Kitchen

Of Scallops and a Schoolhouse

by Josh on April 25, 2012 · 13 comments

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When pulling a home design together, often it is the little details that make the difference between harmony and dissonance. In my bungalow kitchen remodel, I’ve been distressed by the dissonant details over the sink. Specifically, these are a scalloped header board and an off-center electrical fixture box. In the before photo above, the problem with [...]

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Accenting the Kitchen Cabinets

by Josh on February 27, 2012 · 19 comments

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Keeping my existing cabinets is a decision I’ve second-guessed a few times as I work on this kitchen remodeling project. There are several details of layout and design I would like to be different if I was starting from scratch in the kitchen. I briefly considered total cabinet replacement, but realized that wouldn’t work within [...]

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Subway Tile Backsplash Installed

by Josh on February 22, 2012 · 21 comments

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When I last wrote about the progress of my low cost kitchen remodel, the new apron sink and cherry butcherblock countertops had been installed. Now I can share the backsplash tile installation and result that finishes off the sink-area countertop. (Spoiler: I really dig it!) About The Tile First, a word about my choice of [...]

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New Year, New Refrigerator

by Josh on December 31, 2011 · 2 comments

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2012 is just around the corner, so what better time to say out with the old and in with the new? In my case, I am continuing my kitchen progress by saying goodbye to my old top-freezer refrigerator and replacing it with a new and larger french door model. This upgrade probably won’t surprise regular [...]

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With my butcherblock countertop cut and finished, I was ready to install it along with my new kitchen sink and faucet. As a reminder, here is the sink area of my kitchen before the installation: I began the replacement process by removing the current countertop and sink. For the countertop I scored the caulk along [...]

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Something is cooking in the kitchen, and it isn’t just Christmas cookies. My kitchen remodel continues with a big, high-impact change–replacing the countertop, sink and backsplash. As with my other kitchen improvements, I want to make this update low-cost and vintage-inspired. For my purpose, “low cost” doesn’t mean the absolutely least expensive option, but rather [...]

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When I hung the schoolhouse light fixtures in my kitchen a few weeks back, readers suggested that I try painting stripes on my inexpensive big box lights like the ones on the expensive schoolhouse globes I loved at the specialty lighting shops.  But with all the curves on the globes, I wan’t at all confident [...]

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When I last wrote about my kitchen project I showed the exterior side of converting the old back door to a new alcove for the refrigerator.  This time the work shifts indoors with a before-and-after comparison of this part of the kitchen. I had already removed the door, framed the opening and faced on the [...]

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Wiring The Alcove

by Josh on May 10, 2011 · 2 comments

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Last time, I wrote about the change to the exterior by removing the kitchen backdoor.  On the interior, closing up the doorway allows me to finish the area as an alcove for the refrigerator.  And by moving  the refrigerator, I will be able to add some new cabinets and countertop in the fridge’s former space [...]

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Removing the Kitchen Door

by Josh on April 28, 2011 · 8 comments

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Ever since the previous owners built the tower addition off the back, our house has had an odd pair of dueling back doors.  The old back door exits the kitchen and the newer back door exits the mudroom in the tower, but from the outside the two doors are just ten feet apart on our [...]

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