Nov 14, 2011

Kitchen Reboot - 8, Before/After Pics

The rip, strip and rebuild of the kitchen ate seven weeks.  That's a long time cooking out of a guest room, drinking ramen boiled on a nightstand as the drill bores.  Smoked a fair amount of dust, but was worth it at completion.  Still remember the first time I lit the gas, grinning as I wokked a spicy batch of Pad Thai.

Before:


After.  Even the painting was fed through the remixer:



Goals for the reboot:
  • Be smart with the available 100 square feet.  Kill clutter and chop it down to the basics.
  • Open things up by reducing the number of cabinets, shrinking appliances and deleting the soffit and ceiling fan.  Recessed lights for a smooth finish up top.
  • Install a robot that cooks and mops up messes, a.k.a. Rosie.
  • Move the dishwasher from the random corner to a slot beside the sink.
  • Build a slim table to fit the space without dominating.
  • Create a warm look that's different than what I typically see out there.  
It turned out just right, hit all the goals but one.  Nice work, contractor Dave!

Time to shutdown this reboot series with before and after photos.

Smurf blue/IKEA shakedown:



 

 Digital/analog:





Everything was cramped, camera flash included:




Not so fresh feeling no more:




The fridge needs more crap artwork on it:




Yeah, the kitchen will never be this clean again.  Ever.  See fridge above.




Build phase, slurping slimy ramen from a nightstand:




Thanks for hanging with me on the rebuild! 

-Beard

63 comments:

  1. Wow looks great! Amazing how the changes gave you so much more space. Great choices on everything!

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  2. Looks great! Love the magnetic knife holder!

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  3. Looks great!! Very modern!! =]

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  4. Very nice! Great lighting.

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  5. @Christina - Thanks, check's in the mail.

    @Family Junk Food - Thanks, check's in the mail.

    @Crystal - Muchas gracias, cheque está en el correo.

    @Starthrower - Thanks, check's in the mail.

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  6. Anonymous11/15/2011

    Nice kitchen face-lift!

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  7. Anonymous11/16/2011

    Well done, on all accounts! One question, where is the microwave oven now?

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  8. @Stealthy Anon 1 - Thanks, check's in the mail.

    @Stealthy Anon 2 - No room for a micro', so I moved it to the garage. Just kidding...what looks like a double-oven in the far corner is a microwave on top, regular oven on bottom.

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  9. Rachael11/17/2011

    My favorite part is that you got rid of that icky scalloped trim above the window and added the two glass front cabinets. That really opens up the entire kitchen! Also love the range hood, floors and cabinet hardware. Fabulous job!

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  10. @Rachael - You're in luck. I carefully removed the scalloped thingy-mo-bobber from above the window, wrapped it and am shipping it to you. Enjoy!

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  11. Can you come and remodel my kitchen. You did such an amazing job on everything! I am totally drooling over the kitchen table. Did you make it?

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  12. @kvetchmom - Nice blog there, thanks for visiting!

    I designed the kitchen rebuild and table, but hired out the work. Perhaps I'm a little lazy sometimes.

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    1. Gorgeous!! Where did the wood for the table top come from? I so want to build it! (Better After pics sent me here.)

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    2. Tabletop boards came from a tired barn torn down 30 minutes from my house. It still has rugged iron nails beat into the sides, the thing is ripped.

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  13. Anonymous2/10/2012

    Looks like you lost some upper cabinet space, but sometimes we don't need as much space, due to decluttering and getting rid of unused kitchen stuff... I love the new sink, cooktop and upper/lower ovens..

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    1. I went bananas on the kitchen stock and gave away half to Goodwill. Decided I don't really need four rubber spatulas or that ugly metal bowl with green flowers on it.

      Once I de-cluttered the crap, there's plenty of room with fewer cabinets. And the bottom drawers are monsters, they eat a ton of junk.

      Thank you for reading and leaving a comment!

