Posted by John on Jul 12, 2012 in Kitchen, New House | 0 comments
I finally did make a decision as to what countertop material to go with after much deliberation…
I decided on the cool, retro boomerang laminate.
I chose the gray because it is a little more neural and a bit more modern looking. I wasn’t sure if it was too kitschy, but I think it will add just the right amount of playfulness to the kitchen that it needs. The gray can appeal to more people who may not be into the whole retro thing and I do like to keep resale in mind. Plus it was very cost effective compared to any solid surface material, which works out for my Very tight budget.
So here is what part of the actual counter looks like after putting it in.
It came out really well. We did it ourself. This was special order Formica brand laminate from Home Depot. We used a vintage router and routered the edges and corners of the laminate that we glued onto 3/4″ plywood with laminate contaact cement.
Posted by John on Jun 25, 2012 in Other | 0 comments
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Posted by John on Jun 20, 2012 in Kitchen | 0 comments
I haven’t posted in a while, but I’m back. It’s June and I’m ready to start off the second half of the year like never before. So here’s where I left off with how my kitchen update and planning went.
I had to decide on some countertops if I was going to start rearranging the cabinets and layout of the kitchen. The old counters were a laminate that looked like butcher block, really typical of the kind you would see in a lot of apartments. The last 3 apartments I was in had counters just like this, so I was ready for a change.
I knew what I didn’t want, and that was granite. So many people who redo their kitchens always choose this. While it is a very beautiful, natural stone it is also what you see in so many Lowes and Home Depot Displays and model homes and all the homes for sale that investors have flipped.
I really like concrete counters. They are so natural and rustic, yet industrial. Quartz is also a pretty sweet looking alternative to granite. I like that it is different and reminds me of terazzo.
Otherwise I do not mind laminate counters. There are so many different colors and patterns available, and you can’t beat the price and durability.
Another classic countertop choice I would go with would be stainless steel or carrara marble.
Posted by John on Jan 12, 2012 in Kitchen | 0 comments
Well, the Dreams I had of making that L-Shaped kitchen layout into a functional galley layout were starting to finally come true as I began measuring and figuring out how I would go about it. Unfortunately, I didn’t take too many pictures leading up to it.
Before I started messing with the layout I did live with the kitchen as it was for a while; however, I did add some new hardware to the cabinets. I purchased more modern, stainless steel looking cabinet handles and hinges. I also painted the old dingy cabinets a fresh coat of white, semi-gloss paint. The walls were also painted too. I even put in a new light fixture overhead and replaced the old fluorescent unit.
Another big change was the microhood over the range. I took that out and put in a chimney style range hood. I’ve always wanted one and I found it for a great price on Clearance at Sears. It looks so sleek and sexy, just as I wanted the rest of the kitchen to look.
The pass-through to the living room and the one to the dining area had been completed at this point as well.