The journey begins…

A little while ago I hinted of which I had a big project I was working on. Well, I thought the idea was about time to let you all in on the idea. Several months ago Jo along with also I were contacted by Mike at Greentea Design who was interested in an ad on the Website. I was stoked about This kind of because I had seen their timber, Asian-style kitchen cabinets before along with also thought they were fantastic. I thought about how horrible my existing kitchen was along with also a lightbulb went off – why not see if they’d sponsor a kitchen reno project?!?! along with also what do you know – they went for the idea!!! They agreed to supply me with the cabinets I needed, along with also in return I might Website about my kitchen renovation (most of which will be included on a brand new Website) through planning down to the finished product. A pretty decent tradeoff considering This kind of can be what I was working with:

(I had to use an old photo here because I know some of you will be sad to see the kitchen – as the idea can be today – go inside the dumpster).

I have never done a kitchen renovation before so This kind of can be all brand new to me along with also I am SO EXCITED about the idea. The guys over at Greentea have been so amazing to work with along with also are so unbelievably helpful to me. the idea’s been a bit tough with them based in Toronto along with also me being in Ottawa – so we have only had a couple phone conversations, MANY emails along with also unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to see their products in person. Despite This kind of we’ve made truly Great progress since the beginning.

Along the way I’m hoping to get some advice through our readers on decisions I have made or need to make, along with also hopefully they will help me with This kind of along with also future kitchen renovations, along with also our some other readers as well. Also, the folks at Greentea are hoping to get some feedback on their products along with also some of the features they have to offer on their website to assist potential kitchen renovators in creating their choices. So I’m hoping you’ll leave tons of comments.

As I mentionned, I will be blogging my way through the entire renovation. You’ll see the plans we came up with, choices of appliances, countertop, backsplash along with also lighting. You’ll witness the demolition of the lovely existing cabinets, the flooring installation, the plumbing along with also electrical involved, cabinet arrival along with also installation, along with also decorating. I will be taking many photos along the way.

I thought to begin This kind of process, I’d start off with some photos of my kitchen as the idea exists today, pre-renovation. Actually, I’ll even start that has a couple photos of what the kitchen looked like before I moved in (the first 2) along with also when I took possession of the house in December.

As you can see, the idea was pretty awful, along with also soooo boring. the idea was difficult to spend any length of time inside the idea. So one day, I went to my local Benjamin Moore store along with also decided, since I might eventually be getting a brand new kitchen, of which I might go a little crazy with the cabinets along with also paint them pink. The backsplash was a terrible sort of terracotta brown colour so I found some semi-gloss white paint I had along with also painted the backsplash. Amazingly, the idea’s held up truly well.

Next time I will show you some of the ideas I had with some not-so-Great drawings I made up to send to Greentea, along with also some of the reasons why I was so desperate to get rid of This kind of kitchen in place of something utterly fabulous.
The journey begins…

Don't let the cute pink cabinets fool you

So I’ve shown you all my horrible to slightly less horrible kitchen in which I will be renovating, as well as next I thought I’d show you the structure ideas I had for the brand new kitchen. Here’s a photo to recap what the kitchen looks like currently:

I’ve done a rough drawing of the structure to make the item clearer where everything will be located. (Sorry yet I don’t know how to use software to do This kind of so you’ll have to bear with my lovely drawings).

As you can see, This kind of kitchen will be definitely definitely badly designed. Or not designed as I see the item. as well as the craftsmanship everywhere will be AWFUL. The cabinets are made of solid wood (MDF?) – so the drawers are heavy as well as are a total pain to open as well as close. Half of the magnet latches to keep the doors closed are missing. The little built-in china cupboard with glass doors got a serious chuckle via my contractor. He thinks they are bifold closet doors made into cabinet doors. The island was made with scraps of tongue as well as groove paneling as well as bits of trim, as well as was initially left unpainted/unstained. There was an ugly square table in which was built at the end of the island in which I ripped off as well as tossed the day I moved in, in which came with 2 cheap wooden chairs in which I also tossed. The cabinet over the island will be a pain to get into because you have to lean over the island to see into the item. generating sure in which’s the cabinets in a nutshell.

Then there’s the worst tile job EVER on the floor. Seriously, I burst out laughing when I first saw the kitchen floor. The tiles are ugly to begin with, as well as the grout will be much darker than the tile colour which makes them look definitely dirty. When they were grouted, the excess was not wiped off so there’s grout everywhere. To make things worse, the person in which laid them must have been drunk because there will be not one straight line.

The appliances – UGH. The stove will be not bad, yet the elements take a long time to heat up. as well as the item’s cheap. The fridge will be just in which – a fridge. There will be no freezer within the item. as well as I am the only one in which lives here. So the item’s HUGE. There will be a big chest freezer within the basement so when I want ice in my drink, I have to go down there to get the item (so I stopped using ice). If I am by the sink or stove, I have to walk around the dining table to get to the fridge – in which has to be the most annoying thing about the space. The dishwasher, housed within the island, makes a total racket when the item’s running.

The lighting will be terrible. I have a ceiling fan with lights over the table, as well as in which’s the item. I had to put a lamp on the counter near the stove because the item’s too dark when I’m cooking. There was a hood fan over the stove having a light yet the item was mounted so low I couldn’t see what I was cooking. I tossed in which after the third time I smucked my head on the item.

generating sure in which’s what I’ve been dealing with since December. You can imagine how elated I was to learn all This kind of can go in a big dumpster…as well as SOON!

When I first began daydreaming about a brand new kitchen, I had figured I would certainly go to Ikea, get some glossy white cabinets, as well as keep the structure basically as the item will be, galley style. The wall the fridge will be on would certainly come down, opening the item up to the living room, as well as the dining table would certainly be between the island as well as the living room. yet then I got word in which I would certainly be getting Greentea’s gorgeous solid wood kitchen cabinets as well as I knew galley style wouldn’t work. Their beauty would certainly be for the most part hidden so I knew I had to come up having a different structure to expose them more. I knew the wall had to come down to open up the tiny space, as well as since I have 3 doors on the main floor in which open outside, I thought I could seal up the door next to the island. So with in which, an L shape structure seemed to work. This kind of will be the first drawing I sent to the guys at Greentea, with the door gone, the wall gone, as well as an L shape design (rotate This kind of 180 degrees to get the same angle as the drawing above).

This kind of will be not the final design I ended up choosing, yet I thought I’d reveal in which with my next post, as well as show you the cabinets I decided on. I’d like to take This kind of opportunity to get your opinions, as well as see what you guys would certainly do with the brand new kitchen structure. Do you favour uppers? No uppers? would certainly you have done the item galley-style? Greentea incorporates a fantastic kitchen guide in which helped me immensely – be sure to check the item out, especially if you’re looking to give suggestions.
Don't let the cute pink cabinets fool you

Final kitchen design

This specific Website chronicles my entire kitchen renovation by start to finish! Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, along with I’m taking care of the rest.