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  14. Found you through YHL - Congrats on that feature. Love your blog, read through a few more posts. You wouldn't be from Louisiana would you? I read something about jambalaya somewhere! I'm from there but am currently living out of the country.... can't wait to go home in may though!
    Best,
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    Budget Blonde

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    1. Hard to believe mom and dad took us 3 kids to Bourbon Street on a family vacation growing up. We did scarf down jambalaya, and I remember mom scolding and telling me to look straight ahead as we walked by the girly-joints on the strip. :-)

      Glad you are coming home, and thanks for visiting the blog.

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  15. I'm interested to know what kind of under cabinet lights you use? Looking for something for our kitchen remodel and yours look nice, without an overly blue glow.

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    1. I briefly considered using IKEA's puck-shaped under-cabinet lights, but my electrician convinced me to go with smaller lights that are easier to conceal. Very tiny, unsure of the brand, but they look like this.

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  16. Oh I love love the floors! So pretty!

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    1. I've found that the black slate hides dirt nicely, although I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

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  17. it looks terrific! great use of space!

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    1. Thanks! I spent a fair amount of time designing the layout to kill clutter. Small thinks like going with fewer cabinets and installing the uppers higher up really opened the room up.

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  18. Found you via YHL, very nice I love the minimalist approach it turned out great. I see you posted this back in November so how are all the IKEA cabinets holding up and the counters, considering going all IKEA and haven't run into anyone yet who has used then for everything.

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    1. So far, so good. The butcher counters require a light sand and oil once or twice a year. The cabinets wipe up nicely with water and a microfiber, the counters are still factory fresh.

      Another person posted on YHL that they have similar IKEA cabinets that are 10 years old and looking beat-up. They either have squirrel monkeys living in their kitchen or I'll meet the same fate down the road. We'll see.

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  19. Anonymous3/22/2012

    Found your blog via YHL. Just had to say, your kitchen looks awesome! All the big elements balance each other so well and the table and bench are great. Congratulations on a great job!

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  20. Michelle3/22/2012

    Yep, found you through YHL as well. Your kitchen looks AMAZING! Can you please come redo mind?? Pretty please?! I live on the beach in So Cal, so that's an incentive right? :)

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    1. Contractor Dave did most of the work on my kitchen. I'll ask him to stop at your house tomorrow morning. Beach sounds extra nice right now, though.

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  21. I too am here from YHL...you did a great job on the kitchen! left another comment on another post (re: daycare and SAHM's) too. It's nice to see some home DIY stuff from a man's pt. of view.

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  22. I came over from YHL because I saw the "before" picture and thought "WOAH, that is my kitchen" (except of course it's not, but it sure does look like mine). I kept reading and saw that you went to West End Salvage and realized you're in Central Iowa too, so it's no surprise (I live in Ames). I love what you did with the kitchen, I really want to open mine up a bit and have the same challenges so it's very inspirational.

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    1. SHHHH, you're blowin' my cover.

      W.E.Salvage rocks, give them a call and see if they can help with your kitchen. Tell them Beard sent you.

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  23. Anonymous3/22/2012

    New From YHL, love it! Open, airy and great tile wall. Pic of your daughter reading is timeless. :)

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  24. Another YHL visitor! The kitchen looks AWESOME! I think using the 3/4 size appliances was genius, and in scale with the kitchen. I never would have known that if you hadn't mentioned it!

    I'm considering putting those Ikea wood counters in my kitchen (because I can actually afford them) and would love to know how they're standing up. Are they a lot of work to maintain? With 10 & 14 year old boys, I worry about sink splashes not getting wiped up and making the sink area a mess.

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    1. The smaller appliances are working out great, just the right size for a smaller family.

      Counters are only a year old, but so far, so good. They need to be lightly sanded and oiled every six months, only takes a few minutes to do that. I wipe up standing water around the sink, probably best to give them a quick dry-down before heading to bed.

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  25. Apparently I'm late to the "looks awesome" party but high five!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for telling me I look awesome.

