Renovations, The Buffalo BurrowThe Burrow Kitchen Cabinet Installation January 29, 2020 This is a sponsored post by Lowe’s Home Improvement. All opinions are 100% my own. It’s a monumental day, friends! The base cabinets are installed in our new kitchen and here’s how we all feel about it. I’m doing my happy dance! Since we ordered our cabinets a couple of months ago, I’ve been dying to see them. I knew that the Diamond line we chose would be good quality, but I was still anxious to test them out in person. And I couldn’t wait to see the Escape Gray color in person. I knew from the paint chip and sample it was perfect, but sometimes seeing it on a whole wall or entire row of cabinets feels different. I held my breath as we unpacked them, but after sitting the first cabinet in place, I knew it was perfect! Check out my stories today to see a little time lapse video of us sitting all of these in place. Lowe’s will install these cabinets for you if you’re looking for a full-service kitchen reno. We opted to install them ourselves to put more of our budget elsewhere. We’ve installed cabinets before, so it was something we feel equipped to do and it was fun unpacking them and seeing it all take shape! We unpacked them all and sat them in place. We took a little time and tried each door and drawer and just basked in the glory of the new heart of our new home. They are so good, y’all! We’ve had completely custom cabinets built by a craftsman in a previous houses. I knew the quality of these would be good, but I was shocked to see how they compared to our past custom cabinets. They’re equal in quality, if not better. They’re a completely custom product, you guys! To install them, our first step was to use a laser to make sure they were all level. With a new build, this was definitely less of an issue than in some of the older houses we’ve renovated. We’ve had to really work to get some cabinets level in the past. You want to make sure the back of all of the cabinets sits level on the laser line. There were a few spots that we had to put shims under the base of the cabinets and/or behind the cabinet at the wall to keep them level and on the same line. Even new houses aren’t perfectly level, though this one is close thankfully! Our contractor took his time and worked hard to make sure they were all completely level and right before he started installing. I’m thankful I have a good contractor on hand! The cabinets come with spacer boards painted the same finish as the cabinets, so Chris was able to cut it to size and install it wherever we needed. There were only a few spots we needed to space it a bit to make sure that all doors had sufficient clearance, etc. It’s worth it to go slow with this process and really study it before you install. Once they were all level, installing them couldn’t have been easier. When Chris installed the blocking in the wall for the wall boards, he also installed the same blocking at 35″ all around the room to screw the cabinets into. That bottom horizontal board you see is the cabinet line and it continues all the way around the room, so we knew the cabinets would be secure. Once the cabinets were level, screwing the cabinets into the wall couldn’t have been easier. The cabinets came with the right screws and Chris just screwed them in on the back lip of each cabinet into the walls. Let’s take a look at them in place! This main wall has me so excited. I can’t wait for that view of the centered hood, the tile, and the side built-ins. Anybody notice a change from the kitchen design plans? Yep, my copper farmhouse sink didn’t work out. I am so sad about it. It came in and is a gorgeous sink. It was so heavy-duty and such great quality. But the hammered finish was a bit more spotted up close than I’d pictured. We actually had it set in place, but the more we both looked at it, it felt a little more patterned than we’d hoped. It wouldn’t have bothered me if the rest of the design was really streamlined and it was the focal point, but my gut just said it was going to compete with that patterned tile and we wouldn’t be happy with the overall design in the end. So, we went back to our tried-and-true white farmhouse sink. We went with this double farmhouse sink from Kohler and I am so happy about it! It’s coated cast iron and weighs 150 pounds, y’all. This thing is SOLID. We still have a lot of copper in the space, so I’m happy with the choice now that I’ve mourned it a bit. It’s nearly three feet wide and I just love my view behind it here with this triple window. We’ll do a disposal on the smaller right side. Getting all of these cabinets in and starting to see the layout I’ve worked out in my head for six months is exciting! It really is turning out even better than I’d hoped. If you want details on the cabinet layout choices and where we’re planning to store all the things, check that post out here. I put a ton of thought into where we wanted which size cabinets, drawers vs. doors, etc. The dishwasher will go there beside the sink. Those dream appliances of mine have actually arrived! We haven’t unboxed them because we don’t want them damaged since we aren’t near ready to install them yet. But I am DYING to put those babies in place! Here’s a look at the other side of the space. Crown molding came painted the same cabinet finish for us to install above the fridge cabinet, so it’ll have a really finished, nice look. I’ll do shelves above the smaller cabinet for that dry pantry I envisioned. Here are a few shots of the layout of the house, so you can envision that. First up, a view from the corner of the kitchen by the stove. And here’s a shot looking through to the dining room. We’ll do a pantry to the left in between the two doorways. I can’t wait to see these spaces both finished and coordinating since I put so much thought into their designs working together. Now, who sees those boxes of kitchen tile that arrived?! Let’s take a look at it! I always suggest seeing tile in person and not making your decision off of an online picture. So often, the color is slightly different in person. This tile was exactly what I’d pictured. It’s the perfect true blue, puddy accent, and creamy white. We’re a little ways from having it installed, but I absolutely can’t wait. Our countertops will be installed soon and then we’ll be ready for the tile to go up! The colors and different tones of it are so good in person. And that darker color at the center is the exact color of our doors throughout the house! I thought it was close from photos, but it is perfect. It’s all tying together! We are getting there, friends! I can’t believe it’s almost February. Have I told y’all, that’s MOVE-IN MONTH? Well, fingers crossed at least. It’s for sure move-out of our current house month, so praying that this baby is finished and we’re able to move straight in. It should be close! We’ll be springing to the finish line, but I think we’re going to make it, y’all.