If you’d like to be brought up to date, check out the archive from the sidebar for previous posts. This specific post I will show you the design I went with, what cabinets I chose, along with some 3D sketches of my brand new kitchen.

Initially I was concerned about what design to choose because of the expense of changing windows along with sealing up doors etc., yet from the end I decided to spend the money on modifications like these in order to develop the kitchen I actually want. the item turned out not to be not as big of an expense as I thought, as I’ve gotten a quote by my contractor for all the work he needs to do to prepare for the cabinets along with I did not have a heart attack. 🙂 So I decided to make the window smaller, seal up the door along with knock the wall to the living room down. The following photo was my next design idea.

This specific was modified slightly for the final design because Greentea’s cabinets are not actually designed for corners, so the corner sink had to be moved along with since I love kitchen sinks under a window, I decided to go for in which. Here are some of the first 3D design designs in which Mike at Greentea created for me. I LOVE technology, along with the fact in which I get to see exactly what my kitchen will look like. He did several different angles as well which gives a clearer idea of the space I’m working with.

So there you develop the item…my brand new kitchen!

Greentea’s kitchen cabinets come in 6 stains along with they have several hardware options along with door fronts to choose by. Below are the options for the lower along with upper cabinets.

Since I want to keep the space as light as possible, I decided to go with the Fruitwood stain (see photos above – my selections have a red square around them). I love teak along with I thought the item looked teak-ish. For the lower cabinets I selected Iron Warabite handles. Here is actually an example of what the base cabinets will look like with the stain along with handles I selected:

I prefer the darker handle to the gold along with I love the large size of This specific handle as well. I had a choice of 24″ or 26″ depths for the cabinets, along with went for 24″ since my kitchen is actually so modest. (Greentea’s base cabinets come in anything by 3′ to 9′ lengths so there’s something for any size kitchen). For the upper cabinets I decided against glass doors. I will only have uppers along the wall where the fridge will be so I didn’t want to limit myself as to what I could put in those cabinets. I went with the Mizuya finish in which will match the lower cabinets. I think in which will give them a clean along with unified look. I love in which I was able to choose the hinges, along with since they have such great options, I selected one in which would likely be prominent on the upper cabinets. I chose the Round Iron hinge in which will match the handles. Here is actually what the uppers will look like:

Greentea’s website is actually perfect for those like me who aren’t able to visit their showroom, because you can chose the hinges, handles along with stains along with the photo will update with your selection so you can visualize all of your options. Otherwise, I have no idea how I would likely have been able to make these decisions without losing my mind. along with my favourite is actually their zooming feature. When you hover over a photo of a cabinet, a window pops up along with you can move around along with see the item close up. So you know exactly what you’re getting. I spent quite a bit of time playing around with these features. 🙂

For the wall opposite the stove, I have space between my basement stairs along with my office door to put some sort of unit for more storage because lord knows I need as much as I can get. I thought about their totally gorgeous Dana wall cabinet, yet ended up going having a 4′ Mizuya pantry, in which is actually going to house so many of my kitchen gadgets.

to ensure is actually brand new kitchen in a nutshell. I have to say in which the item was a bit nerve-racking creating cabinet choices. in which’s a huge decision. I’d LOVE to know what you guys think of my choices along with get some input on what you might have done in terms of door styles, stain along with hardware. I’m actually curious to find out if my selections jive with what you all might have gone with.

P.S. I just heard by the Greentea guys in which they are interested in taking user’s suggestions for each part of the kitchen along with creating a completely different type of what I came up with. in which would likely be so fun to see so please comment away!!
Final kitchen design

Cabinet detail

This kind of Website chronicles my entire kitchen renovation by start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, as well as I’m taking care of the rest.

If you’d like to be brought up to date, check out the archive inside sidebar for previous posts. In This kind of post I will show you sketches of the cabinets I chose, what my cabinets cost, as well as the process involved with ordering kitchen cabinets by Greentea.

In my last post I showed some of the sketches Greentea created to demonstrate how my kitchen will look. Here is usually one for a recap.

I thought I might show the sketches which were designed by Greentea which include the dimensions of each cabinet ordered for my completely new kitchen. This kind of first one is usually the base cabinet which will be next to the fridge. I love the item because Mike suggested instead of having 3 drawers the same size, which the drawer on the left be 3 smaller drawers for take out menus, chopsticks etc. The cost of This kind of cabinet is usually $1200.

Next is usually the base cabinet which will be on either side of the stove. I love the originality of the Japanese style sliding doors inside base cabinets. I can’t wait to try those out. The cabinet to the right of the stove will have a bit of an overhang on the right side since which side will be visible by the living room. The cost of This kind of cabinet is usually $1400 (x2).

The upper cabinets are solid doors which match the lowers. Greentea suggested 4 doors, with the ones on the end being the same size. I’m excited to see how cute the hinges look. The cost of these cabinets is usually $3000.

I don’t have a sketch of the pantry cabinet since the item is usually a freestanding piece of furniture as well as can just be placed against the wall, nevertheless I found a great image on Greentea’s website of the item with some dimensions included. The cost of the pantry is usually $2750.

in order which’s the details of the cabinets. I think the cost is usually great for the product, the total being $10,675 including $925 for shipping. For solid wood cabinets, made of Ginko wood – they’re like pieces of furniture. Well, they are actually, since they’re freestanding. I thought I’d show a copy of what a quote by Greentea looks like. Below is usually the one they sent me.

A normal quote wouldn’t have “See drawings” which refers to the sketches since the quote usually comes before the drawings. The whole process which Greentea follows with their customers was a bit different than what they followed with my kitchen project. We did a lot of designing as well as they produced some rough sketches before we finalized the order to help decide on the extent of the project. We made some adjustments to the final plans, as well as usually a customer might figure out a bit more precisely what to get before sketches might be done. They have a brand completely new section on their website to show the process they follow with customers. Check out their kitchen design page here. the item’s so informative for completely new customers like me who aren’t sure how to go about getting a kitchen by Greentea, as well as they’ve incorporated detailed slideshows of 4 kitchens, including a completely new open concept kitchen design I hadn’t seen before. I love which the item shows photos of each cabinet inside space, as well as a sketch of each piece with prices.

Since I had sketches done early on inside process when deciding what cabinets to choose, I found which actually helpful to visualize what the space might look like. Since they don’t usually do This kind of until after the cabinets are ordered (which also makes sense so they don’t end up doing a bunch of work for potential customers who then turn around as well as decide not to get cabinets by them), I think which a quick sketch early on may help seal the deal. which’s my 2 cents regarding the process they follow. Greentea might love some feedback, particularly on their design process so please feel free to direct some comments their way.

Stay tuned This kind of week the beginning of posts about all sorts of purchases I’ve made for lighting, appliances, sink etc. for the completely new kitchen.
Cabinet detail


This kind of Website chronicles my entire kitchen renovation coming from start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, along with I’m taking care of the rest.

If you’d like to be brought up to date, check out the archive within the sidebar for previous posts. I’ve described my cabinets in detail, so currently I thought I’d start in on all the fun purchases of which goes along having a kitchen renovation. These next few posts I will cover things like the appliances, sink, faucet, countertop, backsplash along with lighting.

