Monday, March 9, 2015

Kitchen Renovation Part 6 ~ Counter Tops

Welcome back to our kitchen renovation! We hope you had a great weekend! Although we still have lots and lots and lots of snow, the temperature warmed up a little bit. So maybe spring will be here soon! If you missed our previous posts about our kitchen, you may like to read Kitchen Renovation Part 1Kitchen Renovation Part 2Kitchen Renovation Part 3 ~ Putting Up The WallsKitchen Renovation Part 4 ~ Our DIY Customized Microwave Cabinet Out Of A Stock Cabinet , and Kitchen Renovation Part 5 ~ Our DIY Furniture Style Cabinets Out Of Stock Cabinets. You will have a much better idea as to where we started and how far we have come with our kitchen renovation. When we had first started planning our kitchen, we were going to purchase beautiful granite counter tops. However, when it came time to actually move forward with our kitchen the granite I had picked out was not really a feasible option. Therefore, we decided to go in another direction. I had seen many great kitchens with butcher block counter tops and loved the contrast between light and dark (I had already planned to use white cabinets with a dark wood floor.), so we decided to make our own wood counter tops. We weren't sure how well they would work out, but thought we would give them a try. There are many tutorials to follow, but we used a combination of these two: The Shabby Creek Cottage  and  Breakfast For Dinner By Loraine. They were really quite easy to follow.




Although we have tried to keep our primary focus on our kitchen,
we usually have many projects going on at the same time.
We, also, try to fit our projects in between church activities,
school activities, kid activities, volunteer activities, family time
and, of course, holidays. Therefore, our time is limited.
So, we try to take full advantage of any spare time
we might have to get our projects done.


Even if it means holding a flashlight over
the wood so Chris can see to cut.  :)



Chris and Brice
built the counters.



And Chris cut and drilled holes for the braces.



Then Chris and I alternated between sanding,



sealing,

(We sealed the top and bottom of the counter tops.)



and staining.



We used multiple coats of stain
to achieve a darker color
and sanded in between each coat. 



Although I wanted the surface to be smooth,
I still wanted the wood grain and knot holes
to show through, so we chose not to fill them in
and leaving the wood look a little rustic.



They turned out beautiful!








Another easy, economical, and marvelous idea
that fits our needs as well as our wishes.
We are so pleased!


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Kitchen Renovation Part 5 ~ Our DIY Furniture Style Cabinets Out of Stock Cabinets

Hi everyone, we hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Welcome back to our kitchen renovation! If you are new to our blog and have missed our prior posts about our kitchen renovation, you might like to read Kitchen Renovation Part 1Kitchen Renovation Part 2Kitchen Renovation Part 3 ~ Putting Up The Walls, and Kitchen Renovation Part 4 ~ Our DIY Customized Microwave Cabinet Out Of A Stock Cabinet. As I mentioned in our previous posts, we were using our kitchen and trying to stay on a budget while renovating. So, although it would have been wonderful to complete everything at one time, we needed to complete our kitchen in stages. When we were planning our kitchen, I did a lot of perusing in magazines, books, and the internet to get an idea as to what would work for our kitchen. I liked the aesthetic as well as the functional aspects of drawer cabinets, as oppose to door cabinets. To get the look and function we wanted without the extra cost, we purchased stock cabinets and painted them white. We loved our new cabinets, but they needed a little extra something. I wanted a built-in look without the expense. When I saw this idea at Cuckoo 4 Design, I knew it was the perfect solution! So, we decided to extend the counter length (we made our own) past the end of the cabinets and add posts to give the base cabinets a furniture style look.



This is how the cabinets looked when we started.







While waiting for the cabinet paint to dry,
Chris hooked up our new dishwasher.



After the paint was dry, he added
pull handles to the drawers.



We purchased posts, and then Chris
cut the posts to fit the sides of the cabinets.
Then, he painted and added trim around the posts.


Perfect!

A simple, inexpensive,
solution that looks fantastic!
We will be back soon to
share our beautiful countertops!


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