Today I have some very exciting news… Are you ready for it? We have finally added a dishwasher to existing cabinets.
That’s right, we have a dishwasher!!! I am jumping for JOY right now, this was one thing I had to have to buy a house and now I have it. But before I get into how it was added to the existing cabinets, I want to show you some before pictures. Here is a picture from the day we got the keys to the house.
There were a couple of things we wanted to add or change when we added the dishwasher. First, redo some of the plumbing under the sink and add a garbage disposal. But along with the garbage disposal and dishwasher, we had to add power to the area. Plus, we wanted to add a new faucet because our old one leaked.
I am very lucky and have a dad that has done all of this for a living at one point in his life. And last year when my parents asked what we wanted for Christmas, I said that I wanted dad to add my dishwasher into my kitchen. I told them this in October hoping it would be done by Christmas. But if you know my dad, you know that he is always busy helping someone with some project after his full-time job. To say the least, he is a very busy man and has always been this way.
The other day he called and told me he was coming to add the dishwasher (there may have been a little push on my side, like getting a bid from a plumber to install the dishwasher than my dad finding out). Because he was coming, I had to get things ready for the install.
I first removed all the cabinet drawers and cleaned everything out from under the sink. And made sure all the supplies were in the kitchen (garbage disposal, faucet, and plumbing parts).
When my dad got here things got underway. First thing was fixing the cabinet to fit the dishwasher. We planned on saving all the old wood and reusing it to make the new cabinet. So we (I really mean my dad) got a tape measure and measured where the dishwasher needed to fit. A dishwasher is normally 24″wide and 34″ tall but it’s always best to measure your dishwasher.
Then out came the Sawzall, hammer, nails, and screws. We found out that we have beautiful hardwood floors under the old floor. We are still trying to decide if we are going to refinish them or tile.
After fixing the cabinet, my dad took out all the old plumbing. I really wish I would have taken a picture of the one pipe that had lots of build up inside.
I told my dad I wanted two P-traps under the sink and he agreed. This will help with water flow. I also wanted to change the sink strainer to one that actually worked. Here is the old piping under the sink, you can read about cleaning copper pipes here.
And then the new faucet. We wanted something simple that had two handles, high arch, stainless finish, and a sprayer. We did not have very many choices but we decided on the Delta Lewiston. The faucet was only $129 before tax. After using it for one week, I am in love with it (but our old one was horrible).
Sorry, there are no pictures of adding the new pipes or electrical because I had to run some errands. And when I got back it was all done. But look at the mess we were in for the day.
There is still some work to do to finish this project off. Like building a cabinet door and rebuilding a drawer. Plus I am going to add vinyl tile under the sink to replace the old vinyl. But so far the after is amazing, I feel like I have a new kitchen. I have been hand washing dishes for the past 3 years and it’s great having an extra 20 minutes in the morning not washing dishes. Thanks again, DAD!!!
Anyone else adding a dishwasher or need/want to add a dishwasher? Or doing a kitchen remodel?
That is the same kitchen, see how to updated kitchen cabinets by adding trim.