Home Remodeling: The Kitchen Cabinet

The Home Styles Savannah Kitchen Cart

Home Styles Savannah Kitchen Cart

The new kitchen cart

The last time I wrote about the kitchen remodel, I included photos of four kitchen carts we were thinking about buying. I also included a poll, and asked y’all what you thought of them. The overwhelming response to the poll was for this one, the Oak cabinet with wood top and wine rack:

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I liked that one at first, too, and would have had a place to put wine for sure, but…It has a wood top. And I was looking for something to put next to the stove so that I cold put hot pans on it when they needed to come off the stove. So, the one we wound up buying is the white one shown above. It has a stainless steel top, which can take the wear of putting hot pots an pans on it. The white one also matches the stove and refrigerator that are both on that side of the room. I felt that if we tried to get a wood, it would never match the existing cabinets, and would make the room too dark.

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The new cabinet matches the stove

About The Home Styles Kitchen Cart and Assembly

The Home Styles Savanna Kitchen Cart has wheels so we can move it easily. It also has two open shelves that are made so they spaces between the boards. That will make a good place to store potatoes and onions in baskets. It also has too big drawers, something we needed more of in the kitchen. I like the way it looks there. And if we decide on a different cabinet later on, we can easily use this one in the bathroom for towels and other things.

Home Styles Savannah Kitchen Cart White With Stainless Steel Top

This cabinet adds counter space and work space.

The description of the cabinet on Amazon did not say that it had to be assembled. It was delivered in a HUGE box, that sat in our living room for over a week until we felt like putting it together. I wasn’t at home when Fabgrandpa took it out of the box. He said it was packed better than any other thing we have ever bought, with styrofoam sheets between pieces, and some pieces wrapped in bubble wrap. They also sent more screws than we needed. It did take several hours to put together, but we only needed a phillips head screwdriver, a hammer, and the hex key that came with the kit. It weighs in at 125 pounds, but it can be easily moved on the casters. And, it has a brake on the casters so if you move it around or to another location for a party, it can’t be moved until you take the brake off.

I am already loving the piece, and I think it will last years. Next, I have to put up a new spice rack and a pot rack. It is slowly coming together.

Broan Nutone Range Hood

The cooking area is coming together very nicely.

Home Improvements: A Set Back And Plan B

Broan Range Hood

The Broan Range Hood is in, but now I have to go to Plan B.

After we moved the stove to its new location, we had 56″ of space on the wall where I had wanted to put it. We decided to put a base cabinet, which we just happen to already have, in that space, and have Home Depot install another piece of counter top to match the one they just did. We would also put a small base cabinet, about 12″ wide, between the stove and refrigerator. That little cabinet would also need a counter top.

We went to Home Depot on Monday to order the counter top and buy the small cabinet. BUT, the counter top installation has a $400 minimum labor charge. The amount of counter top we wanted to order did not meet that minimum. We also discovered that Home Depot wouldn’t deliver the little cabinet, and we have no truck to get it home with. So, we have come up with a PLAN B, which I am ok with. My kitchen will have a unique look for sure.

The new cabinet will go here.

The new cabinet will go here.

PLAN B is that we will buy a buffet, sideboard, or kitchen cart type of cabinet to put in that space. This gives me lots of options for either trying to match what we have, or to purposely mis-match so that it gives a unique look, and still give me some counter space to work with. I will also be buying a hanging pot rack, but that is another post altogether.

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I need a small 8″ to 12″ cabinet here, between the stove and refrigerator.

The problem with PLAN B, is that I can not decide which cabinet to buy. I have narrowed it down to four that I like, that will fit in the space, and that are a decent price. So, I am going to do a poll to let y’all help me decide.

Here are the choices

Here are the choices

Here are the choices. Or, you can see them on Pinterest. Which one do you think would work best there, or, if you have seen one you like better, link it in the comments below for me to check it out.

Home Improvements: The Kitchen, Part 2, The Broan Range Hood

Broan Nutone sponsored this post.

The Broan Elite RM50000

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Installing the Broan Range Hood

Yesterday was a big day for us with our remodeling. We finally found a handyman who came back to do the work after he came out to look at the job. We have been having the hardest time finding people to do the work for us when we are not using Home Depot for the job. This guy has had an ad in the local paper ever since we moved here, but we never called him until this week. Manny showed up when he said he would to look at the job and to determine if he needed any extra supplies.  He came back yesterday morning to install the Broan Range Hood for us.

installing the BROAN Elite RM50000 range hood

The stove can not be installed that close to the electrical connection box, and the dryer needs to be moved to the back porch.

First Things First. We Had To Move Some Electrical Connections.

In order to install the range hood, the handyman had to first move a 220 volt electrical connection from the kitchen to the enclosed back porch so we could move our dryer out there. The washing machine has been out there since we moved in, but the dryer connection was in the kitchen, so we have had the two appliances spread out between the two rooms. The dryer has been right next to the stove, so we have had to do careful planning about when to dry clothes or they would end up smelling like whatever I was cooking for dinner. Meatloaf scented jeans, anyone?

