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Old 10-30-2003, 08:34 AM   #1
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Thumbs up As promised, before and after pix of my kitchen...

Keep in mind the original pics were taken when the old lady still lived in the house! Here you go:

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After (Same Angle)


Before (Taken from living room)


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Not completley done yet but looking good!
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Old 10-30-2003, 08:36 AM   #2
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Wow, that's really nice.
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Old 10-30-2003, 08:37 AM   #3
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did you do all the work? It must have cost mad cash.
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Old 10-30-2003, 08:40 AM   #4
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I did as much as I could. In all, it cost about $15K.

Worth every Penny though!

Did you guys notice how HORRID the old kitchen was??!
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Old 10-30-2003, 08:40 AM   #5
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Niiice. My wife and I are thinking about doing an overhaul in our kitchen as well...


Nice fridge.
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Old 10-30-2003, 08:43 AM   #6
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That's badass. Nice work.

You going to leave the window white as a memorial?
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Old 10-30-2003, 08:57 AM   #7
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Good job. The cabinets REALLY make a big difference.

What were some of the "Suprise" things that needed to be done and didn't find out till you were doing it? Did you do the countertops yourself?? If so, I've got a couple of questions for ya
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:07 AM   #8
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The windows need trim, that's why they look a little off. And yes they are staying white. The outlets need switch plate covers. I have two track light systems that have not been installed yet.

I had someone cut the counter top for me. I didn't want to risk screwing it up myself!

I need some skirting board and I'm done! It only took me 5 months!!

Thanks for the positive feedback!

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Old 10-30-2003, 09:16 AM   #9
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Good job. The cabinets REALLY make a big difference.

What were some of the "Suprise" things that needed to be done and didn't find out till you were doing it? Did you do the countertops yourself?? If so, I've got a couple of questions for ya
Suprise things I encounterd:

Walls and ceiling in some instances were not completely level so we had to make a few adjustments. I found out even in a newly constructed home, this can be the case. Mine was built in 45'.

Make sure you know exactly what will be covered by cabinets, appliances etc... I cut a hole for an outlet above the top of the range, should have cut it below..... Luckily the backsplash on the countertop covered it! (Whew)

I had to rip out the old walls and re-wire everything as well. Just remember that when you run your new wire to run it where screws won't pierce or slice it. go through ceiling joists ideally. Through walls you would want to drill your hole (through 2x4's) at about 2-3 ft from the bottom.
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:18 AM   #10
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What's the countertop made of?

My wife really wants granite countertops, but I told her maybe in our next house. To alleviate the pain, I've decided to redo the countertops next spring. Are those "granite looking" tops? Is there something out there that gives the appearance and hardness of granite without the costs?
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:24 AM   #11
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Most couter tops are made of a high pressure laminate.

If your wife wants granite, you can buy the real thing but get ready to fork out Thousands of dollars for the piece(s) and for the installation!

You can by Granite looking laminate countertops MUCH more affordably than the real thing. I suggest you go this direction unless you won the Powerball recently.
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:26 AM   #12
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Most couter tops are made of a high pressure laminate.

If your wife wants granite, you can buy the real thing but get ready to fork out Thousands of dollars for the piece(s) and for the installation!

You can by Granite looking laminate countertops MUCH more affordably than the real thing. I suggest you go this direction unless you won the Powerball recently.
yeah, a company wanted $13k to put granite countertops in, and another $3k for granite on the island.
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:27 AM   #13
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Handyman magazine did a spread about 6 months ago about having the ganite for half the price. They used large granite tiles instead of solid granite. It looked awesome. Its also something many folks could do on their own.

If you are interested, I can find the article and scan it or whatever and send it to you.
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:29 AM   #14
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Looks great. FWIW, I thought the original one was pretty cute.
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:32 AM   #15
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Another thing to consider when installing granite is that it's extremely HEAVY!

I have heard stories of floors collapsing due to the extreme weight of everything!

Think about it, older home, floor on 2nd floor....

Thousands of pounds of countertop, cabinets and appliances bearing down on it......


Boom!, Bang!, Crunch!, Smash!

Your kitchen is now in your basement!
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:33 AM   #16
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Looks great. FWIW, I thought the original one was pretty cute.
For a little old lady, maybe
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:41 AM   #17
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Boom!, Bang!, Crunch!, Smash!

Your kitchen is now in your basement!
lol...yeah. But our house was built in 2000, and you can't get basements around here.
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:47 AM   #18
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Hey, you've got one of those little mini-dishwashers that I used to have when I remodled my old place.
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:49 AM   #19
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Hey, you've got one of those little mini-dishwashers that I used to have when I remodled my old place.
Uhhh, it's actually full size.
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:58 AM   #20
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Very nice work. UPdating the kitchen has a major impact on the look ad feel of the whole house. Enjoy !

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Old 10-30-2003, 10:19 AM   #21
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Nice work, when you get done you need to give me a hand! Those appliances are sweet, stainless steel is such a substantial look. I also like the light cabinets with the dark counter top.
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Old 10-30-2003, 10:39 AM   #22
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Nice work man, I think its a huge improvement. I like your shelf above the window, good use of space.

I think I am going to tile my kitchen soon, I've done my two upstairs bathroom and am digging the tile their. I've found new flooring alone makes a huge difference in the look and feel of a room.
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Old 10-30-2003, 10:42 AM   #23
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It's amazing what some ceramic tile and a new counter top can do.

Slap some fresh paint on your cabinetry and you basically have a new kitchen!
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Old 10-30-2003, 10:52 AM   #24
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If anybody cares, I've had great luck with the Pergo style wood flooring. And as somebody said, a new floor makes a huge difference in a room.
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Old 10-30-2003, 11:35 AM   #25
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Looks great! I like the floors too.

Granite for our kitchen wasn't too bad. About $4,500 installed.
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