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Holy moly. At long last, the kitchen renovation is complete... and I've gotta say, it's quite the transformation. I feel like I am in a completely different house, and it's freakin' awesome. Goodbye nightly restaurant visits - you can find me cooking some of these recipes in my fabulous new kitchen!
We went from outdated and drab...
For those of you stuck behind a firewall who can't view the video tour, I'll recap - the video features the Shaker Maple Espresso cabinetry and brushed nickel hardware that we purchased through Kitchen Resource Direct. I also show off the sweet vertical spice rack that Jessica suggested we add to the design and the Blum™ Motion Soft Close Drawer Slides that come standard on KRD's Deerfield Assembled Cabinetry!
I'll admit that I took extreme pleasure in the demolition of the old kitchen. Dingy off-white counters and appliances, ugly melamine cabinetry, a pantry that served little purpose besides making an already small kitchen feel even smaller - it was terrible!
I think that the whole demolition crew enjoyed taking a crack at that awful eighties decor - nobody is missing the parquet flooring, sea foam green carpeting or the goldenrod paint on the wall!
Since we chose a dark espresso finish for our maple cabinetry through Kitchen Resource Direct, we installed a very light bamboo floor throughout the kitchen, dining area, living room and half bath to balance and unify the space.
We chose a Butterrum Granite Formica counter top which featured flecks of both light and dark colors, brushed nickel hardware and Martha Stewart's "Fig" Interior Paint for the walls to further pull the design together.
My "must have" items for the kitchen remodel focused around making my life easier - I had to have a wine rack as a feature in the space (LOVE) and the addition of a dishwasher was non-negotiable. Given our space limitations, we chose an 18" stainless steel dishwasher by Danby (it got better reviews than the "brand names" you've heard of).
We also landed on Maytag for our refrigerator (a built-in icemaker was a necessity), convection oven and over-the-range microwave. Just getting the microwave out of the corner gives us so much more counterspace, I can actually prep food without using the stovetop as a counter!
To complete the look, we went with sink and faucet by Moen, purchased from Home Depot and the pendant light above the sink, purchased from Lowes.
A huge thank you to Christopher Howard Construction out of Hampstead NH for an installation job well done, to our awesome demolition crew (we couldn't have done it without you) and to Kitchen Resource Direct for agreeing to partner up for this remodel project!
To my readers: based on the experience I've had during this whole process, if you're planning a kitchen remodel any time in the near future, I strongly recommend that you consider KRD for your cabinetry needs.
With their selection, competitive pricing, quality product and amazing customer service, we were able to upgrade our kitchen (with all the bells & whistles I required), stay within our budget and add considerable value to our home. Your new kitchen may be closer than you think!
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Disclosure: This compensated post is part of a sponsored project with Kitchen Resource Direct. Also in exchange for my honest review, Kitchen Resource Direct has applied a "builder discount" to my order of factory-assembled cabinetry. Regardless of compensation received, I will always provide you with my honest opinions, findings and beliefs based on my experience.