Posts tagged kitchen reno
Sunday, March 23, 2014

kitchen reno – overhead and undercabinet lighting

Morning light. Also - slept in until 7:30!!

Before I do the “big reveal” with the kitchen – not that you will be very surprised – I wanted to talk about lighting. I’ve been questioning doing the “final” summary post, but I suppose it’s always good review everything, list total costs, and do a retrospective: lessons learned, mistakes made, etc. I think that for those of you following along and reading this, the last post might be the best one to read first. Get the full scope, the big picture, and then start drilling down into specifics.

Before I get into the lightings specifics, I think it would be helpful if I gave you a bit of a background because it will help you understand why I made the kinds of decisions I made in regards to lighting.

When I was dreaming of my future kitchen, I had a huge deal-breaker stipulation. Since my previous kitchen didn’t have any windows, the next kitchen had to have beautiful, natural light. I talked a big talk.

When we started looking at apartments, I took a first stab at it without Andrew. I had a more flexible schedule back then and it was harder for him to be away from the office during the weekdays. Given how crazy open houses tend to be in New York, I decided that my “first look” was going to be pre-open house.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

kitchen reno – appliances: part deux

Thanks @Samsung for the stove that leaked gas and had to be shut off til next Tuesday when you told me you're will send a maintenance  person. Thanks for the upcoming takeout and money spent we don't have and cold cereal for breakfast (because nothing say

Before we get into the nitty gritty here, consider this post a sort of a parting letter to Samsung. Forever. We’re done, buddy. I’ll never buy another product of yours and I think you know why. For those of you who weren’t privileged enough to follow, in minute detail, the 30+ hours of conversations that Samsung and I have had, read on. A cautionary tale, indeed.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

kitchen reno – white subway tile and grey grout

Writing a post about some kitchen choices - very happy with tile and grout selection. #kitchenreno #newhome

On the night we were supposed to go Home Depot, the subway broke down. F trains weren’t running pretty much the entirety of Brooklyn (York to Kings Highway), and the car service lines were jammed by all the Brooklynites who were stranded god-only-knows-where, and trying to get home from work – this was right around rush hour. We waited on the platform for close to half an hour before giving up and when we walked upstairs to talk to the lady sitting in a booth, we learned that trains just weren’t running.

It turned out that due to extremely cold temperatures, the power had gone out and, without power, trains couldn’t run. I kept thinking about people trying to get home from work from one end of Brooklyn to the other, even from Manhattan.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

kitchen reno – marble counters

We are about 85% there. The remainder happens when everything else comes in: lights, sink, etc. #kitchenreno #newhome

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the only things that has gone smoothly with this kitchen renovation project has been the marble. Despite a hiccup the day of the installation – they accidentally brought me polished marble pieces instead of honed – dealing with marble folks was a pretty great experience and I can’t recommend them enough (sources: below). As for the polished marble, it was taken away, honed, and returned to me the following day for installation. Once installed, we kept the marble covered with flattened cardboard boxes until Frank from Granite Shield came over to do a special impenetrable seal on the stone.

Before I get into the nitty gritty of it, I want to explain why I went with marble counters as opposed to granite, Caesarstone, wood, and so on. I’ve given this a lot of thought, and by “a lot” I mean “for years”. Close to a decade but who’s keeping track?

To be honest, I also very much like the look of the butcher block but given that even with expansion our kitchen is still pretty small, I had to go for what I thought would be most useful to me.

I have nothing against stainless steel or Caesarstone or granite; I prefer the look (and feel) of marble, but that wasn’t the only reason that I went with it.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

kitchen reno – ikea cabinets assembly and installation + kitchen sink

Kitchen Reno - Cabinets

Perhaps the title of this post shouldn’t be Ikea Cabinets Assembly and Installation, but instead, Ikea Cabinets Assembly and Installation: Serenity Now. Also, as a bonus, and for your reading pleasure, I’m including some of the kitchen sink bullsh*t (to be continued). Perhaps, the title should be, “Everything BUT the Kichen Sink”.

Let’s go back a few weeks, shall we?

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

shoestring reno: kitchen – ikea cabinets + kitchen construction plan

This, friends, is what an ikea kitchen delivery looks like. 25% of the boxes not shown. Number of pieces match - will be going through boxes and checking stuff off in the next day or so. #moving #newhome #kitchenreno

Hi folks, Happy New Year! I didn’t think I’d post until later in the week, but I really wanted to get this post out. I started writing it as we were making incremental progress, and this morning, fueled by yesterday’s stresses over having to readjust our kitchen budget upward (with the money we don’t have – yay!), I was propelled into completing the post today! Getting it out and published will feel very cathartic – so here goes.

This is the second installment of my “Kitchen Renovations Diary”, so to speak – it’s a long one, so bear with me. I know that it might get boring to read after awhile, but if you’re thinking of embarking on kitchen renovations in 2014, I highly recommend you read this to the end, or bookmark it for when you have some time. You might even want to print this out and highlight those parts most relevant to you. I tried to make this as comprehensive as possible and hopefully didn’t skip over anything. However, if any info seems to be missing or is unclear, please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to answer it right away.

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