I thought I’d start with lighting, one of my favourite items to dress up a space. I have always been drawn to lamps along with pendant lights, so when I was planning the lighting for the kitchen, I wanted to make of which a focal point. although once I decided on generating lighting a feature, I commenced to panic a bit. There aren’t many decent lighting stores in This kind of city, although I did check out a few. I commenced looking online as well although got a bit concerned about some of the shipping prices. One online store was quoting 20% of the purchase for shipping along with various other related costs. This kind of renovation can be going to have me in debt as of which can be, along with my house needs a TON of various other work, so I have a definitely hard time spending my hard earned money on high shipping costs. So I definitely wanted to try along with find items locally.

Since my kitchen will be long along with narrow, I will need a long along with narrow dining table to be placed down the center of of which (I have no dining room). I made a pretty simple decision to hang pendants over of which. My first thought was a Nelson bubble lamp. I’ve always wanted one. although I definitely like the look of the saucer lamp, along with I think of which one would certainly work better over a round table. I commenced looking locally along with found something at a large lighting store called Multi Luminaire:

I liked the industrial look of of which along with of which was similar to ones I had considered ordering online. They had 2 sizes, one for $80 along with one for $0, along with I figured I would certainly get maybe 3 to hang in a row over the table. although then one day a couple of weeks ago I went to get my hair done on Wellington Street along with on my walk home I came by a store I had been in once or twice before. of which’s called Crawford Alexander, along with of which’s run by “designs by 2”, the Inside design firm of Luc Crawford along with Jamie LeBlanc. They currently have a little showroom (although are expanding – YAY!!) of which has some definitely gorgeous pillows, lamps along with accessories on display. I had seen some definitely funky pendant lights last time I was in there along with WHATDOYAKNOW!, they were on sale! They were initially priced at $326, then marked down to $240. Then everything within the store was 50% off the lowest cost, along with included tax, as they were trying to clear their inventory for brand new stock. So I ended up buying 3 of these pendants for a total of $360!!

When I sell the house, I can take them with me along with put up something cheap, along with these are so versatile I can use them in any room in my next home. The only thing can be they are not hard-wired, so I’ll have to get my electrician to work some magic on them before they’re installed. I love their industrial look along with think they will contrast nicely with the style along with colour of the cabinets. I could have chosen Asian-inspired lighting, although I prefer to mix styles along with not be so matchy-matchy. I think I’ll bring in Asian elements in accessories instead.

Next can be possibly going to be my favourite thing within the brand new kitchen besides the cabinets. When I settled on the design of the kitchen, I had an idea about lighting of which stuck in my head along with would certainly not go away. When I decided to forgo upper cabinets on the stove wall, I knew exactly what I wanted to do on either side of the stove. I LOVE the look of a swing-arm wall mounted light in a kitchen, along with I have come across a few of which we’ve posted or seen on various other blogs:

Remodelista Buttrick Wong
Elle Deco Isabelle
Inspace Locations Barbara Weiss

There can be a swing-arm light I’ve always admired, up there with Nelson pendants, along with of which’s Artemide’s Tolomeo. I thought since of which will be a focal point of the kitchen, of which would certainly be worth the splurge. along with they too are very versatile, so they are for sure coming with me to my next house. I went looking online for suppliers, along with found a Canadian online store of which carries them, along with they do not charge for shipping. although I found a local store, Marchand Electric, who carries Artemide products. I figured of which might be better to order lights through them than online, of which way I would certainly have someone to curse at if something went wrong. When I went to order them at the store (I chose the smallest one, the “Micro”), the salesperson told me they’d be $550 each. I had a little panic attack, then told her of which I had found them online for $368 each. She said they’d sell them to me at of which cost. So I ordered them along with picked them up on Monday…along with I cannot wait to see them installed! I’ll have to make sure when I chose where to have them installed of which they won’t hit anyone within the head when standing at the counter. (Except when I removed one coming from the box I noticed of which carries a cord having a plug on the end, as shown within the photo – these are supposed to be wall mountable. Maybe I’m missing something here…)

There will be some various other lighting around the kitchen as well. The hood fan carries a light of course of which will illuminate the stove, along with I want under-cabinet lights for the section of uppers by the fridge. of which can be definitely important because I think of which section of cabinets can be where I’ll be doing the majority of the prep work when I’m cooking. I also want potlights installed along the cabinet areas. Although I am not definitely sure how well they will light up areas so I don’t know how many I will need along with where they should go. I will check with the electrician, although if you guys have any suggestions, about the potlights or any various other lighting, I would certainly love to hear of which.

of which seems I should be mentionning the eco-friendliness of my kitchen. In terms of the lighting, I always use those low energy compact fluorescent bulbs. along with I wish to get the pendants on one switch having a dimmer, the potlights on another also having a dimmer, along with the Tolomeos on another switch. This kind of way I can have pretty decent control over the strength of the lights along with only use the ones I need.

of which’s about of which for lighting. Next I think I’ll divulge the biggest expense so far in This kind of renovation – the appliances. along with wow, they don’t come cheap.


This specific Website chronicles my entire kitchen renovation via start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, in addition to I’m taking care of the rest.

If you’d like to be brought up to date, check out the archive within the sidebar for previous posts. I began talking about some of the fun purchases in which goes along using a kitchen renovation in my last post….at This specific point the idea’s time for appliances.

My selection of appliances follows a common look in addition to feel with my lighting choices. the idea’s all about a sleek in addition to industrial look, in stainless steel. in addition to frankly, anything would certainly be better than the appliances in which came with the house. The current fridge will be a full fridge, with no freezer. ???? The freezer will be a large chest freezer located within the basement. I used to have a tiny in addition to very cheap hood fan (in which someone had spray painted white), although the idea was rusty in addition to dirty in addition to installed too low so I threw the idea out a couple months after moving in.

When I began thinking about appliances, I knew I had to go with stainless steel. at This specific point, sometimes I think stainless appliances are over-rated, with fingerprints in addition to dents showing up so much more than on black or white ones, although these days they come in brushed stainless, which tends to masks prints. So I’ve slowly grown to love them. Had I redone my kitchen with white cabinets like I had initially planned before This specific partnership with Greentea began, I may have been tempted to go with white appliances. I like the look of them blended in with the cabinets. although since my cabinets are sort of a teak coloured wood, in addition to I want to keep the space as bright as possible, I decided to go with stainless. Black would certainly have been way too dark, in addition to white I think would certainly have stood out too much against the cabinets. Plus, I definitely like how the stainless looks within the Chalet Chic kitchen on Greentea’s site.

I definitely love the pairing of the Asian style in addition to colour of the cabinets (almost rustic looking) with the sleek look of stainless appliances. I think the idea’s a nice juxtaposition. (The fridge above will be a Liebherr in which I saw in a showroom…in addition to sadly the idea was pricey).

