Before Angela Aadahl moved to San Antonio from Austin, she undertook an eight-month-long Kitchen Cabinets White search for an affordable home in the center of town. When she saw her current home for the first time, she was in London, viewing it through a friend’s iPhone over FaceTime. She knew this was the one, so before she arrived back in the U.S., she had placed an offer on the house and had a vision of the changes she would make to it, starting with the kitchen. "Kitchen at a Glance
BEFORE: One of Aadahl’s main objectives in her kitchen remodel was to open it up, which meant removing kitchen cabinets (seen here with the previous owner, left, and Aadahl’s real estate agent, Kitchen Cabinets White Bill Defrees) as well as taking down two walls. Aadahl was hoping to hire only as many professionals as were necessary to keep costs down, but the prospect of doing it herself was daunting. “I called one friend to see if he knew of any contractors in town,” she says. “When I told him what I was up to, which was taking down two walls, he responded without hesitation, ‘Oh, we can do that.’”Michaela DoddAFTER: Keeping half of Kitchen Cabinets White the wall separating the dining room from the kitchen allowed Aadahl to keep the same configuration of the lower cabinets and stove without cutting off the space from the rest of the house.
Removing part of the wall also helped open up the floor plan and encourage a natural flow between the kitchen and dining room. Painting the half wall green helped tie it to the cabinets.Before PhotoBEFORE: While gutting the kitchen, Aadahl was thrilled to uncover shiplap behind the drywall and in the Kitchen Cabinets White ceiling. She had no idea it was there. Before PhotoBEFORE: “I’m glad for the process. I’m glad for 10-hour project Saturdays when I’m covered in sawdust. I think it’s cool that I not only know different types of saws, I also know how to use them. I never expected that for myself,” Aadahl says.
Painting the shiplap walls white brightened up the space without taking away the texture.
BEFORE: One of the most rewarding moments for Aadahl was installing the open shelves Kitchen Cabinets White around the window. It was a turning point in the project, as it was the first part to be put back together instead of getting torn apart.
Aadahl worked with a wet saw for the first time to cut tile for the subway tile backsplash, which she says was the most intimidating part of the renovation. After watching videos online, she recruited a friend and got to work. “Quick tip,” Aadahl says with a laugh. “The less you scream, the straighter the cut. Who knew?”
BEFORE: Aadahl removed the existing laminate counters and then covered them with Ardex Kitchen Cabinets White to mimic the look of concrete. She was able to make a big impact without great expense by repurposing the existing materials.Michaela DoddAs soon as the kitchen remodel was complete, Aadahl had some friends move in temporarily. “It was fun to have the house filled with people so quickly, Kitchen Cabinets White especially when one of them cooks,” she says."
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