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Monday, November 19, 2012

All Smiles Today!



I am so happy with the way my kitchen is turning out!

I finished all the painting last week, and Tony helped me Saturday and Sunday putting all the doors and all the hardware on the cabinets.


It took a long time because the paint added a bit more thickness to the edges of the doors which caused the existing holes for the hinges to be a bit off on a couple of the doors.  Also I never noticed before when they were wood that they didn't all line up perfectly! It showed up when they were painted, all in all I am very pleased with the results.


We ended up choosing black hardware over the brushed nickel.  When I tried the hinges on the nickel, they didn't line up on most of the doors.  Not sure why because the style was the same as the black.  Things work out for the best and now that the black is on all the cabinets, I like it better than the nickel anyway.


We still have to patch the walls from the electrical work, affix the cabinet to the wall before the counter top and new sink goes in.  I also am thinking about painting the island cart the same color as the cabinets. 


We still are looking at samples for the counter top.  Tony likes the granite called Typhoon Bordeaux. The sample looks nothing like the slab we saw at Arizona Tile, but then the variation in the grain and color is different in each slab. The one we looked at had a lot of the sage green color and was much lighter than this small sample.  The brown tile in the photo is what will go on the floor and the small tiles are for the back of the stove area and under that cabinet.




So far my costs have only been for the paint; 1 gallon of Behr Semi-Gloss color is Bonsai Pot. The color will not come up on their website, but they have the swatch in Home Depot.  Then 1 gallon of Kiln primer.  I have 1/2 gallon of each left!  Cost for the paint was $39.98 and the primer was around $20.00.  The hardware (hinges and handles) came in around $140.00.  

Of course the counter top and tile installation will be $1500.00 - $2200.00.  I still need to buy the stainless steel sink, but I think I will come in close to my budget of $2500.00 for the whole project.  

Below are some before photos:


September 17, 2012






18 comments:

  1. Carla, it is looking very nice. I like the black hardware, as the brushed nickle would probably look too washed out. Can't believe the kitchen remake you got for your expected budget. Unbelievable. Good job all around.

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    1. Thanks George! I hope I can find a countertop that will fit my budget too.

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  2. Everything looks so beautiful. It is so fresh and light. I am very impressed with your DIY skills! Cheryl

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    1. Hi Cheryl, a little hard work and some sore muscles is all it takes.

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  3. Oh Carla, Your kitchen is looking so pretty all ready! I love everything you have choose. I know you are so happy! Congratulations, the end is so near!

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    1. Betty, thank you! I am pretty proud of what I have accomplished.

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  4. you have done a lot of work for this new kitchen... you go girl.

    looking at the island can see why you might want to change the color, but wondering if more of the same color might be over kill....what about black?

    I would be careful of the colors in the granite.... will you like sage in 7 years? paint changes,,,, granite counter tops I bet are for LIFE.

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    1. I like the idea of the black, maybe a chalkboard paint on the sides would be fun. As far as the granite goes, I am still thinking. You are right, it would be a permanent countertop, but then for me they all will be! I can't see myself changing anything. I have always like the sage green colors.

      Thanks for all your ideas!

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  5. You have mad great progress. I do like the black hardware; quite stunning.

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    1. Thanks Ann, I can't wait until it all is finished.

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  6. You are amazing! It doesn't look like the same kitchen. You budget is amazing! Great job.

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    1. Bonnie, I only hope I can find a countertop that will fit in the budget. Most of the granite is coming in too high. I will check out more options this week.

      Thank you for stopping by.

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  7. Looks great Carla. Hope you get to cook in your kitchen for Thanksgiving! Have a great one! xxoo Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I don't see myself cooking thanksgiving this year. We will dine out somewhere this year.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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  8. What a fantastic job, it looks so open and airy compared to before.

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    1. Doc, it really has opened up this area. Now Tony can help me cook without fighting for room! Not sure if that is a good thing for him or not. LOL

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  9. Amazing! That is such a wonderful transformation and I love the color of your cabinets. Very well done Carla!

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    1. Oh Thank You Lili! I love the color too, now that it is all finished. I am still trying to decide on the countertop. The granite we thought would work is too expensive and after thinking about it we decided it was too modern of a look.

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