I recently spent time at the cabin with Marc Bartolomeo from Kitchen Impossible. He’s the right guy to have around when remodeling a kitchen. My nickname for Marc is “MarcGyver “.
Lots of moving parts needed to come together in just four days so I’ve broken down the work we completed by day.
Day One: The bamboo flooring you chose was already installed when we started. The next order of business was installation of base cabinets. Then countertop fabricators arrived to do their job. The last order of business was ceiling installation, which proved to be a very easy job. We used 5/8″ x 6 ”preprimed T and G beadboard. Unlike drywall, beadboard requires no taping and sanding: Put a finish coat of paint on it and you’re done.
Day Two: Marcand I installed custom shelving rather than upper cabinets. We used 5/4” x 12” preprimed finger-joint pine, which is a nice, thick material and very easy to work with. That job took about two hours. I think the open shelving has a great country look. If you’re remodeling your kitchen and want to cut your costs in half, open shelves are the way to go. It’s a fun and fairly easy DIY project – watch the show to get the step by step instructions.
The Accident: During lunch on Day Two I decided to move some material around in the garage to make room for the washer and dryer. I picked up a few pieces of fiberboard and it happened: A sheet slipped out of my hand and landed on my right foot, just missing the protective toe built into my boots. I saw stars! It hurt something awful. I jumped around for a few seconds, found something to sit on and removed my boot. My foot started to swell up and turn black and blue. I tried to continue working, but after a little while I realized that I had to go to the hospital and get an X-ray. I knew something was wrong. I grabbed Marc and told him I was leaving. I knew I couldn’t have left the cabin in better hands.
Day Three: When I arrived at the cabin with X-rays in hand (I broke my toe, FYI), Marc had already completed the custom wine rack that we were supposed to make together. Love ya, buddy — you’re the man! He constructed it out of plywood and pine. Marc also installed the solid-surface countertops that you chose. MarcGyver doesn’t mess around.
We worked together to install the glass mosaic tile on the backsplash (again, your selection). It’s the perfect choice for the kitchen. With the backsplash completed, we finished up painting.
Day Four: Marc, the Kitchen Impossible team and I – broken toe and all – cranked out so much work in the first three days that the fourth day was a cakewalk. We installed the sink, faucet and appliances, touched up paint and installed light fixtures.
I want to give a special shout out to Marc, Jesse and Joe and the entire Kitchen Impossible crew. I had a blast with you. Thanks for helping me bang out this kitchen – it looks awesome.
Until next week, good day, bloggers.