She Says:So the kitchen is mostly finished... mostly. Fully functional, there's a lot of little touch ups to do, crown moulding, some task lighting and the like, but we need to get on to the next room. So we decided to call it good at this point. Would you like to see?
Here's where we started:
And here's our after:
A word on appliances: if you're patient, you can find some really great deals. We've been haunting the local Home Depot, Lowes, and even Best Buy watching for deals, discounts and floor models. We chose all stainless steel appliances (except the wine fridge, which we found on sale for $100) including the sink. The range hood is an Ikea find, 50% off. The range is a slide in, and we got both the range and microwave 20% off at Lowes. The fridge was the most difficult find: a stainless look, counter depth, 15% off. I found the dishwasher, which was a 50% off floor model, in perfect condition!
We ordered some of the cabinets without front panels and had specialty glass cut to fit:
Installation isn't difficult (as long as you measure carefully and order the right size glass pieces!)- we caulked a strip of silicone into the frame, laid the glass in and used a glazing point gun to mount the glass. We found this gun on Amazon for $30.
It will also come in handy when we finally get to the point where we can start decorating and hanging things on the walls (oh happy day, will you ever arrive?)...
I think this is my favorite part: the coffee and wine bar!
Everything you need for the perfect cup of coffee, or a great glass of wine (or something stronger)!
And here are a couple of close ups of our custom island:
A space for loose spices, vinegars, cookbooks, and extra hand towels- I can never have too many towels around, especially during a reno!
So now that we have a real, live kitchen, I'll probably post a recipe or two every now and then... HoneyDo and I really love to cook, and we've missed it terribly. Stay tuned!