Here is the OLD kitchen:
We ripped out all the cabinets and soffets and in order to save the existing corian counter tops we kept the original footprint and just added a little to it. This is one of the best and most simple ways to make a kitchen renovation affordable!
The flooring was a faux tile laminent, which is also known to me as tile's "ugly stepsister". Although it was trying extremely hard, it was not fooling me! It had to go. So, in it's place came to live, some solid cherry flooring. Don't you love the sound hardwood makes when you walk on it wearing fabulous heels?!
Did you notice the old appliances? A lovely shade of almond white from the 80's. Not so fabulous!
Here is the AFTER:
Since I had given birth about eight months prior I couldn't help but see the similarities between renovation and childbirth! Although both are extremely taxing, they are always well worth the pain and inconvenience!
This is what the view of the kitchen looked like from the family room:
Notice the ceiling fan and spindles....
We needed more storage space and a new home for the fridge, so we got rid of the lovely spindles and filled in the wall. Who wants a view of the basement stairs anyway? We also prefer not to have a table in the kitchen, especially when the dining room is about two steps away. With the table gone we could add more cabinets and move the fridge to a better location.
There is more work to be done, as goes the never ending story of renovation, but we couldn't be happier and more proud! Next on the list is installing the valance above the pass through window, adding the rest of the countertops and backsplash, and installing the mini version of this chandelier from Pottery Barn:
The back splash will be classic off-white subway tiles that match the cabinets. I love the look of an all white kitchen with the warmth of cherry floors, vintage looking hardware and industrial stainless steel. A classic look that will never go out of style.
The best part about a classic white kitchen is that you can change your accent colors whenever you feel like it and you won't break the bank!! Right now I'm lovin the feeling of Spring and on the inside of the cabinets....it shows!!
A HUGE THANK YOU to Mom and Dad for all their help. Without them this kitchen would not have been possible! AND Thank you to all of our friends who came to help us tear down all the UGLIES!!
I can't wait to post the kitchen when it is truly completed! I also can't wait to get my hands on that chandelier!!