Kitchen renovation

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Project by TJ11 posted 07-19-2019 01:22 AM 677 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is by far my biggest project to date. We bought a fixer-upper for our daughter and grandchildren and did a lot of work on the bedrooms and exterior. However the kitchen was in really rough shape. We priced out prefab cabinets but even the high dollar ones were particle board crap. We made cabinets, shelves, countertops, and a hutch from scratch. Along the way we had to do some major plumbing, electrical, and subfloor work. In the attached pics you can see my wife helping with the demo. She also did all the painting of the cabinets. Cabinets are made out of maple-faced plywood for casework and solid maple for doors and face frames. This was the first time I had ever used a Kreg pocket hole jig and I was very impressed with how fast it was to make strong joints. Countertops and shelves are birch. We put in a subway tile backsplash, clapboard wall covering and boxed-in above where old cabinets where removed. Topped it off with a farmhouse style sink and viola. All in all this was a fun project.

-- If I had more money, I'd have more tools

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#1 posted 07-19-2019 04:06 AM

Come on guys. Here’s a project born of necessity. It fills the bill, looks good and is appreciated. What else to we need? Good job TJ11.

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#2 posted 07-19-2019 05:31 AM

Very impressive

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#3 posted 07-19-2019 02:25 PM

Nice work….

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#4 posted 07-19-2019 07:33 PM

Very nicely done. What finish did you use on the counter tops? I used Waterlox with an under mount farmhouse sink and the finish has held up perfectly.

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#5 posted 07-19-2019 11:50 PM

I used Howard’s butcher block conditioner (6 coats) but I sealed the end grain around the sink opening and put a 3/8” bead of silicone around the sink opening where the counter flange and sink bottom meet.

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