|The kitchen when we bought the house.|
As soon as we moved in, we added more cabinets, but the place was still inefficient and dark.
When Steve and I talked about our retirement finances, we decided that we would spend some of our savings on a kitchen renovation, when he was available to do most of the labour. (It is absolutely wonderful being married to a man who knows how to do carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work!) Follow along as we turn the raw material into a dream kitchen.
Fear of Commitment
We're about to take on a big project, but I'm feeling really ambivalent about saying the word, "Go!"
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
Today, after two false starts, we finally made it to Lee Valley Tools and IKEA to purchase some of the fixtures and all of the cabinets for kitchen renovation.
3. Kitchen Renovation, Phase I
Because this corner of the kitchen contains neither appliances nor water hook-ups, it is the logical place to start our renovation, as it will (conceivably, we hope) cause the least disruption.
Slow and Steady
Project managers love to trot out the "time-cost-quality" saying: You may choose to minimize only two in any project. If you want to improve the quality, you're going to have to increase time or cost or both. And if you want to reduce time, you're going to have to increase the cost.
5. Corners and Counters
First of all, the fridge now has running water and, luckily for us, a small part of the water line broke while it was being moved. Ordinarily that would be bad news, but in this case, it turned out that the joint was calcified. Once it was replaced (an inexpensive repair), our water pressure was better than ever.
6. Kitchen Update: Changes, Counters, Backsplash, Budget, and Timeline
Every time I have started this update, I've been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of this project and what has been happening with it. Not a day goes by but we have to make changes, redo work that we'd thought was finished or reevaluate priorities and budget.
In other words, it's just like every other project on the planet: no matter how much you plan ahead (and we really thought we had it covered), there will be surprises.
7. Rude Awakening
8. It's what's on the inside that counts.
9. Counter Revolution
My final selection of the "vanilla cream" granite was based on how well it went with the ceramic tile floor. Candice Olsen, a Canadian designer whose work I absolutely adore, once mentioned that when she designs kitchens she always makes the counters match the flooring.
10. Colour me happy!
The last time I wrote about our kitchen renovation, I prophetically wrote, "We have arrived at the stage in this project where it is easy to run out of steam. The space is functional and attractive. But there is still a long list of things to be done. Not least of them is the backsplash. Every time the water splashes onto the counter, I wince."
11. Tuesday Coffee Chat: DIY (Backsplash Installation)
Here's why: as do-it-yourselfers we've encountered some snafus that would be completely preventable if we were professionals.
12. The Big Reveal