Kitchen Remodel: Durock Installation

At this stage, I am ever so excited for this segment. The journey to concrete countertops is a fast-coming reality!

Oh, my disclosure:

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Durock Installation

With the kitchen cabinets are installed, it is time to install the Durock and edge forms!  As a result of Ikea’s frameless cabinets, I have to have 5/8″ substrate thickness when using Concrete Countertop Solutions cast in place forms.

To address this situation, I attached 1/8″ plywood strips around the cabinet edges. I used scrap plywood and attached with silicone.  I used silicone to attach 1/2″ thick Durock to the plywood strips. I opted for silicone because the concrete counter top is attached but can be removed if I ever change my mind.

I selected Durock as my substrate because it is easy to work with. Durock is easy to install and concrete bonds well for a solid foundation. To use Durock, measure the countertop, then mark the Durock.  Measure twice, then score with a utility knife on both sides. Apply pressure on the scored edge to snap. If the counter top requires more than one piece, simply butt the joints together. I opted to cement tape and grout the joint to insure no leak-through. You can see from the image below the jointed seams.

Durock installation with taped seams
Durock installation with jointed seams

As you can see, this is a working kitchen so the appliances are in place.  The only item that is missing is the sink. I miss my kitchen sink!

No major issues, for sure!

All Durock installed on base cabinets and looking good!
All the Durock installed. Looks great so far!

Lastly, due to life struggles in the last year, I wrote affirmations on the island slab of Durock. Not quite the same as my name in the cement, but lots of wishes that will be there for the test of time.  Pretty cool, I think.

Affirmations and wishes written on the Durock
Affirmations and wishes!

Until the next time,

~Always take the safest path, never take shortcuts.

Christine

Kitchen Remodel: Ikea Cabinet Assembly and Install

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Demo Work

I built the new cabinets after the demo work.  I had no space to build and store the new cabinets! To deal with the space issue, the old cabinets were removed then the Sektion suspension rails hung on the wall. The rails allow the cabinets to hang on the wall and weight is not on the legs. A critical consideration given the weight of concrete countertops.

Installation: Wall Cabinets

Installation begins by measuring, cutting,  and mounting the rail 32 3/16″ from the highest location in the kitchen. The rail must be level for level cabinets. Anchor the rail every twelve inches. Draw the cabinet layout on the wall to ensure right fit and layout!

The most effective tools in this segment was a drill and the FIXA 17-piece tool set.  The great thing about Ikea toolkits is that everything is “Ikea standard” so the drill bits and screwdriver bits are the right size. Pressing the easy button–and at $7.99, is a bargain!

The cabinet assembly is very simple and the details are fairly clear.  Please look through the directions to find the format of assembly that applies to your setup.  This is important because you may put the cabinet together in a way that does not apply!

Cabinet installation in limited space
Working in limited space

Starting in the corner, I assembled and hung each cabinet. Open box, assemble cabinet, hang on wall.  Wash, rinse, repeat. I hung all of the cabinets with no assistance except for the base-corner cabinet. My son helped me hang the corner cabinet.

Cabinet instructions are to install the feet on the cabinet boxes and have two people lift the cabinet in place to avoid breaking the plastic feet because the feet are only really used for the toe kicks. Hanging the cabinets first and then install and fit the feet to the floor is an alternative method. No broken legs and one person installation!

Installation:  Kitchen Island

The next step: install the island. Secure the cabinets to the floor for safety! Ikea has Sektion Support Brackets for kitchen islands. Unfortunately, I was short brackets.  As a result of the shortage,  I made a few using left over framing lumber and L-brackets.

Lastly, I installed the drawers–I wanted a sneek peek!

Finally finished–cabinets and drawers assembled and installed!

Cabinets and drawers installed!
Cabinets and drawers installed!

My DIY kitchen remodel considers life because it is a working kitchen. As a result, I placed the Formica top on the new cabinets in order to have a little space to cook.  Because the dishwasher still installed and working I can cook and clean. It’s inconvenient, but less expensive than take out!

Previous Post: Cabinet Demo

Next Post: Durock Install.

~Always take the safest path, never take shortcuts.

Christine

Kitchen Remodel: Cabinet Demolition

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Starting the Kitchen Cabinet Demolition: The First “Real” Step

The Many Boxes of Ikea were in the garage for about six weeks.

Any kitchen remodel is a very challenging project and I want to ensure I had the right mental and physical mindset to take on a project with this size and scope. My stair project took longer than anticipated–including one week of vacation from my “daytime” job. I considered various timing options.

The solution was losing my daytime job.

My higher power heard me, eh?

I was lost my job on Monday.  First of all,  I took the rest of the week off to grieve. Vacillating between calm and freaking out is not effective for any plan.

During that time, I saw an opportunity to start the kitchen remodel project. Time, bandwidth and supplies are now readily available. Seems like there is no time like the present!

Ready, Set, GO!

Why not start the demo?

My son kicked off the project. He began with the kitchen island demo. Teenagers (at least mine) are always happy to take things apart.  His only instructions:

  • Be safe;
  • Keep the cabinets intact for reuse for the later basement bar rebuild;
  • Be safe.

