This is my kitchen. I've always had a love/hate relationship with this kitchen. I hate the white floor. (Why would anyone put in a white floor when you live in the country?) I like the counter space, but I dislike the "cabinets." They aren't real cabinets. Well, the upper cabinets are real, but the lower ones are a framework with shelves open from one end to the other. And the corner cabinet by the stove and the one by the dishwasher are so deep and run back in the corners where you can't retrieve anything, or even see anything. They are cheap, cheap, cheap. Functional--to a point, but still cheap.(Please ignore the formica on the floor, and the mess. And keep reading for an explanation of the mess!)
We'd recently been to a home show where a rustic bath and kitchen remodeler had a display. One of the ways he finished cabinet edges was to put wood trim up and distress it, even distressing the formica at the edge of the cabinet. Both Kev and I really liked the look, so we decided to attempt it ourselves.
Before starting, we discussed what we were going to do with our bar. (pictured above.) The counter is deeper than standard countertops. It's 36" across. It's a little low for us, and it tends to become a collector of junk. Since our stock formica didn't come in 36" width, (and we didn't want to special order it) we brainstormed for ideas. Kev's come up with an idea to make a higher shelf on the back side. We'll piece in the formica on that side, which will be covered and not readily visible. It will hide some of the junk that shows up, and will be higher, which we'd both enjoy. I'm still a wee bit skeptical, but he's pulled off other ideas, so I will just have faith in him!
And, so on Saturday, Kev was restless, and decided to just tear into the kitchen.
We tore off the bar formica first. Let me tell you, formica is sharp. I have quite a few cuts on my hands! We discovered that using my iron loosened up the glue which made it faster and easier to rip the formica off the countertop. (Didn't do a lot for my iron, it's all scratched now!) Then Kev cut the formica, and started building his shelf. He did all the cutting, and I brushed on the contact cement.
Now, I've never done formica myself before. I've just watched some guys at work put in a new counter top on my circulation desk years ago. I knew they used a lot of shims as they were fitting the formica, because they told me, once those two pieces touched, they were stuck. There's no repositioning of the formica. When it's down, it's down.
I asked Kev what he was going to use for shims. Nothing. I asked if he's done formica work before. He say's he has. I suggested we get come cardboard for shims, and he finally did, but we had 3 pieces only and well, long story short, we ruined our formica. Yep, it stuck where we didn't want to, and we tore the heck out of it trying to get it un-stuck!
So Kev said a few not-so-nice words and had a little temper-tantrum and we moved on to the two smaller counter tops.
Miss Kat and I are going to Wichita this coming weekend to get a bridesmaid dress for her, so I'll stop by and pick up another piece of Jamocha Granite Laminate for the bar. We need to do it and the long counter top where the sink is. (the first photo.) I already know I will need to paint again. I like the green--even if it is much brighter than I'd planned. It's not really the neon that it looks above! New paint color will probably be in the yellow/tan scheme. I also joked with Kev that the countertops would look much nicer with black appliances instead of the white. But we are NOT switching them out just for cosmetic purposes!
Really, replacing the countertops moved quickly--we'd probably have gotten most of it done if we hadn't ruined that ONE piece. But...live and learn! We'll get it. We always do! And it will look nice. Promise.