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Katie’s Kitchen Reno Part II

Katie’s Kitchen Reno Part II

Last week I shared our kitchen renovation project, turning a small galley kitchen into a more functional space. We’re not doing this ourselves — it’s well out of the range of our skills — so we hired a contractor to get the job done right and quickly.

During the first week, they gutted the kitchen floors and moved a wall to open up the space. They also installed the new floors, a backsplash, recessed lights and part of a new peninsula. Things looked like this:



During week two, the city inspected the work so the wall around the fridge could finally be closed up.  Closing up the wall took a few days as the drywall and joint compound needed a few coats and time to dry. The workers also put protective covering over the floors during the messy process.




But by Friday, the most exciting part occurred: The black box came down and the peninsula was finished with new counter tops.


When we renovated the first time, we bought Silestone for the counter, but when we were planning this reno, we found out the color was no longer available. Fortunately, our contractor was able to hunt down a remnant so we didn’t have to get new counters for the existing side of the kitchen too. (Note: The new and existing cabinets are the same color, but the morning sunlight casts an orange hue on the old ones.)


The floors are a wide plank porcelain tile purchased at Marble Systems in Merrifield (by the Home Depot). The dark grey color has a subtle wave pattern. I especially love how the new floors flow seamlessly with the hardwoods in the dining room.


The peninsula is already a huge improvement over the dinky little cart I had before. The faux drawer fronts on the dining room side were missing in the cabinet shipment, so they will be added later.



Another issue we had was with the fridge. We decided to keep the existing appliances (stove, dishwasher and microwave) but buy a new fridge — the old one was crusty and small and we had space for something larger. Unfortunately the fridge we bought is 8 inches taller than our old one so the cabinet that used to go on top of the fridge no longer fits. Instead of buying another new cabinet, we’ve decided to install some built-in shelving to go over the fridge. We’re still working out the details on that.


(If you’re wondering where the fridge is, it’s in the dining room waiting for this nook to be finished.)


And here are the other loose ends we’re working on this week:

  • Painting the kitchen, wall to the living/dining room and crown molding.
  • Painting the fridge nook and installing the new fridge and water line for the ice maker.
  • Installing switch plates and closing off the recessed lights.
  • Installing hardware for the drawers and cabinets.
  • Building custom shelving over the fridge.
  • Figuring out where the hang the pot rack that currently hangs on the back of the basement door.
  • Hanging art and window treatments.
  • Organizing the cabinets.


I’ll be back for one final post after we are all done, we’ve already crossed a few to-do items off our list!


  1. I love the island!!!! And the flooring is very cool. Well done!

  2. Looks great Katie!

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