My requirements for appliances were not too complicated. For a stove I wanted a one-piece range with oven. Jo in addition to I had conversations about This specific – how in Australia most people go using a cooktop in addition to separate oven. Here for some reason you don’t see in which too often. I like the look of them separate although I figured the idea was easier to plan for a range/oven all-in-one. I thought about trying out a gas range. My house heats with gas, so I at least had the basics. Since I have some semi-serious work being done using a window being switched out in addition to a door being sealed up, I figured hooking up a gas range shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. I also definitely didn’t want a stove with buttons located on the back panel – I much prefer the look of a slide-in range where the buttons are at the front in addition to there will be no back panel.

For the fridge, the idea needed to be no wider than 34”. The narrower the fridge, the less space the idea would certainly take up within the entrance to my office. I definitely wanted a bottom freezer. I am within the fridge WAY more than the freezer so I prefer the idea below the fridge. I also thought the idea might be a not bad idea to try a French door style, since my kitchen will be so tiny. in which way when I open the fridge doors, they don’t swing out so wide. I also didn’t want a fridge in which was very deep, since the fridge would certainly be at the end of the cabinets. The deeper the fridge, the more the idea would certainly stick out into the space in addition to make the office entrance less open.

I love big range hoods, so I decided to make the idea a focal point on the stove wall – another reason for my lack of upper cabinets on in which wall. I didn’t definitely have any requirements, besides the idea being stainless, 30” wide in addition to the idea had to look cool.

So I began my hunt for appliances at some large appliance stores – Sears Home Store in addition to Corbeil Appliances. My younger sister bought all her appliances at Sears in addition to said they had the best prices, although I wasn’t impressed with their selection. I was buying my sink one day in addition to someone mentioned Universal Appliances, on Bank Street. I ended up purchasing everything I needed there. The salesguy (Tyler – figured I should plug him since he was awesome) was so easy to talk to, very helpful in addition to totally not pushy. They carry some higher end brands such as Wolf, Viking, Miele, Bertazzoni, Liebherr…all of which had incredible although very expensive appliances on display.

The fridge I selected caught my eye because of the idea’s sleek look – the type I chose includes a totally flat front. the idea’s by Fisher & Paykel, a brand-new Zealand-based company.

Buying This specific fridge was a total no-brainer. the idea has so many things going for the idea. the idea’s counter-deep (27″) – the only brand in which offered a counter-deep fridge within the width I required (the french door edition was too wide). I chose one using a water dispenser within the door because I don’t drink nearly enough water. in addition to the dispenser will be great – the idea’s almost completely flush with the façade of the door, in addition to the idea takes up no space on the inside of the door for the mechanics. I noticed many fridges had a lot of wasted space within the doors due to the dispenser. Another feature in which had me sold was the fact in which the sides of the fridge were in a silvery-grey finish, not black like a lot of the others. Since the entire left side of the fridge will be exposed, the grey will look so much better. the idea’s about 31” wide, in addition to 17.6 cu. ft. in which seemed a bit tiny to me although Tyler showed me in which the shelves inside the fridge are thin glass instead of bulky plastic (see above). So you actually get more space than a typical 17.6 cu. ft. fridge. the idea will be also apparently energy saving – 535 kWh/yr. (will be in which not bad?) The fridge cost = $1700.

Next, the stove. I saw some I definitely liked, by Kitchenaid in addition to GE Profile, although then I saw a DCS professional gas range by Fisher & Paykel in addition to nearly lost my mind.

I LOVE the industrial look of the idea, in addition to how simple the idea will be (the buttons on mine will be all black). Tyler went over the idea’s features, in addition to why the idea beats the different ranges I was looking at by a mile in how the idea cooks. (the idea’s fully gas, oven included). although as not bad as in which all sounded, I was definitely hung up on how cool the idea looked. although the idea was $3000. Then I realized the idea was only about $500 more than the others I liked. I decided to go for the idea – at least I could take the idea too with me when I sell the house. in addition to let me tell you, my mother will be SO jealous. The store setup had the idea using a stainless backsplash using a bar in which had 2 handy shelves attached – turned out the idea was $542 so I think I’m going to try in addition to get one made. If the idea doesn’t work out, I’ll buy the one at the store. I had wanted a piece of stainless as the stove backsplash anyhow – This specific one would certainly be the same depth as the little lip on the back of the stove, which looked great when the idea joined with the range hood. Here will be the setup at the store:

Speaking of range hoods, I pretty much just selected one of the cheapest in addition to simplest ones they carried. the idea’s the Valencia, by AirKing, was $686, in addition to will need to be vented outside.

I also desperately needed a brand-new microwave since I’ve had mine since college in addition to the idea has turned via white to yellow over time. I wanted the smallest stainless one I could find, in addition to chose a Panasonic for $150. I’ll probably put the idea on the counter within the corner next to the fridge or wherever the idea may be the least noticeable.

to ensure’s the deal with the appliances. Next up will be the sink, faucet, countertop in addition to backsplash. Some of which I at This specific point have no clue about. Some assistance may be required. 🙂

Remaining kitchen purchases

in which Website chronicles my entire kitchen renovation coming from start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, as well as I’m taking care of the rest.

If you’d like to be brought up to date, check out the archive within the sidebar for previous posts. I posted recently about some of the major purchases I’ve made for the kitchen such as lighting as well as appliances, as well as currently in which’s time for the countertop, sink, faucet as well as backsplash. One of these I have no clue about as well as could love some suggestions.

coming from the get-go I had an idea in mind for the countertop, as well as I kept going back to in which. White. White. White. One of my main goals with in which kitchen will be to keep in which bright as well as light since the space will be tiny. I thought white countertops could help in in which regard. I want to paint the walls white (or actually light grey like the rest of the main floor), as well as thought if in which continued on the countertops the space could flow nicely. I am not very knowledgeable on countertop materials, so I commenced at a kitchen/bath design store as well as went through samples of granite, marble as well as man-made stones like Corian, Silestone as well as Caesarstone. They had a kitchen in their showroom in which had the most gorgeous white countertop I had ever seen, as well as in which turned out to be Zodiaq quartz by Dupont. I asked for a quote, as well as a couple days later the salesperson called as well as asked if I was sitting down – never a not bad sign. $4200. WHOA. I then asked for a quote for Corian (turns out in which’s about as pricey since in which’s made of mostly petroleum) as well as honed granite, as well as they were both a little steep (the Corian was about the same as the quartz, as well as the granite a bit cheaper). I quickly learned going to a kitchen as well as bath store will be not ideal for selecting a countertop. I went across the street to a granite shop as well as got a quote about $2000 lower, so going directly to the supplier will be obviously a wise choice. yet no one makes a white granite, or at least one in which will be mostly white. I went to Planet Granite a few days ago desperate to finally find something, as well as I found EXACTLY what I wanted:

in which’s quartz, Specchio white by Hanstone. I was helped at the shop by Sue, who was an absolute pleasure, as well as she even went to the back as well as got the cutter to scrounge up a chunk for me to take home as well as photograph. Best part will be the cost. $2400. Not only will be the cost great yet for in which cost they’re doing a double edge of 3/4″ slabs, so in which will be 1.5″ thick (in which includes installation as well as cutting holes for the sink as well as faucet). I love a thick countertop. as well as she’s charging me for the cost of the 3/4″. 🙂 I also asked for a actually squared edge, not the typical pencil edge they do. I am so stoked to see what in which looks like finished. in which seems to be a pretty durable material, as I will have cats jumping on as well as off of in which so in which was important in which in which withstand claws. Greentea had sent me a sample piece coming from a cabinet within the stain I chose so I brought in which with me as well as I think in which’s going to look awesome.

