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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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Things are moving forward with the kitchen remodel. One thing about doing a remodel is coping with not having a kitchen sink! Ah, well, it will be worth it in the end, right? So, let’s see where the kitchen is at right now, shall we? C’mon, let’s go!

Let’s start with the number of boxes that held the new cupboards. This photo is from last week.

New cupboards arrive!

New cupboards arrive!

Our installer, Jay, began by setting the cabinets out. Most of the day was unpacking and breaking down cardboard. He worked from a map provided by the cabinet place that had each cupboard numbered. I took the photos after he was done for the day so I would not be in his way…

Here is a shot looking at the beginnings of the island. Behind this are the cabinets that will make the pass through.

Island and pass through

Island and pass through

In this next area, the cabinets are situated under the windows. In the area where there is no cupboard, this is where the dishwasher will go. The kitchen sink will be located under the right window.

Counter top under the windows

Counter top under the windows

To the right of the refrigerator is the utility cupboard. This will house the most used kitchen counter top appliances.

Utility cupboard to the right of the refrigerator

Utility cupboard to the right of the refrigerator

Next let’s take a look at where the pantry is. It is located in the background. The two lower cupboards actually pull out. There are a total 5 shelves in each including the base.

The pantry in the background

The pantry in the background

After the first day of the installation, here is what still has yet to be opened. This is only what is in the house as there is more in the garage.

Boxes left to open that are in the house

Boxes left to open that are in the house

In case you are curious, the cupboards are made of a pecan wood.

Thanks for dropping by and stay tuned for the next installment of the remodel! Be well… ^..^

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We encountered some issues as we took apart the kitchen. It has truly been a challenge taking it down. The other challenge is eating, and cleaning up when you do not have a sink! Anyhow, how about we head into the kitchen and continue on with tearing it out!

We pulled apart the remainder of the island in the kitchen.

We have taken apart the island

We have taken apart the island

The next part of the project was the removing the remaining enclosure that used to house the electric oven and the dishwasher.

Working on the oven enclosure

Working on the oven enclosure

We found a terrible patch job on the drywall in that area. Not only that but we needed to move the electrical switch for the garbage disposal. This used to be on the front wall of the kitchen sink. We were now going to move it to the wall where is really should be.

With the oven/dishwasher enclosure gone, we turned our attention to removing the tile countertop. Thinking that maybe we should try removing the tiles from the backsplash, we loosened a few only to discover that an inordinate amount of glue was causing major holes in the drywall.  We decided that we would tackle this after we removed the counter.

Removing the backsplash takes the wall with it!

Removing the backsplash takes the wall with it!

Working on the counter, we had to jimmy the top up due to the huge nails in the side walls of where the cupboard and drawers are.

Next is removing the counter top

Next is removing the counter top

The countertop snapped in half and we moved the boards to the pile of debris outside. Here is the area now without the countertop.

Counter is gone

Counter is gone

Removing the side walls was easy.

Removing the remainder of the cupboard

Removing the remainder of the cupboard

We pulled off the rest of the backsplash tiles, and began doing some patchwork.

All gone!

All gone!

As we finished up the truck arrived to deliver our new kitchen cabinetry!

New cupboards arrive!

New cupboards arrive!

This is only half of it as the remainder is in the garage.

One final shot for today and that is of the debris pile! Goodbye to the ugly black appliances and the stainless steel sink!

The debris pile

The debris pile

Well, that’s it for today! Stay tuned for next week’s post which will feature the installation of the new cabinetry!

Thanks for dropping by today, and have a terrific Tuesday! Be well… ^..^

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Good day to you dear reader! I will not be posting the usual recipe today for Tasty Tuesday, and instead have decided to share with you our project. We are remodeling our kitchen! When we bought our home, we fell in love with all the wood, and neglected to really give the kitchen a good look.

For today, I wanted to share the kitchen with you. Our new kitchen remodel will be done over the next three weeks, and I will not have anything to cook with, nor will we have a kitchen sink! I applied to HGTV to remodel our kitchen. Needless to say, they have not responded and we needed to get going. Here is the short video clip of our kitchen…

Now for photos today as we have begun the process of removing stuff…We have pulled out the electric oven.

The kitchen

The kitchen

Here is looking into the kitchen from another view. We have removed the drawers and will be disassembling this area of the island today.

Looking into the kitchen

Looking into the kitchen

And the area of the island…

The range area

The range area

Tiny room eh? Not much space!

Our new cupboards will be arriving on Friday with installation beginning next Monday and finishing on Wednesday. Thursday, the counter top people will be coming in to do a template of the counters for the quartz counter top we are installing. They will be doing their installation on March 3rd….I hope that I do not go crazy with no sink or kitchen to cook in…

Next week, I will feature more photos of us destroying the kitchen, and the week after that, installation of the new cupboards…Once the kitchen is completed I will return to posting recipes!

I can hear my husband cursing as he is pulling stuff apart! I have to go now to help! Stay tuned and thanks for dropping by today!

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