Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My Sisters Kitchen is Finished



If you remember I started working on my sisters kitchen remodel in March.  These things always take longer than we think they will don't they?  It was a lot of work but it was so worth it to be able to give her a kitchen she loves.  

Here's where we started.  There were 70's Harvest Gold curved counters, old vinyl flooring and red walls.

                             


My sister had wanted to get new counter top since she moved in but the curved counter made it a bigger project than she wanted to tackle.  We had talked about it forever and finally I convinced her to let me tear everything apart.       

The first thing we did was to demo the curved counter and move the upper cabinet that was at an angle to the wall. 
   


Then we added a large pantry cabinet that I built out of plywood and some crown molding.  Next came the Ginormous Island project.  What a difference.  Even though they are painted black the kitchen feels twice as big.
  
Oh and I can't forget the floors.  With help from big brother and Mom we replaced those as well.  For that we laid thin 4 X 8 ft sheets of underlayment over the old vinyl and installed the new vinyl from Lowes on top of that.  She bought the kind the doesn't need glue and it was really easy to work with.  The hard part was the weird corner angle.  We had to make a template.  

Next we replaced the counter top with in stock laminate from Lowes.  Then on to the stove area.



The ancient wall oven and stove top had to go and were replaced with a new oven.  Once the cabinet and drawers were gone some re-wiring and a plug had to be installed.  For that we got help from Dad, my step mother Terri and my husband.  We got the whole family in on the fun.  



The area where the wall oven used to be is now a shelf for the microwave and some storage.



Still with me.....?  It's alot I know.
 Above the window is one of my favorite changes. It used to have a solid panel soffit above it.  


My sister had put a shelf across the window to display her candy dish collection.  I thought since the soffit was a wasted space that a shelf above the window would work for display.  She loves her candy dishes so why not make a special place for them.  



The previous soffit had wiring for a florescent light so we used that to wire the new light fixture.

The shelf I made out of a hollow core door so that the wiring could be hidden inside the shelf and I like the thickness of it too.  The back is lined with bead board and decorative brackets finish it off.



My photos are dreadful, it was a dreary day and I did not have enough light.



My sister painted all the previously off white cabinets a brighter white called Oyster Shell by Behr.  It really freshened things up.  Initially we were going to just paint the island and the pantry black but I mentioned a kitchen that I saw online that had upper cabinets that were white and lower cabinets black and she decided to go for it.  I like it. Oh and she painted the ceiling too.

So there you have it.  My sisters new kitchen.  Now I wonder if I can get her over here to help me with mine?




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19 comments:

  1. APPLUASE~!
    excellent job in every way.. Your design skill and creativity have made this space a functioning and beautiful area that I'm sure the whole family will enjoy..

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  2. WOW! What a difference! The white/black painted cabinetry looks really great, and I like how you tied in the new stove with that. And of course, the new countertop makes a huge difference! Congratulations - all your hard work paid off!

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  3. What a transformation! Love how you put the candy dish shelf up high above the window. Your sister must be so proud of her new and more efficient kitchen.

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  4. WOW! The kitchen now looks amazing. I think my favorite part is the pantry cabient and the shelf above the sink. Plus I love the black and white theme. You've done an outstanding job.

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  5. This is just gorgeous! I love everything about the changes. I also like the 2 color scheme - I'm planning to do something similar in my kitchen redo... we're thinking blue/greens/whites - but the black looks so sophisticated! Great job!

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  6. Your sister's kitchen looks FABULOUS! GREAT job!!! Love it!

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  7. Mimi! Fantastic! It has been fun watching you do this project in stages. I know your sister is very grateful for your ideas, hard work and inspiration. Congratulations on a job well-done!

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  8. It looks amazing, Mimi!! You really transformed the kitchen into a beautiful space. Great job!!

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  9. Mimi! things always take longer than we plan... it's the way it goes.
    Your sister's kitchen is awesome... love it all! I bet she smiles every time she walks in there!
    gail
    ps catching you this week!

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  10. Looks great now...she must be thrilled. : )

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  11. this is awesome! i had a kitchen for a number of years that was mustard yellow (why was that a popular color in the 70's?!). and a matching stove. really? a mustard stove?! i wish we could have done an awesome redo like this, maybe our resale value would have been a little higher :)
    I initially found my way over to your site from your hall closet thing-y on ana-white's site. I'm totally going to start following via igoogle!

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  12. What is the overall dimensions of the kitchen? I love the design and have several cupboards from Restore- my house is east of Lake Ontario so I'm stuck waiting for Spring to get into my barn to finish painting them. Anyhow- the kitchen in our old farmhouse is only 13x13 but I love the idea of an island you can sit at and store items in especially antique kitchen linens! The redo on the cupboards is amazing by the way!

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  13. wow, what an amazing before and after!! great job

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  14. Absolutely WOW!! My kitchen is next! When should I expect you to be here ;)

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  15. Do you want to go into business remodeling kitchens on a very tight budget? Or do you do that already. You are one handy gal. I applaud you. Your sister must be so thrilled with her new kitchen, can make a real difference and how nice to have talented family that will pitch in.
    We have a very unusual kitchen layout also. Our kitchen is shaped like a horsehoe, the counters at least and one wall of cabinets. There is a wall on left that has cabinets on bottom and only half a wall with a shelf on it. There was a bar that stuck out into the living room that was very annoying so hubs took it off and put a narrow shelf on it. That wall also curves into the l/r. Groan. To say that I hate the kitchen would be mild but it does have lots of cabinets.
    When I look at our kitchen with the horrible cheapy counter top that lifted I want to scream. I'd love to put wood counter top on but we can't afford to really do anything. Is there some of board we could use to replace the counters by ourselves? We've lived here over 6 yrs. how and believe me I'd love to gut this place. There is also no eating area.
    This is a single wide, 16x80 mfg. home. The room on other side of kitchen is our mud room. I'd love to take that wall out to make a bigger kitchen but not that easy to do in mfg. homes we've been told. At one side of that mud room is also the laundry area. Any suggestions? Sorry for asking but if you have any ideas I'd love to hear them.
    You sure did such a great job on your sister's kitchen. I'd be happy to get the walls painted and the strand board cupboards.

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  16. How did you remove the wall oven and old stove?

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    1. Hi Crissy,
      Both of them were plugged into outlets so we just had to unscrew a few mounting pieces and unplug them. I had my Dad & his wife come over for that since they both have electrical experience and it did involve moving the 220 outlet for the new oven. The new oven/range's plug would not reach the outlet the old separate oven had been plugged into. I don't do electrical work other than replacing a light fixture. ;)

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