Completed Kitchen

This post first appeared on Brownstoner on September 23, 2014

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The summer has been incredibly busy. The house is about 90 percent complete. Due to budget constraints the garden will have to wait until next year. But the good news is that the kitchen is finished! Last we left off, I had picked out a marble countertop. I’ve been living with the marble for almost a month now and so far so good. Two dinner parties with lots of red wine and accidental lemon spills and the marble is still going strong.

The marble countertop was installed by the fabricator and the entire process took about an hour. At the end of the installation the team applied a professional grade sealant on the marble. Sealant is key to keeping marble mostly stain free. It has also helped that I picked a slab of marble with lots of imperfections. My slab was already flawed, what’s a few stains here and there? Plus it was much cheaper!

The cabinets are Ikea, which I’m less than thrilled with at the moment. I already need to replace one of the drawers due to poor alignment. The dishwasher and refrigerator are both Fisher Paykel and are floor models purchased on eBay at about 60 percent off retail. The stove is NXR and was purchased at Costco. The wood floating shelves were custom made.

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2 thoughts on “Completed Kitchen

  1. This is beautiful! I have been following your blog and now with the outrageous housing pricing in Brooklyn, I have no choice but to buy a home that needs major improvement. how much should you think I should budget for renovations for 2000 sq ft town home. Open concept, decent kitchen and remodeled bathroom.

    • Thank you! It would be hard to give you even a ball park estimate without seeing the space or knowing the condition. If the mechanics of the house are good (plumbing, electrical, heating, roofing etc) then what you’re describing is just a remodel. Pricing on remodels really depends on the finishing and labor.

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