Stage One in Our Kitchen Remodel

Similar Cabinets

Similar Cabinets

We have entered Stage One in our kitchen remodel.  We’ve signed a contract with a local kitchen remodeling company.  The representative was here last evening and we had a very enjoyable time going over our wants, goal (to spruce it up enough to make it attractive for perspective home buyers), and our budget.

When we met the man, he introduced himself and made the comment, “I’m about as Greek as they get and you probably haven’t met many of us in this area.”  Well, little did he know that we both had lived in Greece and married in Greece.  We hit it off right away and had lots of fun trading stories.  One story that he shared with us was how his parents met.  They got together through an arranged marriage.  His father lived in the U.S.  The grandparents sent the father’s picture to Greece where the parents of his mom showed it to her and they decided that she should marry him.  Off she sailed for the U.S.  When she arrived in New York City, she was detained at Ellis Island for three days because of some glitch.  In the meantime, his father was waiting at the disembarkation area clutching a bouquet of flowers.  He waited for 3 days and those flowers slowly wilted until they were completely drooped over.  When the young man’s bride finally made an appearance, he thrust them into her hands and that was their introduction.  They’ve been married now for 65 years.

More similar cabinets in color.

More similar cabinets in color.

But back to our remodel.  We settled on a dark espresso chocolate colored cabinet color for our cabinet refacing.  The doors will all be replaced and the one cabinet next to our stove will have pull-out drawers installed.  The hardware is sort of a dark burnished copper color. We had originally wanted a composite quartz sink but the salesman pointed out that stainless steel sinks would be much more reasonable.  He also said that quartz sinks have a real tendency to scratch and need to be resealed regularly.  So we decided to go with new stainless sinks which will be deeper than our current ones.  The faucet will have a pull-out tip that will be able to actually reach our Keurig so that we can fill up the reservoir (if we wanted to but we DO use distilled water) or saucepans, etc.

Similar color cabinets

Similar color cabinets

When it came time to choose our countertops, we knew that we were going to have to go with laminate to stay within our budget.  My only stipulation was NO WHITE COUNTERS!  I am so sick of white counters.

The Laminate We Choose

The Laminate We Choose

This is the laminate we will be using.  It is an etched laminate which gives it a bit of a 3-dimensional look.  They will build new countertops with beveled edges for us.  They’ll also shave off the extra “lip” on the one end of the cabinets which should solve the problem of the oven door gouging into the wall of the pantry.

Stupid Pantry!

Stupid Pantry!

Speaking of the pantry…..this pantry is going to have the door and the wood framing laminated to match the cabinets.  It should look like a custom pantry from the outside.  Inside it will still be the same pantry but at least, by not taking out the pantry, we won’t have to replace the flooring.

Once this is all done, we’ll hire someone to strip off the wallpaper and then paint the walls.  I did NOT get my under-the-counter lighting or my backsplash but the upside to it is that the price was very good and within our budget.  I have to keep reminding myself that this is NOT my dream kitchen but that it will be a nice change for the next owners and, if they have the money or inclination, they can add extra touches to make the kitchen more in line with what they would like.  Work should begin in mid-May and it should only take about 4 days.  Yay!

 

 

 

 

  • karyn

    I like the dark color of the cabinets! Will be quite a change!

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