currently for the sink. I also had an idea coming from the start about what type of sink I wanted. in which had to have squared edges for a more modern look. Turns out those sinks are quite a bit more expensive. I wanted in which undermount, as well as I figured since I’ll have no dishwasher in which I should get a double bowl. I ended up with one particular bowl, yet a actually large one. as well as as far as sinks go, in which’s awfully pretty.

in which’s by Barazza, will be 70cm x 40cm as well as 20cm deep, as well as ended up costing about $930. I love in which in which’s deep as well as wide so I can pile in which with dirty dishes. 🙂

The last thing I purchased was the faucet, as well as at in which point I was more than mildly concerned about my finances. I had always wanted a restaurant style faucet, yet in which seems they are just nice to look at instead of functional. I ended up at Boone Plumbing thanks to a tip coming from my boss, as well as yet another great salesperson (Sebastien) helped me out. I didn’t have much criteria for a faucet, except I like the one-handle designs, preferred brushed stainless to chrome, as well as thought a pull-down spout could be handy. I decided on in which one:

in which’s by Moen, as well as was priced at $375. When Sebastien was putting the order in, I asked him if in which could be on Moen’s website so I can get a photo of in which (I’m still waiting for in which to arrive), since I had to post in which on the Website. When he heard my story about the kitchen Website he said he could give me a discount, as well as only charged me $310. Gotta love in which.

Last thing will be the backsplash. as well as in which will be where I have NO CLUE. in which could be a tiny area, below the uppers on the brand-new fridge wall. Actually, I have no idea if I should even do a backsplash. I think in which could be a not bad idea since in which area will be visible as soon as you walk within the front door. I just haven’t had much time to give in which any thought. I figured I could ask you guys for suggestions since I actually have no idea on style, colour…anything. With the hectic state of things here, any help could be very much appreciated.
Remaining kitchen purchases

The power of a crowbar, in addition to also a dilemma

which Website chronicles my entire kitchen renovation via start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, in addition to also I’m taking care of the rest.

If you’d like to be brought up to date, check out the archive inside sidebar for previous posts. I posted recently about the major purchases I’ve made for the kitchen, in addition to also at which point which’s time for the fun stuff – DEMOLITION. I also have a flooring dilemma to figure out.

Demolition began recently in my kitchen, in addition to also which was a BLAST. I have no fear of tools (especially power tools), in addition to also love to get my hands dirty. I didn’t do which all myself mind you, my boyfriend was as eager as I was to help with which demolition. We started out with the wall between the living room in addition to also the kitchen. which had to go because the cabinets are ending about a foot into the living room in addition to also frankly, regardless of how the kitchen ended up being designed, I wanted which wall gone to open up the main floor. Here are a couple before photos to show you the wall (which I had an architect friend come by to check out in addition to also ensure which was not load bearing).

in addition to also here are a couple “during” photos. (During the demo of which wall we discovered mouse poop inside cupboard above the closet. Seems mice chewed/clawed a hole through the wall to get into the closet at a bag I had stashed in there of makings for granola. I have a couple pics in my kitchen remodel set on Flickr of which little surprise if you care to see the HORROR).

which is usually what the main floor looks like sans big useless wall. Actually, which wasn’t all which useless. which was one of the few walls available to put furniture against in addition to also to hang art on. (The credenza found a brand-new home in my bedroom, in addition to also looks truly cute up there). which wall also housed the only closet on the main floor, so once the kitchen is usually finished, I need to start on getting a closet built in my office for coats/shoes/bags.

We have done more demolition since which wall came down, which I will show you in a future post, in addition to also the rest of which has to get done which weekend because my contractor is usually starting Monday. So I will have to create a makeshift kitchen inside living room to get me through the next month or so.

inside title of which post I mention which I have a dilemma. which’s regarding the flooring. I had my heart set on painting the floors inside kitchen in addition to also living room white. nevertheless then I saw these photos on Design*Sponge of the home of Abigail Ahern, in addition to also I began to doubt my decision.

Perhaps a light grey could work inside space – which could show less dirt than white could which’s for sure. I’m not quite sold on the idea so I thought I could ask you all your opinion. in addition to also I’d love which if you have ideas for specific colours in addition to also paint brands.

Here are some some other spaces with painted floors I found for some more inspiration.

James Leland Day Bo Bedre
Shoot Factory Inspace Locations
Judy King Bo Bedre
Oak Management

Homes & Gardens

Andreas Mikkel Hansen


Also, I had a problem with the painted white floors in my office. I noticed a little while after I had done them which under all the furniture in addition to also rugs, the floor had turned yellowy. Anyone ever had which happen? I did 2 coats (BM’s Oxford White) in addition to also waited 24 hours between each, nevertheless maybe which needed time to cure in addition to also I shouldn’t have put the furniture down so soon after which dried. I don’t want to run into which problem when I do the rest of the main floor.
The power of a crowbar, in addition to also a dilemma

Emptying out the old kitchen

This specific Website chronicles my entire kitchen renovation coming from start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, in addition to also also I’m taking care of the rest.

If you’d like to be brought up to date, check out the archive inside sidebar for previous posts. I posted recently about the beginnings of the demolition phase in addition to also also my flooring dilemma, in addition to also also currently for lots more demolition.

There’s been alot of work going on at my house, in addition to also also This specific being my first renovation, I am realizing how tough the item is usually to have your home in complete reno chaos. This specific is usually one of the first times I’ve ever wished I had fewer cats. although I’m coping in addition to also also praying things will be done in a timely fashion. I’ve got all fingers in addition to also also toes crossed on in which one.

A couple weeks ago my boyfriend in addition to also also I began taking down all the old cabinets inside kitchen. As sad as I was to see the pink go, the item felt truly Great to have at them that has a crowbar. I thought I’d show you a sequence of photos of the work we did in preparation for my contractor’s arrival. One weekend we began by removing the island (in which housed the dishwasher), the wall cabinet above the item, in addition to also also the built-in china cabinet.

Here is usually the island with the dishwasher removed.

I am totally dumbfounded by the poor craftsmanship of so many things around my house – This specific island being one of them. This specific is usually what the Internal of the item looked like (with the door removed). in addition to also also I will spare you the horror of what we found underneath the island once the item was taken apart.

This specific photo is usually the island in addition to also also the cabinet above the item removed. the item was a very revealing process as the island was built recently by a former owner in addition to also also the cabinet on the wall above the item was there probably since the house was built. The island came apart with 2 whacks of a crowbar. The cabinet above took about 20 minutes.

