Saturday, January 28, 2017

Kitchen Renovation - Part 2

In case you missed Part 1, you can check it out here. I have a few free minutes this Saturday morning while Dan works on moving our hot water tank (reorganizing the laundry/utility room) so I thought I would write up another post on our kitchen renovation.

Let's see, where did I leave off. Oh yes, how my kitchen looked and what I functioned with from June until October.

This set up got moved around quite a bit as we worked in the kitchen but it always got put back together when we were finished. The fortunate thing about having a plumber husband is that I could have a functioning kitchen laundry sink that was easy to move out and in as needed.

We tore down more drywall so that the electrician could put in more outlets and light switches and then we shrunk the window and door opening. We needed to shut off the openness factor to the sunroom, since it was a huge heat loss in the winter, and the only way to do that was to put an actual window and door in. We picked up a window from Home Depot and made the opening fit that, plus we wanted it centered over the sink and the current opening was too big. The door opening had to shrink considerably because no door was wide enough for it and it couldn't fit two. Plus, we wanted to put a dog door in for Mia, so we shrunk it to 30". The following two pictures show the size difference a little better.

Okay, so maybe not the best. But you can see how the dog door is right beside the main door and it shows how much we shrunk it down. Once the openings were the size we needed and the insulation and vapour barrier was up, we could drywall! This felt like such a huge step and made the kitchen feel a little more put together.

It felt brighter too. And in case you are wondering what the rest of our house looked like while all this was going down, it wasn't pretty. I could barely move and I may have lost my mind more times than I can count. Lots of meltdowns.

Who needs a kitchen table right? Sigh.

Once the drywall was done, we moved on to priming and painting. It felt so nice to get all the walls the same colour and to get rid of that horrible yellow behind the fridge that they never bothered to paint. Because you know, moving a fridge out is sooooo hard. <--- sarcasm

Beautiful grey walls! What an improvement eh? Things were really starting to come together at this point and it felt good.

Next up, a window and door! We tried to choose a door that still let in as much light as possible because I'm all about natural light. It definitely isn't as bright as it was with a big opening and no door, but it works.

This was a big step, because by this point it was starting to get colder out and we needed to keep the heat in. It was very noticeable once they went in that the cold drafts were no longer coming from the sunroom.

Once the walls were painted, we had a friend come in and install the cupboards for us. It was so exciting to see them go in!

What a difference cabinets make to a kitchen right? The only downside was I had no kitchen sink for a while. Bathroom sinks suck to wash dishes in.

I'm leaving off here for today, since there are already enough pictures and it will probably take a whole post for me to complain about how horrible it is to paint cabinets. So stay tuned for part 3!


  1. Well done on not going completely crazy during this process! :)

  2. I cannot WAIT see it all done! even with the cabinets started, it looks like the kitchen will be amazing!

    1. It pretty much is amazing. If you're on Facebook, you can follow my page there and see lots of sneak peek pictures of everything!