When my husband and I were having the floors installed, the contractor suggested we remove the base cabinets and run the floor underneath in case we ever decided to reconfigure the kitchen. We really didn't want to do this extra work. I had already decided to paint the cabinet frames white and had ordered custome shaker style doors. My old cabinets were really ugly and had started to deteriorate even though they were less than 10 years old. They were builder grade oak, pickled oak, ya know PINK, and had white laminate doors. The laminate was peeling and were plain ugly.
The first blog I ever read was Kim's at Twice Remembered. I loved what she had done with her kitchen and even primed the cabinets and started to add trim to them. However, there is always Murphy's Law and once the base cabinets were removed, we found that the boxes were falling apart. My husband and I had to make the tough decision to either repair and salvage what we had or go all out and completely reconfigure the kitchen. It was a whirlwind because we were already in the thick of getting the floors installed. Now this was going to set us back weeks. (Little did I know, it would be months).
Old cabinets primed, beadboard added and trim installed.
I mapped out new cabinet configuration on the walls.
I gained twice as much cabinet space.
All the details aside, I shopped around, purchased new Kraftmaid cabinets, waited 4 months (yes, kitchen was like above photo for 4 months. I installed a sink on plywood, plugged in fridge and used micro for most of cooking. Hello takeout.) before they arrived and had them installed with my lovely farmhouse sink. I LOVE MY SINK. The cabinet designer almost talked me out of it saying that water splashes when you are washing the pots and pans. I DON'T CARE. It holds pots, pans, dishes, glasses---all messy from dinner. I wouldn't change a thing.
The sink, faucet and grid were all purchased off eBay. Here are the retailers I bought from.
Sink- Whitehaus Fireclay (501) with mounting kit from Home & Stone for $638
Stainless Grid in Sink from Blue Bath for $154
Delta Faucet in ORB (Model 156-RWBF) from eBay seller for $169
(I did just notice that prices have come down a smidgen from when I purchased in 2007- darn for me.)
A whopping $961 bucks, but wouldn't change a thing. More to follow on the rest of remodel. Ebay was my savior for saving bucks on appliances.