Before Renovations …
If you’ve been following my blogging journey for a while here, you already know that we live in an older home. It was built in 1977 to be exact. The house really has a lot of character and charm, but the kitchen really needed updating. The cabinets and drawers were self-destructing and our silverware drawer had taken up residence on our kitchen counter for a couple years. The kitchen faucet recently began to leak and the kitchen was just screaming for attention! Ah! We’d been wanting to update ever since we moved in a little over three years ago, but finally, it was time! Yay!
Our New Improved Kitchen! Real wood cabinets and granite countertops. We reused the cabinet handles and drawer pulls we had since they had recently been replaced.
Stainless steel sink w/pull out sprayer faucet. The installers have to come back soon to install soap dispenser into granite. (They forgot.) Loving the deep sink on the left, especially for baking dishes, etc. No more caulking around the sink. Love the undermount!
Close up of granite & cabinets. Love how easy it is to wipe up messes on the counters and it just looks fabulous! This old house deserved a stellar kitchen!
We scheduled the remodeling to take place the day after we returned from visiting our son. The kitchen cabinets were delayed by a day, however, so they began work on that Tuesday. The timing could not have been worse as we had a serious car accident that Sunday night and all of us were in a great deal of pain, but the end result sure is lovely. We were without a kitchen sink for several days, which meant lots of paper plates and carry out. The kitchen was a bit discombobulated. We emptied all of the kitchen cabinets and drawers before we left for our trip. We had boxes of dishes and pans in the dining and laundry rooms. Our dining room table was completely covered with yet more dishes. It looked like we were moving! You don’t realize what you have until you remove everything from the cabinets! (A few items went in a box for the Salvation Army.) Finally, it was all worth it, in the end!!
Next project is painting the kitchen a taupe color and removing that hideous black fruit border. Lastly, our thoughts are to replace our bisque appliances with stainless steel. We’ve priced them at a number of places, but have decided we’ve spent enough money for the moment and will wait. We also have the thought to search out (minimally) scratched appliances that have been marked down. We’ve done that in the past (and been pleased).
I’ve lined most of the new cabinets with Duck brand chocolate colored non-adhesive shelf liner:
The installers also have to return to install the cabinet pull outs for the pan and Tupperware cabinets. We had those in a former house and I love the ease of use. We added several cabinets so this will increase our storage space, which was much needed as our kitchen is small to begin with. No pantry here, except that I do have a closet in the laundry room (next door to the kitchen) that we use to store large appliances and some pantry items.
A really neat feature of the new drawers is the “soft close” design. You can push them most of the way closed and they will close the rest of the way gently and quietly, thus less wear and tear on the drawer. This is especially helpful with kids! 😉
One thing I recently learned is that I can’t use my nifty vinegar and water household cleaner on the granite! Apparently since granite is porous, the acid will remove the sealant and cause etching. So, I’m going to mix up a spray bottle of dish detergent and water to use for now. I refuse to pay $7 for a bottle of special granite cleaner when soap and water will do the trick just fine! We are going to apply a granite sealer to provide a waterproof barrier and help preserve the shine.
It is a good feeling knowing that we paid cash for our kitchen renovations. We will definitely enjoy our new kitchen for as long as we live here and future owners will as well. One benefit of a new kitchen is that we don’t want dirty dishes to sit in the sink at all. We quickly load them in the dishwasher or wash them by hand. I love it! 🙂