Our New Kitchen

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Project by JeffS posted 02-05-2010 05:54 AM 3013 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my wife and I bought our house, we immediately knew we had to renovate the kitchen (hopefully it’s obvious which is the BEFORE photo!). My wife is a GREAT cook, and I certainly love to eat good food!

This was 5 years ago. My wife and I had just turned 25, married, bought a house…

At the time, we were both working a lot, and my job involved lots of travel, so I was not able to do EVERYTHING on this project (meaning: we bought the cabinets, countertop, and appliances). It really was more of a renovation than a woodworking project, but I credit this project for giving me the confidence that I could maintain a full time+ job and still have time for projects.

It was also my first project in design, especially in regards to all the trim work. My wife laid out the cabinets the way she wanted them, and then it was up to me to make it happen and look ‘right’. The molding above the cabinets was built up in 3 layers.

Quite a lot of time went into deciding what kind of molding and trim to put around the doors and windows. The house is a 1970’s ranch, with standard profile casings for that period. We wanted to turn back the clock a bit and go for some more colonial, distinctive trim work to set the tone as we redo the rest of the house. The door and window trim is made of poplar and stained to compliment the cherry cabinets.

Someday my challenge will be to build in some matching cabinets into the eat-in area.

By the way, just for reference, the first photo is taken from the same point as the before and during photos.

thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 02-05-2010 06:06 AM

Nice kitchen!

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John Steffen

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#2 posted 02-05-2010 06:10 AM

We have a similar space (though ours is laid out considerably better than your “before) and I want to do something almost exactly like this. Thanks for posting this so I could show the lady what I’ve been trying to tell her for months.

Well executed project. Looks excellent!

Just curious… what are the dimensions of that space?

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#3 posted 02-05-2010 06:11 AM

Wow…what an improvement!! Beautiful job

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#4 posted 02-05-2010 06:15 AM

wow, wonderful kitchen… congrats on the improvement…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#5 posted 02-05-2010 06:19 AM

thanks for all the great comments!

We were able to literally open the space up by combining the pantry & laundry area that in the photos was behind the old fridge.

John, the space is roughly 12’ x 20’, with a 12×10 eat-in area from which most of the photos were taken. so, about 12’x30’ total. long and Skinny! But, my wife really likes being able to host parties and cook undisturbed in the “inner sanctum” and still have people be able to comfortably move around in the eat-in area and along the island and all. Ends up being a great space to entertain in.

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#6 posted 02-05-2010 06:21 AM

You should be real proud of yourself. That’s a great job. Beautiful

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 02-05-2010 06:23 AM

Great start and now let’s take it over the top. The lighting you have install is the key to the next’s step tone the ceiling to the lightest shade of the wall color of your taste and you’ll be amazed at how the cabinets will come to life. Don’t be afraid of texture ie old world Venetian Plaster with a glaze. The work you have put in is excellent but the wall are screaming for attention as well. The light is at the end of the tunnel and so are the dinners and entertaining great start and craftsmanship…Blackcherry

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#8 posted 02-05-2010 06:58 AM

Wonderful kitchen It looks like a showroom.


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#9 posted 02-05-2010 07:01 AM

Nice looking kitchen. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 02-05-2010 12:41 PM

A fantastic makeover. Everything looks so well done too. Congrats on your new kitchen Jeff.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 02-05-2010 01:10 PM

Great transformation, and congratulations. I live your schedule and I know how much of an accomplishment this is.

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#12 posted 02-05-2010 02:31 PM

Great looking kitchen. Love the cabinets. What wood & stain did you choose?

-- Jsquared, Texas

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#13 posted 02-05-2010 08:56 PM

Great makeover. The difference is night and day.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#14 posted 02-10-2010 10:44 PM

Very nice job Jeff. I see you weren’t afraid to move walls or windows. That’s a big undertaking.

You did a great job on the crown detail and your wife did a great job on the layout.

How long did this project take over all?


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#15 posted 02-11-2010 02:57 AM

Bothus, all in all I put up the last piece of trim 13 months after we first demolished the old kitchen. But, that also includes giving the rest of the house a major cosmetic update, which included new ceilings, stripping wallpaper, patching, painting walls, and new carpets. Also, the bathroom got a makeover: new toilet, vanity, ceiling, paint, and a ceramic tile floor to replace 2 layers of old linoleum. As if that wasn’t enough, I work as a sound engineer, and as such, was travelling all over the country for at least 2 weeks a month. Also, there were 2 family emergencies that put a stop to any and all work for about 2 months.

So long story short…it took a while. Life happens. We took our time, did it right, did it ourselves, and lived to tell!

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