These next photos are the china cabinet before in addition to also also after the item was removed. Gotta love the brick wallpaper we found behind the item.

Kitchen sans island in addition to also also china cabinet viewed coming from the living room.

During This specific process we also removed the side porch roof since the door the item was located over is usually being sealed up. the item was HEAVY in addition to also also was added to the pile of garbage on the driveway. Here is usually the garbage pile as the item was about 2 weeks ago, in addition to also also the item has since almost doubled in size.

The next weekend we began on the rest of the cabinets in addition to also also the tile floor. Here are the cabinets, with the pink doors removed.

Upon removal of the base cabinets, we discovered some old vinyl/linoleum.

Finally, we managed to get all of the cabinets down. We discovered wood paneling in behind – in addition to also also later learned the item was used in parts of the ceiling in addition to also also along the lower walls.

After several hours of hard HARD work, we took up all the tiles. This specific may have been my favourite part, because as I’ve mentionned in past posts, these tiles were ugly, crooked in addition to also also not cleaned up after having been grouted.

My contractor has done some work This specific past week, so I will show you some of in which in an upcoming post. One last minute decision I made while he was finishing up the demolition has me SO excited as the item has made a huge improvement inside space. I’ll share in which next time as well so stay tuned. 🙂
Emptying out the old kitchen

More demolition along with preparation for cabinets

This particular Website chronicles my entire kitchen renovation by start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, along with I’m taking care of the rest.

If you’d like to be brought up to date, check out the archive within the sidebar for previous posts. I posted recently about the removal of the old kitchen, along with at This particular point for more demolition along with work begun by my contractor.

Once my boyfriend along with I removed the old cabinets along with tile floor, the contractor started out his work. along with of course as in which always goes with an old house, there was more work than originally anticipated. along with in which probably didn’t help in which I added a little project (ummm, not in which little) onto the ever growing list of things in which needed to be completed before the cabinets arrive.

I’ve got to start by talking about the amazing discoveries on the walls behind the drywall along with wood panelling. I have never seen so many layers of wallpaper along with newspaper in one space. We all got a definitely not bad laugh out of in which. My boyfriend counted 15 different wallpapers on one chunk he removed.

When we discovered newspaper on the walls behind the wallpaper, I was excited to see how old in which was along with if there were any dates visible. When I bought This particular house the age was not disclosed along with all I got was the inspector’s guess in which in which was about 0 years old. I did find one date, along with although the builders may have used old newspapers they had stashed away, in which is actually amazing to think in which This particular house was built so long ago.

So once the kitchen was stripped bare of all the drywall along with the plywood removed by the floor, the contractor got to work on levelling the floor. This particular was a crucial step as the cabinets might have been on a definitely obvious slant. The contractor nailed down fresh thinner plywood over the floorboards (the floorboards were in too much of a rough shape to have skipped This particular layer), then added strips of wood which he used to level another thin layer of plywood. This particular will mean in which the kitchen floor will be higher than the living room floor yet there’s nothing I can do about in which, along with with the floors painted the same colour throughout in which won’t be in which noticeable in which there is actually a little step up into the kitchen.

During the process of removing all the drywall, conversations were had about the wall covering the staircase. I was concerned in which in which might be a tight fit having a table down the center of the space along with trying to get around in which with people seated there. Before the demo I took my desk out of my office (which might be a similar width) along with we tried in which within the kitchen. within the photo below you can see a bit of the wall in question on the left side. On the right there is actually a little brown rug in which shows the depth of the cabinets.

At the last minute I decided to ask for the bottom part of the wall to be removed to allow more room to move around the table. When the wall came down I was SO HAPPY with the decision. in which opens up the space so much more along with will be a bit of architectural interest to This particular house (which in which is actually definitely lacking). I contemplated…ok agonized, over whether I should take out the upper part of the wall as well to expose the staircase going to the second floor, yet within the end I decided to leave in which in case in which’s holding up the upper floor. 🙂 I don’t definitely want to mess with anything providing support. Plus, This particular leaves me using a little bit of a wall to get the electrician to place light switches for the kitchen. The thermostat is actually already there so in which can be my electrical wall.

The wall before being torn down

The wall after being torn down

View when coming up basement stairs

There’s going to be a door within the floor built to cover the opening to the basement stairs in which will open upwards. in which will be clad in strips of wood to resemble the hardwood in which will be the rest of the flooring (yet will be lighter). We’re trying to find a latch system in which allows you to press the door along with in which pops up to eliminate the need for a handle. My boyfriend went to see our mechanic friend yesterday along with got a hinge by the hood of a BMW along with in which will hopefully allow the door to open along with close easily (with some shocks used too). At This particular moment in which’s all a theory in which has yet to be tested. There will also be a hole cut out within the door to allow the cats to climb in along with out of the basement at their leisure to get to the litter boxes.

There are a couple of things the contractor had to frame around, like the plumbing in which is actually located within the corner of the ceiling. There was wood panelling in which was bent around the pipes along with drywalled over along with I’m guessing there was a hump within the ceiling as a result. Also, the heating duct in which was located behind the stove in which was built on the outside of the wall needed to be recessed into the wall to allow the fridge to be placed as far back as possible. At the top is actually the vent going into the floor of the bathroom which needed to remain where in which was so a frame is actually going to be built around in which to hide in which with drywall.

The contractor also removed the window within the kitchen (to be replaced using a smaller one in which is actually 24″x32″) along with the door leading to the side porch in which I had used as my main entrance into the house. When the window was taken out, in which was a very VERY odd feeling to see a huge hole within the side of my house.

This particular is actually just about where things are at in my kitchen This particular week. The walls should hopefully be ready for painting by the end of Monday along with the floors installed on Tuesday morning. A couple days for painting the walls along with floors, along with I’ve asked for the cabinets to be delivered Friday. Fingers crossed Yet again in which all This particular can happen on schedule.
More demolition along with preparation for cabinets

Update on kitchen progress

This particular Website chronicles my entire kitchen renovation via start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, along with also I’m taking care of the rest.

If you’d like to be brought up to date, check out the archive from the sidebar for previous posts. I posted recently about more demolition along with also work begun by my contractor. today for a bit more demolition (seems to never end) along with also some of the progress with the walls going back up along with also plumbing/electrical.

Work continues to progress in my kitchen. I am SO looking forward to finally having a kitchen again along with also being able to cook. I have never eaten so much pizza in my life along with also as much as I love pizza, I am tiring of the item fast. although things are moving along, along with also as you could expect in a house of This particular age, unexpected work kept popping up (along with things I realized at the last minute needed to be fixed – along with also luckily my contractor is actually a patient guy). the item seems the ceiling needed to be removed to allow the electrician to wire the item for my potlights along with also pendants. The problem was the item wasn’t just drywall of which needed to come down although more wood panelling, which is actually why the item had to come down – he couldn’t install the potlights from the panelling. along with also there was 100 years worth of dust along with also cobwebs of which came down with the item. the item was TERRIBLE – such a huge mess, along with also the guys were covered from the item when they were done. There was black dust all over the house. (from the left side of the photo below you can see alot of cobwebs – I think I took This particular after I vacuumed most of the beams).

