Last week we kicked off our kitchen renovation. Cabinets were removed and given away, old panelling removed and plaster walls knocked down, and wiring and electrical fixtures were updated. I’ve never been more exhausted! But coffee and knowing how awesome our kitchen will be keeps me running and motivated!
I’m fortunate enough to have this renovation be my full-time job. We couldn’t keep a four week timeline and DIY the bulk of the work otherwise. Who has that kind of energy?
What I’ve learned thus far is: much can be done on a small budget, swinging a hammer to bust apart walls or remove a countertop is therapeutic and gratifying and if able, getting some input from professionals helps ensure the work you’re doing is good quality.
As I’m writing this my drywaller is working miracles installing new drywall where the old couldn’t be saved and taping/mudding ALL the many joints together. The progress is so exciting!
We are officially operating with a pseudo kitchen setup. All sinks in the house are up for grabs until we’ve got a functional kitchen sink, which should be by October 6th! Controlled chaos will reign for the next three weeks. My goal is to manage this project and the tight timeline as best I can. I’ve never been a super organized person but I end each day with a list of all the things I need to accomplish the next day. So far I’ve been able to cross off my daily tasks and drawing a line through the completed item is so gratifying!
I’ve got lots of shopping to do in anticipation of the next steps. We’re using IKEA cabinets, I’ve decided to use vinyl for the floor and need to find a tile I like (I’ll be grouting it), drywall sealer and paint color choices are yet to be determined. Granite countertops in Himalayan white will be measured for fabrication next week! I’m also in the market for a new electric range-so I’m doing some research for something that will work in our budget. But if a girl could dream, it would be this:
This 5K range is about half my renovation budget, it’s so not happening! Dreaming is free, thank heavens!
Oh, in addition, thanks to prowling Craigslist I found a sweet metal cabinet that I plan to make into our coffee bar! So rough plans are needed to build a wood base with casters. Just add that to the list!
More renovation details to come, stay tuned!