Name: Christine & Pierre
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Type of building: Ground floor apartment of a triplex, 1,100 square feet
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We're BACK! Thanks so much for the nice comments about our little muffin. You guys are the best. It might seem like we only took a week off, but that's not really the case. Want to know how long it took us to finish up all the details?
12 weeks. Yep. Having a baby seriously slowed us down!
Honestly though, the last details of a renovation have a way of taking forever, baby or no baby, so we can't really use the baby excuse. Especially since we put a lot of visitors to work on our kitchen! ("What can I do to help out?" "Well, if you are handy with a paintbrush…")
For everyone's sake, I'm combining all these details into one post. Most these things are pretty self explanatory, with the exception of the LED lights. A lot of people have been asking questions about them in the comments, so I thought I'd spend a little more time explaining how we did this.
First off, credit where credit is due - we totally stole this idea from Claire & Jeffrey's kitchen. We wanted lighting under our open shelving, and this seemed like the perfect solution. However, because we had such a long stretch of wall, and areas where the shelves would stop and start (i.e. behind the stove), our installation was a little more complicated.
First of all, we needed to plan out exactly where the shelves would go and measure how long the LEDs and according cables would need to be, to ensure the correct wattage. We also needed to find electrical cable that would carry the charge from one LED string to another.
Secondly, we needed to plan the wiring before the drywall went up. This allowed us to run connecting cables behind the drywall, joining the multiple strings of LEDs so they could be controlled by a single switch. We ran the cables out of the wall alongside the brackets that would hold the shelves.
Finally, Pierre soldered the LEDs to the electrical cables coming out the wall to form a single circuit that would pan along the whole counter length. These LEDs and cables were then tucked into the routed length of wood, with both rows being controlled by a single switch. (Pierre has some previous experience with soldering, so he felt confident taking this on as a DIY. He also knows about voltage and wattage and all these things, which I do NOT.)
We also needed to buy a transformer that would reduce the voltage for the LEDs, from the standard 110 volts to 12 volts, as well as housing to isolate it. This transformer will be mounted to the inside of the cabinet, out of view. The transformer also had an unintended consequence — when we turn off the LEDs, they actually fade out rather than switch off. Fannnncccyyy.
We are just waiting on one final detail before being able to do the final reveal - I ordered the light for over the sink from an Etsy seller and it will take a little while to arrive. But we are soooooo close! We can't wait to show you guys the final reveal.
Estimated time for project: 22 weeks
Time remaining: 2 weeks
Check back in the new few weeks for the big reveal of Christine and Pierre's new kitchen! In the meantime, check out the full series for a step-by-step account of the renovation.
(Images and diary text: Christine Zoltok)