nickel from Amerock for Less or Overstock
Cooktop - Bosch 800 series induction - unopened outlet item - LOVE IT!!!
Downdraft - Bosch outlet item
Fridge - LG LFX25991ST counterdepth - LOVE IT!!!
Dishwasher - KUDE70FXss - self installed
New Cookware - Walmart Tramontina - bought on points - paid 0 out of pocket - awesome stuff - cleans up beautifully!
Hardwood - red oak stained in Provincial
Ovens - original 1984 GE series - haven't given up the ghost - will replace when they do with a speed oven, a single oven and a warming drawer.
My paint room. Built in my garage using 6 sheets of Home Depot plastic that cost me 6.00. Used cup hooks to hang the cabinet doors on clothesline that I strung between the garage door rails in order to spray paint them.
Details in the kitchen were covered to include stripping the paint down from my metal lazy susan and refinishing in a Rustoelum product that matches the hardware and stainless of the appliances - yeah!
Must give a shout out to Tanner Scherr at Scherr's. I had contacted about 6 different places about replacing our island - all about 3K for island alone. I had a carcass, just needed to be worked with. Tanner worked with me to get what was in my head, out on paper and had drawers and drawer fronts built for me. Hubby, quite cynical about the whole thing, sawed, cut, removed, moved, stiles, supports, etc. to recreate our old island to accept Tanner's drawer's. I think they are both fabulous guys!!! :)
Not everyone may be able to afford a new kitchen, but with a bit of elbow grease and a can of paint - good things ARE possible! And hey, my 'awful arches' as I have heard them referred to here, now sort of fit the colonial feel of my New England home.