We’ve been getting a lot of help with this renovation by hiring subcontractors, but since my parents came to help out recently, Rupe and I took a couple days off of work and we all went full speed ahead on the kitchen.Literally everything AND the kitchen sink went out the door and we started the process of re-building the new. See the demolition progression after the jump… I liked the design of the doors OK, but the functionality was just not there. The cabinets on the right had drawers that didn’t pull out anymore and the drawers on the left didn’t close completely. So although it didn’t look too terrible on the surface, starting fresh was our best option.
The kitchen cabinetry was built right into the house and they were a total B*#@$ to get out! We should have bought stock in Band-aid before starting this project (or worn gloves like less impulsive people would think of).
The kitchen counter and backsplash were even more stubborn and ugly upon removal. We all took turns whacking the heck out of it trying to get through the tar paper, wire mesh, 1″ thick layer of cement and then finally the tile.My favorite part of demolition is uncovering the layers of old paint, wallpaper, etc. and getting a peek at the different lives of the space. This kitchen had a colorful past. Red ceilings, pink walls, blue walls, floral wallpaper, grey trim, salmon colored tile, snowflake patterned linoleum and the list goes on. After clearing out the kitchen we started assembling the new. We decided to go with Ikea cabinets because we found this amazing company called SemiHandmade that creates custom doors, panels & drawer faces that are made to fit Ikea kitchens. The genius part of this is that at Ikea you can buy the cabinets without the doors and drawer faces so then by getting those at SemiHandmade you end up with beautifully crafted and high quality doors and drawers, but it is still less expensive then a completely custom kitchen. It’s like the ULTIMATE Ikea hack (and you know I love a good ikea hack).
We just sent our order off to SemiHandmade so for now we are frontless, but I can’t wait to see how it will turn out. I’ve heard great things about the company and so far they have been a dream to work with.
To see all of the renovation progress check here.
To see the kitchen before check here.