home: kitchen renovation phase 3

Monday, August 4, 2014

Longest two months ever! But we're getting there with a lot of sweat and patience. Mostly my brother's sweat and patience, and my tears. While we slowly get through the steps, I'm psyching myself up by creating an inspiration board, something I should have created before phase 1. This should help all of us look forward to the finished product.

Ok. Let's get back to the update.

After getting the walls up, I ordered the cabinets from Home Depot (Hampton Bay Shaker design) and waited a long three weeks for the arrival. Once the joint compound and paper tape were added, there was a lot of sanding (and dust) for a smooth finish.

Then the cabinets went in one at a time and very carefully. After the first day, four upper cabinets were completed, and then a second day finished the installation.

Until one measurement didn't cut it.

As you can see from my drawing, when the dishwasher goes in, the cabinet door and drawer will be useless because the dishwasher will be covering them. And that just sucks.

So the best solution is to replace the three drawer cabinet (and my dream of three beautiful deep drawers) with a 12" cabinet and pull the blind cabinet over 6 inches. Home Depot was awesome and let me take home one of the stock cabinets and will order the custom fronts, that way we're not delayed.

In the meantime, I have a few wedding posts up my sleeve to keep you occupied before bringing you phase 4 ... stay tuned!


  1. It's really coming together!! I love your vision for the final product - it's going to be amazing! ps. I think we have the same stove, which makes me happy.

  2. I found your blog while googling these cabinets. Your kitchen looks fabulous! I am very impressed. I would love to know how much you spent on the cabinets. Our layout is a similar u-shape and I am weighing ikea cabinets and these. What made you pick these? They look like a million bucks.

    1. Hi there - we purchased the cabinets at Home Depot during at 20% off cabinets weekend. After delivery, the total came out to $1,900. Not bad for entire makeover!

    2. Ok, that I'd amazing. You have got to do a post on this! I have never seen an ikea cabinet makeover less than $3k.