Kitchen Remodel Series: Kitchen Overview

Cabinet Source WOLF, Granite Source Granite GMC, Paint Source Pinterest
Slider Source Home Depot, Backsplash Source Home Depot, Floor Tile Source Home Depot

Mark and I bought our home almost 3 years ago; today is the 3 year anniversary of our offer letter acceptance.  Rather than go for a turn key house, Mark and I went for a fixer upper so we could come in under our price range.  Our house was built in 1978 and sits on almost 3/4 of an acre.  What drew us in were the hard wood floors, new windows, and fresh coat of white paint covering the walls.  We noticed the outdated kitchen and bathrooms, but it wasn't foremost in our minds (nor the cat patterned wall paper trim in the downstairs bathroom).  Once we moved in, we realized that the bathrooms and kitchen were hot messes and hadn't been updated since they were built in the 70s.


 After we hit our second year, we decided to replace all the appliances.  As we decided on stainless steel appliances, we started to think about redoing the cabinets, which lead to us thinking about redoing the floors and it snowballed into complete redo of the kitchen.  Subsequently, we expanded the remodel into our dining room by removing the wall between the two rooms.  This whole project from start to finish took us almost a year and we're still not completely finished!  But complete enough that I'm happy with how it looks and we'll take the time to do the finishing touches.


In chronological order (Jan - Nov)

  • Appliances 
  • Slider & Floor
  • Cabinets & Granite
  • Backsplash
  • Opening Space Between Kitchen & Dining Room
  • Painting Walls | Trim | Doors
  • Lighting


Our kitchen layout is a L shape, which I think was pretty common style in the 70s and 80s.  Our kitchen is 156" (13ft) x 101" (8.4ft).  Due to the placement of the slider and the window, we stuck with the same layout, keeping the appliances in the same positions.  Below is a proposed layout we received when shopping for cabinets.




The tile and slider were both purchased at Home Depot.  Marazzi VitaElegante Grigio 6 in. x 24 in. porcelain tile was used; we bought 20 cases with 15 pieces each.  It cost ~$700 and then paid $400 in labor to have it installed.  The JELD-WEN slider was a steal and we got it for 50% off at $400.  Next week, I'll feature the second stage of our kitchen remodel, which includes cabinets, granite, and backsplash.

Love, Candace Jean

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