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  26. Looking good Beard! I came over from YHL to see this one!

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  27. Big surprise: I found you through YHL!
    Awesome blog!
    Similar to your Triberr post, can you post your hits from today? I'd love to see the jump of readers you have since being on YHL!

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    1. 100,000 hits over the past few days. Impossible without help from YHL, I owe them.

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  28. Beautiful job! We're huge Ikea kitchen fans, and being ELEVEN minutes away from one I head there for lunch with my son almost weekly(!). Just curious if you considered faking the cabinets to the ceiling with a bit of extra wood and crown?

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    1. That could be dangerous living seconds from zee Swedish meatballzas.

      Hadn't considered faking out cabinet hats, but now you've got me thinking...

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  29. Also came over from YHL. Your kitchen looks amazing, nice work!
    How are you liking the Ikea cabinets? We are thinking of using Ikea cabinets for a project we are about to start.

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    1. IKEA cabinets were a snap to assemble, and contractor Dave said they installed smoothly. I've heard grumblings from long-term owners of similar IKEA cabinets that they can look beat up in a decade, so we'll see.

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  30. Sarah from NZ3/23/2012

    Another one hoppin' over from YHL, all the way from New Zealand! Love love love the kitchen redo and was super excited to see the fridge you chose; Fisher and Paykel is a New Zealand-based company who are doing some amaaazing things. Have you checked out their drawer-style dishwashers? The are pure genius!

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    1. The Fisher & Paykel was literally the only model in the world I could find to fit the open slot in my kitchen without sticking out too far. Many Americans want a larger fridge; I simply wanted one that was scaled correctly for the size of my kitchen.

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  31. Lovely! I especially dig the table!

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    1. Thanks, that's my favorite part of the updated kitchen.

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  32. Congrats on such a beautiful kitchen! I love love love the finished project! Saw you featured on the Better After blog. I'm seriously impressed with what you have done and I really like the table too!

    A.

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    1. I designed the rebuild and did some cabinet assembly and wall painting, carpenter Dave did most of the work, so I can't take all the credit.

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  33. Came over from Better After as well, seriously loving that kitchen! You know you've done well when women dream of cooking in it.

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    1. I dream of a lady friend helping me cook in it, too.

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  34. That new sink is major delicious!

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    1. I've found I don't miss a double sink, pull out the plastic basin if I need somewhere to rinse as I'm washing pots.

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  35. Anonymous4/11/2012

    Better After shot me here. Wow! Great Job!

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    1. I appreciate Better After putting up the pics, it brought in nice people like you.

      Thanks!

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  36. Anonymous6/07/2012

    Curious. Did you have to install plug and drain for moving the dishwasher? We need to do that to install our dishwasher and was curious if this is something intermediate DIY-ers could do or do we need to contract that out? Great kitchen awesome job. If you did it yourselves please direct me to you instructional resources. Thanks

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    1. Hi,

      Thanks for reading the blog and commenting.

      I hired a contractor for most of the kitchen rebuild, and he hired a plumber to install the plug and drain when moving the dishwasher. The plumbing codes are pretty strict around here, if you decide to do this yourself, make sure you read the code and are confident the inspector will give you a pass.

      Good luck on the work ahead of you!

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  37. Anonymous9/07/2012

    I'm another one popping over from YHL and I love what you did with your kitchen! Mine has a similar layout (all on one side) and size. You've basically given life to my dream kitchen, from the floors, to the subway tile, and the sink. You may have done this somewhere else on here, but I couldn't find it...What was your budget and what did you save by DIYing some of it?
    ~Mia

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    1. I thought my narrow walled-in kitchen was hopeless, but the gut and rebuild gave it mouth-to-mouth and turned it around. I'll write a post on the budget breakdown, total damage was mid-16. The room had to be rewired from scratch, that alone sucked 3k.

      Thanks for reading B&P, I hope you'll come back for more.

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