The Kitchen.

It’s done*.

I love it.

You can see some before pics here.

There really isn’t anything I would change about it. I love our cabinetry (Martha Stewart ‘Dunemere’ in Picket Fence) We saved ourselves a lot of headache and expense by not changing our layout at all. We had already purchased our appliances when we moved into the house, but did buy a new refrigerator, microwave (in the pantry), garbage disposer, and range hood. I’d guess, all together, this kitchen probably cost us about $13k (gulp). That’s for new cabinets, hardware, quartz countertops, sink, faucets, backsplash, light fixtures, the appliances I just mentioned, and some of the installation labor. The biggest functional improvement to the kitchen is the addition of the range hood and garbage disposer. We do a lot of high heat cooking and having a hood that vents to the outside of the house is a godsend, not to mention fewer episodes of setting off the fire alarm. Doing dishes is always a chore, but having a disposer eliminates the always gross job of cleaning out the sink trap. The next functionality award winner is the island. Our stainless Ikea table was great, but low open storage with a toddler was a nightmare! Now there is a (childproofed) place for everything. We also put the island on casters in case we ever need to move a big piece of furniture upstairs. The mini-subway tile backsplash is soooooo much nicer than our grease spattered walls. Choosing cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling makes the room feel taller and gives us great additional storage. The cabinet hardware (Duluth from Restoration Hardware) is just the icing on the cake. Seriously. I love everything about this kitchen. It’s totally worth every penny and such a pleasure to cook in.

What do you guys think? You like? I’d love to hear from you.

* Looking at these pics made me realize that the island would look great if it had bead-board panel instead of flat. I bought some today. We also still have to add quarter round to the base shoe on the cabinets. Sigh.

** Our fridge is incredibly out of level. It’s so out of level that we can’t just use the leveling feet to correct it; we have to deal with the floor itself. Not sure when that will happen.

Partial source list here.

I have a tiny confession.

The fridge isn’t the only thing I bought at Home Depot this week.

Any guesses?

all images via Canadian House and Home

Anybody?

I know I totally just posted that our kitchen wasn’t a huge priority right now, but while I was at the store buying our new fridge I asked a kitchen designer to price out our cabinets in the new-ish Martha Stewart line. I was very pleasantly surprised to learn that they will cost only a smidge more than Ikea cabinets. Did I mention they are fully assembled? and delivery is free? The construction is really great too – solid wood drawer boxes with dovetailed fronts. Now I’m not totally knocking Ikea; we assembled and installed an Ikea kitchen in our old house and it looks fantastic, but the truth is, I just don’t want to deal with the assembly again, especially not with a toddler running around. Ikea also just didn’t have a white door style that I loved. We chose the Dunemere Collection from Martha’s line in the “Picket Fence” color (aka – white.)

Home Depot had a bunch of end of the fiscal year discounts too, like a free sink base and 10% off. and, gulp, $950 dollars off when you spend more than $5k. So our total came in at around $4900 after tax. Not bad at all considering we bought about 27 linear feet of upper and lower cabinets, end panels, filler pieces and crown moulding. Pk and I talked it over and realized that we could swing it financially, even though it changes our priorities in terms of house projects. Kitchens sell houses, right? right. Does anyone else get a little sick when they spend large quantities of money?

The 4-6 week lead time gives us enough time to prepare for what will be an inevitably hectic reno. The truth is, even though it’s kind of sudden, I’m really excited about redoing this kitchen. We’ve lived here for more than two years and when we first bought the house the kitchen was top on our to do list. Of course, life and having a baby kind of got in the way of that. There are so many things to choose! New countertops, a hanging pendant lamp over the sink, new hardware, a faucet, a vent hood, and a new microwave, just to name a few. At least we knocked the fridge off the list.

I’ll keep you posted…

H

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