Its been a while since I have updated the kitchen remodel page. SO much has happened – but a lot still hasn’t happened only because since we are doing all the work ourselves it takes awhile. All our free time is spent working on it. Welllll mostly my husbands free time right now. He is busy building the cabinets, wiring up all the electrical work etc. But lots of exciting things have been happening so its time I did an update. (most of these pics are iphone pics – I don’t take my DSLR to the house because of all the dust)
As we started ripping cabinets out we saw what awful condition they were in, that they were falling apart and that we made a GOOD decision with this total remodel.
My husband moved this wall so our new double ovens would have a space to fit and weren’t RIGHT NEXT to our rangetop. I don’t understand kitchens that I see that have the ranges with walls on each side so the only place for pot handles to face is inwards. Like this one here. I need ROOM to cook! ha ha
That’s my husband way up on the ladder installing lights.
Well hello hole in wall and ugly block glass gone. Future home of my new garden window. Which I helped my husband and my dad install.
Yeah that’s the neighbors house about 12 feet away through the hole in my house. They are nice neighbors so we don’t mind looking at their house. Although we will be planting a ton of citrus trees along that side of the house. Hello Meyer lemon trees!!
The new garden window. I LOVE it.
Aside from these construction things going on we have also made some amazing purchases. My husband is becoming the Craigslist master. I am so leery of it with the horror stories you hear, but lately our luck has been insanely amazing. I have had my eye on Carrara marble forever. Heidi of the blog Foodiecrush ( awesome blog by the way) has cararra marble counters and just loves them and when I was asking about them she said ” go for it”. So we found a local company via Craigslist, Stone Trade Las Vegas, and when I emailed them via their Facebook page about marble he said he had some in stock and to come down and check it out. I was FLOORED at the selection of marble and granite and how cheap their slabs were. He explained that due to using craigslist and facebook for advertising and having low overhead he was able to sell slabs for so cheap because his costs weren’t as high as some of the big name high end stores. We SCORED on a giant, gorgeous slab of Carrara Marble.
This slab is SO huge we are going to get our island counter top out of it as well as some extra cutting boards made so I can use them as props/backgrounds for my blog when the sunlight changes throughout the year and I need to use mobile backgrounds. We go honed marble, not polished. I am well aware of the etching and staining that happens to marble, which shows up more on polished than honed. But I just love it so much that I wanted to have it and we couldn’t beat the price. I know I will be staring at my kitchen island in awe for a long time. And I will start an extensive drink coaster collection soon to keep the water marks, wine stains etc. to a minimum.
More insanely amazing Craigslist finds have been two of our major appliances. Its no secret I am a fab of Wolf/subzero and a Wolf range and ovens has been on my wish list forever. A pipe dream, really, since they are quite expensive and not in our current budget. At least not retail market price with sales tax. But if you get lucky like we did, and find them brand new on Craigslist at less than half price, well then you snatch them up as fast as possible. One of the reasons we are doing so much DIY work on this kitchen remodel is to have wiggle room in our budget for bigger splurges like appliances, counter tops etc. One dream has been Wolf double ovens. And we found them. Brand new, still in the box/packaging. (screaming with excitement over these)
My husband is building ALL our cabinets. Yes, all. We just never liked any we found and I liked some styles of some, but nothing wowed us, from Ikea to high end cabinets, So we decided to DIY them. We found a website, Ana White, that has plans and tutorials for a few cabinets and my husband has been following them to make ours. Some he has modified to fit things, such as the Wolf range top we bought.
The range is a bit dusty since we haven’t kept it covered. The guy that was selling it was given it as his payment for remodeling a kitchen for a woman in town. She had this installed in her kitchen but never used it. He didn’t need a range so he sold it on Craigslist. Which we bought, brand new less than half price. SCORE. These cabinets that my husband is building will be painted white, he is building shaker style doors for them, and some of the upper cabinets will have glass doors. I am blown away at how talented he is with cabinet making. This isn’t his profession, just a hobby, but I am thinking this may turn into a second career or at least a side job. These cabinets are so well built! Again, screaming with excitement to have my very own custom built cabinets. I know my husband is so proud to be able to make my dream kitchen a reality.
We ordered our slabs for our perimeter counters. They are going to be out out soap stone. I saw them first at Cape 27 blog and fell in love and have been researching them and found a company that had the ones we wanted exactly. This is a picture from the company we bought them from. I will take better pics once they have been delivered to our fabricator.
Also we ordered the tile for our backsplash which is going to be so insanely gorgeous, 10 different colors of pale greens, blue and aquas to make a “Sea Glass” look. I need to take a better picture of those, since my iphone pics make them look different. I will post those next time.
Pretty exciting huh? It seems so many people are remodeling their kitchens these days. I just cant WAIT to see it all finished and I have to figure out what I am going to bake in my new ovens first? Suggestions welcome!!
That is it for now. I have a few more items to share, and will try to update again sooner than a month this time.