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Re: Kitchen renovation input needed

@mominohio , Bisque and/or Almond appliances are available in "builder's grade" , meaning they are basic and often put in duplexes and apartments. I like bisque but the salesperson steered me to stainless steel (never again, so hard to keep streak free). Also, I misspoke about Corian - laminate is cheaper and looks nice.

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@mominohio 

 

So true about the pages & pages of rooms!  I was thinking the same thing -- I don't go there much because you need to try to get to "real" home things posted.

 

I wanted to say -- people in this community have refaced the cabinets. We got pricing for this but our cabinets were junk BUT interestingly the refacing was a little more than buying new cabinets.  

 

I bought Innovations full wood soft close cabinets in coastal cream & I designed the kitchen vs. what the kitchen "designer" kept suggesting.  (White cabinets with shaker style.)

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@mominohio  Have you considered IKEA?  They actually show you pictures of the finished room.  I believe with IKEA you can do or you can have IKEA do it.  Something to consider.  Check it out online, there are endless choices for countertops, cabinets, etc.

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@mominohio Had my kitchen remodeled two years ago and had  soft close drawers  installed, but also had an easy- reach cupboard installed in the corner instead of a lazy susan ... I LOVE IT!... the door is double hinged and swings out and  you can literally reach into the bottom corner to get out pots/pans without standing on your head...

I had a bank of large soft close drawers installed for use of all my baking pans, mixing bowls, etc.. and the top drawer for spices and my large parchment papers...

I  had to order the corner cabinet, the drawer bank and another cupboard to go on top beside my stove... then repurposed all the rest, I cleaned and painted an ivory color with triple satin polycoat over top... changed out all the hardware to a dark bronze...a 60/40 Siligranit (cream color) drop in sink with grates in both sides... new faucet with spray head... and dark  (greys/black/tan colored ) laminate countertop, which I also love... I ended up spending more for the additional cabinets and the sink I wanted.... I figure if my countertops don't last long, It won't be much of a problem changing them out, as I have the drop-in sink, instead of undermount.... MUCH easier to change out and it works for me and was much easier on the budget... I do wish I would've had the electrician wire for undercabinet lights.... I have them, but they're not hardwired  ...but they serve the purpose...I also did lots of research ahead of time to get an idea of what I wanted and how I wanted to improve the function of my kitchen...

 Then I ordered things ahead of time.... i.e. range hood, faucet, sink baskets, cupboard hardware, light fixtures,etc.... and stock-piled it...most were on sale... then when the kitchen people came to give me an estimate, I showed them what I had ordered already and they could implement them into the design/plans and install them for me as they went along...it saved me a lot of money that way...also had them repurpose as much from the original trims (fillers and crown molding) to save money... I did the backsplash myself a few months later....I really love how my kitchen turned out and they did a fantastic job... you won't be sorry you went with a kitchen designer... they know what they're doing and know how to implement things into the design...don't be afraid to visit their showroom to get ideas, too... that's how I found out about the large drawers and easy-reach corner cabinet....have fun with your remodel... it's a mess, but well worth it in the long run... Good Luck!

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Sorry....out of town at the Furniture Mart in High Point North Carolina.... I think some of our Friends from here at ‘Home’ would really love it here.... but my posting is misbehaving!
I redid my kitchen in Chicago in 2003 and used a company called Amish Country Kitchens for my cabinets.... I loved them and they were very custom and like beautiful pieces of furniture. When we sold the home in 2014 everyone who came through assume the kitchen was brand new.
I thought that might be a cool place for you to check out for cabinets @mominohio considering they are your neighbors!

They didn’t bring the cabinets to Chicago by horse and buggy... Rather be in a big white truck but they were wrapped in a handmade blankets not your normal (and wasteful) cardboard and Styrofoam.
Good luck with your kitchen project ...so exciting!
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@Twins Mom wrote:
Have been very pleased with new vinyl floor- looks like tile. Does not show dirt, easy to clean, easy on feet. When beginning planning I was told to start with floor and that did help with color of cabinets, countertop, etc

 

@Twins Mom 

 

Start with the floor. That is the first time I've heard of that strategy. Thanks for that, something to surely consider. 

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@froggy wrote:

@mominohio 

 

I have to agree with you about the Home forum these days. I have been reluctant to say anything because I think the posters mean well but the quantity of their postings just take over the forum. I usually just skip over it now. Maybe we need another category for these types of posts - Decorating Inspiration or something like that.


 

@froggy 

 

Glad to hear I'm not alone. I figured since so many people respond to the posts, they are popular and the issue is just mine to deal with. I do like your idea of another category or forum just for that. I suppose Q wouldn't go for it, but I love the idea and think it would be a great suggestion.

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@mominohio 

 

We did our kitchen and baths about 4 years ago.

 

One thing, very minor maybe, but if you are planning to get new faucets  the ones with a pull down sprayer built into the faucet are very nice, we chose that and it is so handy.  If you do get one be sure that it has a magnet which will hold the sprayer up.  There is a spring inside the faucet to do this, but  but it quickly stretches out.

 

My SIL did her kitchen a year after we did and got a similar one to ours without the magnet, her sprayer will no longer hold in the retracted position.

 

Good luck, hope your foundation and roof are OK.

 

 

 

 

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@mominohio , I did what Twins Mom did.  I chose the floor first and went from there.  I was able to pick backsplash, counters and wood based on the flooring decision.  LM