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: 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: 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