Monday, March 15, 2010

Kitchen cabinets: Phase Two

We reluctantly resumed our kitchen remodel. We've enjoyed are new sink, counter top, dishwasher, and cabinets so much that we haven't been motivated to install the two cabinets above the refrigerator and stove.

Here is the elaborate plan I drafted to show the electrician where we needed the plug:

Microwave Hood: Detailed plan

Fortunately, we had the electrician install the microwave/hood plug at the same time he did the counter top plug. It's not pretty, but I'm glad he did this:

Microwave Hood Step 2

Here is the wallboard. This is actually my first attempt. However, the wall board was too thick and I had to take this down. Unlike the other wall in which the plaster was much thicker than the drywall, on this wall the plaster seemed thinner (or maybe the wallboard I used this time was thicker than what we used on the other wall???). So, I removed this wallboard and cut the lathe and then reinstalled the wallboard. Very messy.

Microwave Hood Step 4

Here is joint compound which I glopped on. Fortunately, this will be hidden behind the cabinets, so we didn't feel the need for it to look perfect.:

Microwave Hood Step 5

Here is where we left off until next weekend:

Microwave Hood: Step 6

We'll assemble the cabinets this week. However, before we hang the cabinets on the wall, we'll need to figure out the venting. I'm still researching code and the installation manual, but we plan on running four-inch duct through the two cabinets and out the side of the house. We were tempted to avoid the venting issue use a ventless hood filter like our old apartment, but those vent-less filters don't work well.