Weeks four & five: the end is near

Hi, everyone! I'm happy to report that we're almost at the end of the kitchen reno. Ready for some pictures?

Here's where we started in February:

A perfect blank canvas just waiting for a sledgehammer.

A perfect blank canvas just waiting for a sledgehammer.

Down comes the wall. A fitting end to that weird little passthrough. The new wall shape is elegantly outlined in spray paint :)

In the kitchen is my partner in crime, Josef, the project manager. 

In the kitchen is my partner in crime, Josef, the project manager. 

Demolition is the quick part. The team ripped out the kitchen in less than two days. 

Even in this rough state, the space felt so much better without wall.

Even in this rough state, the space felt so much better without wall.

With the walls repaired and the doorway on the right wall closed it was hard to be patient. But we had to focus on the master bath for a week or so. 

Once the the bathroom was done, it was time to get back to the kitchen. The upper cabinets went up, new lights and windows were installed, and the floor was sanded and prepped for refinishing. 

Who knew cabinets could be so exciting?

Who knew cabinets could be so exciting?

Next up, the lower cabinets, which will be black once the doors are in place, and the frames for the pantries. Right now everything is a fantastic mess. The pantries aren't even attached to the walls yet.

One important lesson I learned after getting our pantries from IKEA. Everything will arrive in a crazy unlabeled jumble (no matter what they tell you at the store). So keep records of what shape your pantry is supposed to take. Sadly, I couldn't remember as there are about a million possible configurations so tomorrow, we're laying all the doors out on the floor and playing "puzzle together your pantry."

That tall black box is the future cabinet for the refrigerator. 

That tall black box is the future cabinet for the refrigerator. 

One of my favorite parts of the new space? The floors. It felt like a risk to stain them black but wow, they look great, especially after the walls and trims were painted a crisp white. It feels so classic and fresh. Everything has a beautiful backdrop and each color we add will stand out.

My beautiful black floors after the first coat of stain.

My beautiful black floors after the first coat of stain.

Despite the unfinished state you see in the pictures, we're actually close to the end. The cabinets will be finished this week, the hardware is going up, and the counters will be installed. 

Josef positioning the hardware.

Josef positioning the hardware.

Just two more weeks to go and we'll be finished. The most ironic part of it all though? The team is ahead of schedule, so we could move in early, but all our appliances are backordered! Oh well, if that's the biggest problem during our kitchen reno, we're doing OK. 

More soon! 

C


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