I've always meant to write about our kitchen for what seems like ages now. I just never got around to doing it until now. Our house was tenanted before we moved in a little over two years ago and you could tell. A lot of the finishes in the house were original including the kitchen. The landlords had tried to upgrade some things like the appliances, but since the original cabinetry was made for smaller appliances (as they used to make back in the 60s) they didn't quite fit right. The counters were lower than standard (the dishwasher was cut into the floor!) and many of the cupboards were just so worn/broken. We also wanted to enlarge the doorway from the kitchen to the dining room to make it a little more open. All of this resulted in a complete gut of the kitchen.
Here are a few before pictures taken when we first viewed the house (all the things in here belonged to the tenants):
Our kitchen is still a work in progress despite starting this project about two years ago. The kitchen is functional and looks pretty good, but there's still a lot to do such as building in the fridge, finishing the tops of the cabinets (some kind of moulding), customizing the toe kicks, adding under cabinet lighting, pendants over the island and finishing the island moulding. For some of the above we have some reasons why we've waited to add the finishing touches (e.g., finding the right fridge), but it's mostly because other projects/life have taken precedent (e.g., two basement floods, having baby #2, etc.). I am hoping that this fall/winter will be a good time to tackle some of the above along with our basement reno.
So here is how our kitchen is looking now after a couple days worth of de-cluttering and cleaning from top to bottom. It looks much more lived in on a regular day. :)
Here are some more of the details in our kitchen:
I also thought it might be fun to show you the view(s) from all the different doorways into/out of the kitchen. First up is the view from this doorway which is directly across from our front door/entry.
This is the view into our mini mudroom which is at the landing before the stairs that leads to our basement. These are the only stairs in our house and I'm so grateful for that door so that I don't need to worry about baby gates.
The views from our dining room. Little Pilot likes to pretend to take photos with my tripod. You can also see where Co-pilot's high chair is kept between meals.
...and a little closer in. :)
That's where we're at with our kitchen reno. There's a ton of little things to finish up and I'm hoping that writing about it here will inspire us to get to work on them sooner rather than later. Fingers and toes crossed! For anyone who might be interested, here are the sources:
Cupboards: Lowes and Ikea
Countertop: Caesarstone: Misty Carrera
Backsplash: Local tile clearance outlet
Appliances: Range: Wolf
Hood Fan: Arda
Clock: George Nelson from HomeSense
Print: Olunda from Ikea
Stools: Artek High Stool 64 designed by Alvar Aalto
Glass Bowl (on island): Iittala Ultima Thule
Cups, Creamer and Sugar jar: Vintage (yard sale)