The kitchen was torn up for the day!

The kitchen was torn up for the day!

After the dryer was moved, Manny had to move the gas line for the stove as well. The area where I wanted to put the stove was too close to the electrical connection box, so I had to rethink where I wanted it to be. We chose to put it next to the refrigerator on the wall across from the sink. He left a 12 inch space between the refrigerator and the stove so that we can put a 12″ base cabinet there, so I will have room to put cooking utensils and other cooking equipment within easy reach of the stove.

The washer and dryer are now back together again on the back porch.

The washer and dryer are now back together again on the back porch.

The Broan Range Hood Was Easy To Install

After the gas line was moved, Manny and his assistant, Marino, set to work installing the range hood and chimney. They had to install a new electrical receptacle to accommodate the plug for the exhaust fan. After that, the range hood and chimney were so easy to install, I could have done it myself in my younger days. The hood part attached to the wall with metal brackets. Then the chimney part attached with more metal brackets.  The instructions that came in the box were very easy to follow. After they were attached to the wall, Manny caulked the hood with some silicone caulking. If you already have an electrical receptacle, you really can install this range hood yourself if you are good with tools.

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Manny, Marino, and Fabgrandpa installing the Broan Range Hood.

I am very pleased with the style of the Broan Elite RM50000Rangemaster® range hood. There has not been a kitchen exhaust system in our house since we moved in. We have been putting a window fan in the kitchen window to draw cooking smells out of the house, but it didn’t work well, especially in the winter when it was cold outside. I am really looking forward to cooking my Thanksgiving turkey and dressing this year.

The range hood is installed! Yay!

The range hood is installed! Yay!

We still have some more work to do in the kitchen. As you can see, we haven’t finished painting, and there will be a base cabinet installed to the left of the stove, where the rolling cart is sitting now. The 12 inch base cabinet will be to the right of the stove, between the stove and refrigerator. It may take us another month or so to get it done, because we are very slow, but it is beginning to look like a modern kitchen. What do you think so far?

The new BROAN Elite RM50000 range hood worked great when I made home made vegetable soup today.

The new range hood worked great when I made home made vegetable soup today.

Home Improvements: The Kitchen, Part 1

Yuck! I looked at this for almost 3 long years!

Yuck! I looked at this for almost 3 long years!

When we started talking about redoing the kitchen, I was about to explode with happiness. The old counter tops that were in the house when we bought it were awful! You can see from the photo above, that even when it was scrubbed clean three times a day, it still looked terrible. I was embarrassed for anyone to see it.

The wall was even worse!

The wall was even worse!

The wall behind the counter top was a mess as well. Fabgrandpa and I had both scrubbed and scrubbed on this wall, over the course of the two and a half years we have lived here, and it still looked like THAT! I have no idea what the woman who used to live here did, but it looked like she tried to splatter grease everywhere she could when she cooked.

This is the stove we bought when we moved in.

This is the stove we bought when we moved in.

We bought a gas stove when we moved in because I did not want to cook on electric. However, there has never been a kitchen exhaust system in this kitchen, ever. I know when I cook, we have to open windows and turn on a window fan to draw odors out of the kitchen. And the dryer is right there next to the stove–you can not dry clothes if you are cooking, otherwise, your clothes will smell like meatloaf or chicken. All of these things will be remedied when we are finished with the kitchen.

a bare counter top before painting

a bare counter top before painting

Last week, before the counter tops were installed, we took everything out of the kitchen, and painted the walls behind the base cabinets so that when the counter man arrived, he could install the counter tops and we wouldn’t have to worry about dripping paint on them after they were installed:

We used Glidden Latex Enamel in Coral Serenade. Primer was mixed in with the paint at the store.

We used Glidden Latex Enamel in Coral Serenade. Primer was mixed in with the paint at the store.

We didn’t get much of the kitchen painted–it’s hard work for two old people. But, we wanted to get the walls behind where the counters would be installed painted first.

Coral Serenade

Coral Serenade

The next day, the counter guy that Home Depot contracted with arrived to install the counters. He pulled out the sink first, then the old counters. He hauled them off too. We had to pay for that. It was included in the total price that we paid Home Depot. If we were able to take them out ourselves and take them to the dump, we could have saved $235.

Installing the new counter top

Installing the new counter top

I am still excited to just have this much done. After the counters were installed, we called the plumbing company to let them know the counters were in. They were supposed to send someone out the same day to install the sink. They told Fabgrandpa that they could not come until Monday. He told the lady on the phone that that was unacceptable, because this was on Friday. Fabgrandpa made a call to Home Depot about it, and 15 minutes later the lady from the plumbing company called back and said someone would be out that afternoon. Imagine that!

My new range hood from Broan!

My new range hood from Broan!

Now that the counter tops and sink are in, we have to finish painting the kitchen, and install our new range hood and exhaust fan system that I received from Broan-Nutone. I am super excited about that!

Home Improvements: Choosing Paint Colors

The Paint Department at Home Depot

The Paint Department at Home Depot

We were back at Home Depot to look for paint colors for the kitchen and dining room. These “rooms” are really just different areas of the same open space that also includes our living room. I had no idea really what colors I wanted to use, so before we went to HD, I started out looking at fabric for making new curtains.

