Monday, October 7, 2013

The Kitchen Remodel: Phase 14

Hey, hey, hey, it's time for another kitchen update.  We're makin' progress, people.

Saturday, we were able to get the entire fridge wall installed. Woot, woot!  I'm not sure how this happened, but when we went into IKEA to order the cabinets, for some reason on paper, we thought the ceilings were too short for a 24" cabinet over the fridge.  So we switched it out to an 18" at the last minute.  Well, it turns out there's plenty of room, but we really weren't feeling like going to the store to swap them out.  So we put brackets in right above the top of the fridge to hold a shallow shelf under the cabinet, instead.  In these first pictures, you can see the first bracket, as well as how far away from the wall everything is actually installed.

The appliance panel went in next, using brackets to mount it to the ceiling, wall, and floor.

The cabinet above the fridge went in last.

The cabinet you see upside down in front of the fridge goes to the left of the panel, and we got that in, as well.

We also built the little wall that goes next to the dishwasher.
I took a bunch of pictures, 'cause when I was trying to find how other people did it online, there wasn't a whole lot out there.
We used the appliance panel, some filler that we ripped down for the front, then a 2 x 4 that we ripped down behind that.  I'll need to paint the 2 x 4 white, so it blends in, although the only time you'll really be able to see it is when the dishwasher door is open.

Sunday, we got the rest of the upper cabinets installed, all the filler pieces in (the filler is cut out of appliance and/or cabinet panels, and used to fill gaps), and.....wait for it.........
Check out my first set of shelves.

Ahhhh, jjjeaaaaahhhh.
If that ain't exciting, I don't know what is.

Here's how everything looks, as of this morning.

And of course, the infamous kitchen remodel bouquet.

Soooo, in other good news, the counters will be installed on the 18th.
I'm only two weeks away from a sink.
While we wait for that to happen, we can work on the lower cabinet doors and drawers, cover panel on the cabinet to the right of the sink, sheet rock on the dining room side of the short wall, build out soffit above stove (the upper cabinet run extends past the soffit), trim, baseboards, ceiling planks, toe kicks, trim under cabinets that hides lighting, etc.
But it's actually starting to look like a real kitchen finally.

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  1. Is it weird that I got slightly emotional reading this post!?! Well I did!! Ah lady it is beautiful!!!! Beaming bright and beautiful!!!!!!!! I can see it and man does it have a cool vibe in there!!!!! And the fridge wall looks great! Happy days happy days!!!

  2. I was doing the squinty eye thing so I could get a good imagination of what it's going to be like when it's all done. What a fabulously productive weekend!

  3. Looks so great. I remember that stage... so close to finishing! I was literally bouncing around the house I was so excited. I knew it wasn't finished but so so close!! Love that "office" space next to the fridge. Great use of space! Household organizer is mandatory! You getting counters the same day we are "hopefully" closing on our new property! The 18th can't come soon enough!

  4. It looks like a kitchen again!! You should be proud of all that hard work. I like the idea of video taping that step. I am always looking on line when being stuck with a project.

  5. That looks amazing So FAR!!! It will be all done and lived in for 3 years before you know it!!!

  6. I see a real life kitchen! You guys are rockin and rollin now. The rest should be a piece of cake, right?

  7. Whooo Hoooo. I can hardly believe my eyes. I see a kitchen there! Good for you-NOW you are getting to the exciting part! I can't wait to see it all come together- xo Diana

  8. Hi Mindy, I bet you and the hubster are beaming with pride. What a nice job. And all that storage space. I love the green you chose and your appliances look so pretty.

    I'm curious. Is the sink going in below the window or on the "bar" counter by the dishwasher? And also, how are you surviving without a functioning kitchen? I bet you'll be so glad to have it finished. Excellent job!

  9. Love how the dog is being so helpful! It's almost there! Go, go, go!

  10. definitely looking like a real kitchen! so happy for you and can't wait to see it finished. love the white!

  11. Holy cow, girl!!! Did you lean in and pet those beautiful new cabinets?!! I would have!

  12. It is looking so nice! Although renovating is a pain, the result is definitely worth it! :)

    1. Thank Suzanne. Can't wait for that "result"!

  13. Looks wonderful, Mindy! You are going to have so much great storage space it looks like when you are done--you can never have too much in a kitchen. Also I love your autumn bouquet--those orange colors are so pretty in the blue bottle!

  14. BEAUTIFUL!!! So excited for you, almost there!!

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