TRYING to swap out the refrigerators – easier said than done.

Do you ever start a project thinking it will take you 15 minutes and is a piece of cake, only to have it snowball into an hours-long tortuous undertaking that leaves you questioning why you started the project in the first place? I feel like this pretty much sums up the majority of the projects I take on. "Hey Ben! Will you help me really quick with this small project? It will only take about 15 minutes." Famous last words. Here's our kitchen: This kitchen came with the lovely stainless steel side-by-side fridge you see in the back corner. SWEET! A free fridge with the house! Now … [Read more...]

Removing a set of upper cabinets by myself

We have a set of upper cabinets in our kitchen that are broken and are unusable. We are not currently renovating our kitchen, but I figured I might as well take down the broken cabinets anyway. They will be replaced by some nice floating shelves eventually. I usually just blog step-by-step pictures of me doing crazy stuff like this so I figured I'd mix it up and make a video instead. I hope you enjoy it. Sometimes people wonder how one person can do this type of work by themselves - now you know! Subscribe to my youtube channel here: House of Hepworths DIY youtube … [Read more...]

Replacing the dishwasher

We have officially been living in Colorado for 4 months now! We have made so many friends here and have integrated so well within the community that I feel like we've lived here for years. Also, we've officially been on the mountain snow boarding 8 times so far. We couldn't be happier living in the beautiful state of Colorado. I could be happier about my dishwasher situation though... I'll be honest, I'm not in love with this kitchen. I left an amazing custom kitchen in Texas that I just finished and now am back to a basic kitchen with several broken cabinets and some seriously … [Read more...]

The skinny on all our new kitchen appliances – Bosch, GE, LG, Hahn, Danze

Today I want to talk about what appliances we purchased, why we chose them specifically, and now, seven months later, how they are holding up. 1/2/3/4/5/6 Here is our newly renovated kitchen. Check out all the before and after pictures!    While selecting our appliances, we kept quality and price in mind. We wanted great quality products in the mid-range price. There are some amazing appliances out there if you go high-end enough, but we didn't want to spend multi-thousands of dollars on one appliance. There are also some very inexpensive products out there that had … [Read more...]

Organizing in the kitchen: bakeware

Now that our kitchen is finally totally finished (minus painting some baseboards), I have gotten busy trying to make it organized. Today I'm tackling the cabinet above the microwave: This cabinet is perfect for tall items like cookie sheets and cake pans. Instead of stacking them all on top of one another I think they would be easier to find and use if they are stacked upright in a row. I headed to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and picked up two of these mesh organizer racks (similar can be found here). When I got back home I tested them out and they fit perfectly! I screwed them … [Read more...]

The making of a kitchen island

In order to install the kitchen island completely, it took several additional steps to make sure it was secure. We definitely don't want the island accidentally tipping over or having a heavy piece of granite falling on top of one of us. It looks pretty and simple just sitting there, but there was a lot of additional thought that went into getting this beast secured to the floor. The cabinet guy started by gluing several 2x4s to the floor with liquid nails. He then used the coolest little tool to sink huge nails through the wood and into the actual slab foundation. After some … [Read more...]

Our kitchen renovation is finished!

Hey guys! I am here to show you the final kitchen before and afters. We are pretty much finished with the renovation. We have small stuff to finish up (painting the baseboards, painting the walls, small random finishing touches), but for all intents and purposes, this renovation is D.O.N.E. And I couldn't be any more relieved. We've never tackled a renovation of this magnitude, and although much of it was hired out, we did do a fair share of the work ourselves. Living in this chaos for the past 3 months has taken its toll on my sanity. We hired a local builder to oversee the project. He … [Read more...]