First Time Homeowner 5: Kitchen Renovation

By: Danny Lipford
Completed First Time Homeowner kitchen renovation.

Completed First Time Homeowner kitchen renovation.

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To plan her kitchen renovation, First Time Homeowner Chelsea Lipford used the interactive design tool on the Merillat website. Steps in the online design process included:

  • Finding inspiration
  • Selecting door styles and finishes
  • Choosing organization and accessories
  • Planning the kitchen space
  • Adding finishing touches

First Time Homeowner kitchen before renovation.

First Time Homeowner kitchen before renovation.

Before renovation could begin, the old cabinets and appliances were removed, making sure the power and gas were turned off first.

Kitchen Wall Removal

The wall between the kitchen and sunroom was removed to open up the small space. When removing an interior wall, it’s important first to determine if the wall is load bearing. If it is, temporary supports needs to be provided before the wall can be removed. See our video on Removing a Load Bearing Wall to find out more.

Removing the wall between the kitchen and sun room.

Removing the wall between the kitchen and sun room.

To allow access to the plumbing and wiring, the plaster on the remaining walls was also removed. Once the plumbing and wiring were roughed in, any holes in the wall framing were filled with expandable foam or caulking to keep insects and rodents out. To further discourage insects, borax was sprinkled in the wall stud cavities before the drywall was installed.

After the beam supporting the rafters and ceiling joists was in place, the temporary wall supports were removed and the drywall hung and finished.

Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops

Kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen cabinets.

Chelsea chose Merillat Somerton Hill maple cabinets in a Chiffon with Desert Glaze finish for her kitchen. Venetian Bronze cabinet knobs and Oil Rubber Bronze drawer pulls were used to complement the cabinets.

Before the cabinets could be installed, level lines were established around the room to make sure everything would fit together. The larger cabinets were then put in first, followed by the smaller units. Each cabinet was attached to the wall and the adjoining cabinets with screws.

To keep the cabinets clean, the drawers and shelves were lined with Smooth Top Easy Liner from Duck brand, which can be removed and machine washed as needed.

Quartz countertop.

Quartz countertop.

Beadboard paneling was installed on the walls of the sunroom and painted the same color as the kitchen cabinets to help blend the two rooms together.

Chelsea selected Sand Staccato quartz countertops by DeNova for her kitchen. This engineered material consists of natural quartz combined with polymer resins and colored pigments to create a nonporous surface that is mold, mildew, and stain resistant. Unlike granite, DeNova quartz countertops never needs sealing and are less likely to chip.

The backsplash for the countertops was Capri Subway Tile in Limestone by Shaw Floors.

Kitchen Fixtures and Accessories

The Kohler cast iron Whitehaven sink and oil-rubbed bronze Vinnata faucet add a touch of elegance to the kitchen, while the Broan Elite Range Hood over the stove is both quiet and energy efficient.

Completed First Time Homeowner kitchen renovation.

Completed First Time Homeowner kitchen renovation.

Kitchen Floor

For the kitchen floor, Chelsea selected Brushstone 18” x 18” porcelain tile in Mohave from Shaw Floors.

First Time Homeowner Website

Find out more at our First Time Homeowner website, including:

Other Tips from This Episode

Plastic Bag Storage Tube mounted on wall

Simple Solutions with Joe Truini:
Plastic Bag Storage Tube

To store plastic grocery store bags for reuse, cut a 6” long by 2” wide slot in a 2’ long piece of 4” diameter PVC drain pipe. Screw an end cap to the wall, place the slotted end of the pipe in the cap, and attach the top of the pipe to the wall. Fill the pipe with plastic bags, then pull them out the bottom as needed.

DuPont Laminate Flooring

Best New Products with Jodi Marks:
DuPont Laminate Flooring

DuPont laminate flooring is low maintenance and comes with the foam underlayment attached to the bottom of each piece for easy installation. It can be installed on both wood and concrete subfloors, carries a 50-year warranty, and comes in a wide range of colors and patterns. DuPont laminate flooring is available at The Home Depot.

Crack in wall

Ask Danny Lipford:
Problems with Wall Cracks

Small hairline cracks in walls are usually not serious, and can be patched easily with spackling or joint compound. However, larger cracks, with a 3/16” or wider gap and one side higher than the other, or doors that no longer close, may be indications of a structural problem and should be examined by a foundation specialist.



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  • Barbara Johnson Says:
    June 25th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I can’t wait for this episode. I watched first show and could not believe I still have the same orange Armstrong Solarian in my kitchen. I put the lanolin in my kitchen 1978 to match a harvest gold sink and stove. What was I thinking. I paid $615. It won’t wear out. Some day I hope to do my kitchen so I watch all the renovation shows to get tips. You have a great show.
    Barbara Johnson

  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    March 20th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Tonya,
    You can find info about the backsplash used in our First Time Homeowner kitchen and a link to the company that makes it in the article above. Thank you for your interest!

  • Tonya Says:
    March 20th, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I really like the backsplash that Chelsea used in her kitchen. Can you tell me what brand it is and where it was purchased? It is just what I have been looking for.

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