Archive for June 2012

kitchen reveal

technically we are not done with the kitchen, but i am too excited to not share the 95% complete photos with you. i was hoping to have more time to post some of the details along the way, but i think now i'll just do those posts later. so if you have any specific questions, make sure to ask and i'll try to answer them!

as i've mentioned, the only big things we have left are finishing the base along the bottom of the cabinets, and eventually replacing or rebuilding the island. i'm still messing around with some of the accessories and details, and we'll probably end up installing some open shelving.  but we've come a long way from where we started...

just for fun, here's the kitchen when we moved in:

dark, dirty cabinets, a fruit light fixture, wallpaper on the walls and ceiling, and green carpet.

in the first few months, we removed the counter table, removed the wallpaper and carpet, removed the trash compactor, painted the cabinets white, added new hardware and installed a temporary plywood floor. 

when we installed the new hardwood flooring on the first floor a year and a half ago, we also updated the kitchen floor.



i think that living with the old kitchen for so long really helped us figure out what we needed in the new kitchen.  we needed more storage and more counter space.  as we've renovated the rest of the house, i've been mixing vintage ideas with simple modern elements, and i knew that i wanted something similar in the kitchen renovation.  i also have a thing for unique light fixtures.

anyway, here is how the kitchen looks today (i removed the island in a few photos since the space is difficult to photograph):


when we make the new island, we would like to keep the base design simple, similiar to this test island.  now that i've seen it in the space, ideally i'd like to also replace the butcher block top with a darker butcher block (walnut?), but we'll see. 





i will probably add some of the open shelving that we had in the previous kitchen above the microwave area, the kitchen seems out of balance and i think that will help.  or maybe just hang my giant stendig calendar.



we really love it.  it's hard to believe it's the same kitchen, the space feels so much bigger and brighter now!



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