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I posted weeks of photos as we went through the remodel of our kitchen. Today I thought that I would share with you before and after photos. I love my new kitchen and even though we went through weeks of dust and walking over boxes, it was worth it! The before photos that I am featuring were taken in 2006, after we got the keys to the house.

Here is the sink area before. The cabinets that you see in this photo were all the cabinets we had in the kitchen.

The sink area

The sink area

Here is the sink area today.

The new sink area

The new sink area

Here is the old island. It was large and took up a lot of space. The countertop, where my bags are sitting, was the largest counter space for doing food prep in the kitchen.

The island

The island

Here is the island today.

The new island

The new island

There was an area in the kitchen that was just empty space. We put a hutch there so that we had a place for dishes and glasses.

Empty space

Empty space

That space no longer exists, thankfully. Here is what we did.

Filling in the empty space

Filling in the empty space

Here is the exterior wall of the kitchen. The previous owner left this piece of furniture as it was too heavy to move. We used this too for kitchen overflow.

Exterior wall of the kitchen

Exterior wall of the kitchen

Here is that area now.

The new pass through into the new dining room

The new pass through into the new dining room

Two last photos. Here is one view of the old kitchen.

Looking into the old kitchen

Looking into the old kitchen

And, here it is today!

Looking into the new kitchen

Looking into the new kitchen

We are happy with the way the kitchen turned out. The design was done with the help of Craig Carrero over at Auburn Custom Kitchens.

Thank you for stopping by to check out our project. Be well and have an amazing day. ^..^

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The kitchen is getting closer to being finished, and soon I will be able to get back to cooking! Wahoo! Today, I wanted to share with you the installation of our countertops!

We bought quartz rather than granite for a number of reasons. First off, it is cheaper than granite. Quartz is also a stronger stone. It is non-porous, so it is stain resistant. It is also anti-bacterial naturally. Granite needs to be sealed every year which can be costly. Quartz does not need sealing. Finally it is scratch resistant!

Our day begins with the team arriving to install the countertops!

The countertops arrive!

The countertops arrive!

We wanted a drainboard in the countertop. Here is what most are doing now. Notice that there are grooves cut into the stone.

Current style of drainboards - Photo from TheStoneStudio.biz

Current style of drainboards – Photo from TheStoneStudio.biz

We asked for the drainboard area to be shaved and smoothed. Having them do this cost an additional $240, which is well worth it! Can you imagine having to constantly clean out the grooves? Here is what we had done.

The shaved area is the drainboard

The shaved area is the drainboard

The first area they work on is the countertop where the sink will go. We bought a cast iron porcelain sink that is an undermount for easy cleaning. Our water here has too many minerals that make stainless out of the question. First, they lay the countertops down, and then they trace where the sink will go.

The sink area of the countertop

The sink area of the countertop

They move off the countertop and then cut out the plywood in the area where the sink will go.

Cutting out where the sink will go

Cutting out where the sink will go

They set in the sink, and the countertop goes in.

Sink is set in

Sink is set in

Next they work on the island. Here they are placing the adhesive down.

Preparing the area on the island

Preparing the area on the island

Carefully they set down the countertop giving it minute adjustments to get it just right!

Setting the countertop down

Setting the countertop down

After all is said and done, here is the kitchen!

All done!

All done!

Thank you goes out to DMD Granite and Marble for a job well done! To thank us for choosing them, they gave us a lovely jar of local honey!

Thank you DMD Marble and Granite!

Thank you DMD Marble and Granite!

Aside from the sink, the countertops were the least costly thing we did in the kitchen. The company that sells the quartz is Cambria. A couple days after the countertops went in I received a gift from them! They sent me a cheese board made out of the same quartz as the countertops! Isn’t that really nice? Thank you Cambria!

Well that is it for today. We are still waiting on the shelving for the salt and pepper display cabinets, and the glass doors too. When these come in and get installed, I will share photos of the finished kitchen! Now I am heading into the kitchen because I finally have a sink, and I can start cooking!

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Welcome back for another edition of our kitchen remodel! We have gone through tearing out the kitchen, arrival of the cabinetry, and the beginning of the installation. Today, we mostly finish the cabinetry installation, and have the template done for the new quartz countertops! Shall we head on in?

The fellow who has been installing our cabinetry is doing a fine job. He takes his time, and is continually asking how we might want things as he goes about doing his job. To get the true flavor of the kitchen today, let’s take a look back at what our kitchen used to look like.

Before

Before

Here it is today…

After

After

To us, this is how the kitchen should have been originally been built. This was just a vacation spot for the family that built this house, so a normal kitchen was not really needed. Doesn’t it look great? Let’s check it out from different angles…

One view of the kitchen

One view of the kitchen

Another view of the kitchen

Another view of the kitchen

Now you might have noticed the cabinets that are missing panels. These are to be glass cabinets, which is what we ordered. Guess what? Glass does not come with the cabinetry! And, we were not told that we would have to get the glass until that day! A major ooops! The other thing that we are missing are the shelves for the salt and pepper display cabinetry. These came with a total of 12 shelves and it should have been 24.

Anyway, today the drawer pulls are getting added and the template is being done for the quartz countertop. So let’s see how this is going…

Here the installer is adding the pulls.

Handles are added

Handles are added

For the template, the fellow lays out strips of plastic to create the shape of the countertop based on the cupboard bases…This shot is of the island, and the front facing cupboards are for my salt and pepper shaker collection.

Making the template for the countertops

Making the template for the countertops

Here is the template for the sink area.

Sink area template

Sink area template

For the sink area, there will also be a backsplash of 4″. The fellow measures and makes notes for himself on the template back piece…

Notations for the backsplash

Notations for the backsplash

Well, that’s it for now. It will be two weeks without a kitchen sink before the countertops are installed. With the under mount kitchen sink, they do the installation at the same time as the countertops. I have finally caught up to where we are today, so next week, I will feature the countertop installation, and I should be able to go back to cooking and sharing recipes with you for Tasty Tuesdays!

Until next week, take good care of yourself and be well! Thanks for stopping by! ^..^

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