|olatownsley (olatownsley) wrote,|
@ 2012-10-25 10:28:00
From 70's Sham To Current Glam! My Kitchen Remodel
When my husband and I moved into our house, the kitchen was gross—70's cheap construction gross. The vinyl floor never looked clean no matter what I did to it. When we tore out the old vinyl layer on the floor, we found 2 layers of vinyl on top of a falling apart layer of pressboard on top of an even older layer of vinyl. The cabinets were similarly some sort of cheap, wood-like combination of pressboard held together by a layer of fake laminate.
I hated that kitchen. Coming from a family of people who always did things themselves, I decided my husband and I could remodel the kitchen on our own. The learning curve was steep, but we managed to order cabinets from Lowe's (with the help of the resident cabinet-ordering guru), find a company to install countertops, and choose flooring and paint. The day the cabinets arrived in the huge truck was very exciting. The new cabinets were solid wood and gorgeous. My husband spent a few days tearing out everything in the kitchen, and we painstakingly put the entire kitchen back together. Every major phase of construction took an entire weekend, and it seemed like the project would never end.
Each weekend brought the kitchen a little closer to being done, however, and when the cabinets went in, I could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. My favorite part was putting together the four cabinets that form the giant island. Then we had to set the countertop on top of the island. It was so heavy and if you are wondering, "Are quartz countertops expensive?", yes they are. Just when it seemed like we were going to be living off microwave food forever, the appliances were finally ready to move back in. What a huge amount of work, but we did it! The kitchen is gorgeous, and my husband and I are both very proud of it. We probably spent about a third of what we would have by doing the work ourselves. I think the entire project cost around $10,000, including cabinets, countertop, flooring, paint, lighting, and a large chunk of new wall that needed to be replaced. Jennifer Small