Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The beginning of our completely incredible Lowe's kitchen renovation!

I was thinking I'd just start at the beginning of this "Lowes-Sponsored What I Did After NBC's American Dream Builders" kitchen renovation project (that was a mouthful), and then cover all of the gory details, one post at a time. I started where one should always start in the kitchen project. Figuring out the layout.

Specifically, I began by tackling the riddle of how to convert the salvaged cabinets I bought from Built-It-Green-NYC last June into the kitchen configuration I was seeking now. This was made even trickier because I wanted to incorporate the "found" vintage farm sink that I lugged out of a collapsed house upstate. (Yes. We did a little low-level B & E in the name of architectural salvage. That's what makes us "spunky"!) So I had to figure out how to re-jigger the existing cabinets into another shape and layout, and then how on earth to support that whopping great sink so it didn't fall off the wall, crush the cabinet below, and fall promptly into the basement.

Because I'm a detail-oriented gal, and I didn't want to look like a chump on national TV again, I whipped up some pretty specific elevations and floor plans to keep us on track. And then we got to work, doing a good amount of sawing, hacking, swearing, and nail-gunnin'.

Eventually we got those buggers sorted out and leveled up, and then Lowe's sent their measuring guru to template our cabinets for the counter tops. That guy was a true artisan, and dealt with our weird shaped vintage farm sink without batting an eye.

Step #1: Check. 

At this point in the process, I'm getting pretty psyched. With the cabinets in position, we can decide on the countertop material and the cabinet colors. That's when the fun part starts!

Our old kitchen, while it had its charm (by that I mean plywood counters) wasn't going to hold a candle to our new Lowe's sponsored kitchen. 

Pretty freaking exciting folks.


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