Kitchen Remodel

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Project by Steve Erwin posted 10-13-2012 02:54 PM 1734 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We bought our house in 2006. In 2010 we decided to remodel the kitchen, on a tight budget.

Aiming for a craftsman style, I built new doors and drawer faces for the existing cabinets, knocked a wall down and wrapped an LVL Beam in some pine, built an “island” (more of a peninsula, really) and put in a hardwood floor.

The doors and drawer faces I did myself. The rest I had help from family members.

I used pine with birch plywood panels. I don’t think we’re staying in this house forever, otherwise I would’ve used a more durable wood.

This is my fifth project ever. At this point I remember wishing I could build something simple for a change, like a 3 board footstool, or… a spoon.

-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born. -

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#1 posted 10-13-2012 03:02 PM

Looks great. Nice job. Love all the roll outs.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#2 posted 10-13-2012 03:15 PM

Great job. I’m hoping to redo my kitchen some day and build my own cabinets.

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#3 posted 10-13-2012 03:15 PM

A lot of work, well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 10-13-2012 04:06 PM

Nice design

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 10-13-2012 05:01 PM

what a huge difference you made! must be so nice to wake up every day and experience the upgrade your handy work made to your lives.
good luck with that simple project!

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#6 posted 10-13-2012 10:16 PM

First of all. WELCOME TO LUMBERJOCKS!!!! You must be like #49,600. That is a great build in the kitchen- including the floor. Keep up the projects we like to all of them!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 10-14-2012 12:19 AM

Nice kitchen cabinets.

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#8 posted 10-14-2012 02:22 AM

Thanks everybody. This felt more like a marathon than a single project. I think we started demolition in November. My brother was living with us at the time and he estimated we’d be done in a month and a half, working on it a little bit every evening. He moved out in 3 weeks and I ended up working solo. Took me until April to get everything done. :)

-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born. -

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#9 posted 10-14-2012 02:26 AM

Nice upgrade! I’ve been working on a kitchen that is very similar to yours; (it even has the little shelves on either side of the window). The doors and drawers were stained and varnished oak plywood so I made oak frames for the doors and redid the drawer fronts in oak. I wish there were room for a nice penisula like yours.

Thanks for sharing and welcome to LJs.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 10-14-2012 07:30 PM

alot of doors to sand, i know your pain :) great job

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#11 posted 07-23-2014 05:02 PM


I like it! Guess your brother got motivated for projects of his own? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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