Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kitchen - Progress Update

We still have a lot more to do, but we're hitting some major milestones.

Getting the layout right
Before we can install the cabinets, we need the new kitchen floor installed.  Our entire house has 112 year old, red birch floors.  We quickly learned that there is a big difference between red and yellow birch - and while we will probably never match the patina of the old wood, we need to get as close as we can.  After lots of searching, we finally found some at a (sort of) reasonable cost.  John Abrams and his team were able to get it installed, sanded and put the first coat of polyurethane on it.  That gives us enough protection to install the cabinets.  The final two coats can be done when the rest of the floors are refinished (it will also hide any scuffs that appear during cabinet installation).

Ta-da....isn't it beautiful!
Lots of cabinet boxes!
We've masked off the floor, so we can start cabinet installation.  Good thing, because you can't walk through the dining room with all the cabinet boxes in there.  With my broken wrist, I'm not much help.  So we called the guys at Waterhouse Builders and Drew came back to help us.  He and Richard assembled the wall cabinets on the floor and then lifted them into place.
The first cabinets get raised into place

Drew got busy on the crown moulding while we worked on the hutch, with its butcher block top.  While I love the convenience of granite, I want to use wood butcher block on the hutch and island to warm up the space.  IKEA has great butcher block, that's very reasonably priced.  And birch is one of the wood varieties available - perfect with our new birch floor!

Next steps - get the island installed, cut the hole for the new exhaust hood and have the granite folks come template for countertops!
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  1. Hi Laurel!

    Thanks so much for visiting live.laugh.rowe and the Grow Your Blog Series. Not sure about an encore, but I will be hosting a monthly networking blog hop. Stay tuned. Your newest follower :)


  2. So glad you stopped by and left such wonderful comments on my kitchen! Happy to have found you and am following along in Linky on this old house transformation! Can't wait to see more.

  3. Wow, what a project. I love those floors! Can't wait to see what's to come, happy to be your newest follower!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  4. Thanks so much Karah. We hope to get to the 'fun stuff' sometime soon!


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