My Kitchen Remodel

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I have decided to take on the challenge of a kitchen remodel. I know, I must be crazy but if you live in a house long enough, it’s bound to happen.

Did I mention the gazillions of decisions that have to be made? I tend to analyze things to death and then get tired of it all and then just decide. I like to be a informed consumer.

Here are some “before” pictures of my kitchen.



If you are wondering what the blue tape is near the ceiling, we cut out pieces of sheetrock to be able to see what was in the soffit area. Our goal is to raise the ceiling up to 8 feet in height.



If you look closely, you will see duct tape on our microwave. It keeps the button pushed in so the darn thing will run.

My sister in law keeps reminding me that I can buy a microwave for less than $100 from Costco. My husband and I think it’s kind of fun seeing how long we can keep this old one running. Duct tape has a million and one uses.

So I thought I would write about my kitchen remodel thinking it could possibly help you out if you are thinking of doing the same. I will be sharing my thoughts about the kinds of decisions we had to make.

We started with the usual “get three quotes from contractors”. At first we thought we might reface our cabinets instead of going with new ones. In some cases this is a good idea but in our case we had issues with our dishwasher being “locked” into its place.

We had a laminate floor installed over our vinyl floor years ago which raised the floor over all, thus “locking” in the dishwasher.

So we bought a new dishwasher hoping it would last until we remodeled. Let’s just say it barely made it.

The dishwasher issue really pushed us to buy new cabinets because we had to remove the counter tops to get it out. Then the floor where the cabinets were, had to be raised up so the counters would be 36 inches high.

To accomplish all of this we decided we would just start over with new cabinets.

The next big question is “What kind of cabinets should we buy?” You hear about “custom cabinets”. Sounds pricey though doesn’t it? What about finishes?

I will talk about cabinets the next time so stay turned. And just so you know, my contractor is demo-ing my kitchen as we speak.

Have a great day,

Rockin Robin
P.S. Let me know if you have any questions about the construction by leaving a comment below.


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