Since the day I moved into my house 3 1/2 years ago, I’ve been dying to update the kitchen. I hate the laminate counters, with the fake wood look. I hate having a stovetop taking up a massive amount of counter space, with the tiniest oven known to man in the cabinet across the kitchen. While I like the solid oak cabinets, the color is dated and the hardware is dreadful.
After debating a few configurations, I settled on the least destructive. But, before I could do anything, I needed to find a 24” range oven. Standard size is 30”, but I have a small kitchen, and in order to keep the drawers I definitely wanted to keep, I settled for 24”. Anything’s larger than the old one anyway! Once I found one, hardly used, for $300 on Craig’s List, it was ready to start the kitchen renovation!
Here are my tasks (at a high level):
- Cut out the existing cabinet and remove the cooktop
- Wire up a new outlet.
- Insert the 24” Range in it’s place
- Build up the piece on the left side, against the wall, to support a thin countertop
- Refinish the cabinets with white paint
- Put on fabulous new hardware
- Get new countertops installed
- Paint the walls a cheery yellow
- Install a tile backsplash – subway tile with green accent
- Build new cabinets or open shelving above the new range, to include the range hood