So we’re done with our kitchen renovation! Well, mostly done, but who’s counting? When I say “mostly done” I mean that we’re as finished as we’re going to be for the foreseeable future. I really want a tile back splash, but that’s definitely a down the road project.
Now, before I wow you with the awesomeness that is our current kitchen, I’d like to remind you, dear readers, of what we purchased.
Yeah. That’s it. Nice, right? Appliances from 1975 (the year our home was built; heck, we even had a trash compactor!) The laminate flooring was ripped in a few places, the counter tops were PAINTED laminate, and the refrigerator was awkwardly placed in the middle of everything. Not to mention a general grossness that accompanies a kitchen that is three decades old.
And here’s the after.
Bam! I know, right? It’s not the same angle, so I’ve got a bit of explaining to do. The dishwasher is currently where the range was. The sink remained in the same place.
We tweaked the layout a bit, while leaving the overall footprint intact. The dishwasher moved from the left of the sink to the right of the sink and into the peninsula. This allowed us to have 2 lazy susans, one in each corner, as opposed to losing storage space. The other big layout change is we closed off the door to the old dining room, allowing one entire wall to be cabinetry and appliances. Here’s how that turned out.
Gorgeous, right? The old doorway was to the left of the stove. Now we needed a new doorway. We opened up the kitchen to our new dining room (which was the old formal living room.)
In the picture above, it’s the space between the refrigerator and the wall of cabinets. Speaking of our refrigerator, check that bad boy out! Not only is it recessed, it’s banging! Our new fridge has a freezer on the bottom and ice in the door. Just look at that LG stainless steel beautifulness! His name is George. We had to move the washer & dryer to a separate closet to the left of the fridge (you can see its white door on the left side of this picture). We stacked them, which meant we were able to open up the eat-in kitchen to the den by an additional foot. (That’s why you can see the couch in the picture above.)
I think by far the best decision we made was to knock out the upper cabinets. This meant we had to move the stove (as discussed earlier) but it opened up the kitchen immensely and made it so much brighter! Now you can see the lovely bay window from any point in the room. Also, we added a 8 inch overhang to the peninsula, so eventually we’ll get around to buying some stools; then we’ll have even more places for folks to sit in the most beloved room of our new home.
We also put down tile floors (on top of our new, non-crumbling sub-floor), added a microwave above the gas range, and painted the room a sage green (on top of the new drywall). New crown molding and base boards went in. And granite! It’s so nice and shiny. The lighting got an upgrade, too; we removed the fluorescent fixture and added 4 can lights, as well as a light above the sink.
So there you have it! What do y’all think? We love it!