Monday, March 14, 2022

Newly Remodeled Kitchen

Exactly a year ago today, we started with the renovation of our kitchen. It was a long process but glad it's over now and we love the result of it.  Home improvement is inevitable when you are a homeowner especially when you buy an older house like ours.  We moved into this home 5 years ago and so far, we have new windows installed, new doors, new floors, renovated the bathrooms, and renovated the kitchen.  We did the kitchen last because it required a  big amount of money to do.  We  hired a company to do it this time because hubby and I can't handle this big of a project that  required knocking a wall and installing beams.  Here's what our old kitchen looked like.

We decided to have the wall that was connecting the dining room to the kitchen knocked down to have a bigger kitchen.  I always wanted an open concept kind of kitchen so I am happy to be able to accomplish that through this renovation.
It took 14 weeks to fully complete the renos and we're so relieved when it was over.  Whew, that was a long time to not have a kitchen.  Luckily, our basement is big enough and it serve as my temporary kitchen in cooking our meals.
We now have a big island instead of a wall.  We lost some cabinet space for knocking down this part of the wall but I'm happy that we did.
We got a new set of bar stools for the island and a new table and chairs that matches the stools.  We bought this at an Amish store in Ohio.  It took them a little longer to finish our order but it was worth the wait.
There was also a little delay to the  granite counters but it all came together well.  Our contractor ordered it from a company in Pittsburgh.
We chose the combination of gray and white  colors for our new kitchen because hubby likes gray but I wanted white so to compromise with what we both wanted, we combined it which turned our great.
Our old  china cabinet is out of place from the new look of our kitchen but I didn't want to get rid of it.  I'm planning of  sanding it a little bit and paint it this summer.
We decided to use the open space connecting to the family room to the kitchen with a full size cabinets to compensate the space that we lost where the island was built.
I think my least favorite of this project is the garbage cans that were installed the cabinet.  It wasn't the kind that I was looking for or expecting.  It's a little hard to pull and push but I can live with that.
I love the farm sink!  I think it is my favorite part of the whole kitchen lol.
There's plenty of lightings installed which I love.
We bought these pendant lightings at Home Depot.
Our kitchen caught on fire before it  was finished when the electrician was installing a new electricity box to replace the old one.  Luckily, my husband was home and  put the fire off before it got big.  
This is how it got caught on fire.  They have to cover the counter with a paint cloth to avoid  the oven  being scratched and somehow, the knob was turned on and when the electrician turned everything back on, the cloth burned.  That was a scary situation but glad my husband was home.

This project  would have not been completed without these great crew.  Mike and Tanya and the rest of the crew were awesome.  We became friends with these friendly folks.  They were fun to work with.

I admire this lady, she's a bad ass.  Tanya, you rock!

I mean, look how she can  cut those tiles and still manage to protect her long beautiful nails!

Nothing more sexier than a lady who can use these kind of tools!  I wish I could!

They  installed the cabinets and laid the tiles by themselves.

These Chinese guys were the ones who installed the granite countertops.

I definitely gained  friends through out this process.
Greg, the long haired guy, which hair is prettier than mine (lol), was the one who installed the pendant lightings.
This guy was the one who finished the painting of walls and also do the mudding.
After a long ordeal, the kitchen is finally complete.  It cost an arm and a leg but glad it is over.
Thanks again Mike and Tanya for doing such an awesome job in renovating our kitchen.

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