This may be a backwards way of doing things but to me, fabric is inspiring. Looking at different fabrics and the colors in them helps me get an idea of what would look good together. So, there I was shopping online, looking at Batik fabrics. I saw Hoffman Batiks’s Sweetpea design, and it was just what I was looking for.

Hoffman Fabrics Sweetpea Batik

Hoffman Fabrics Sweetpea Batik

There are several colors in this design that I could have gone with, including pink, coral, violet, cream, green, and gray. I decided to take my fabric to Home Depot with me and look at different paint colors beside it. Home Depot’s Paint Department has lots of colors from which to choose.

Look at all those different colors!

Look at all those different colors! And that is only half of them.

Once I was in the store, it was still not easy to decide on colors. They do make it a bit easier, though, because they have great florescent lighting in that area, and counter nearby where you can put the object or items that you want to match along with your paint chip cards. I chose several similar colors to place side by side with my fabric.

At Home Depot picking out colors. Taking my fabric with me helped me choose a good color for my kitchen walls.

At Home Depot picking out colors. Taking my fabric with me helped me choose a good color for my kitchen walls.

As in the other departments we had visited at our local Home Depot store, there was a very helpful store employee, Jennifer, who was able to help me narrow my choices down to just a couple. She did tell me she couldn’t pick my colors for me, though! While I was busy choosing colors, Fabgrandpa was talking to Jennifer about different types of paint and different brands of paint. He decided on Glidden Latex Enamel with primer in the paint for the kitchen, so we wouldn’t have to do a separate primer coat when we started putting paint on the walls. For the dining room, he chose Glidden Matte Finish Latex paint.

My final color choices

My final color choices

My final color choices were Coral Serenade for the kitchen, and Tate Olive for the adjoining dining room wall. What do you think of these color choices?

 

Home Improvements: Installing The New Windows

The last time I wrote about our home improvement projects, I told you that the window installers had called and made an appointment for October 7.  The only thing that Fabgrandpa and I had to do to prepare for them to get to work once they arrived was to take all the curtains down off the wall. We did that as soon as we got up and dressed on the 7th.

Fabgrandpa took all the curtains down the morning the installers were to arrive.

Fabgrandpa took all the curtains down the morning the installers were to arrive.

And, because I had never had windows installed before, I did not how much of a mess the workers would be making. So, with that in mind, I covered my sewing table with my sewing machine and some fabric and projects on it with a drop cloth just in case.

I covered my sewing area with a plastic drop cloth.

I covered my sewing area with a plastic drop cloth.

At about 8:15 a.m. we heard a knock on the door, and the three woman work crew introduced themselves to let us know they would be getting right to work. Now, I had assumed that a male work crew would be coming out to do this work. I am not prejudiced, it’s just that I have never seen an all female construction crew before. These gals got right to work, and before I could get a cup of coffee made, they had the first two old windows out of the wall!

One of the ladies taking screws out of the old window in the living room.

One of the ladies taking screws out of the old window in the living room.

Another thing that surprised me is that the only thing holding the windows in the wall were two screws, one on each side of the window. Once the two screws were out, they just lifted the old windows out of the hole.

Another one of the ladies taking the old window out of the wall.

Another one of the ladies taking the old window out of the wall.

The new windows went into the existing portals perfectly, thanks to the exact measurements taken earlier and verified.

The new window set in the cutout, waiting to be screwed in and caulked.

The new window set in the cutout, waiting to be screwed in and caulked.

After the new windows were set into the holes, and the screws set in the frames, they caulked all around the sashing of the window. These new windows will be so much more energy efficient than the old ones.

Almost finished.

Almost finished.

After the windows were set into the wall and secured in, one of the ladies started making the metal flashing to wrap around the existing wooden flashing. This will make the existing trim match the new windows, and will never have to be painted. It also will not rust or rot! I was really fascinated with the procedure of making the flashing. It started out as flat metal sheets. Then, Madeline worked her magic, cutting and folding the metal to meet exacting measurements.

 

The flashing fit perfectly. She told me she has been doing this type of work for more than 14 year . She is good at it for sure!

When the workers were almost finished working, someone from Home Depot called to inquire if the crew arrived on time, if they were cleaning up after themselves, and if we were satisfied with the work so far. Then when the last window and piece of flashing was installed, Madeline called Home Depot to report that they were finished. After she did her report, she put me on the phone with the customer service rep from Home Depot so that I could tell her if I was satisfied with the job, and if the crew had finished cleaning up after themselves. This installation could not have been done any easier, faster, and more to my satisfaction, at all.

New window installed and trimmed--it is beautiful!

New window installed and trimmed–it is beautiful!

I would recommend using Home Depot for any home improvement job, start to finish. AND, if anyone who is a reader is thinking of buying an installation service of roofing, siding, windows, home insulation, water treatment or a gutter/leaf protection project with Home Depot, and use my referral code of 7809369, I will receive a referral fee.