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This is going to be my final update on our kitchen before I do the big reveal! It’s getting too close to done and I can’t give away ALL the fabulousness in an update, now can I?
Since my last update, we’ve finished SO much — enough to give me a functioning kitchen! *twirls in a circle of food-preparation joy* I was gone for five days for SNAP, but we still managed to get quite a bit done. AND we were able to relax for the first time in a long time, knowing the rest was just details.
We finished up the floors! It was so satisfying when Ryan banged the last board into place. We still have baseboards to do, but we can walk everywhere in our house on real floors once again. I absolutely love having one solid floor surface from the front door, through the living room, dining room, and kitchen, and then down the hallway. It feels HUGE in here now, compared to before. Goodbye linoleum! You won’t be missed!
We had just put in the Kenmore counter-depth refrigerator as of my last update, but in the next few days Ryan went on a tear and got the rest of the appliances installed. We got them right at the beginning of our renovation from Sears, but they’ve been sitting in our garage for months! So great to have them installed.
We’ve had a microwave in our temporary kitchen, but once we got the new Kenmore microwave in, we were able to dismantle our temporary kitchen. We also got our Maytag RANGE (our particular model is no longer available at Sears)! After months of not being able to bake anything, we can now eat all of the freezer meals we had that require baking (as opposed to the crock pot or microwave). The space in this Maytag oven is massive — one of the biggest in the industry. Bake all the things!
(Sears is offering up to 30% off Kenmore Appliances with the code “SEARS50” this weekend if you’re looking to buy!)
Plus our five-burner cooktop is awesome because it cooks things! And with its power burner, it doesn’t take a hundred hours to boil a kettle of water!
(Clearly I am excited about all of these things, if my exclamation points are to be believed.)
Sink, Faucet, Garbage Disposal and Dishwasher
We’d had our utility sink the garage, but it’s much better having a fully functioning sink in the kitchen again. I talked a bit last time about our seamless Corian sink, but now we have the other important parts of the sink installed, including the garbage disposal and dishwasher!
And I can’t tell you how much I love our Kohler “Barossa” faucet. It’s beautiful, but even better it has a magnetic lock for the pull-down sprayer. It just snaps right back into place — no droopy faucet (unlike in some condo I used to own). And it’s nice to have the separate soap dispenser so we don’t have to have a bottle of dish soap sitting out.
Once our kitchen was fully functional, we started on some of the details! We added handles to the cabinets, as well as used the six-way Blum hinges to straighten and align all of the doors.
We also added the dampers to the cabinet doors, so now everything closes softly. It’s one of my favorite features and is so much nicer than slamming doors.
Ryan installed the kick plates on the main part of the kitchen — he just has the island left to do. We chose baseboards and trim, and should get that ordered this weekend.
The backsplash has been a bit of a sticking point. We chose a tile but after staring at it for a while, I decided it was too busy. Then, of course, I spent an ungodly number of hours on Pinterest trying to find something I liked. Problem is, most people are putting in white kitchens these days (which would have been my preference, but this will be a rental someday and we thought the wood would be better for keeping the house looking nice) and the wood kitchens I did see are mostly Tuscan Overload, which is not my style. So now I have a couple tile samples coming to me in the mail — we’ll see if I can settle on one!
We don’t have a ton left to do — choosing and installing the backsplash, and installing the baseboards and trim, like I said above. We also have to install the light over the island and add brackets to the island. Then I get to add some of my more personal, colorful touches!
Outside the kitchen, we got our dining room table back in the room — we can eat like grown-ups again! And earlier this week I wrote about our new curtains, which are quite lovely.
The next time you see our kitchen, it’ll be done. Can’t wait to share the final reveal!
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