September 2, 2013

The House: Part 06: Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Before and After



This post has been a long time coming! We started the demolition on the kitchen on June 4. And just finished on August 22, after nearly three months of working full time. The kitchen needed the most work of any room in the house, and we basically had to demo it all the way to the studs and start all over. The floors needed scraped, sanded and refinished. Old cabinets and countertops were recycled. The walls needed gutted to make way for new drywall. New electrical and plumbing were needed. New fixtures and sink. Half of the trim around the windows needed replaced due to rotten boards. New paint throughout. New baseboard and quarter round. And, of course, we had to install new cabinets and countertops and everything else that goes into a kitchen.

I was able to handcraft the entire kitchen out of reclaimed oak that came out of a hundred year old barn thirty miles from our home. This was by far the most labor intensive part of the kitchen remodel. Twenty 4X4's and several hundred board feet of reclaimed oak were milled and carefully crafted and joined to make this kitchen what it is. The kitchen island features oak from the same barn. The only thing left is a small cabinet that will go above the washer and dryer. Other than that, this kitchen is complete!



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[this is what the kitchen looked like when we arrived. full of fake wood and cardboard countertops and LAYERS of linoleum on the floor and walls. and lots of GREEN]



[carefully scraping the floors, inch by inch, and then sanding, and eventually refinishing. the remaining cabinets and sink you see here are what we lived with from february until june]



[ripping the rest of the cabinets out. started to gut the walls down to the studs. this corner is the same corner as the picture above. thanks to scott for helping me gut the kitchen!]



 [about to rip off walls and plumbing]



[another angle before ripping down the walls. this angle is the exact same as picture #1]



[several of the floor boards were rotted out. we ripped them out and then i milled down reclaimed poplar to match the existing poplar flooring]



[this is about halfway through the remodel. some of the cabinets are installed, but we're still testing paint colors and where we will put the appliances. for example, the stove in the corner was replaced by the fridge. this angle is the same as picture #2 and #3]



[finished! similar angle as picture #1 and #5. butcher block top kitchen island is on wheels for mobility. farmhouse sink from ikea. all appliances found on craigslist. everything else handcrafted. :) ] 








[this shows the other side of the kitchen. i built this wall to sort of separate the laundry a little. above the laundry will be a small cabinet made of the same reclaimed oak. i think that will really finish the room off. the metal cabinet was a thrifted find and acts as a pantry. light fixture from lowes. the door is the back door of our house that leads to the yard and garage] 



[wanted to show another angle, similar to pictures #2, #3 and #7.]

15 comments:

Tash said...

Wow!! Absolutely gorgeous and I can only imagine the tremendous pride you guys must feel walking into your kitchen every day. I love the different grains of wood and that it's reclaimed from an old barn. Amazing. Just amazing.

Monique said...

Gorgeous. I love the floors and cabinets. Well done!

Estoked said...

AMAZING! What an accomplishment!

Beck said...

Just... WOW! It looks fantastic!

Mama Bear said...

Wow! So beautiful. Your woodwork is stunning!

Gwen Jackson said...

I had forgotten how bad it looked! What a transformation! Great job, Josh and Kari!

Wendi said...

What a labor of love! Looks GREAT!

loribeth said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

Brooke said...

I love all of it. Well done, you!

rosaleebills said...

The kitchen looks wonderful!! I really love all the wood work, open shelving, sink - pretty much everything:-)

mel said...

this is so beautiful, i love all!

Mary Beth said...

OMG so beautiful! We have ben living through a remodel this summer, have at least another month left. We are NOT doing it ourselves but I do wish I had your skillz. That is one amazing kitchen!

kate diago. said...

Josh, I'm so impressed!!! SO much work! it looks fantastic! way to go.

James said...

Wooden work is awesome in this home. This is very beautiful change after remodeling.

kerry kind said...

It must be difficult to walk away from something you have poured yourself into and labored over so tirelessly. Not just a functional kitchen---a thing of beauty.

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