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Kitchen Renovations – All The Way

When it comes time to renovate your kitchen, often times it’s good to really think it through and tackle a more complete job than you might initially think of. For example, if you’re going to replace the flooring, maybe you should go ahead and paint the walls and do any kind of ceiling repairs first, since you won’t sweat any issues or mistakes happening to the flooring you’re going to replace. And in the end, you’ll have a kitchen with much more ‘pop’ than if you only did one or two small things.

popcorn sprayerpopcorn sprayerOk so, the easy thing or the cool thing about using pop corn type ceiling texturing is you are going to be able to see as it’s applied, you only have about six shots at this so you have got to make sure that you get it right… think everything through before you do it, if it’s not in a corner like this, you want to go all the way around the perimeter and then gather that around, what I have done before is put a rubber band, gather the skirting around the tent, put my hand in the can, put everything inside and then gather that around so it only gets on my arm and not the carpet or furniture or anything like that.

Unfortunately this is a total kitchen remake and haven’t done anything like this before all by myself, but following some tips from FamilyHandyman.com. Still, I am doing this first and then laying tile later on, so it’s hidden, so I am really fortunate to be doing this now. So you want to shake this for about thirty seconds or so, remember the direction is left and right of your finger so it’s gong the same way like this as your finger is so if you want the spray to go back and forth long ways then you are going to have to compensate for that because the spray will only go in the direction if you turn it like this, the spray is going to go this way rather that length wise.

So just get an idea of what to do, now about fourteen inches, I am going to spray like this and that’s about it. So I got four good squirts out of that one, let’s take a look, not bad, not bad at all. So what we are going to do is just go ahead and pull this off now, I am going to keep the thumbtacks handy because I have got to do this again. Let’s go ahead and pull this down, I know the suspense is killing you and you can see that that got on beautifully. It did get on the walls and that’s ok, this is going to be behind a refrigerator and honestly, I would go ahead and pull the thumbtacks out of here and not worry about trying to salvage and use the same thing because I have got an extra sheet so I am just going to pull the thumbtacks out of here to start this.

Now, I do have some leftover in the can and what I am going to do immediately is take this to the sink, wash this out. The reason I do this every time is, if I don’t, it’s going to harden and then I can’t use this can again. So make sure you wash out the clean out and nozzle as well cause this stuff dries pretty quick and so that’s what it’s going to take to repair a pop corn ceiling.

Adding In Kitchen Appliances

Today we’re looking at all the magic we can make happen by thoroughly planning out our kitchen design on our computer before ever picking up a hammer, saw or paint brush. It allows us to try a multitude of options, get a really good sense of how things will work together and decide what we really want to spend our time and energy on. It allows you to go into kitchen design battle full of confidence!

So to begin with today, I’m going to go ahead and place our commercial range (a great suggestion we got from our friends at Columbus Appliance Masters, so thank you guys!), and I’m going to use a 48” range and click and place that as well as our cook hood.

If I select our range I’m going to use the center tool, and I can actually center that inside of this room. I’ll click and place the center and I’ll do the same thing with the cook hood, use the center and I’ll just get that off of the cook range.

Now those two items are exactly centered in the room, as long as I have my library open I’m also going to place my refrigerator and I’m just going to slide that over off to the left here in front of that window temporarily. Let’s close the 3D view and go in to a wall elevation, I’m also going to close my library.

Our elevation tool is you can take a wall elevation or cross section and it will actually show you all the layers of the floor and ceiling. With our wall elevation camera we’ll just point at the wall we want and take an elevation view, and now you can see the wall elevation pretty clearly. I’m going to place a base cabinet off to the right hand side of our cook range, and if I click on this cabinet I can resize it pretty easily, and if you double click on it you have control over all of the components in here.

The first thing that I’m going to do is mark it to have flat sides, because when I bump it to the cook range I want to make sure that the countertop doesn’t intrude in to the cook top. Let’s go ahead and change the width back to 24”, select okay and I’m going to go ahead and bump that next to the range.

cabinet stylescabinet stylescabinet stylesChoosing Cabinet Styles

Now the look I’m after for the base cabinets is to have a sea channel door and draw style. If I double click on this cabinet I can customize this cabinet in a number of ways. If I click on the front of the door and draw style first of all I can change those face items, and on the door and drawer tab here I can come in and choose the style of the door, the hardware and the same for the drawer.

Let’s go ahead and explore using the library and when you open up the library, you can use either the generic custom cabinets from Chief Architect or the manufacturer catalogs. Let’s begin with the custom catalogs from Chief Architect, I’m after the Euro-style base cabinet look so let’s go ahead and select that for our door style.

Let’s remove the hardware in this case since it’s integrated in, and let’s do the same thing for the drawer here. So back in to the library and in to the Chief Architect custom catalog, and we’ll choose that same Euro-style look, change the handle since it’s integrated. Now that I have this changed you’ll see the preview update as I make all the changes on this panel.