The Road to Renovating Our Kitchen

When we moved into our house 6.5 years ago, we liked our kitchen but didn’t love it.

We didn’t like the early 2000s builder-grade tile, which was also on the backsplash. The countertops were a nice off-white corian, not bad at all, but could use some updating. The cabinets were a light orange-tone wood, which is common but getting a little dated.

There was a long counter (below) just in front of the back door. It was convenient for serving food when we hosted get-togethers, and it was a catch-all for bags and papers whenever we got home. But it also made for a tight space between the door and the counter. Sajan dreamed of cutting the counter back some, for a more open feel. I worried about losing the storage the cabinets provided.

We also wanted a bigger island with seating. For years, Sajan plotted different ways to rearrange the kitchen. We couldn’t stretch the island out larger because it was at its maximum width with the sink on one side and the fridge on the other. We even thought about blowing out a wall and sacrificing cabinet space for the kitchen to open into the foyer. But it was too risky without a guarantee it would be worth the trouble.

In the end, we decided to do a simple refresh, with a twist.

  1. Refresh all the cabinets. Replacing the cabinets would be super expensive, to the tune of $10,000, so we opted to paint them. (Kylie M has a good list of questions to help decide whether to paint or to replace cabinets.)
  2. Change the corian countertops to quartz. I didn’t have any issues with our countertop, but I did get a rust stain on it in a back corner and was afraid of more potential damage.
  3. Replace the floor tile I hated so much. And pick a reasonable grout color that won’t start out white and turn dark gray.
  4. Replace the backsplash, which was the same as the floor tile.
  5. Throw in a twist: a countertop switcheroo. The long countertop close to the back door, would become shorter. The spacious cabinets underneath would swap locations with a small cabinet on the other side of the kitchen.

In the next post, you’ll see the fine details behind the selection of kitchen features and the renovation process.

Enjoy Sajan’s video on how things went from start to finish.

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