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Refreshing a First-Time Home-owner’s Kitchen


On this episode, we’re serving to first-time home-owner Daybreak Nelson, who’s in over her head along with her kitchen renovation.

Daybreak needed to take down one wall that separated her three essential residing areas, the eating room, kitchen and lounge. However then realized she eliminated all of the drywall on a load-bearing wall.

Homeowner Dawn Nelson's kitchen before the renovation.
Earlier than, Daybreak’s kitchen was uninteresting and simply didn’t match her model.

A contractor helped her repair that mistake, however then she realized that eradicating the wall additionally uncovered a small patch of previous flooring.

We’re going to select up the place the contractor left off, and make this place look nice!


Patch of vinyl flooring left over after cabinet was removed from Dawn Nelson's home
Eradicating a wall and cupboard revealed a patch of flooring that the earlier householders labored round — and it’s an eyesore that Daybreak needs lined up, asap. No downside!

Fill In Ceramic Tile Flooring

Daybreak was fortunate as a result of the earlier home-owner left simply sufficient ceramic tiles to fill this eyesore of vinyl flooring.  

The mission received’t be troublesome as a result of vinyl flooring is the right subfloor. Meaning we don’t must take away it; we are able to simply set up tiles proper over the previous flooring.

However first, we have to take away among the ceramic tiles surrounding the outlet. They have been minimize round a cupboard that was on the vinyl flooring.  

Ceramic tile after shot in Dawn's home.
The brand new tile in Daybreak’s kitchen makes the area extra cohesive!

As soon as the tiles dry in a single day, we apply stain-resistant FusionPro Grout from Custom Building Products.


Mounting plate for over-the-range microwave seen in kitchen before microwave's installation
The over-the-range microwave is able to be put in, however there’s only one downside: it must be correctly vented to the skin. We are going to create an entry gap to make that occur.

Set up Microwave

An over-the-range microwave has been bought, but it surely must be put in, and extra importantly, it must be correctly vented to the skin. In any other case, OTR microwaves simply recirculate the air within the kitchen, which isn’t wholesome.

Over the range microwave in kitchen
The brand new microwave is complementary to the remainder of Daybreak’s home equipment.

I drill by means of the wall to create an entry gap for the venting. Then I take a sledgehammer to the house’s exterior to finish that gap.

With the trail for the vent clear, Bear and I elevate the microwave into its new house and trim off the vent on the skin. I additionally add slightly paint to that vent so it blends proper in.


Homeowner Dawn Nelson installs backsplash while Today's Homeowner co-host Chelsea Lipford Wolf watches her
Putting in a backsplash takes a fraction of the time whenever you use SimpleMat from Customized Constructing Merchandise.

Set up backsplash

The kitchen is a good workspace, but it surely’s slightly bland. Daybreak has all the time needed a backsplash however she thinks putting in one in such a big space is perhaps troublesome.

The standard solution to set up a backsplash entails making use of thin-set adhesive, which is a bit messy and could be concerned for a comparatively massive space.

We’re going to skip that step and use SimpleMat from Customized Constructing Merchandise. It’s a double-adhesive mat that sticks to the drywall.

Kitchen backsplash in first time homeowner's home
SimpleMat’s backsplash is each lovely and rather more her!

SimpleMat simplifies backsplash set up since you simply stick tiles on it and add pre-mixed SimpleGrout, additionally from Customized Constructing Merchandise. The result’s a good looking view that Daybreak can see from her lounge.


Today's Homeowner hosts Chelsea Lipford Wolf and Danny Lipford install ceiling medallion in Dawn Nelson's dining room
Putting in a light-weight fixture can create drywall issues which you can simply — and stylishly — cowl with a medallion.

Set up Ceiling Medallion

We turned our consideration from Daybreak’s kitchen and helped out in different areas as effectively. Just like the eating room, which had an eyesore of its personal on the ceiling.

Ceiling medallions give lighting fixtures some pizzazz. However on this case, including one additionally saves us some drywall work as a result of we’re protecting holes.

Putting in a ceiling medallion couldn’t be simpler. We simply apply Titebond Heavy Responsibility Development Adhesive to the again of the medallion and glue it up there. Then we caulk across the medallion.

Finished kitchen medallion
The ceiling medallion provides a enjoyable accent to Daybreak’s kitchen!

As soon as the medallion is in place, we simply reinstall the sunshine fixture and fasten it to the ceiling field.  

We additionally:

  • Constructed shelving and added a door to the pantry
  • Painted the partitions and ceiling
  • Put in crown molding
  • Put in a brand new sink

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