Saturday, April 23, 2011

Kitchen Renovation: The Reveal.

Well, minus one piece of stainless steel (I'll explain that later), it is done. 

We started with this:
And ended up with this:
 Took this:
 To this:

A few other shots:
 Above you can see the structural changes we did - there was a wall where the large island is now. Also you can see that we took the header between the two rooms of the kitchen and raised it about 6 inches and took the sides of the "doorway" between the two rooms completely away. 


 The view from the other side - this shows the contrast between what we've done (the kitchen) and what we are going to do (the den). Where the back door is now, there will be a window and corner banquette seating. The windows to the left will be french doors. The nasty paneling will be taken down, the den dry-walled and painted the same color as the kitchen, and the trim painted white to match the kitchen. 


 My pantry door, painted with chalkboard paint. We use it to make our "menu" for the week.


 Our contractor custom built an end bookshelf for all of our cooking magazines and books. The sideboard in the background is from an estate sale (a birthday gift) and the art above it is from etsy - seller Erin's Modern Art. 


I love my counters and sink - I love how it is "seamless" between the two. 


 Another angle of the room, standing at the current back door - you can see our new island, where the den wall was - you can see the contrast between the "old" (den) and "new" (kitchen). 


 Oh yes - that one piece of stainless that stands between us and a finished kitchen is right here, on the side of the stove. We bought a slide in for a different arrangement of the kitchen, so we had to improvise. I love the subway tile going to the ceiling here, love the range hood, love the brackets on the microwave shelf our contractor built for us. 

 I had a major trip to IKEA and got some accessories for the kitchen, including these bars and hanging dealies. I would like to grow herbs inside them but need to figure out the logistics. 

 Another IKEA purchase, spice jars on a magnetic strip. Also from IKEA, the baskets under the sideboard, which fit perfectly. 


And just for fun, one last look at the kitchen as it was when we moved in (with Jake walking through the night it became ours):


And now:





Want to know where we got some of the stuff for our kitchen? Go here.

And here, a step by step photographic experience through the process!
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36 comments:

Our Volunteer Family said...

Wow! It looks amazing. You and Jake (and your contractor) did an awesome job.

Karla said...

amazing!! Where are the tree canvas' from? I love them!!

Kathryn said...

Thanks, Karla! I got them on etsy from Erins Modern Art shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/erinsmodernart

She was super great to work with and has very reasonable artwork.

C. Jane said...

This looks great! My husband & I are in the middle of renovating our first house too...just got the cabinets all painted white. Congrats on making it through the chaos that is re-doing a kitchen! ;)

www.janeandeugene.blogspot.com

Ally said...

Wowza. That is a nice looking kitchen!

Parents of a Dozen said...

What a transformation! Great work.

Suzanne said...

I love every part of your kitchen! That is a phenomenal transformation. We are moving and I'm hoping to totally redo our kitchen at some point!

Jessica said...

I love everything! Great job! I love the magnetic spice racks..awesome idea. Something I totally need for my kitchen.

~Jessica
inspirationthief.blogspot.com

older and wisor said...

I just HAD to link over from Better After and say A. MAZ. ING!!!

It seems that looking at photos of "new" kitchens I like as a whole, there are always things that I wouldn't have chosen. But this?? Perfection. From the subtle contrast of the cabinets and backsplash to that (SQUEAL!) checkerboard floor. Not too modern, not too traditional.....sigh....

Gloria Fox @ Potentially Beautiful said...

Wow, what a huge difference. I love that you took out the soffet (sp?) and took the cabinets to the ceiling. Who ever thought soffets were a good idea?? Such wasted space. Love the floors too.

Kathryn said...

Thanks so much, guys! I appreciate it. This was my first big renovation and it was so fun!

Kimberellie said...

AMAZING! Just simply beautiful. You did a wonderful job and having fantastic taste! I love it. I want it!

heart: kimberellie (with a baby in her belly)

Heather said...

Saw you on Better After. Great job with the kitchen remodel! I love the yellow checkered floor and the chalkboard painted door!

Attempting Aloha said...

Great transformation! Really a take-your-breath-away kinda post! Those cabinets are just lovely.

Aloha,
Charlie

lauren @ gathering moss said...

looks awesome, kathryn! great job!

mrs limestone said...

Lovely. That yellow checked floor is fab. Thanks for sharing.

Tricia said...

Beautiful! I love your countertops! Our cabinets are similar, but yours really pop with the black tops : o )

Diana said...

Jut popped over from Young House Love! Your kitchen turned out beautifully!

bridget b. said...

looks great! what do you store in the island drawers?

Kathryn said...

Bridget - the island drawers have our serving pieces and our pyrex, plus cutting boards. We got a lot of serving dishes for our wedding and before they were cooped in the attic. Now they are accessible. I'm sort of majorly obsessed with our drawers.

Jessica @ The Desert Abode said...

Amazing! Found your site through YHL. I especially like the chalkboard pantry door and the cookbook nook. :)

K-Krew said...

Just saw this on YHL. AHHH-mazing! Beautiful kitchen!

Kristen said...

Where did you get those tree pictures in the kitchen? I LOVE them?

Emily said...

What a gorgeous transformation!!! Love how bright it is and your seamless counter and sink. :) Stopping by from YHL.

Kathryn said...

Kristen - Thanks!! The tree paintings are from etsy, Erin's Modern Art is the seller. http://www.etsy.com/shop/erinsmodernart

She was super sweet and really fast and when I asked for a custom color, she didn't mind at all. I really like her stuff! And it is affordable, which helps:)

Katie said...

Hi there! Popping over from YHL. Your flooring is FABULOUS! I love it. Also love the backsplash. Classy. You did a fantastic job bringing all this together. What an improvement!

Kathryn said...

Thanks for the love, ladies!! I really appreciate the nice comments. It was a long process but worth it!

Jo Ro said...

LOVE your floors!!!

Renae said...

Curious if the tile is off-the-shelf at HD/Lowes? Maybe I missed that. In any case, what color of grout did you use? I want it!! BTW your floors are KILLER and totally make the room IMHO. Great job!

Kathryn said...

Renae - the subway tile is just plain-ole-subway tile from Home Depot with a dark grey grout. The contractor picked out the grout color so I don't know the specific color but in person it is a charcoal color. I feel like that really makes the subway tile a little more expensive looking:)

Mary Millet said...

It looks so amazing!! I'm in love with the wall color! What color did you use and who makes it?

Kathryn said...

Mary - it is crushed rock, which is a United paint color but I had Sherwin Williams match it.

Kristan said...

My kitchen is set up almost exactly as yours was. You have done everything I want to do to my kitchen, down to the yellow checkerboard on a diagonal and glass front cabinets. It's like you're in my mind. Love it!

Kathryn said...

Kristan - sorry I'm in your mind:) but you know, good minds do think alike! I really recommend the checkerboard going on a diagonal. It looks super cheap otherwise. I am sure your kitchen will look awesome!

rahiosky said...

LOVE LOVE your floor! Turned out amazing...I was wondering, is there a gap from the base boards? I would
love to pull up our yucky carpet and do this to our floor! It did have hardwood but previous owners pulled it up! Soooo, left with a slab...Great
tut too! Very well described! Will keep you posted if I get *brave* (ie:ambitious) enough to try it.

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kitchen pot rack said...

Very nice and beautifu! What a nice looking kitchen!

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