Happy Friday, friends. I promised a kitchen update and this is a BIG one! Things are looking a lot different, right?! Click through for the latest kitchen update, a video, and a peek into our cabinetry installation process. This has been the easiest cabinetry install we’ve ever tackled… and that’s saying something- especially given Emmett works for a custom cabinetry company. We were very impressed!
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I’ve talked about my cabinetry selection and design process at Lowe’s, but the last time I shared images on the blog of the actual kitchen… it looked like this (pictured above). Today, this is the current state of the space:
Things are looking SO good in here! Obviously it’s a construction zone, so it’s a bit of a dusty mess, but we’ve made a ton of progress. The floors are installed (click here for that tutorial), the drywall is mostly primed, plumbing and electrical are finished, and best of all- the lower cabinetry is installed! I’m smitten. Countertops are being installed next week, then we’ll finish installing the upper cabinets and move onto tiling the backsplash. It feels like we’re finally on the homestretch of this renovation. We even have the KitchenAid refrigerator up and running! It’s the big cabinet with the beautiful brass hardware.
Rather than just giving you an update on the space, I always try to keep blog posts helpful and informative, so I thought it might be beneficial to give you a look at what the cabinetry installation process is like, if you’re the DIY type… like us. Emmett and our good friend, Kris (who works with Emmett), have installed cabinets all over the world with their company. They’re actually off to Haiti next week for a project and they make a great team! Even though I’d consider them both professionals, each one said the installation and accompanying packet made the process super easy- even a beginner DIY enthusiast could tackle this installation. Check it out…
What do you think? Would you try installing cabinetry yourself? It’s not as intimidating as it looks! Otherwise, Lowe’s offers installation as well… we just wanted to save money and knew we were more than capable.
The other big part of the installation equation was the amazing packet Samantha (our Lowe’s designer) put together for us. It was 20+ pages with EXACT instructions… from unboxing, where to start, to modifications we might look out for, etc. It’s basically like the kitchen cabinetry install bible.
If you’re wondering what tools Emmett & Kris rely on during cabinetry installation (as seen in the video), I’ll link them below. They have a ton of experience and only use the best…
- Dewalt Power Drill
- Johnson Box Beam Level
- Johnson 24″ Level
- Irwin Clamps
- Kobalt Countersink Drill Bit
- Zircon Stud Finder
- Pro Twist 3″ Screws
- Bosch Laser Level + Tripod
- Ram Board (to protect the floors)
The elevations, specific labeling, and detailed measurements also ensured everything ended up in the correct spot within our kitchen. It’s always nice to have a visual of how things will look once they’re in place.
As Emmett mentioned- stay tuned as we install the upper cabinets and hardware next week! We’re just waiting on the countertop to arrive before we tackle those. After that- it’s tile, plumbing, and then we’re basically finished! For more information about our Diamond Cabinets, appliances, and the process at Lowe’s, check out the following posts:
- My Cabinetry Selection & Design Process at Lowe’s
- My Favorite Readymade Cabinetry Colors
- How to Choose Appliances That Fit Your Budget
Questions? Comments? You know I love hearing what you think! I’m VERY excited with the way things are shaping up. It’s hard to believe we’ll have a finished kitchen by the end of the month. I’m already looking forward to cooking delicious meals!