In August of 2004 when we moved in, our kitchen looked like this:
Don't adjust your monitor--those are the real colors. This past week we've done a number of transformations including an update of the floor, cabinets, and counters.
The flooring is a laminate 'tile look' in 16" x 48" boards (purchased four years ago waiting a good time to install!). The cabinets are Maple in a Chestnut color (the house woodwork is dark--the cabinets are dark as the older ones but with a more pleasing red tone replacing the eerie green cast). The counter is a granite-look laminate. The appliances had been updated before we arrived.
My dad and I did this all over the course of seven days. Here was my plan:
- 1.5 days to rip out the old counters, cabinets, and prep the floor
- 2 days to put in the floor
- 2 days to install the cabinets
- 1 day to install the counter
Well, that adds to 6.5 days, so I'll book a plane ticket for dad to come for seven days. Seems reasonable, no? Hindsight tells me something different. You can see some in-progress work in Jenny's post.
Given a fixed project time and the threat of not ever having running water again (the sink can't be installed until the counter is done which relies on the cabinets which sit on the flooring...you get the point), we were able to squeeze this project into our schedule.
Here we are at about 9pm the day before Dad's flight back to South Dakota. If you look closely, you can see a bit of the sink peeking through from behind us. An hour later the water and drain were hooked up and we were officially 'done!'
Ambitious? Yes! Seven long days, dozens of 'problem solving' breaks, a week of Jenny rousting the boys, lots of take-out meals, a day's help from friends Shawn and Wade, numerous sore muscles, and we're done!
Lots of minor things remain like under cabinet lighting, backsplash tile, scribe and toe kick trim, door hardware, covering the rear peninsula cabinets, final fitting of the counter, overhead lighting, and stowing of all my tools, but whew, the kitchen can be used again!
AND IT LOOKS GREAT! (And a cheer to Dad for being a great partner in the project so it had a chance of success.)