As a result of careful demolition, only one cabinet was lost.  The cabinet is not going to be reused in a future project. Great job, Alex!

Next, I removed the other cabinets. This part is scary; I would lose my kitchen.  As a result of my decision, would I become a nightmare renovation story?

Basic tools:

  • Pry bar
  • Hammer
  • Drill/Impact Drill
  • Jig Saw

I really appreciate my Dewalt 20V MAX tools–the brush-less drill and impact combo kit.  Cordless tools are convenient; having two batteries, one could be on the charger ready to go while the other was in use. Even with three tools (using the Dewalt 20V MAX Li-Ion Jig Saw) to cut down panels is handy. No cords for tripping hazards!

Finally, the old cabinets are gone!

The kitchen cabinets are out!
The Cabinets are Out!

I’m without cabinets and sink, however, my dishwasher and stove are working so I can at least cook.

Until the next time,

~Always take the safest path, never take shortcuts.

Christine

 

Kitchen Remodel: Ikea Cabinet Layout and Order

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The Ikea Kitchen Planner

As I stated in my prior post, the thought of remodeling my kitchen has been in the back of my mind for about a year.  During the Christmas holidays, I started using the Ikea Kitchen Planner to design the layout.  It’s fairly easy to use if you ignore the sometimes annoying challenges of getting the cabinet selection in the right space. Overall, the tool is great for the cost (zero)!

Ikea provides on-site kitchen planning services, but I opted not to go this route since the layout remains the same and it is an hour’s drive from my home. Not only to minimize drive time, but it seems that I spend way more than anticipated every time I go!

To determine what cabinets I would need, I simply measured the cabinet dimension.  One thing to remember is Ikea cabinets are frame less and my existing cabinets are framed. This means Ikea cabinets are full access because the full cabinet space can be utilized while framed cabinets have a frame around the front.

Drawers in frameless cabinets butt all the way up to the edge.  No wasted space!
Frameless Cabinet–the drawer butts up to the cabinet!

 

Framed upper cabinets have an edge around the front.  My upper cabinets are framed.
The framed upper cabinets–will remain unless I change my mind!

It’s heaven –lots of drawer space in the design!

Ordering from Ikea

The first quarter of the year is when Ikea has their 20% Family Sale on Kitchens.  I recommend making an appointment or going to the store at opening during the week to place your order so the wait time is minimal. It’s a busy place, regardless. Also, check your local store because they may open early for kitchen appointments.

Ordering is painless! The Kitchen Specialist pulled up the diagram lay out I did at home. He reviewed each cabinet to ensure that I had all the needed items. I think I did a pretty good job as I only forgot a few items–toe kicks and sink hardware.

In addition, the Specialist asked about counter tops. With concrete counter tops, additional brackets are available to help raise the top height to allow the drawers to clear the top. I am grateful for the second set of eyes.  Before he closed the ticket, he called a third set of eyes to sign off on his verification.  I appreciate the third set of eyes!

With the 20% discount, all the lower cabinets were just over $3,000.  For nine cabinets and the gazillion pieces of hardware, I think it was a good deal.

The price included the $149 delivery fee.  I was glad to pay the fee.  While Ikea perfected flat packs, I am not interested in loading and unloading all those boxes more than once!   More importantly, if there is damage during the transit, it’s not on me!

The order arrived two weeks later. Although it is intimidating to review the delivery, it is a good idea to make sure and check each item.  My receipt stated I had two days to report discrepancies, however everything in my order was accounted for, so no problem there!

Everything stopped at that point; the boxes set in the garage “looking at me” every time I passed by.  When will this project go into the next step?

It does, but a lot of things happen during that time.

Until the next time,

~Always take the safest path, never take shortcuts.

Christine

Kitchen Remodel: Cabinet Refresh

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It Starts with an Idea….Refresh Cabinets!

The kitchen remodel idea has been in the works for about a year.

I’ve lived in my home for nine years, and frankly, tired of the builder grade cabinets.

Not only was the oak cabinets overtired, I also wanted something else besides door cabinets!  Bottom door cabinets are inefficient and cumbersome to store items because the items in the back are hard to get. At least for me. Perhaps someone out there uses door cabinets efficiently, but that is not me!

Standard Oak Builder Grade
We are the 1990’s!

As a result, in comes Ikea.  I love their new Sektion line.  I love the drawer within drawers and the cabinets are a style I like. In addition, affordable!

The decision to replace the lower cabinets and paint the upper cabinets was the first step.  I also had to decide what the new countertop surface would be.

Enter concrete.  Solid surface, durable, and affordable–seems like an affordable option and straightforward to install.

Seem like it is easy enough, right?

The plan:

  • Measure, measure, measure again (cabinets, countertop square footage)
  • Order cabinets
  • Order cement, forms, finishing products
  • Block out the X number of weekends
    • Install cabinets
    • Pour cement
    • Finish cement
  • Enjoy!

Well, that’s how it went….kinda.

Until the next time,

~Always take the safest path, never take shortcuts.

Christine