With our confidence up, we decided to tackle the kitchen.
Here's a closeup of the original cabinet doors.
The first step was getting all the wallpaper off the ceiling and the walls. Then, I took down the cabinets above the bar area. It was pretty closed off and we thought this would open things up a bit. The bottom shelf of the old cabinets was taken up by some inset florescent lighting so we didn't lose much cabinet space.
We tore off the tile from the countertop and the backsplash area. I also raised the vent hood a bit. The previous owners were all short and my wife was constantly banging her head on the vent hood. I was able to raise it about 3" without having to redo much of the vent piping (I just took out a 3" extension piece).
We replaced the old Thermador electric cooktop with a new GE Induction cooktop (36") and replaced the sink with a deeper one.
Here's everything all destroyed:
Next, we wanted to replace the doors and drawers. I decided to make them myself. I bought a bunch of maple and 1/4" maple plywood. I went with a shaker style. I made 18 doors and 13 drawers. I had to make the drawer boxes as well because they were destroyed when trying to take the face off. The only thing I reused was the bottoms.
Here's a drawer pre-stain:
Next I put the backer board on the countertops and added the edge forms around the edge, around the sink hole and around the cooktop hole.
The wood on the walls is a temporary guide for my custom screed tool.
I also built a new cabinet to extend the other out a bit, and have a place to hide the microwave:
Then we poured concrete, added a backsplash, painted, replaced the vinyl flooring with some large 12x24" tile and added some lighting. I reused the light that was in the original dining room to replace the florescent light that was in the middle of the kitchen. I also built a small island cart. I found the plans for the cart online (byegone workshop www.bygone.com
). I put a sliding top on it for a work surface.
I took some of the wood from the walls (3/4" tongue and grove siding) and made some faux beams:
Our cost for the reno materials was as follows:
Concrete countertops (55 sq ft): $530
Doors and drawers (wood): $800
Tile & Schluter Ditra: $900
Paint & stains & poly: $150
Tile backsplash: $500
Drawer/door hardware (slides/pulls/hinges) $400
Island wheels & plans: $90
Island wood: $200
Total around $6200