Wow – after months of stud walls and sawdust, I never could have imagined we would actually get to this point. Installing our cabinets. Who knew it would be such an exciting time?
During this renovation, I used a free online cad system called floorplanner.com. We upgraded to the paid version, which allowed us to completely see what our house would look like once complete. Each week I referred to my cad drawing to remind myself of how things would be in the end. But still, no virtual drawing could ever have prepared me for the real thing.
The install went in two phases since we had so much going on. After day one, I was giddy with excitement. I could finally see the months and months of planning all coming together.
And if you might have missed my last post about my kitchen design plan, you can read it here. Below is the inspiration board for the overall look.
Get the Look:
- White Subway Tile with Dark Grout
- Over-the-island Pendant Light (Amazon)
- Leather Barstools (CB2)
- Hardwood Flooring – 4″ Solid Hickory (Shaw)
- Black Quartz
- White Quartzite
- Matte Black Sink Faucet (Amazon)
- Matte Black Cabinetry Pulls (Build.com)
- Antique Gold Hardware (Build.com)
- Farmhouse Kitchen Sink (Amazon)
- Over-the-sink Pendant (Amazon)
This was after we did all of our major demo – opening up multiple walls – transforming 4 rooms into one large kitchen. The pink highlighted area is the old kitchen versus the new kitchen.
As you can see, we still had only our drywall up, no tape bed or texture yet.
And here we finally have some paint on the walls!
Ignore that 1980s fan… that will soon be gone 😉
And here are the cabinets actually being installed:
Oh, and a massive hole in the floor. More on that later!
The cabinets will eventually go all the way up to the ceiling, but we’re working on our cabinetry lighting at the moment. So we haven’t installed the upper trim quite yet.
When installing cabinetry, you have a few options if you’re painting them. Many cabinet builders suggest they paint them in their shop before install, which is great, especially if you’re using oil paint because of the terrible odor. We didn’t go this route because we already had a painter, so we had the wood cabinets installed first, then had our painter come and paint later. I can’t say either way is better than the other, but overall we were happy with our decision to paint after install.
The installers were super particular, making every last effort to make sure everything was perfectly level and installed properly. With old houses, it can be tricky to install things. Why? Because almost every part of an old house is un-level or off in some way. Even our walls aren’t level! Crazy, I know.
So what do you think? Are you starting to see my crazy vision come to life?