Ever since I saw Episode 4 of Fixer Upper’s premier season, I knew I wanted that kitchen. Specifically, I wanted that integrated counter-height table. The idea seemed completely fresh, brilliant, unique. So every house we looked at last summer, I imagined with that kitchen.
It seemed completely natural to me to take the U-shaped kitchen of our new home and create the long, skinny island and table I had been coveting. Many people didn’t understand what I was envisioning, but I knew exactly what it would look like. Amazing!
Below is a really rough sketch of what the old layout was versus what the new layout is. Besides being dated and dark, the U-shaped kitchen felt small and cramped. There was so much wasted space and the kitchen just didn’t feel like it belonged in this house. So with the idea of knocking out the built in pantry and adding cabinets to the entire length of the wall, taking out the breakfast bar and putting in the long island, we went to Cabinets To Go where we were assisted with creating our official cabinet layout. A few tweaks later, we placed our order with another cabinet company and received our cabinets within just one week.
I was lucky to find my missing images from the cabinet installation so I can show you how we did it with just 2 people. My idea was to fasten scrap lumber to the wall, level that, and then place the cabinet we were installing on top to assist me with holding it up while my husband screwed them into the wall.
We did this for all upper cabinets and also used clamps to keep the cabinets as close together as possible. Those clamps made all the difference between having a small seam to having an almost invisible one. A level and some shims are also very important parts of installation, keeping everything as even as possible.
Up next in my Kitchen Renovation series of posts is my How-To for concrete overlay countertops! Stay tuned!
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