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Comment by k.h. ky on June 14, 2015 at 12:17am
I believe the under counter lights make the biggest difference. I've been meaning to pick up a couple of the cheap, self adhesive kind to try them out. Now I know I've got to put them on my list!
For the reasons you stated. The vision isn't as sharp as it used to be.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 12:15am

Daniel, this is stunning! I see what you mean by the dark cabinets and how much brighter your kitchen looks with those lovely new cupboards. The under the cupboards lighting provides a far better light than a ceiling light. I know you will enjoy that! Are the cupboard tops marble? They look so pretty and shiny!

I like the hat with the blue ribbon, just a perfect shape. 

I am impressed!

Comment by Daniel W on June 13, 2015 at 10:31pm

Before - March 8 2015

April 9

June 9

June 9

Pretty close to the final result.  Meanwhile, we had Pad Thai tonite.

Felaine, the bamboo flooring was from Costco.  It has a 50 year warranty.  I do not know how it will stand up to standing water - but we don't get much of that in our kitchen.  Bamboo is about 3 times harder than oak.  The pre-finish is a very tough aluminum oxide polyurethane, baked on in factory.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 13, 2015 at 7:09pm

Daniel, where did you get the bamboo flooring, and how long do you think it will last?

We had a lot of major work done on our house, including linoleum tile kitchen flooring.  The tiles started cracking and falling apart after about 5 years, and are one of the causes of my tripping and falling down at least once a week. 

The contractor did a shitty job all over the house, but the kitchen is the worst.  (My sister hired him because he was one of her fellow JWs....) 

The bamboo looks classy, especially since the rest of our house has 1930s era hardwood floors, so everything would kinda match.  We do NOT have tacky wall-to-wall carpeting.

BUT I would have to hire someone to install the flooring. Our city's Senior Services Center has all sorts of connections, so that won't bee too expensive, or impossible.  I hope.

Comment by Pat on June 13, 2015 at 6:24pm
Daniel, The way you describe it you and Ning could put a gourmet restaurant. I'd be your first customer.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2015 at 4:57pm

And also, time to take some more photos of the project! I look forward to seeing it. I like the idea of lights under the cabinets. Laura has that and I love it. 

Comment by Daniel W on June 13, 2015 at 4:00pm

Not much cooking yet.  Kitchen cabinets and counter are in, and the electrical is done.

The main reason for putting in a new kitchen was the old one had a very  inefficient design, with too few cabinets, and even less usable cabinet space.  It was dark and looked dirty even when clean.  Cooking was not enjoyable and felt like a chore.

Getting older, it's easier to lose things in the back of the cabinet or drawer.   Every  decision takes into account the changing needs of getting older.  Older eyes need better lighting for cooking tasks - cutting, preparing, rolling out dough, etc.  I bought LED light fixtures for under the cabinets.  It makes a big difference.  The new cabinets have drawers instead of shelves, for less bending and getting onto aging knees.  The bamboo floor, in addition to being easy for an amateur to install, environmentally friendly, and less expensive, can take a coat of wax and be much easier to clean compared to the old laminate.  I don't know if it can take a coat of polyurethane, which I would like.  I will test on some scraps.

So, the last major thing is the exhaust hood.  I am not looking forward to going into the attic to install the duct work.  Too hot.

Then some trim, painting here and there, and a cabinet to refinish.  Then done.

Then...  it will be time to make some bread, and some pie, and some home made noodles.

Comment by Pat on June 13, 2015 at 1:11pm

Randall, I'm 300 miles south of you. The people I've been 'scoring' from tell me it's going to seed right about now.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 13, 2015 at 7:11am

Asparagus season "just about over"? No way. I'll continue harvesting the delicious spears into August.--at least another 6 weeks. Cooked any which way--even raw--it's always scrumptuous.

Comment by Michael Penn on June 12, 2015 at 3:38pm

Pat, I always thought that was Farmer John Cheese.   :)

 

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