Take care of what you give to the kitchen.
If you give a new countertop to the kitchen, it will ask for a new cabinet.
If you give it a new countertop and cabinet surface, it will ask for a new paint for the cabinet frame and a new sink for the counter.
And a new set of taps. And backsplash. And wall paint.
I know this because I spent a month between Thanksgiving and Christmas and initially I tried to appease my kitchen with a gift or two.
But it wants more. And better.
Until, in the frenzy, I tried to close it with myself
The made concrete countertop weighs about 1,500 pounds and requires a team of giants to install it.
I didn't do it all because it was worth it because I might leave the house in a few years anyway.
I do this because there has never been a rational thing happening in the kitchen.
It's not that I'm suffering from my holiday in hell.
I just hope it's a little less scary.
In fact, my children were very lucky because their stockings were not stuffed with Gorilla Glue and did not use the vise clip a little. To (barely)
To avoid this fate, I have received advice from several experts, including the architect and author Duo Dickinson of the book "Stay where you are: Remodel your house to get the home you want;
Michael Anschel, president and designer of otoggawa-
Anschel, a design and construction company in Minneapolis;
Steve Corey, author of affordable kitchen upgrades (
Written with Diane Slavick).
My experts say the key to a successful kitchen update is patience and planning. As Mr.
Dickinson suggested: "This is absolutely feasible, but you have to take a real strategy for it.
If you deal with it in a hurry, then you are looking for trouble. ”Trouble. He has no idea.
The planning process should start at least three months earlier than the scheduled start time, as the cabinet usually takes two months or more between ordering and delivery.
The color and fit of the cabinet surface determine your next step.
It is all assumed that the shape of your cabinet is good enough to be placed first.
If you have any questions, the manufacturer of the cabinet surface usually checks your cabinet as part of their service.
If your cabinet is strong and you have excellent measuring power and budget, you can save money by ordering remotely --
Improve the store. Mr.
Local taxi manufacturers are more likely to make the right faces, Anschel said, but our local taxi manufacturers are more expensive than Home Depot, so after measuring no less than five times, my wife Karen and I ordered 15 faces in the store.
Thank God, our cabinet.
Called a partial coverage style, it covers the cabinet gap without extending to the edge of the frame.
Two other common types, full-
The smallest measurement or manufacturing error can make the face useless or obviously ugly.
We spent about $1,850 or $50 a linear foot on a face that has been painted
It is called European hinge in a separate box.
Let's get our taste to the Cherry face.
We can buy a straight foot for over $250.
We have also considered updating the wood finish, but the paint finish is much simpler.
All you need to do is wear the surface with sandpaper and apply the primer before painting.
After finishing our face, we looked objectively at our old laminated countertop, which has passed the golden age of 20 years.
We can replace them with a new laminate, but that's all.
Solid materials such as stone or kelineer range from $35 to $110 per square foot, including installation, the price of the laminate varies from $17 to $50 per square foot. if you measure carefully and cut the countertop professionally, you can install it yourself.
While browsing with Karen, I made a catastrophic mistake by sliding the handle over a polished concrete countertop that looked like a stone but was soft in texture and didn't bother us with any seams.
The price of this countertop may be as high as granite, depending on who built them.
I recall a brief exchange between my husband and I.
Dickinson said I could think about making a concrete countertop myself.
I laughed out loud.
But now, with the concrete cooling my hands and the kitchen salesman nearby, I sought a second opinion on the difficulty of D. I. Y. countertop.
"It's not hard if it's convenient for you," the salesman said . " In retrospect, he may have an abnormal sense of humor.
"If you can make a good model, you will be in good shape.
"That's what you need.
I added up all the molds I made in my life. Zero.
With this, the door to madness is open. Mr.
Dickinson suggested calling.
Dong Cheng, author of "concrete countertop becomes simple" and supplier of two websites, one is his design service (chengdesignxad. com)and another (
Specific exchange. com)
Table Top materials and a comprehensive set of operating methods are providedto videos.
After completing the whole process, I suggest you buy Mr. Cheng’s book.
If your project deadline is tight, please read it twice.
Then read back.
Then go and buy a reinforced countertop, called one day.
This is not to say that this project is impossible for any D-average person. I. Y. skills.
In fact, if you have the skills to take the time and you can create something beautiful and cheap, you may enjoy the process.
But a rush can lead to mistakes, and the smallest mistakes can make your project ugly in the best case and dangerous in the worst case.
A small sample of dozens of problems faced by novice countertop craftsmen: how and where to build a workbench that can accommodate 700 pounds people and properly solidify concrete and sealing materials in warm enough conditions?
Where can I find a steel yard that can sell you 8 inch thick steel bars?
How to build a concrete form that can perfectly explain the faucet fixture and sink?
How to find eight muscular martyrs to flip your countertop (
Then, on another day, help install them?
There are still many subtle questions waiting.
The book answers most of the questions, but for other questions, I tend to favor Justin Hawkins, the owner of the Livingstone concrete studio (
Livingston economic center. com)
In Rhode Island. Mr.
Hawkins teaches one-
Workshop on table making day.
If I do this again, I will start there.
Building a countertop is not like buying a few 80-
A bag of heavy concrete, throwing a table together with plywood.
You can easily spend $500 on materials, and if you don't have a table saw and a cement mixer, you'll crave them like salt.
When I started the process, I wanted to have a week to try the smaller concrete form, color, and polishing levels, and then start two worktops that are about 7 feet long and 2 long. 5 inches thick.
I lost that week because of a shipping failure.
And then a nail --biting, three-week-
Down through eight-
Step by step process.
For newbies, there is no way to exaggerate the degree of anxiety
It's irritating that even if you somehow find help from a healthy retired volunteer, you can work with him for at least four full days without looking at the clock.
Someone like my father Bob.
Karen would also help if she didn't spend every non-working time polishing cabinets, preparing walls and decorating new paint.
And, hey, since the cabinets are painted, aren't those lamps looking terrible?
It won't be below either.
Does Mount Sink really add value to our house?
Let's go shopping when the concrete gets hard.
Finally, after building form, pouring concrete, grinding and sealing surfaces, and reinforcing cabinets to accommodate huge slabs, we move them in place with the meticulous precision of nine people, say, their future bride 700
Wedding cake. At Mr.
At Hawkins's urging, we put it up to keep it intact.
It does not break or break.
This is far from perfect because there are blurry lines that separate different batches of concrete, and more fine holes than I thought.
But it looks really cool when we put it in the right place.
I feel very pleased and strangely, I have taken this as a hobby, although small works like coffee tables have attracted me as well.
Not perfect though, but the next day Karen and I painted the walls and installed a new tile tailgate when the countertop looked better, to replace the mismatched old tiles I fell from the wall a few weeks ago.
Instead of exposing the new countertop to splash tile cement, we used the adhesive pad SimpleMat to install the new tile.
We also used Fusion Pro grout, which does not require a sealing material, but is more difficult to sponge from a tile than a typical grouting material.
The next day, on Christmas Eve, as I groped for the installation of a new sink and an electrician to install a new light fixture, my child rushed to clean up and clean up the construction waste.
Then, while the family was on their way to our house for the party, Karen and I finished the installation of the cabinet.
The hinge is a little bit hard to perfectly align, but it is manageable after we go through these.
The doorbell rang.
We ended the game in many ways.