The first area we worked on when we moved into our house was the kitchen. We finished it before I started this blog but it's taken me a while to snap some updated pictures.
This is the kitchen photo from the real estate listing.
And here is a panoramic photo from when we did the inspection.
They removed all of the counter-top clutter but a few things were not working here. Do you see where the dishwasher is in relation to the sink?? It is a little distorted from the wide angle but that's like 10 ft away! Why is there a speaker mounted in the kitchen (upper right of the sink)?
The art deco black sconces have a teal strip that lights up when they are on. I think there were 5 of these in total, I couldn't rip those suckers down fast enough.
The previous owners were using the huge back room as a dining room and had a large dining table here. I knew there could be a better layout and wanted to add some extra cabinet space.
Here are the 'After' photos:
In the empty space, we added a peninsula/breakfast bar. It's so nice to have a place to gather around when friends & family are over.
The maple cabinets were in good condition so we tried to keep as many as we could. We added glass doors to the ones above the sink and added the new tall pantry next to the fridge. We changed out the electric stove to a gas one and got super lucky that there was gas originally installed so Dave only had to uncap and hook it up to our new one.
We added height extenders to the cabinets and crown molding then I painted everything to match using Benjamin Moore's Advanced Paint in Senora Gray. It's a little hard to tell from the photos but its a nice warm gray green taupe color, I love it! I used a lot of steps/tips from this tutorial on painting cabinets from Young House Love. It's fairly easy but time consuming and important to let each coat dry thoroughly before moving on so patience is needed! The finish on ours is pretty durable so far and it's been about 7 months since we finished and no scratches or chipping paint.
For the backsplash, we installed white subway tiles with a silver grout - so fresh and classic. Love this new faucet, so easy to clean the farmhouse sink. The only thing we had to hire out was the new counter and we're happy to leave that one to the pros. We chose a Corian solid-surface material in Linen. It is SO durable and looks amazing, very pleased with it.
Instead of the full depth counter (24") the previous owners had sitting in the middle of the room, we went with 12" deep uppers and added a base to use it as a buffet. We topped these cabinets with butcher block which adds nice warmth to the room.
The upper cabinet was 12" deep but I wanted it to have a slimmer profile so we cut it down to 6" and holds wine glasses perfectly! We added crown molding to this cabinet and painted to match the others. We use this as a beverage center and have wine & liquor bottles stored underneath.
We also added 6 pot lights to bring in some extra light to this room which it desperately needed.
I forget how much this space has changed and how far we've come. Even though it wasn't a total gut job, we were still able to make it exactly what we wanted while saving $$. I love it and wouldn't change a thing! It took us about 3 months of working on the weekends and during the week after coming home from our day jobs.. but totally worth it!
Here is the list of sources, let me know if there's anything I missed or if you have any questions!
Breakfast Bar Stools: Overstock Tabouret Stools
Sink: Ikea Domsjo Farmhouse Single Bowl Sink
Hardware- Cup Pull: Stone Mill Hardware Oil Rubbed Bronze Cup
Hardware- Knobs:Stone Mille Hardware Oil Rubbed Bronze 3 Ring Knob
Lighting: Lanterns, glass panels removed- Sea Gull 3-Light Bretton
Paint - Cabinets: Benjamin Moore Advanced Paint - Senora Gray, Satin finish
Paint - Walls: Benjamin Moore - White Dove
Countertop: Corian - Linen
Butcher Block Counter on Buffet: IKEA Numerar
Glass Front Cabinet Doors: IKEA Lidingo
Blue & White Striped Rug: Dash & Albert Lighthouse
Jute Rug in front of sink: World Market Basket Weave Jute Rug
**I'm linking this post over at Thrifty Decor Chick!