Budget Kitchen Remodel: Catching Up

Plumbing, countertops, sink, faucet! So much has progressed and there are some pictures to prove it, but it’s been a bit crazy so this isn’t a very organized post. Here goes, a quick update…

The plank wall was primed with Kilz No VOC primer, I really like this product…


…and the walls where countertops were going in were partially painted so I wouldn’t later have to closely paint against brand new counters.

countertop ready paint

I remember when this wall (above) looked like this (below) and I’m very glad to be past that dusty messy stage. Sweet sweet progress!

drywall patching

We installed IKEA Hammarp counters in beech. Unfortunately, we needed just a few inches more than the 98″ larger slab they sell so had to buy a second smaller slab for a total of about $300. It ended up being a fortunate thing when we had a few flaws in the wood we wanted to avoid and had an oops cut that caused us to completely recut one of the pieces. The counters come with these brackets which we just fasted to our cabinets boxes flush to the top, making sure along the way that the counters would sit level and adding shims where needed.

brackets for counters

The beauty of wood countertops is they are natural and can just be conditioned periodically with a mineral oil and beeswax based product. We will periodically condition them to maintain their water resistance and keep them looking good, and if they ever get damaged, we can just sand out the flaw and recoat. Voila. countertop cond

Oliver handled the cooking during this big push to finally get counters and working plumbing (including a sink!) in place.
o cooking

Chad had already done the hard work rerunning our drain line a few inches lower, but still had some plumbing to figure out to connect that new lower line back to the sink drain/garbage disposal. He has learned a lot of plumbing on You Tube. Here he is studying a video with parts in hand 🙂 Chad learned a lot from this video to get a good idea of what parts and pieces go where, but we did ours in plastic drain pipe.

you tube plumbing

We installed the new faucet on the sink, put it in place, and then inserted a drain assembly picked up at Home Depot. The faucet and drain assembly required using plumbers puddy (like play doh for plumbers) following the package instructions. Both went in really, really easy. We put the faucet in before dropping the sink into place which made that a breeze on a brand new sink. The faucet is Kohler and has a great powerful ‘sweep’ spray to really clear crud off plates!

puddy drain assembly

So after 10 days of washing dishes in the bathtub, we had running water! And a functioning drain. I was sooo excited! It was so satisfying to install things that wouldn’t be coming apart again for any next steps. It really is coming together. Can you see the light at the end of this tunnel? It’s still a bit far, I know, but I’m seeing it too!

running sink

Alas, the list update:

Redo backwards plumbing to sink and dishwasher (currently reversed and feeds only cold water to dishwasher!)

Remove floating cabinet, repair dining room floor

Remove upper cabinets

Remove backsplash tile

Replace countertops

Install new sink and faucet

Replace hood with over the range microwave

Added: Finish painting cabinetry, install upper cabs

Sell current hood and microwave (added: and dishwasher) on CL (bonus! sold extra washing machine to couple at HD! +$180)

Install backboard to backsplash wall to ceiling

Install open shelving

Install backboard on island, bar attachment?

New ceiling light

Install undercabinet light

Paint inside pantry, new door knob

Install hutch to dining wall, paint, move light switch

Paint remaining kitchen walls (working on it!)

Replace flooring (done-ish, coming soon!)

Added: Install new quarter round, floor transitions