Want a new kitchen Reconfigure it!

Want a new kitchen Reconfigure it!

Want a new kitchen? Reconfigure it!

By Jean Hansen

Advertorial writer

You don’t have to replace your cabinets to get the new kitchen you’ve always wanted. You can have them reconfigured.

That’s what Morningside homeowners Don and Judy Willoughby did in their ’70s home. After having other projects done by Earl Miller Construction, the Willoughbys called them back to perform a kitchen remodel using all but a few of the original Oak Riviera kitchen cabinets.

Earl Miller Construction led by project manager David Ross removed a leg of upper and lower cabinets in the kitchen, and set aside some of the leftover cabinets to create a beautiful and functional new island.

They removed the remaining cabinets as well as the soffits, fluorescent light fixtures and the old linoleum flooring, and moved the dishwasher, which was on the leg that was taken out. They repaired the ceiling and walls where the soffits were, installed new electrical outlets, and drilled holes for new canned and pendant lights, and accent under cabinet lighting. The Kichler Brinbourne pendants with an Anvil Iron Finish and Satin-Etched Cased Opal Glass, and Westek under cabinet lighting with high and low power came from Lessman’s Lighting Center in Sioux City.

The crew at Earl Miller Construction also textured and painted the walls in a Shaker Beige color, and built up the floor.

Once all the prep work was completed, Earl Miller Construction rearranged the old cabinets where the Willoughbys wanted them, then put the island together with some of the leftover cabinets and two new drawers from House of Kitchens, LTD, in Sioux City. Mark Shook at House of Kitchens designed the reconfiguration.

They also added some new StarMark oak cabinets in a Royale door style above the refrigerator with a leg down the side of it. All the cabinets top and bottom received new Amerock hardware in a graphite finish and oak crown molding from House of Kitchens. The sink and faucet were replaced with modern fixtures from Briggs Inc. in Sioux City.

Earl Miller Construction dressed the island and kitchen cabinets with Hanstone quartz solid surface countertops in an Odyssey color, also from House of Kitchens.

The crew at Earl Miller Construction laid new Teak Indian Red laminate flooring from the kitchen to the master bathroom.

They also installed all new appliances: a GE Profile stove, dishwasher and refrigerator from Kollman Appliance in Sioux City.

Twenty-four inch bar chairs from Miller Bros. Furniture in Sioux City completed the look in the kitchen.

In addition to the kitchen, Earl Miller Construction finished several other projects around the house.

The whole house got painted with no odor paint from Sioux City Paint & Decorating in Sioux City, and oak baseboard trim was replaced throughout.

Earl Miller Construction remodeled the main floor powder room. They removed all the old turquoise fixtures as well as the flooring, then installed a new toilet, sink, and oil rubbed bronze faucet from Briggs Inc. and a linoleum remnant that Judy liked from Fashion Floors Carpet One. They had Pioneer Cabinetry of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, make a floor to ceiling corner cabinet for storage and installed it for the homeowners. They also added a Progress pendant bar in Weathered Bronze and a Kichler pendant in the Eileen family with an Olde Bronze finish and Umber Etched Glass from Lessman’s Lighting Center.

Earl Miller’s crew remodeled the master bathroom as well. They replaced the double vanity with oak Showplace cabinetry in a Covington door style and Amber color with an Ebony glaze, and covered it with a Sioux marble double bowl countertop in Chocolate, all from House of Kitchens. They added two oil rubbed bronze faucets from Briggs Inc. new Berenson hardware in Venetian Bronze from House of Kitchens, two mirrors from Handy Man Remodeling Center in Sioux City that coordinate with the bronze fixtures, and customized vanity lighting featuring Kichler pendant bars/brackets in Tannery Bronze, and pendants (stems) from Kichler’s New Street collection with an Olde Bronze finish and Lombard Marble Glass from Lessman’s Lighting Center.

They painted the master bathroom walls in Blue Kentucky Haze and Brown Tar, and continued the colors in the master bedroom. They also painted the guest bedroom and hallway a Muslin color.

Want a new kitchen Reconfigure it!

In the Willoughbys’ entryway, Earl Miller Construction removed some of the wallpaper, painted and textured the walls, and laid new laminate flooring in Rustic Honey Oak to replace the ceramic tile. All the laminate flooring in the house came from Fashion Floors Carpet One in Sioux City.

In the living room, the crew painted the mantel Crownsville Gray and installed a new granite hearth in white and black from Haberl Tile in Moville, Iowa. It differs from the granite hearth in the family room, which features the colors of black, brown and red.

Earl Miller Construction also installed Lee carpet in a Tea Biscuit color from Fashion Floors Carpet One in the living room and dining room, in the hallway, and in three bedrooms. They installed a piece of Lee Wheatland carpet in the stairway leading to the basement.

Previously, the crew did work in the family room, so there wasn’t a room in the Willoughbys’ home that they didn’t touch.

With all the remodeling that the Willoughbys had done, you would think that they would be tired of it all, but that isn’t the case.

“Earl Miller’s crew is modest, fun and easy going. It was no inconvenience at all. We enjoyed every day of it. Everything went so smoothly,” said Judy.

The Willoughbys say they love every bit of their newly remodeled home. They’re so proud of it that they often invite people over to see it.

“Every time I look at it, I think ‘Wow! It looks so different,’” Judy said.

If you need some projects done around the house, call Earl Miller Construction at (712) 251-1033.


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