Kitchen Home Stretch


February 7, 2017 by Sarah

It is hard to comprehend the fact that the kitchen is nearing completion, the kitchen home stretch if you will. It is especially hard to imagine this space being actually being complete when you look at what we started with:

Peeling wallpaper, dropped ceiling, slanted cabinets, and vinyl flooring galore.

Since I have a hard time posting here on a somewhat regular basis, I have turned to the delights of Instagram and Facebook to track progress at STP Haus. I would encourage you to follow me there for day to day updates. I am committed to posting on those platforms as projects take place. Perhaps you saw a few photos of the tiling and hood hanging?

Tile has been going up over the last couple months. There is literally so much tile. SO MANY CUTS. I was cursing myself for coming up with the horrid, horrid idea to have so much tile in the kitchen.

There were so many complicated and time consuming cuts.

Thankfully, due to the of the complexities of the human mind, and I already starting to forget(supress?) how much work it was. I am still consider putting at least 1 piece of tile in my bathroom.

At one point I had planned to tile all walls all the way to the ceiling, but alas, I either came to my senses, or my arms stopped working, which is why I have stopped where I did about 3/4 up the walls.

The grout color, although it looks rather dark when being applied, dried to a nice medium shade of gray. The color is London Fog sold at The Tile Shop.

I was a little nervous about the grout choice, but I did do a mock up which I would definitely recommend doing if you are also unsure.

A lovely chairrail (stained white oak to match the cabinets) will be installed on top of the tile to cap it off.

A few weeks ago Adrian had reluctantly agreed to pull out the fridge and reframe the wall behind so we could recess the fridge another 2 inch; however, to my dismay, he has since redacted that offer and subsequently only agreed to recess the water line and outlet, not the entire fridge. 🙁 🙁

It is certainly a big improvement from what it was. It is not perfect, but I think I may have to live with it. Life is hard.

The surround finally got a paint job, and I installed and painted a board under the cabinets here to really make it feel built-in.

It really makes a big difference compared to the before:

The baseboards, which Adrian spent so much time stripping, have been painted:

The swing door has been unfinished on the backside for quite some time. Adrian did a glorious job of stripping this as well.

I spent a day picking the last few bits of paint and crust out of the nooks and crannies as well as sanding the surface smooth in preparation for new paint.

Also I revealed last week that the curtains and stained glass windows have been hung.

The upper cabinets finally got glass inserts thanks to the guys at Hamline Hardware. They literally had it done in 5 minutes, and it was pretty inexpensive which actually made me a little embarrassed for not getting it done sooner.

I really wanted to have antique wavy glass, but it was ended up being more of a hassle than I wanted to deal with.

What we have left to do:

  • Seal the grout
  • Finish installing the hood vent (chimney)
  • Finish and install the chair rail
  • Paint the walls above the chair rail
  • Then lots of little things like installing outlet/switch plates, caulking, paint touch-ups, installing spice racks, organizing, and cleaning.
  • Paint sashes of the new window– I will not be able to complete until spring (window has be to open for a period of time during painting).
  • Paint the radiator (again, not sure I will be able to complete this until spring)

I have mentioned the back entry in the past. In the end it will be a functioning part of the kitchen, but we really need to take that area down to the studs and start over which is why it looked like this forever:

back entry

Adrian ended up putting a wire storage rack in temporarily for a little extra storage. I was happy to get the microwave off the kitchen counters.

Eventually, after new insulation and drywall, we will build a more permanent solution. There is an ever-changing plan for cabinetry in this nook.  Something along these lines:


Please don’t judge my crude Paint drawing (although it is a big improvement on the one that I drew by hand). All hypothetical at this point anyway, of course. I think I have made 100 different drawings like this. Plenty of storage and a bit of extra counter space is what we need. I would really like to put the microwave back here and get it out of the main cooking area to increase the counter space a bit which is at a premium in a 10×10 kitchen.

I can really not believe we are this close to having a finished room in this house. It has been a long 3 years of slowly working on this space. When it is completed I am planning to move my bed in so I wont ever need to leave. I am hoping to have the room finished up and get a reveal post out sometime in the next few weeks weather permitting. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!

4 thoughts on “Kitchen Home Stretch

  1. Amy says:

    I just stumbled on your blog and am super excited to see your progress! We also purchased a 95-year-old craftsman that needs work. It’s hard finding examples of craftsman renovations that are updated and bright, but still respects the architecture and character of craftsman homes– you guys are doing a phenomenal job! Thank you so much for sharing.

    And BTW, your lighting is definitely craftsman– I really really wanted this from a local shop that specializes in antique lighting:
    until I saw your blog, thank you for the less expensive substitute recommendations!

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks Amy! I dont mind splurging on a light fixture every now and again, because I truly believe they are one of the most important features in a room. It is definitely nice to have some less expensive options though too. 🙂 Good luck on your project!

  2. MellyC says:

    Awesome blog. Thanks so much for sharing so much information. Is there a post on how you stacked the cabinets? I love that look but I am concerned it may be beyond our DIY skills.

    • Sarah says:

      I don’t have super detailed information but we talk about it in tge post below:

      Each row of cabinets is hanging on its own rail. Just one on top of the other. We didnt attach the top and bottom cabinets together at all. I did add some molding to side to make it look like one solid unit and cover the small gap between the two cabinets.

      Hope that helps 🙂


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