I probably should have posted this earlier, but it literally took me FOREVER to unwrap the refrigerator and cabinet plastic. I dont know why it took me so long, but regardless, here is the ‘official unveiling’ of the new open kitchen! TA DA!
Before and After
Only thing still missing are the hanging pendant lights!
Getting ready to look at some opportunities to improve the house. My good friend and interior architect Claudia is helping me. Here are her initial sketches to get the juices flowing:
Tankless Water Heater
No more shower anxiety!!! Yes, I would have to rush and rotate shower tasks due to the limited hot water. NOT ANY MORE! Now its like being at a day spa!
Why? How? Well the hot water heater turned into a bubbling fountain so it was time to replace. Ended up splurging on a tankless water heater! It’s so nice and small, it allowed me to tuck the water conditioner out of sight as a bonus!
They are just absolutely stunning! I have the option to do something with the old one…maybe a side table? benches for outside? The major additional cost would be the base for whatever I chose to do though…hmmm…?
More pics of it installed soon…
So Dewulf came to install the completed counter and it’s too short! It’s too bad because it does look incredible…it’s a little darker than I imagined, but I think it looks great!
He was really apologetic and has graciously offered to re-pour it & said he will recycle this piece.
So, we’re going to try this again…
Well, I finally got DeWulf the “kitchen renegade” to come and get the peninsula counter ball rolling!!! Should be about 3 weeks! YAY!
Be sure to check out his portfolio, amazing stuff!!!
The plan was to find someone who could just repair the areas that were remaining from the earlier work that was done (wall and floor heater removed), which I did, but on the start day he came in saying it really bothered him to do these areas that are spread around the house without ‘really’ doing it right. That since things were slow, and they had the time and the house was small, he would give me a good deal to just do the whole thing.
So it came down to repair areas only or pay an additional $500 to have the whole house done which would include all repairs including filling holes, replacing damaged planks, repairing scratches, etc., EVERYWHERE but the inside of the closets. AND…he can do it while I live there.
Patching the Original Hardwood Floors
Is it not possible to do just some small area wood repair? I need to fill in where the wall and floor heater were removed. So far I have been told it will require me to refinish if not those areas, then might as well do the whole house. This is sad to me since: a) the floors are beautiful, b) its pretty expensive ($2K+), c) it’s a huge hassel (need to move out, mass dust created and damage/touch up required to newly painted baseboards and walls, and d) it’s a needed repair for me to continue on the progress of the kitchen penninsula.
the wall needing wood replaced
IKEA Kitchen Penninsula
Sticking with white to match the existing cabinet but am going with a glossy version just because its more modern and I really love it. Since its on the opposite side of the kitchen I think it should work. Will be doing matching hardware and try to match the black granite on top.
Thought about doing a wood or bamboo countertop, but I am afraid it will be too much wood with the wood table and wood floors. Also since it is new and modern finish it seems better to try to make it more cohesive with the existing kitchen counter.
yes, that's flame sneaking in the pic
It only looks blue because of the protective film on the drawer fronts
ON SALE: Electrolux Icon Stove $2899
Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful…but is it really necessary?
I’m getting $827 from the insurance company because they say my broken thermostat is “unrepairable” on the O’Keefe & Merritt. Now I have to decide if I spend the ~ $350 to fix it or put the money towards this new one.