My Kitchen Part 3 – drywall, cupboards and floors

Welcome to ‘My Own Kitchen” story, Part 3.

Part 1 is HERE.

Part 2 is HERE.

All installments to date can be found HERE.

Where we left off:

In Part 2, with the old walls out and new windows in, it was finally time to do the next step.

That happy go lucky drywall phase we all love. 🙂

My Extreme Dream Team and myself worked on the drywall. They’d put it up and patch and I followed along with the finetuning. Messy messy messy stuff! I really REALLY love those nice loooong pieces of drywall you see above. Less patching. 🙂

Now before we move on, look at the ceiling. See all that patchwork from where the old cab headers use to be attached to? I wasn’t getting new cabs in all those areas again so I had a choice of patching that nasty popcorn ceiling like crazy (which never looks great) or covering it up with something.  More to follow.

Note the floors? They snuck in. We were in quite a mad rush to beat the cab deadline so sections of the floor was laid where panic ensued and volunteer availability reigned.

The hardwood was laid with a diagonal in the kitchen area to follow the soon to be angled kitchen island.

With the drywall in place, it started to feel light and bright. Total use of the kitchen was also still in effect, including that beater range.

And then the painting marathon began. A soft neutral was used for the entire area which turned out to be the perfect shade of taupe without looking green nor pink. Taupes are difficult!

And the painting had to get done pronto for I was attempting to beat…


 … the fireplace going in.

Friend Dan and his team refaced and revamped the old brick fireplace by covering it with cultured stone, and created a funky wooden beamed mantel with metal influences galore. It’s become an amazing focus for the entire upstairs.

More on the fireplace build is HERE.

The fireplace was a gift. Dan and team donated the labor and required supplies and Yarrow Hardware donated the stone. Am I blessed or what!

And then Ron donated his time to install the floors, leading the rest of the team helpers. He’s a floor artist.

 I had purchased my flooring a few years prior and had them stacked in my basement. It was such a joy to see them finally in full use over top the plywood flooring I’d become accustomed to.

And then we were finally ready for the BIG day.

Because the team helped me with soooo much else, I was able to swing the purchase. I bought a new kitchen. Alder shaker styled cabs, rustic hardware and badly needed new appliances.

I was at home from work the day the cabs were installed and it took everything out of me to NOT HOVER. But I did alot of walk throughs because… I had to! I was so excited.

The install went FAST. This guy was an absolute pro.

See that black stuff on the ceiling in the above pic?

One of the most asked questions I get is “What is that?” Today’s you’re lucky day. 🙂

I took my ceiling patched dilemma to artist friend Dan. What I really REALLY like about Dan is that nothing is impossible in his eyes. And being an artist, he doesn’t think traditionally. And neither do I. 🙂

I had sketched out some kinda panels to cover the ceiling mess, and he improvised with his take on it.

The board is simple MDF you can see being drilled in the above 1st pic. The panels were installed in place, then plugs were fitted into the predrilled holes for the illusion of rivets into metal sections.

It covered the ceiling gaps beautifully! And added massive funk. 🙂 The panels were then coated out with a special paint by Sophisticated Finishes loaded with metal pigments. If I hit the panels with acid, they will rust. It was my intent to do so but after seeing the black basecoat, I left them as is.The black just looked so sharp!

Dan was about to create a very one of a kind metal island topper as well so the cardboard above was to simulate the shape and size I desired. Something so permanent and heavy needed a trial run as there was no turning back once it was a done deal.

See?? There’s my island on it’s fancy angle. 🙂

 And then it was appliance day. FINALLY! The beater stove hit the curb and in came the glossy black and stainless Bosch jewelry.

Have you ever driven an hour with a brand new fridge standing straight up in the back of a pickup? No? Ah… you haven’t lived yet then, my friends. 😉

What I adored about these appliances (other than the quality) were the fact that they were black AND stainless. I had the black fridge outfitted with stainless handles so it would blend with the other pieces.  Aren’t they purdy? 🙂

And yeah, that’s a gas stove. (gas rocks!)

 And then the counter tops arrived! Although they look like granite, they are laminate.

The counter tops were generously donated by Columbia Kitchen Cabinets, Abbotsford BC.

So things are looking quite neat and organized, are they not?

Yup! Sure thing! Soon. 🙂

Because, next up is the complete reveal with all the nitty gritty details.

(If you’re new here and are curious about all the donations, you can catch up in Part One. )

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  1. So fabulous! I could sit and stare at your kitchen for hours hours!! And that faux metal detail on your ceiling is amazing!! I love it. I want it in mine now!! Ha!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  2. So, I’ve gone back and read most of your posts about your house, even the “wordy” version! What a blessing! It’s not much, but I was able to make a small donation to the church. So glad your dreams are coming true! Be blessed, my friend!

  3. I love watching kitchens transform, more than any other space. It is such a used space, day to day for some grimy tasks, and when a kitchen can be a place you want to go, then it is the best! I have things I still plan on doing, and watching your steps makes me realize all is possible.

  4. First of all wonderful job! I love it! Secondly, we had those same hideous old cabinets! Ewww, ours are finally gone too!!! Some day I will post pics of all of out before and afters of the house! What a great idea!
    Thanks,
    Jenni
    kissedbyafrog.blogspot.com

  5. Hello Donna,
    Your new kitchen remodel project is coming together nicely. I love the unique look a like metal panel on the ceiling; just to cool for words. I would say that your friend Dan totally rocks! Happy remodeling!
    Smiles, Paula

  6. I love how real life is just going on around the remodel. The coffee cup of pens and pencils sitting down inside the new cabniets that are missing counter tops is awesome! Life must go on! 🙂

    Enjoying your site.

  7. I love the look of your kitchen island! I would so love to see the working side of it! I want a new island but don’t want to pay a fortune! Thank you for all your shares!