August 9, 2016 by Sarah
I thought it is about time for a kitchen update. It has been 2.5 years since we moved in and started work on this kitchen. I think in the last post about the kitchen (18 months in) we had just recently installed the toe kicks. We hadn’t really done much after that for several months. We picked back up working on it here and there very slowly.
Most of the trim is now in place.
The back doorway is framed and painted.
I’m pretty pleased with myself for the cuts around the countertop and cabinet.
The trim over the sink window is painted, but the window still needs a few coats of black paint.
The baseboard is installed and primed but needs two coats of paint. The fridge surround also still needs paint.
The tile backsplash is not done, but we are oh so close to starting this.
The vent hood is not installed, but we do have the hole to the exterior cut and should be able to install the hood as soon as tile is done. This has been a HUGE pain in the ass and required a lot of thinking outside the box. This needs a dedicated post since I just don’t have the strength to relive all of this right now.
The last four cabinet doors from Scherr’s were primed, painted and installed, but they still need knobs.
Some of the cabinet doors still need glass inserts. I was able to secure some antique wavy glass for this.
The windows need curtains. However, we did reinstall the original brass curtain rods that we found in the basement. 🙂
The back side of the swing door needs to be finished. I don’t know if I will stain or paint yet.
The back entry, which I am counting as part of the kitchen now, is in a sorry state. We really need to start from scratch in here but I don’t plan to tackle this until the rest of the actual kitchen is done. Right now it is basically a storage area for the rest of the kitchen stuff.
The exterior wall needs to be gutted so we can insulate. This area does feel a little cold in the winter so I think it is a good idea to gut while we have the chance.
Additional cabinetry will be going into that recess. After living in the house for a little while and deciding how we would best use this space, we settled on this:
We considered several options including the very popular mudroom-style bench and hooks display. In the end, the pantry type design is more functional for us.
24″ deep wall cabinets, the sort you would put over a refrigerator, will be providing bulk storage overhead. The lowers are standard base cabinets with a countertop. There will be a pull-out cabinet for recycling, which I have really been missing tremendously since we do a lot of recycling. The microwave will be moved to this area as well. We discovered we really need to have the additional counter space in the kitchen.
I will thankfully have more free weekends away from work coming up in September (I have been working some crazy hours the past few months), and I am really hoping to tackle much of this during that time. There is LIGHT at the end of the very, very long tunnel.
Of course, we have also been working on the second floor as well. That needs an update of its own too. We got a new laundry set installed upstairs which has been life changing. The bathroom is coming together and I have continued to work on trim throughout. So much is happening. Stay tuned, but not that tuned because I do know when I will actually have time to post about it.