We started the Kitchen project at the end of September 2012.   Needing to use the kitchen for a while we started by taking out the wall between the kitchen and diningroom and the ceiling.  Leaving the rest in place (the wall to the tvroom was already demo’d from that project).

Before and After (coming soon)!









Sept 22, 2012

Sept 29, 2012

Aimee and Jason came out to help with plumbing (the bathrooms above the kitchen have to be plumbed before we can redo the kitchen!)

Upstairs drains installed

Ryan installed the new kitchen window

Oct 6, 2012

We had this kitchen layout planned but we ended up buying a different fridge (counter depth double wide fridge freezer) so the fridge wall changed.  This was the original plan though:

So the first weekend in October we purchased our fridge (off of craigslist add), then bought all our cabinets and counters (put in the order).  Time to get serious on this kitchen!

Oct 27, 2012

Demo completed!


The new window

View towards the diningroom

Nov 9, 2012

Cabinets arrive!

Martha Stuart Maidstone style

Nov 10, 2012

Framing in the kitchen (closing up the old pantry)

Nov 17, 2012

Kitchen floor removed, cement board laid.

Kitchen floor

Nov 19, 2012

Demolish hidden stairwell for insulation.

Old pantry closed up – but insulated first

Electrical on outside wall completed


More electrical

Nov 29, 2012


Hidden pantry wall

Outside wall of kitchen

Dec 1, 2012

Bumpout framing started

Ductwork for stove vent installed

Dec 6, 2012

Finished drywall prep… built bump out wall, re-supported cut joists in floor, removed old pipes and got all firring strips ready for sheetrock.

Bumpout wall

Joists supported

new firring strips

Removed old arch

New arch framed in

Back hallway all cleaned up and ready for sheetrock

Cement board all finished on floor

Dec 8, 2012

Finished kitchen electrical, hooked up some lights, sheetrocked!  Dad even got all the seams taped for us in the morning.

Back hallway

Bathroom hallway, new arch


Bumpout view

Window wall

Dec 11, 2012


Outside wall pretty much done

Full view

Dec 14, 2012

Final coat of spackle, sanded, primed whole kitchen until 2am Friday night!

Kitchen primed!

Saturday a coat of paint on the ceiling to start the day.

Ceiling has a coat of paint!

Cabinet installation – base cabinets from corner to dishwasher done on Saturday.

Base cabinets started!

Another view (end cabinets just dry fit so far)

Sunday the base cabinets were finished (except for the broken one that was waiting arrival), and the pantry cabinets above the fridge were started.

Base cabinets done!

Pantry cabinets started

Dec 19, 2012

Last base cabinet (the replaced one) was installed, ready for counters!

Dec 30, 2012

Wired the stove and hood.  Installed hte hood and got the first upper cabinets in.

Sunday night progress

Monday we got upper cabinets all in!


All upper cabinets done!

Finished the pantry cabinets too!

Jan 3, 2013

Counters installed!


new sink!


Jan 4, 2013

Kitchen plumbing finished.  Lights and outlets installed.

Lights hung!

Working dishwasher and sink

Jan 12, 2013

Drawer handles and pulls all installed

Drawer handles! Oh and a cute baby 🙂

Cabinet pulls

Another view

Pull out shelves installed (all the other cabinets came pre-installed)

Fancy silverware drawer done

Feb 16, 2013

Installed the panel behind the cabinets.

Panel installed

 March 6, 2013

New basement door installed

Mixer stand installed in end cabinet

March 10, 2013

New back door installed and trim!

March 17, 2013

Window trim

Trim on arch started

April 1, 2013

Spackled the hallways and sanded


Bathroom hallway spackled and sanded

April 5, 2013

With Mark’s help Ryan got most of the backsplash tiled friday night and the tile under the stove and dishwasher.


Another view

April 6, 2013

Ryan and Mark got most of the floor tiled on Saturday!

More backsplash done

April 7, 2013

The floor was finished by lunch time on sunday!

Floor done!

including both hallways

Under the fridge

April 8, 2013

Vacation week means lots of house progress!

More backsplash progress

Floor grouted!

Tuesday we got some trim done

Arch trim is done

Bathroom door has trim

April 10, 2013

Finished trim around doors

Gym door has trim

Tv room door has trim

Finished the backsplash!

Thursday we got the fridge installed

Fridge installed

Friday the toe kicks for cabinets were installed and backsplash was grouted

Toe kicks!


Window apron installed

More grout

May 18, 2013

Crown molding!

The bathroom hallway has crown

Started crown in the back hallway

June 8, 2013

Microwave cut out started

Outlet on island done

Crown progress

Crown started on pantry cabinets and cabinets go up to ceiling now

Feb 8, 2014

We took a break from the kitchen for a long while (7 months) but got back to it finally…

Crown finished and prepped in the kitchen

Feb 15, 2014

Got the crown primed and painted

Crown painted!

March 8, 2014


Back hallway primed

Bathroom hallway primed

March 15, 2014

Started the crown on the cabinets!


Just that back corner one is left

Trim on the cutout is done

March 29, 2014

Baseboard caps installed

More baseboard caps

Baseboards primed

April 5, 2014 and more here

Trim primed!

Back hallway trim primed

Final cabinet has crown!

April 7, 2014

Final wall painting done!

Back hallway painted!

Bathroom hall painted

June 7, 2014

First coat of trim paint on part of this trim

What’s left

  • Paint trim
  • Install shoe moldings
  • Hookup ice maker

That’s it!  We love our kitchen and have been using it since the counters went it 2 years ago!



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