If you read the Part One post, of our kitchen transformation then you know we started with a nice kitchen, but one that was outdated and rather dark. We started with oak cabinets and gray tile back splash and no contrast between layers or elements. I am excited to share more “after” pictures with you today and I hope they serve to inspire you that any kitchen, even an older one, can be transformed, with the right design.
The before kitchen:
and now….the AFTER… (we have new barstools now; this was taken before they arrived).
See that Santa on the stove? It is a cookie jar. It was there of the day of the “big reveal”. This is what the tag said:
My Mr. Darcy is a keeper.
The good elements:
- nice layout
- had already been converted to gas for cooking
- ceiling had previously been raised
- great window at sink, providing view and natural light
- beautiful wood floor
- adjacent to a large walk-in pantry
- opens up to living room area
- dark with no contrast between elements, including outdated oak cabinetry that was without fixtures
- small sink
- one oven
- under utilized kitchen desk (except for collecting clutter) that took up too much kitchen real estate
- counter with granite tiles, not smooth, making clean up more work than necessary
- one fridge in kitchen, one in garage
- current table and benches needed replaced, with something bigger, for our family of 7
- replace appliances and sink
- eliminate garage refrigerator
- eliminate kitchen desk
- refinish cabinets
- build a counter height table that utilizes the same granite as the new counters
- add under the counter lighting
- New stainless steel appliances: Viking 8 burner stove with double ovens, Viking dishwasher, Viking microwave, Viking warming drawer, dual Kitchen Aid refrigerators, farmer’s sink and faucet.
- Lumber, finishes and embellishments for molding above cabinets, including 6 large scroll legs
- Granite for counters, breakfast bar, and table
- New light fixture
- New baker’s rack (to hang future new pots and pans)
- The cabinets
- Custom cabinets for dual refrigerators
- Custom built in granite table, counter height, that has electrical and lighting
And a few more AFTERS!