One year ago, we finished our kitchen renovation almost three years after moving into our "new" house. Although I personally love a bright and shiny Before & After,
I wanted to document the process, and
share information about our contractors in case anyone is interested.
Below is a shot of the kitchen when we first looked at the house. We purchased it from the original owners, who had lived there since 1982. For the most part, everything was structurally sound and well-maintained. However, from an aesthetic standpoint we decided to do a gut renovation. GULP.
Ceilings: Dark-stained planks
Cabinets: Original (but refaced with a distressed cream finish)
Counters: Navy blue laminate
Appliances: White, and all grouped together. There wasn't anything built in on the right side of the room (out of frame)
Floors: Wood laminate
On the left is a half wall which separated the kitchen from the family room. Since we planned to replace the floors anyway, it was no problem to remove it. On the right is the original kitchen island, which had a detached bookshelf. It was too small for the space and the butcher-block top had seen many years of use.
Step One: Demo the entire space so the floors could be installed.
We hired K&K Floors and they were efficient, reasonably priced,
and performed quality work. Highly recommended.
You can see that we removed the half wall, painted the ceiling and window frames white, and installed plantation shutters. Since we were moving the oven and the refrigerator, we had to do some drywall, ductwork, and electrical on the rear wall.
Throughout the renovation, we set up many makeshift kitchens.
At one point, I was washing dishes on the deck in a laundry basket.
Step 1.5 should be "Live in a Hellhole."
You can see the new Brazillian Cherry hardwood floors in some of the following photos. When they were first installed, they were fairly light, but have since darkened over time. Because of the darkening effect, we couldn't put down any rugs for several months.
Step Two: Install the cabinets.
The contractor we used for the cabinets was a custom builder called The Proper Carpenter.
He was absolutely phenomenal: Reliable and reasonably priced, with meticulous attention to detail and outstanding customer service. He provided us with advice and assisted with the overall kitchen design, in addition to actually building and installing the cabinets.
Very highly recommended!
I wish I had some shots of the granite installation, but the installers came while I was at work! However, it was great to work with Euro Stone Craft. They were pretty patient when explaining all the different types of stone, and did a nice job of installing everything.
I also missed the appliance installation (as well as the shopping, thanks to my husband!)
We purchased everything through Bray & Scarff, who were competitively priced and seemed to have a lot of expertise regarding installation.
Also, our new dishwasher had a problem within the first few months,
and they quickly fixed it!
In addition to the cabinets, my husband installed 3-piece crown molding and built a ceiling piece (trimmed out with molding) to hang the lighting pendants and
mirror the design of the island. He also removed the soffit over the sink and
installed down lights.
Recommended Contractors & Vendors
Floors: K&K Floors
Cabinets: The Proper Carpenter
Counters: Euro Stone Craft
Appliances: Bray & Scarff
Lighting: Restoration Hardware
Paint Color: Nigerian Peony by Ralph Lauren
Painting, drywall, electrical, demo, and molding were done by the homeowners.
Well...one of the homeowners. ;-)