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If you’re hoping to get an idea of what’s involved in a kitchen renovation then you’re certainly in the right place. My current kitchen was my first attempt at having a kitchen remodeled and it was quite a learning experience – particularly since it was a major project, involving a complete gut of the space. I created a blog called Kim’s Kitchen Remodel to document the entire process in the hopes that it can help other first timers, or anyone out there looking for ideas on layout, cabinets, lighting and everything else that is involved in a kitchen remodel. This project was a collaboration between myself and Greentea Design, a Toronto-based company that carries a very unique line of Asian-inspired cabinetry that I completely fell in love with. They were instrumental in the creation of what turned out to be my dream kitchen.

I’d like to give a breakdown of what sort of topics I covered throughout the remodel process on the blog. To begin I explained how terrible the kitchen was when I moved in and included photos to demonstrate the extent of it’s horrid state.

I provided hand-drawn sketches to Greentea of the layout I wanted and they produced digital 3-dimensional images of what the kitchen would look like with the cabinets and all the fixtures I chose.

There were a few posts after this where I let readers in on all the purchases I had made for crucial kitchen elements like appliances, lighting, countertop, sink and plenty others.

Demolition began, which was mainly executed by my boyfriend and I. That was a lot of fun (and work, but it was SO satisfying).

The kitchen needed to be completely gutted (more so than I had anticipated) so there were a couple of posts explaining what needed to happen and how I had the space modified to accommodate the cabinets.

The flooring was a bit of an odd choice, and I explained my selection and the process of getting the flooring done in time for the arrival of the cabinets.

The cabinets arrived, to my delight, and with them came my amazement at how easy it is to “install” free-standing cabinetry.

I included a post about the installation of all the light fixtures I had selected earlier on in the process. This was one of my favourite stages as my previous kitchen was severely lacking adequate lighting.

The countertop was installed and I was able to snap a few photos during this process.

I then blogged about some of the finishing touches made to the kitchen (placement of accessories, the hatch that was created to access the basement…).

In my last couple of posts I expressed my utter disbelief at how amazing the cabinetry was at allowing me to finally have an organized kitchen (with the help of 25 drawers!!). I also blogged about my delight at finding the perfect dining table (and explained why the first one that I had built didn’t work out).

For many more photos, including the final product.....well, come see for yourself at Kim’s Kitchen Remodel.