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Old 03-24-2014, 12:32 PM   #1
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TB's Kitchen Reno

Hi all, we recently wrapped up the brunt of a kitchen redo. All of the major stuff is done so I thought it may be worth sharing here. Its been alot of fun and we lucked out and picked some awesome guys to tackle the various parts.

We did custom cabinets using a local cabinetmaker, and pieced together all of the appliances we thought would work best for us.

Still to come is a backsplash and some additional molding pieces. The space by the sliding doors will be a seating area with chairs and we're having our cabinet maker build us a huge frame we're going to turn into a blackboard.

Here are a few pics, I really need a wide angle lens!

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And after. We removed the cabinets ourselves, patched and painted the walls, did the design ourselves and I was the GC.










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Nice work on the design and the new kitchen looks awesome. Looks like there's a lot more functional space.

What software (if any) did you use to do the layout design?
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Thanks for the kind words guy. Griffin, I know you're no stranger to these types of projects. I actually didn't use a software for mocking it up. We sketched out what we likes, then once we found the right cabinet maker he did the elevations etc. Based on those, we had the electrician, plumber etc do their thing.
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More pics of the wifey!

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Very nice!

Kitchen looks good too
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Hah, thanks guys, the counters are actually not marble, they are more like Granite, but officially Quartzite. The name is Super White and they were an absolute wh0re to find. But, they look awesome, and are harder than granite. Here are some of the other details. The cabinets are all inset, we got to pick the colors from any paint color, and the island is stained with our color choice as well. The ceilings are 9ft tall so the ones up to the ceiling are giant, and most likely will never be used :-).

Range: Blue Star 36" RCS which is ready to be delivered

Microwave: Kenmore Elite Built In Speed Oven

Dishwasher: Miele

Fridge: LG Counter Depth

Hood: RangeCraft Pro Style Hood

Lights: Quorum International Chrome Pendants over the island, and a small one over the sink

Sink: Kraus 32" undermount single bowl

Faucet: Danze Parma Single Mount Spring

Beverage Center: Avanti Double Door
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Next step with the kitchen complete, I built a blackboard.

I measured out the size we wanted and bought some nice 1x6 white pine, along with some trim molding and a kickass mitre saw.

I mitre cut 45 degree angles on the pine and then the molding which i was goint to glue and nail on the inside. Next was to figure out how to attach the bigger boards. I've heard alot about Kreg jigs so i picked one up. They enable you to drill pocket holes which allow you to hide your hardware.



After tacking those on, i filled any slight gaps with wood filler and sanded it all down.





Next it was time to paint. I was matching it with the stain color of our island and put 2 coats on. Then I lightly sanded it and coated with spray on clear.




It gives a nice shiny and durable lacquer finish that should hold up to abuse.

I had also had a piece of thin luan type plywood ripped to size and did 4 coats of blackboard paint. Then tacked that to the back of the frame with the brad nailer. Next was to hang it. I wanted to be able to take it with us whenever we move so I decided to use a french cleat. They're awesome and allow you to hang things up to 200 lbs perfectly straight the first time. *Im going to be using them for everything going forwards.

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My only word of advice (coming from someone that cooks a lot)...your wall will look like crap without some sort of tile behind the stove. Glass tile is generally the easiest to clean grease splatter from, and try and stay away from porous stone.
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What parts of that frame did you kreg together? Just the miter joints?
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