Cooking up a Kitchen

The Before Photo: Not too shabby for 80’s cabinets and 90’s Uba Tuba GraniteDSC_0054

We never intended to update the kitchen.  We thought we would strip the wallpaper and at most, add a true backsplash. But over the summer Mike took a trip to the Kraftmaid outlet (Located just 45 minutes from us in Warren, OH) to get some deep discount storage for our garage and stumbled upon a whole set of what we would order if we were doing a full kitchen reno.   We thought about it and went back two weeks later to see if we could snag them.  We got them for  just under $4,000- LIKE 22 CABINETS!  We are talking Shaker-style, canvas-colored solid maple construction, soft-close premium finish cabinets complete with a garbage pull-out, built-in spice rack and cutlery drawers. Man, it’s great getting deals.  Purchasing two additional cabinets we needed from a big-box store (nearly $1000) drove home how great of a deal we really got!  We also had a handful of leftover cabinets but we plan on using them in our laundry room and a bar area in our eventual finished basement. Never anything wasted.

photoIn their natural environment, the outlet. (PS- cameras aren’t really allowed there) 🙂

We loaded them into a rented Uhaul and carefully brought them home. They sat in our garage until October 4th when Mikes brother Chris came to visit and help with demo. 
Once Mike and Chris dove into demolition it was clear we made the right choice to remodel.  They found the cabinets moldy and nearly falling apart.
photo-1Empty. Let the stripping (of wallpaper) begin!

image  image_5     image_3   The cabinets we bought were much taller than what was there so we were able to raise the soffit quite a bit. (Hooray for more storage!) Much like the dining room, the wallpaper was a nightmare. Mike re-surfaced the walls and we sanded. And sanded. And sanded! We went with simple 3×6 subway tile from The Tile Shop $5.99 sq/ft.  Mike even let me do about half of the tile work!

We chose a beautiful granite from Crown Granite and Marble in Cuyahoga Falls called Bianco Romano.  If you like Cararra Marble but want something harder with a little less up-keep you may like it!  It’s got some deep burgundy stands running through which adds a bit more interest.  (So when I spill wine, it blends right in! haha. <-Wino)

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image_2We did splurge on two fun appliances for our new kitchen.  The first was a drawer-style microwave by Sharp.   Our goal was to preserve upper storage space and not clutter the area above the range.  It works really well and doesn’t spill anything as I thought it would.  The second was a built in coffee maker complete with it’s own water line by Brew Express. For the lighting under the cabinets and in the shelving area we used FlexFire LEDs on a dimmer.  Bright, practical, and energy efficient!



I think My favorite part of our kitchen is the sink. I never thought I would say this about a sink, but it’s damn sexy!  Sink/ Cutting board/ Drain Rack by Ruvati.  Faucet by Premier
(clearly before the plumbing and backsplash was done!)

The 5-Jar Chandelier is from West Elm and the 3 peninsula pendants are from Etsy seller, Dan Cordero   wall color is Tony Taupe by Sherwin-Williams

DSC_0050Range hood is by Cavaliere

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