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The cabinets are here!!!!

17 Aug

With the gorgeous new hardwood covered up again, and the smell of paint primer fresh in the air…my new cabinets were delivered! Yes, can you believe we’re already there? Therein lies the beauty of a small kitchen.  This comes after a couple of days of very hard work for Sasha (including Saturday). He’s been busy with drywall and plaster while I’ve been out enjoying the fabulous weather we’ve been having.  My new sleek radiator has also been installed and I’m thrilled that it’s smaller than I expected – bonus!

The boxes (cabinets) look fabulous – more spacious than I imagine and all with all the soft closures on the drawers working like a charm.  Today they’ll be installed and you can trust that I won’t be too far away when Danny comes by to discuss knobs and pulls.  Check back later tonight for the progress.

New radiatior and shiny harwood.

The long narrow boxes are the valance pieces.

This cabinet goes above the fridge - note the tray storage.

Pantries with broom closet on far right.

View of kitchen from hallway. Looks much larger with the casings around the door gone.

Drawers and the opening for the bulit-in microwave.

Notice we left the wee bit of vintage wall paper behind the pantry. When another family reno's this kitchen - they'll have a little suprise!

Incidentally the interior of all the cabinets – which is what you see, is maple. My actual doors will be white…just in case there was any confusion!

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Q & A

3 Aug

I’ve received a few questions about the reno on my personal Facebook page from friends. Thought I would address them here for everyone.

Q: Are you knocking down the wall between the kitchen and dining room?

A: No we are not knocking down the wall between the kitchen and dining room. This is usually the first thing most buyers of original Leaside home do – out goes the wall! While we did look at this option a few years ago – and even went so far as to have architects drawings done, we decided to leave the wall up for one main reason; It’s not as easy a job as in most standard homes. 😦 Sadly, our second floor load does not sit on top the first floor load. Unfortunately this would require not one beam, but two (think a big T)…and either a very costly reno, or two unsightly bulkheads. So the wall stays up, the kitchen will still look great and I save money for the mammoth island I will have in my next home. 🙂 Remember while we love this home – we’re quickly growing out of it. We hope future buyers will love the new kitchen.

P.S. A house across the street from ours sold a little over a year ago for a record amount. Guess what? Galley kitchen! If it looks great…it’ll sell!!!

Q: I love the flooring. Is it going?

A: Yes, the flooring is going. We really liked the stone tile when we moved in almost eight years ago, but it’s already in the dumpster for a couple of reasons. First, it’s brutal to clean and second, it’s hard on the legs and believe it or not…your socks.  A couple of summers ago we installed new hardwood on the rest of the main floor, so we’ll be installing the same hardwood in the kitchen.

Q: You’re not getting rid of the heated tiles are you?

A: Bye, bye electric heating under the stone tile! While cozy…it’ll be unnecessary under the new hardwood floor. We will be replacing the old cast iron radiator with a new sleek Stelrad style radiator.

Old cast iron radiator

New Stelrad style raidator