The contractor discovered what we’re thinking is actually horse hair from the ceiling (just a few chunks), which maybe 100 years ago was used for insulation??

along with also as a result of taking down the ceiling, the pile of garbage on my driveway grew to brand-new heights.

The electrician was here from the evenings to get all the wiring for the lighting along with also outlets done, along with also I can’t wait to see how of which turns out once all the fixtures are in place. This particular house severely lacks decent lighting, along with also today I’ve got potlights all over, pendants along with also wall sconces to lighten things up.

This particular is actually the wiring done before the ceiling was re-drywalled.

This particular is actually the box to house one of my Tolomeo wall lights.

Here is actually the ceiling completed with the potlights wired up.

The plumber was figuring out where to put the pipes via the bathroom on the various other side of the kitchen when we realized of which because the corner where the 2 sets of base cabinets meet will be an empty space, he could put the pipes coming up in of which space.

The walls are today all drywalled along with also need to be finished up.

My window has arrived along with also will be installed shortly. Today the hardwood is actually being installed along with also I’ve got to rush along with also paint the floors today/tonight in order for them to be not bad along with also dry by Friday when my cabinets arrive (along with also appliances on Saturday). More on the floors in an upcoming post.
Update on kitchen progress

Awaiting the cabinets

This specific Website chronicles my entire kitchen renovation coming from start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, in addition to also I’m taking care of the rest.

If you’d like to be brought up to date, check out the archive inside sidebar for previous posts. I posted recently about more demolition in addition to also some of the progress with the walls going back up in addition to also plumbing/electrical. currently for some final sketches Greentea created for me in addition to also some decisions I’ve made.

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my cabinets – in addition to also today can be the big day! This specific can be about 2 weeks later than initially scheduled, yet when you they are coming coming from the some other side of the planet, you need to factor inside possibility of issues arising on their way over. The delay in my cabinets was due to the Olympics, as they were held up at a port due to extra security. Totally understandable. Then Greentea contacted me to let me know which my cabinets were arriving a bit earlier than anticipated in addition to also if they could be delivered on the 6th of This specific month. I panicked initially. I knew the construction in my kitchen might not be completed by the 6th in addition to also because my house can be so tiny, I might have nowhere to store the cabinets inside meantime. I asked them if the idea were possible for them to be delivered on the 14th instead, which might give my contractor in addition to also myself enough time to complete the space enough to be able to put the cabinets in place. (Turns out I am barely able to make This specific happen). The guys at Greentea were more than happy to hang on to the cabinets until I was ready to receive them. Unexpected things can happen yet they are able to work with their customers to solve issues like the timing of shipments in addition to also such. I am so grateful they were accomodating because my house might be in complete chaos otherwise. This specific has been such an awesome experience dealing with Greentea in addition to also I’ve got to give them props because of This specific. They couldn’t be nicer in addition to also I’m going to be very proud to have what I know will be a stunning kitchen.

Ok, enough of the warm in addition to also fuzzies. Mike, who’s a whiz at sketching up kitchens, sent me some final sketches of my kitchen in addition to also I was SO excited to see what the finished product will look like. the idea’s one thing to have an idea in your head yet to see the idea with all the finishing touches can be amazing. I love technology! Greentea’s ability to do sketches can be a fabulous feature which can be incredibly helpful for their clients, especially those who are fresh to renovations in addition to also designing a kitchen (like me). So without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to what will be my fresh kitchen!

There are a couple items inside sketches which show some of my final choices to things I was unsure about. One being the dining table. Greentea had initially suggested their narrow Maru dining table:

the idea’s gorgeous wood (reclaimed woods coming from century-old Korean farmhouses), narrow (which I am having a hard time finding ANY narrow dining tables) in addition to also wood match the cabinets beautifully, yet because I like to mix up styles, I decided to go with something a little different. yet I can’t find anything. So my boyfriend did some googling in addition to also he thinks we can build a pretty decent table. My contractor can be getting a friend of his to cut in addition to also plane some planks of wood for us to use. the idea’ll be about 7 feet long in addition to also 2.5 feet wide. I’m not sure what to do about the legs yet maybe just some simple straight posts might do the trick. Then I want to paint the idea either white or grey. Things have been so crazy which we haven’t commenced This specific project yet. Unfortunately I only have 2 hands. Here can be an idea of what the idea will look like:

Nate Berkus Zege

I have also decided on a backsplash. Several people suggested using the same material as the countertop in addition to also I’ve decided which I actually like the simplicity of This specific in addition to also will keep me coming from losing my mind trying to chose tiles or something else. the idea will be about 3 or 4 inches high in addition to also run the full length of the base cabinets. When I went to the shop where I got my quartz to ask about This specific, I was told the idea wouldn’t be a problem, in addition to also the idea might cost about $250 installed. YAY! Sounds Great to me! Here are some examples:

Domino DFAO
Heather Jenkinson

Nicole Sassaman

Lastly, I posted the some other day about some purchases I made at the Third World Bazaar here in Ottawa. I think these will be a great start to accessorize the space (my living room as well).

Awaiting the cabinets


This specific Website chronicles my entire kitchen renovation coming from start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, as well as I’m taking care of the rest.

If you’d like to be brought up to date, check out the archive inside the sidebar for previous posts. I posted recently about some final sketches Greentea created for me as well as some decisions I’ve made. today for the flooring.

One of the steps to This specific renovation in which I was super excited about was getting completely new flooring. When I first moved into This specific house I knew I would likely eventually knock the wall down separating the living room coming from the kitchen, as well as continue the same flooring throughout. Since I love the look of painted hardwood, I decided to paint the existing hardwood inside the living room (I detested the oak colour) as well as get hardwood installed inside the kitchen as well as paint the idea the same colour. I was so excited to see the tiles go in which I had lived with since last December (beyond gross). I’ll stick a before photo here as a reminder:

As I mentionned in a previous post, the contractor spent alot of time levelling the floor, because the idea dipped coming from one end to the various other by several inches.

Initially the contractor was going to purchase unfinished hardwood to lay inside the kitchen. yet when he went to pick the idea up, he said there were alot of knots showing as well as was worried the idea would likely show through the paint. So he went with finished flooring. as well as he purchased boxes of various colours in which were leftovers coming from previous customer orders, so the idea only ended up costing $1.99/sq.ft. When they started out laying the idea, we all got a kick out of the different colours as well as thought the idea looked pretty cool.

As you can see inside the last photo, because the floor involved some layers to get the idea level, the kitchen is usually today a little step up coming from the living room. The contractor put a nice curved finishing piece on the edge.

I had a dilemma for a while about what colour to paint the floor. the idea was between white as well as gray. I ended up choosing gray because I just can’t imagine dealing with the fur of 6 cats as well as the dirt I create on white floors. I would likely lose my marbles. I went with Pigeon Gray by Benjamin Moore.

