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Complete Kitchen Makeover

  • May 2, 2016

jttyndale
jttyndale
jttyndale
jttyndale

When we decided our 1960s-era kitchen needed an upgrade, we opted to undertake it ourselves. To save money, we bought used cabinets and granite countertops from a homeowner who was doing her own remodel and figured out how to transform what had been a galley kitchen into a much larger, more open space. Over the course of a few months, we raised the ceiling, put in can lights, replaced drywall, installed cabinets, added a second sink, stuck in a large island, put in a tile backsplash, and installed a hardwood floor. The crowning achievement was fabricating the granite countertops, including cutting a sink hole and polishing all the edges with a Ryobi angle grinder equipped with diamond polishing pads. The end result is a bright, comfortable kitchen that makes food preparation a delight and provides an attractive family gathering place.

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  • What an awesome turnaround! Great job!
    By RYOBI Nation, on May 6, 2016

  • I'm continually amazed by the work you've done!
    By Rebeccaswan, on May 6, 2016

  • I am totally amazed! And covetous of course!
    By BerniceLSI, on May 6, 2016

  • Great job. I did our kitchen a couple of years ago and can appreciate the work and mess involved.
    By JohnP513, on May 7, 2016

  • Wow, you are doing a great job. Your wife must be happy with your skills ;)
    By merrymebd, on May 9, 2016

  • Amazing work. It's all about having the right tools for the job.
    By CindyA, on May 9, 2016

  • Breath taking kitchen!
    By betsyrrog, on May 9, 2016

  • Great work!
    By rbswiper, on May 10, 2016

  • Not many editors would try to cut their own granite to add a sink, let alone figure out the plumbing. Impressive.
    By AlisonT, on May 22, 2016

  • The granite cutting and smoothing was beyond amazing. And in cold December, with water running over the grinding wheel.
    By NanaT, on May 22, 2016

  • Lots of people redo kitchens. But few have this level of commitment to doing it yourself. Hope you win!
    By RBR, on May 22, 2016

  • This is so amazing!
    By Ginnyh, on May 22, 2016

  • The pictures are great and the progress is wonderful
    By RBR, on May 28, 2016


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Complete Kitchen Makeover

by jttyndale
May 02, 2016

When we decided our 1960s-era kitchen needed an upgrade, we opted to undertake it ourselves. To save money, we bought used cabinets and granite countertops from a homeowner who was doing her own remodel and figured out how to transform what had been a galley kitchen into a much larger, more open space. Over the course of a few months, we raised the ceiling, put in can lights, replaced drywall, installed cabinets, added a second sink, stuck in a large island, put in a tile backsplash, and installed a hardwood floor. The crowning achievement was fabricating the granite countertops, including cutting a sink hole and polishing all the edges with a Ryobi angle grinder equipped with diamond polishing pads. The end result is a bright, comfortable kitchen that makes food preparation a delight and provides an attractive family gathering place.