We had just enough time before summer started in earnest to finish up the last remaining parts of our kitchen renovation before taking the summer off. Here’s all the details.
The last big push was the lower cabinet doors and drawers. They were in good solid shape, but we weren’t too crazy about the trim design on the front of them. We had an extra door after retro fitting the cabinets to make a place for the dishwasher, so Dan decided to see how easy it was to chisel off the trim. Turns out it worked pretty well! So we decided to go ahead and take it off all of them. We filled any nicks with wood filler and gave them a really good sand.
Dan also had to rework one of the drawers and doors from the cabinet beside the dishwasher that was made smaller in order to make room for the dishwasher. He basically cut the door and drawer front in half, took out the middle section to make it the right size, then fastened the sides back together with a board behind for support. He filled the seam with wood filler and sanded them until the seam was hardly noticeable.
We primed the cabinet doors with one coat of Zinsser bulls eye 1-2-3 water-base primer and then moved onto the paint colour, Behr’s alkyd semi-gloss enamel paint in molten black. We painted the backs with three coats one weekend, then flipped them and painted the fronts the following weekend. The painting itself took only 45 minutes or so per coat, as the fronts were now flat and we could roll them, but the drying took longer then normal latex paint between coats. We left them in the basement for a month before hanging them to make sure the paint was fully cured.
We did end up having to touch up the backs of the doors once we got them installed, as it seems even the week of drying wasn’t enough to leave the backs completely tack free, which was a little annoying, but they were pretty fast and simple to fix and at least they were hanging so the paint cured up fine this time without any other issues.
Do you remember where we started?
After putting on the lower cabinet doors we were feeling pretty sold on leaving the upper cabinets open. I love getting to look at all our pretty food and dishes and I find it perfectly charming. I love the character it adds to our kitchen and how easy it is to see what we have and use it.
The dust factor is pretty minimal since they’re only open above the counter and a lot of it gets used daily and weekly which I think helps with the dust too.
We have all our every day dishes to the right of the sink and dishwasher, which makes for easy putting away. The corner is my little baking area, with measuring spoons in the drawer and ingredients above. Our dry food and spices are in mason jars on the shelving on each side of the stove. My coffee and tea station is set up between the stove and fridge which works beautifully.
I have a pretty marble cutting board on the counter which is handy for quick slicing (but not so good for my knifes I hear) so I bring out my large wood cutting board for bigger food prep jobs.
I’m really loving how cozy the pendant lights make mealtimes around the table and the dark grey finish plays off the black lower cabinets nicely.
We added a row of hooks to this small blank wall between the kitchen and the living room, which is perfect for hanging my apron and tea towels on.
We also searched out a new to us range hood on Kijiji, as we noticed our old range hood was a slightly creamer white then our other appliances and had some rust starting. Dan found this range hood nearby on Kijiji, which had been used for about a month before it was switched out for a different one. It’s a Nutone Allure and it was packaged all up in it’s box and looked brand new so we were happy to pick it up for $75.00. It’s worked beautifully for us.
We were also able to pick up an older style black dishwasher at the same time that someone was giving away in the same neighbourhood. We figured there wasn’t much to loose since it was free and we decided to give it a go.
It looks wonderful next to our black cabinets and I quite like it’s vintage look. It’s a little noisy when we run a load but nothing we can’t live with for now.
We put together a pretty accurate budget of what we spent on the kitchen from start to finish and we are really happy with what we were able to do with it.
Here’s the kitchen budget breakdown with source links:
- Ikea Hektar black pendant lights, $136
- Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water-Base Primer, Behr’s Alkyd Semi-Gloss Enamel paint in molten black & Behr’s Premium Plus Ultra Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel paint in ultra pure white for the cabinets, $217
- Ikea Saljan white laminate countertops, $311
- Ikea Domsjo double bowl farmhouse sink, $383
- Behr’s Premium Plus Interior Flat Ceiling paint in white for the ceiling & Behr’s Premium Plus Ultra Interior Eggshell Enamel paint in ultra pure white for the walls, $194
- adding and replacing electrical outlets, $30
- Nutone Allure White 30″ Range Hood for stove, $75
- retro fitting cabinets and fittings for dishwasher installation, $50
- Ikea Svartsjon wall hooks, $18
- quarter round trim, sand paper, wood filler, caulking, etc. $50
I’m so thankful for all the work we were able to put into the kitchen this spring and how it all came together. It’s a dream to cook, work and be in.