I didn’t want to use floor paint coming from Benjamin Moore because each coat needs 24 hours to dry as well as I had to live inside the house with the 6 cats during the painting. Also, I had asked for the cabinets to be delivered on the 14th, as well as the floors as well as ceiling weren’t ready until late afternoon on the 12th. I asked at the store what I could do in which was faster than floor paint. I was told I could just use regular paint as well as varathane over the idea. I figured I’d give the idea a try. as well as today in which the idea’s done I’m regretting my decision for a quick way out. I started out that has a primer, which doesn’t seem to have stuck very well to the hardwood. At Home Depot I asked what I should use as a primer as well as obviously I should have either sanded first, which I had no time for, or bought a better primer.

After 1 coat of primer I put on 2 coats of the gray, then 2 coats of varathane. Here are the floors after the first coat of gray (in an eggshell finish).

Here are the floors with all 5 coats applied.

They do not seem to be as durable as the floors in my office where I used Benjamin Moore’s floor paint. There are also streaks coming from the special brush used to apply the varathane (yet I didn’t sand so This specific is usually my fault – although I didn’t sand my office as well as there are no brush marks). I think next time I will find a temporary home for the cats as well as myself as well as use durable floor paint. For today, I am too tired of painting to deal with the idea. I’ll see how the idea goes, as well as eventually I’ll probably slap a coat of floor paint over the floors if they get scratched up. inside the meantime, I’m going to sit back as well as enjoy them, because the gray turned out fantastic as well as exactly what I had in mind.

Next time, a post about the arrival of the cabinets. One word – INCREDIBLE!

Arrival of cabinets

This particular Website chronicles my entire kitchen renovation coming from start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, as well as I’m taking care of the rest.

If you’d like to be brought up to date, check out the archive inside sidebar for previous posts. I posted recently about the flooring, as well as today…..the cabinets have arrived!!!

I was sooooooooo excited for the day the cabinets were to arrive. Since Greentea Design can be based in Toronto, I had only seen the cabinets on their website, as well as got a tiny sample (about 3 inches) sent to me inside mail to help with my countertop selection. Friday was the day….as well as in which turned out to be bright as well as early. There was a bit of chaos early in which morning as I scrambled to get some extra hands out to my house ASAP to help me unload the truck, although was quickly forgotten once I got a glimpse of the cabinets. The unloading only took about 20 minutes (once they got a system going in which was easy peasy). I wasn’t able to take photos of them being unloaded because in which was raining in which day. The first photo I managed to take was of all the cabinets stacked inside living room.

The cabinets were left there for the majority of the day because I wanted to get the walls as well as ceiling painted before getting the cabinets in place (turns out the walls weren’t ready as well as needed more sanding – although we found This particular out after 3 coats of paint as well as after the electrician got the potlights working). For several hours the cats had a ball climbing all over them.

WOW – they were packed so carefully. I worked for moving companies for a few summers during my university years as well as I have never seen anything packed like in which. For each cabinet there was styrofoam on the corners, then a box in which wrapped all the way around, then moving blankets wrapped as well as taped (with perfect corners, like how us women wrap presents), as well as then shrink-wrapped. in which was like Christmas morning unwrapping each piece. as well as not a scratch or mark on any piece. What a relief!

All of the cabinets were ready to go once unwrapped – the base cabinets had their sliding doors wrapped in foam as well as were placed inside along with the shelves, as well as the uppers had their shelves wrapped as well as placed inside also. So all we had to do carry them into the kitchen, place them against the wall as well as VOILA! Instant kitchen! in which was literally in which easy. Well, the uppers needed installing of course although because Greentea’s cabinets are freestanding, there can be definitely no installation required. My boyfriend as well as I had no problems moving each piece into place. While the cabinets are not made coming from extremely dense wood, they were not as heavy as we expected them to be. On in which note, they are VERY sturdy as well as their sturdiness made them very easy to handle.

Here are the first pieces we unwrapped, the pantry. Sorry the lighting can be poor although in which was into the evening before we were able to get to This particular stage.

Then we unwrapped the base cabinets as well as put them in their fresh homes. (I would likely typically ensure the drawers were closed before snapping photos although Phoebe had climbed into a drawer as well as I gave up trying to get her out).

There are the uppers – I considered glass doors although I’m definitely happy I went with This particular style to match the lowers. as well as I can put anything in them as well as not worry about in which having to look nice.

as well as This particular can be the beginnings of my fresh kitchen. *huge smile*

There has been some progress since in which last photo – although I’ll save in which for next time.
Arrival of cabinets

More kitchen progress

This particular Website chronicles my entire kitchen renovation by start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, along with also I’m taking care of the rest.

If you’d like to be brought up to date, check out the archive from the sidebar for previous posts. I posted recently about the arrival of the cabinets, along with also today for the arrival of the appliances along with also some various other odds along with also ends of which have been completed.

Since my last post things have been moving along in my kitchen. The end is actually near along with also I could not be happier with the way the space has turned out, along with also I am dying to cook my first meal in probably 6 weeks. This particular post is actually going to be a bit random, of different projects of which have progressed, along with also next time I’ll show you details of the lighting.

Let me start with the arrival of the appliances. I was so stoked to see them from the kitchen. To finally have a fridge of which features a freezer from the item…to be able to have ice in my drinks without having to go down to the chest freezer from the basement along with also bash a bag of ice on the ground. the item was a scary sight to see them being moved into the house though, let me tell you. The movers removed all the packaging along with also then carried them into the house, through my narrow front door from the pouring rain up my rickety steps. I held my breath. The stove, I was told, weighs about 500 lbs. Amazingly, the item survived the trip into the house. the item was left from the middle of the floor while the item awaited the gas guy’s visit for the hook up.

The uppers were installed, in about 15 minutes, while I was upstairs locked in my bedroom with the cats. LOVE EM.

Here is actually a photo of the kitchen with the uppers in place along with also, well, at least the fridge in place.

Unfortunately, when there’s plumbing involved, there’s some cutting of cabinets involved. Made me almost want to cry to be honest. The cuts turned out to be not too bad from the end.

Here is actually a photo of the corner where the plumber made use of the empty space.

The window was finally installed above where the sink will be. I LOVE the item – the view isn’t the greatest, nevertheless I’ll have to do something to the side of my shed to make the item a bit more appealing. The best part is actually the contractor said he could install the item so there is actually a nice 8″ or so ledge where I could put a plant or the cats could perch. He did such a great job on the framing. the item’s already cat tested along with also approved.

The hatch has been made along with also installed over the basement stairs. I haven’t had a chance to paint the item out yet, along with also we’re having a hard time finding a shock or something of which will make the item stay open (along with also avoid loss of fingers or tails), nevertheless the item’s looking definitely Great. Imagine the item gray.

One last minor item – I found the coolest vent covers at Home Depot of which work perfectly so I don’t have to attempt to paint any the floor colour.

More kitchen progress

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