Thursday, February 5, 2009

OUR KITCHEN BEFORE AND AFTER

AFTER: LOOK YOU CAN SEE THROUGH THE WINDOWS NOW!
I JUST RECENTLY GOT THIS BLACK CAST IRON SINK AND NEW FAUCET, AND I LOVE IT!

MY PLAN EVENTUALLY IS TO RE-DO THE ISLAND. I WOULD LIKE EITHER BLACK SOAPSTONE OR CARRERA MARBLE WITH A BLACK BASE SURROUND. LOTS OF DETAILING. MAYBE BEADED BOARD, CORBELS? I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO INCORPORATE A BEVERAGE FRIDGE ON THE END YOU SEE HERE WITH A GLASS DOOR FOR THE KIDS' DRINKS.


THIS GIVES YOU A GOOD SHOT OF THE SKYLIGHT AREA. LAYLA AT THE LETTERED COTTAGE GAVE ME THE IDEA TO DO THE WORDING, AND I AM SO GLAD I DID IT. TO ME, IT IS THE HIGHTLIGHT OF THE KITCHEN! WE HAVE LOTS OF COVE LIGHTS UP THERE SO EVEN AT NIGHT IT IS BRIGHT!




THIS IS THE AREA WHERE THE FREESTANDING STOVE USED TO BE. AS YOU CAN SEE, MUCH MORE FUNCTIONAL NOW!



OUR KITCHEN BEFORE, JULY 1998





FIRST THINGS FIRST, DEMO!





THIS IS WHERE THE FREESTANDING STOVE USED TO STAND. NOW IT IS A LITTLE NICHE AND TO THE LEFT OF IT IS THE PANTRY






WOW, LOOK AT THOSE APPLIANCES! THE DISHWASHER GOT A NEW HOME ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SINK







CUTTING A HOLE IN THE CEILING TO PUT IN A HUGE SKYLIGHT! I RECOMMEND YOU DO THIS IN THE SUMMER MONTHS!









I REMEMBER HAULING AWAY LOADS AND LOADS OF BRICK AND SOOT FROM THE OLD STOVE, 5 MONTHS PREGNANT! :) LOOK AT THE UGLY POPCORN CEILING!









SAY HELLO TO MY HUSBAND AND FATHER IN LAW, UP THERE ON THE ROOF!










NEW WINDOW OVER THE KITCHEN SINK, NEW LIGHTING, AND DRYWALL










WHAT IS THERE TO SAY ABOUT THIS PICTURE? THE WORD HIDEOUS COMES TO MIND!












LOOK AT THAT BEAUTY OF A LIGHT FIXTURE! AND, IT WAS THE ONLY ONE IN THE WHOLE KITCHEN! CHECK OUT THE WINDOW TOO! IT WAS SO CLOUDED OVER YOU COULDN'T EVEN SEE THROUGH IT!













WHAT WAS I THINKING WITH THAT LITTLE BIT OF FAKE GREENERY ON TOP OF THE CABINET LIKE THAT?














ANOTHER LOVELY SHOT OF THE BEFORE















THE KITCHEN WAS THE FIRST ROOM WE TACKLED WHEN WE MOVED IN HERE IN 1998. I WAS 4 MONTHS PREGNANT WITH SAVANNAH. ALL THE CABINETS WERE MIX AND MATCH FROM GARAGE SALES. THE FLOOR WAS LINOLEUM AND WARPED AND THE FLOOR WASN'T EVEN LEVEL. YOU COULD STICK A KNIFE THOUGH THE CEILING. 3 DIFF. FINISHES WERE ON THE WALLS, AND THERE WAS A FREE STANDING UGLY STOVE THAT STUCK OUT IN THE MIDDLE. NEEDLESS TO SAY, IT ALL HAD TO GO. THE FIRST THING WE DID WAS OPEN UP THE ROOF AND PUT A SKYLIGHT IN. OUR NEIGHBORS GAVE US A GREAT DEAL ON ONE BECAUSE THAT WAS THEIR BUSINESS. ALL THE CABINETS ARE MAPLE AND CAME STRAIGHT OFF THE SHELVES AT HOME DEPOT. WE PUT IN RUSTIC PINE FLOORING, WHICH I LOVE, BUT MY HUSBAND NOT SO MUCH. WE MAY BE REPLACING THOSE SOON. I THINK WE RE-DID THE WHOLE KITCHEN FOR $7,000.00 AT THE TIME. OVER THE YEARS WE HAVE UPGRADED APPLIANCES TO STAINLESS STEEL, AND SO ON, BUT STILL, EVERYTHING WAS DONE ON A BUDGET!






















12 comments:

Bethany said...

I love the way your kitchen turned out. It is hard to believe that such a gorgeous room used to be, well, less than gorgeous. The wording in the skylight is fantastic.

NWlambear said...

Melanie...my hats off to you and your hubby! What a job.....I love seeing all the before, during and after pictures! You did an absolutely fantastic job with your remodel. Since the first time I saw your Blog...I loved your house. Now I know what you and your husband went through to achieve the home you share now. If it were mine...I'd never ever want to leave it. Its a beautiful location and home in which to raise your family!

marty39 said...

What a fabulous remodel. I LOVE your new kitchen. The cabinets are just beautiful. The before pics are just amazing. You do have a fantastic vision to see the before and imagine the after. Great job. Hugs, Marty

vintagewindow said...

Wow, this was one amazing reno. I love the skylight and the lettering surrounding.

Have a happy day

Kris

Chris said...

I can not you did that kitchen , well done, your home is so inspiring .
Chris

Mysweetgirlsx2 said...

I am posting for the first time on your blog, I have finally gotten up the nerve! Your house is such an inspiration to me, I know you hear that alot but, but I think you hit it on the head when you said it doesn't take alot of money to have a beautiful home, just a little elbow grease. That is why your home is so awesome because it is something that is attainable! We have been remodling the home my husband grew up in for the last 4 years room by room ourselves.. no outside help! We have fun, just wish there was more time & money! But I love your blog. I now go on it more then rate my space(which is a big deal) because you have all the inspiration I need! Sorry to go on & on but I had to let you know! We are starting our master bedroom & adding a bath with a 12x28 space!! We think we can do it, won't be big but it will be ours! So keep the ispiration coming I am going to need it!

Kathysue said...

What a transformation and a vision yoy had.It is wonderful and how lucky to have a hubby that could do the work,you make a great team.kathysue

Dawn said...

Great job on your kitchen. It was the first room of your house that I saw on RMS, and I instantly fell in love with it! Your decorating skills are such an inspiration to me!

Dawn
www.lifeateventuallycottage.blogspot.com

TJLoop85 said...

The kitchen looks amazing...with a capital A!

If you are going to re-do the island I think some decorative corbels would def. be a great addition.

Again, the kitchen is stunning.

mtrafica said...

Love your kitchen & your whole home--just beautiful!! Wondered if you could tell me what granite & cabinet hardware you used?

Thanks!!
Michele

Rodney Orton said...

Your kitchen is way more beautiful now than before. My wife and I are planning to do some works in our kitchen, too. She fancies black tiles 'coz she thinks they will make the kitchen look less messy when she does her stuff. Her cousins from Omaha will be helping us next month.

MissMary said...

Care to share what words you used in the skylight? I love your kitchen!

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