Posts Tagged ‘cabinetry’

Renovating our kitchen hasn’t been easy (those who also took on a DIY kitchen renovation know that!) but the hardest part by far was installing the cabinets.  From the beginning we were toying with the idea of installing the cabinets ourselves and when Home Depot quoted us almost $2,000 for installation, that sealed the deal.  With the help of some family members, we got the cabinets installed over a few weekends.
Below is a reminder of what the kitchen looked like on the day we closed:

And what it looked like after demolishing the old and prepping for the new:        
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After almost exactly three months without a kitchen we finally had cabinets!   
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We worked with Home Depot to make some last minute changes before the cabinet order was final based on some suggestions from friends and family (and the HD designer himself).  One change that we’re glad we made was adding a corner shelving piece to the end of the upper cabinets:
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We also added a few other things like a hidden garbage, a lazy susan, roll-out drawers in the pantry and the cushion close option on each drawer:
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And finally, the completed cabinet installation with the appliances in place and the hardware installed (all the holes measured and drilled by yours truly!).  We chose rubbed bronze knobs for the doors and matching pulls for the drawers:    
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We are extremely happy with our experience at Home Depot and with the American Woodmark cabinets we chose.  Kitchen Renovation Parts V and VI to come…

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Does a fun, bright and cheery laundry room make doing laundry any easier?  No.  But that’s what husbands are for, right?   

This is my favorite makeover in the house (so far).  The below picture is what our laundry room looked like the day we closed (how nice, the previous owner left us some shelving and tons of holes!):


The previous owner took the washer and dryer when they foreclosed on the home (along with the kitchen appliances) so we bought new ones (Maytag) during a sale at Sears:

We wanted a bright color for the laundry room since most of the main areas in our home are pretty neutral so we went with Valspar’s Herb Cornucopia:

We try to recycle old decor and furniture so we decided to paint our oak colored IKEA shelving white and hang it over the washer and dryer:


After a few months we decided we wanted more storage for things we buy in bulk so we made our way over to Home Depot and found the perfect white cabinetry for above the shelving.  It’s really high, but I can reach it with a step stool and we only put stuff up there that we know we don’t use very often (bulk paper towels, extra laundry detergent, paint supplies, etc).  We love the way it turned out:


Since there were a lot of ugly wires and plugs showing on the wall between the washer/dryer and the shelving we came up with a solution to hide them, but still have easy access if we need to get to them.  We used a tension rod that we got from Target and mounted it just below the shelving and my Mom-in-law sewed a pocket along the top of a green striped fabric we bought so it could hang on the rod:



Do you have a bright and fun laundry room also?  We want to see it.

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Prepping the kitchen for the new cabinetry included:

1. Demolishing and clearing out the old cabinets

2. Cutting tile to fit the new cabinets (can we say dust?!)

3. Painting

4. Moving electrical and cutting the wall where there were no cabinets and attaching wood to the beams for new cabinet installation

5. Cleaning


Ok new kitchen, we’re ready for you…

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