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Our Mini-Kitchen Renovation, Continued

We are wisely putting the brakes on before things spiral out of control. It all started with a broken oven knob. Just a simple plastic knob, stripped because the control thermostat under it had frozen. The old stove was really old. “How old was it?” you ask.
Well it’s not this old:

Or this old:

Or even this old:

But this is about the same vintage:

Here’s what the old one looked like pulling it out. An all-in-one microwave plus gas stove/oven. The backsplash connecting them is a light panel. It must have been the very latest thing in the 1970s.

So a broken oven knob leads to replacing the whole stove — parts for this antique? Surely you jest — including the built-in microwave. A microwave that old I’m sure was going to give us all cancer anyway, so relatively speaking it’s a small investment.

So a couple of weeks of research later, here’s our new LG stove and separate microwave/hood:

Pure awesomeness. But remember the built-in backsplash. It’s gone. So we bought tile and had our handyman start to work on it.

The old plaster had to come out. The lath needed to be cut out and replaced with sheetrock. The beadboard that was slid in behind had to be cut to fit, and while he was at it he pulled it down all the way across the wall above the sink and the countertop to the right, thinking it would look better to have a continuous line of tiles. He’s right, but we bought the tile from the closeout bin at Home Depot and we sure hope we have enough.

So if you’re keeping score at home, the broken oven knob has led to $1,500 in appliances, $110 in tile, construction to rip out part of a plaster-and-lath wall and pull down a dozen square feet of paneling.

But the contractor really thinks we need new countertops. He’s right of course. They’re as old as the stove, dinged up and stained, and have sagged badly in places.

And the microwave doesn’t fit snugly against the cabinet over the stove (look above: see the gaps?) so he think we really need all new cabinets too.

There goes the buzzer. We’ve picked out countertops (stock countertops, not custom-made) that we can live with, and that is that.

Amazing how things can balloon, isn’t it?

Tom McGee has been building web sites since 1995, and blogging here since 2006. Currently a senior developer at Seton Hall University, he's also a freelance web programmer and musician. Contact him if you have the need for a blog, web site, redesign or custom programming!

2 thoughts on “Our Mini-Kitchen Renovation, Continued”

  1. We bought close out tile at Home Depot. The local store was sold out when we eventually needed more. We called the manufacturer and they sent out more to the store.

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