It has been a while since I posted about my progress on some of my home projects. I finally got my cork floor in my kitchen installed with the exception of the very last row of planks which will have to wait for this coming weekend.
Heaven knows my kitchen project has been long enough getting done. Here are photos of what it looked like in the beginning and where I am at now. I still have some work to do, but getting the floor down was major. I have my remaining counter top set up in my foyer so that I can cut it to length and do the cut-out for the sink.
So , I thought I would take a break from the more serious topics of the day, and post these pictures. I think I am going to like my new kitchen!
The old kitchen – I had cut out a new, wider doorway – my reciprocating saw is one of my favorite tools
Old cabinets ready to be removed – again that reciprocating saw sure comes in handy
All cabinets torn out and insulation in place – the wall to the right was where the refrigerator used to be – a previous landlord had cut out a niche for the refrigerator – I covered the niche over and the refrigerator will go elsewhere
Old flooring after sheet linoleum was taken up – yuck!
I decided to put down sub floor – Threaded shank nails don’t come out easily – so get it right the first time
I decided to use a rough type of wainscoting for the lower parts of my walls to cover the many imperfections that go with an old kitchen that has lathe walls and old plaster
Putting in the lower kitchen cabinets was a bear – I bought unfinished cabinets because they were anywhere from $50 to $70 cheaper each than finished cabinets – I finished them with golden oak stain
Putting together cabinets – I later changed the color of the back splash walls which I originally painted a burnt orange color – I didn’t like the color once I got it painted
The golden oak stain turned out great – at least I think so – you can see the shims that I used to level the cabinets – leveling and bolting them together took forever – I just had to keep adjusting and adjusting until I was satisfied – and they were level – this picture shows part of the cork flooring
I left the top cabinets in and simply repainted them – I plan on adding a back drop in the back of each cabinet – I am not going to replace the doors and will leave the shelves open
New paint color with border for upper portion of the kitchen
Getting ready to work on counter top for the shorter side of my kitchen – I used a jig saw to cut to size – counter tops are tough stuff to cut – at least it was for me
Counter top in place but not anchored – I can’t do that until the sink cut out is done and everything is ready to be put together
Counter top from different angle – I still have the end cap to attach – I made the little rack sitting at the end for spices – not sure if I will keep it or not
New paint color on back walls – it does lighten up the kitchen better – my kitchen is pretty small so the dark color was just too much
My “cinnamon” colored cork flooring – I bought cork because it is a sustainable product – it is a “Click and Lock” system although it was a little more difficult than what the directions said – cork flooring is a little more expensive than other choices, but I had decided at the very beginning that I wanted cork – the toe kick molding under the cabinets will be one of the last things I do – it will be oak molding of course
So, there you have it. I am getting there finally. I can’t wait to get the stove in and start cooking again. The down side to remodeling is that it really does take time. For me, it takes a lot longer because of my physical disability – but I would still rather do these things myself. I think by the time I get done, I will probably have about $1200-$1500 in the redo. When I asked about having the cabinets put in by Home Depot (where I bought them), they wanted $900 just to put in five cabinets. That would have been $1400 just for the cabinets alone.
I hope within the next few weeks I can put up the final pictures.