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Kitchen Improvements and repairs.
~mike gradziel.
The kitchen was remodeled in 2001 by a budget builder who per the owner's instructions put in a basic kitchen of intermediate quality. The countertop is white tile, cabinets have solid maple fronts and particleboard backs, and the floor is vinyl tile. Lighting was inefficient recessed ceiling fixtures and there was no exterior vent fan. I added a powerful speed-controlled exhaust fan, replaced the recessed lighting with plastered-in junction boxes to eliminate air loss to the attic, and installed new light fixtures. I also moved the hanging pendant fixture by a couple feet. Then I painted the ceiling.

Some day I might put in a new kitchen but this one is still ok. Water pools behing the raised sink edge, the tile grout gets stained, and the box window gets water trapped between glass panes in wet weather. However changing out any single built-in item would be wasteful if the rest is left untouched, because rather soon the whole thing would get torn out again. On the other hand, I don't feel good about spending ten thousand dollars or more on a re-do when this is perfectly adequate. Baby Norman will wreak havok on the floor and cabinets but the floor is already scratched and beat-up, some cabinets have mild water damage to the finish, and some tile is already cracked. I call that peace of mind.

I settled on painting the walls a new color, a change from the uniform yellow beige brown theme, and taking out the bi-directional spring loaded dining room door that we never ever closed. I replaced the cheap nailed aluminum thresholds between hardwood and vinyl with nice wood strips and repaired the wood floor in the doorway where the spring hinge had been collecting rust and grime since 1940. Dad and I replaced the single pane exterior door with a double pane glass door that has good weatherstripping. Finally I painted the trim and doors and we settled on a dark lavender for the walls with a gray accent wall to avoid making the room too dark. The purple really brings out the yellow-gold of the wood and looks nice with the floor color too. With the custom built pot rack and some hanging fruit baskets, it really looks nice.
new wood floor section and threshold new wood threshold and caulking kelly moore eastlake lavender and mud pots
new colors and fruit baskets new colors and fruit baskets new colors and pot rack
new light fixture but original wall color new jamb to match rest of house swinging door hinge and jamb features
swinging door hinge and jamb features painting the ceiling replaced recessed lighting with enclosed boxes
added new screws through the cabinets to support all this weight fitting up the new door fitting up the new door
fitting up the new door tearing out the back door the original back door


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