Kitchen DIY: Before and After

Now that most things are complete, I thought it would be neat to take a picture from the same position as the before pictures that were posted when the house was for sale! And yes, I did *almost* everything myself. I took a few weeks off from work and had my lists. There were really long days and nights during the demo and installing the flooring, but I am super thrilled about how it turned out!

Before:

Kitchen Before

After:

kitchen after

kitchen after 2

  1. remove flooring
  2. remove wall
  3. paint cabinets
  4. replace light fixture
  5. new appliances: fridge, dishwasher, oven
  6. build island
  7. custom fit pantry
  8. concrete kitchen island countertop
  9. granite countertops
  10. paint window
  11. new faucet
  12. glass cupboard inserts

Note:

  1. I did need an electrician to come rewire the wires that were in the wall I took down. I would have felt comfortable doing this myself, but it was January and 1 of the wires was for the furnace. There was also a wire that I couldn’t figure out. Turned out to be my doorbell.
  2. I did need a HVAC person to come re-reroute the hot water heater exhaust that was in the wall I took down. I actually ended up needing a new hot water heater that would route out of the side of the house vs. through the roof.
  3. I did have the dudes from Craigslist fabricate and install my granite countertops.

Fred the Fridge

I moved the refrigerator that the house came with out into the garage the same day that I moved in. I knew I was going to be living with a fridge in the garage for a while, but I had no idea how long.

12/16: old fridge out

1/4: new fridge in

Kitchen Before

Old Kitchen

The opening for the fridge was 34.5 inches. The price tag for a double door fridge with skinny dimensions was quite a bit higher than the price of a 36 inch fridge. They only make ~2 refrigerators that are 33 inches wide that have double doors. The lowest price that I was able to find was on Black Friday. It was $1250.00, but my budget was $800 or less.

My next option was to buy a 36 inch fridge and slim down my pantry. Easy. Done.

Pantry In

Pantry In

Pantry Out

Pantry Out

Okay, so now that I was able to expand my refrigerator options I had a chance of hitting my $800.00 budget!!!

Home Depot: if you buy a fridge on clearance they will not deliver or haul away for free.

Appliance Smart: meh. The sales person seemed slimey and was negotiating. He seemed desperate and I felt like I was getting ripped off.

Craigslist: sigh, so much unpredictability with what people are getting rid of, plus I’d need a truck and I’d need to get it up the stairs in my house, etc. BUT!!! I found a pretty neat appliance place that happens to advertise on Craigslist. A-1 Appliance in Anoka sells used appliances. Many of them have dents or dings of some sort, but they’ve all been restored and come with warranties! PLUS, A-1 delivers and hauls away for free. The appliance that they haul away can be anything. I had them haul away the old oven and I kept the old fridge as my fancy garage fridge.

Once I saw the selection at A-1 I was so excited that I completely forgot about the height, width, depth dimensions that I’d held so close to me for eight weeks. I found a fridge with one tiny ding in it and bought it without a second thought, until….

As I drove away I got a really bad feeling. Was this buyers remorse? When I got home I measured again to double check and see if the fridge would fit. It would fit – kind of. Width didn’t matter. Height was eeking in with 1/8 inch to spare. Depth…omg.

Depth was going to be an issue!

I had purchased a beast. Once it was delivered, I stared at it in disbelief. I mean, I knew it was going to stick out beyond the cabinets. I knew what I had done, but seeing it in real life was so much worse. It was so HUGE.

Depth Issues!!!!

Depth Issues!!!!

There was only one way to solve the problem. We named it, and bought it eyes.

‘Fred-the-fridge’ is now a part of our family. We like the noises he makes when he drops ice and when he fills up with water. We call the noises #fredfarts ❤ ❤ ❤

Fred!

Fred!

Since the pantry needed to be customized to fit Fred’s width, it wasn’t much of a pantry anymore. It’s now a broom/vacuum closet. We’ve decided it’s Fred’s girlfriend and her name is Francine. I still have the door for the pantry, but I have yet to slim it to fit the new width, until then, she’s wearing a fancy 1970’s “dress.”

Custom Pantry

Custom Pantry

You can tell by Fred’s smile that he’s happy. I’m not so sure about Francine…

Fred and Francine

Fred and Francine

Update:

Fridge Pigtails!

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