Back to the kitchen renovation.  You can click on the “kitchen” category to the right to see more photos, and I’ll be expanding and updating the “Before and After” page to add these photos eventually.

As a reminder, we did our initial renovation in December of 2008.  We removed everything, and laid down new wood flooring.  Handy Man installed a new soffit and put the cabinets back together in a slightly new configuration.  He also moved the sink.  And there everything stopped, until a warm day in Spring of 2009 when Handy Man put a window into the wall above the relocated sink.

Fast forward to July 2009…when Handy Man had started painting the kitchen cabinets.  He painted them a glossy white.  We had white cabinets in our last house, and loved them.  It brightens up the kitchen, and the glossy paint is wipe-able.  (Is that a word?)

Notice the two drawers that were missing at the moment. That is because those two drawers were “false” fronts, as they were under the original sink. Handy Man took the false fronts out and built new cabinet boxes for them, so we could have drawers there. Hey, he’s not called “Handy Man” for nothing.

You’ll probably also notice that the panels on the sides of the cabinets are still bare. This was because the wood there had a very smooth finish that we decided would be difficult to paint. Handy Man decided to put some beadboard panelling over the cabinet sides, which we also painted white. It solved a problem for us and helped the cabinets to look more “finished.”

Another thing you’ll notice is that the toe-kick under the cabinets wasn’t yet painted.  Hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day!

By now, the kitchen was really coming together. Just a few more minor painting details to go, and it was 95% done.

What are we planning for the other 5%? You’ll have to stay tuned for details…!