Kitchen Remodel

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Project by Pheirendt posted 05-27-2007 06:22 AM 1757 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The kitchen in our 1908 home was in dire need of a makeover.

We started by moving everything out the room, and carefully pulling out the base cabinets so I could rebuid them.

After much rewiring and plaster repair, we were ready to start rebuilding. We started by adding knotty pine wainscoting to reinforce the rustic feel.

The next big project was laying the new brazilian cherry flooring. The brazilian cherry is extremely hard, so the nailing was a bit of a challenge. Thanks to a lot of time spent laying out the first course of flooring, the job went very smoothly.

The cabinets were stained very dark – nearly black. The cabinets were constructed of red oak and we liked the rustic style of the doors, so we decided to strip and sand the cabinets, rebuild the drawers, replace the drawer glides with modern full extension glides, and replace all of the hinges and pulls.

We are very happy with the results – much lighter and an up-to-date look that still has a bit of an old-time feel.

The next project is a counter height rectangular table to replace the round country design table. The counter space is very limited, so the counter height table will provide additional prep area.

The countertops were very worn formica. We did not have the budget to use real granite, but we used a formica pattern granite that actually looks pretty nice. We used real stone for the wall between the backsplash and the cabinets.

-- Paul, St Louis, MO,

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#1 posted 05-27-2007 06:27 AM

Your kitchen came out wonderful Paul. Thanks for sharing it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-27-2007 06:32 AM

Paul -

Absolutely beautiful!


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#3 posted 05-27-2007 01:11 PM

Very nice floors and cabinets.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 05-27-2007 01:16 PM

lovely!!! Love that floor.
The kitchen does have a modern/rustic feel to it. Very homey

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 05-27-2007 01:33 PM

WOW! Great job!

Starting kitchen overhaul myself, soon. Gave me some great ideas!!


-- Jimmy

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#6 posted 05-27-2007 03:39 PM

Great Kitchen. Congratulations on getting it done.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#7 posted 05-27-2007 03:47 PM

Wonderful job, Paul

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#8 posted 05-27-2007 04:38 PM

An impressive undertaking. I’d love to redo our kitchen but I have more faith in my skills than my wife has. Beautiful job!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 05-27-2007 06:27 PM

We did a complete kitchen redo 2 years ago, everything new, very expensive and a lot of work but the kids helped and that helped. Yours is gorgeous, like us we went with the light maple cupboards, I hate a dark kitchen. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 05-27-2007 07:09 PM

It looks good! A lot of work went into it.

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#11 posted 01-13-2012 03:17 AM

First look, the cabinets didn’t do anything for me. Then I saw the whole kitchen with the floors and the colors used in the room and it looks amazing. Very nice job!!! I have to our kitchen soon, just need that green stuff called money LOL. Keep up the good work.

-- Pie

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