|Forum topic by Charlie||posted 04-09-2013 07:32 PM||640 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
04-09-2013 07:32 PM
I’m getting closer to being done. Once the warmer weather started, I started seeing progress again.
Don’t tell my wife I posted pics with the counter cluttered up like that. She’d kill me. :)
We started this project last year first week of July. She and I ripped out the entire original kitchen (including 3 layers of floor… 4 in places…. each with its own underlayment. Can you say STAPLES?). We had an electrician come in as we were reconfiguring the layout quite a bit. We had a peninsula. She wanted an island. Countertop at sink and coffee bar are bone Corian. Single thickness. She did NOT want the edges built up to look thicker. Island is walnut, 8 feet long and I think 40 inches wide. Cabinets are all 3/4” birch ply carcasses with maple face frames and then painted. Bases on the island and next to the sink are all drawer bases. I used Blum Tandembox for the drawer system and baltic birch for drawer bottoms, backs and fronts. Soft close is awesome and I have a 36 inch drawer full of dishes and we’re not even getting close to the weight capacity the Blum system is capable of. All the cabinets on the pantry side are 1 foot deep and the doors all have 170 degree Blum hinges with soft close. I still have a fair amount of trim to install, a very customized drawer for under the 36 inch stainless apron front sink. That drawer will hold not only the cleaning products, but also the kitchen trash. Yes it will be kind of small trash but we empty it every 1 or 2 days anyways. I don’t like smelling garbage in the kitchen. :)
The only real mistake we made…. and it’s a doozy… is the flooring. She found this laminate that she liked. It’s just plain friggin terrible. Every place the dogs drip on it after getting a drink, if it lands on a seam, it puckers. So we’re pulling it all out and replacing it with a 100% waterproof, vinyl plank. I have it in the garage and we brought some in and tested it and it will be fine. The cabinets at the sink and the pantry cabinets are on legs. The island may have to be pulled because we ran the floor under it. (live and learn)
We saved an absolute butt load of money doing all this ourselves, but it was (and is) a LOT of work and shouldn’t be undertaken lightly… hehehe…. lotta grill cookin and take-out for the month it took to demo and rebuild to a working condition.
The upper cabinet doors have removable panels. In case she wants to put translucent panels in them or just change them for different holidays. Simple, shaker style cabinet doors made that pretty easy. The other doors are maple frame and half inch panels with the back of the panels rabbeted to fit into a 3/8 groove.
INCLUDING the cost of a new Steel City 35990G, a Grizzly 6” jointer, and a Dewalt planer and probably a couple of other small tools, I don’t think we spent 10k. We got the Corian for $200 (12 ft x 30 inches PLUS a 12ft x 6in backsplash piece), the sink for $400 (in that gauge and size these go all day long for more like $1500), the walnut island top cost me about $400. We finished it with Waterlox and that’s working out great. The WOOD for the kitchen was inexpensive and gives you a false sense of how much you’re saving once you start getting into buying the hardware. The drawer system costs about 30% more per drawer, but is worth it in so many ways. The hinges weren’t expensive, but the drawer pulls and cabinet knobs are killer.
Anyways…. that’s where I am so far.