Kitchen: Before and After Photos

As I mentioned here, I promised to do a before and after kitchen post. We’ve been enjoying our new kitchen! Last night I made scones in preparation for tomorrow’s Irish celebration! You can find the recipe for scones I posted last year here.

This weekend I’m going to make Corned Beef and Cabbage for the first time – we’ll see how it goes! And a Happy St. Patrick’s Day at that!

And now, down to the kitchen nitty-gritty. As I said in my last kitchen reveal post, we’ve spent a solid 10 months renovating our kitchen and we are done with phase I. SUPER exciting.

For those who are curious as to what the phase II kitchen reno entails:

  • Add tile backsplash
  • Add crown molding and shoe molding
  • New stove and a cabinet/countertop endcap to the left of the stove
  • Add outlet inside pantry and install small microwave

This is the kitchen on the day of our initial walk-through:

Although you can’t really tell in this photo, the countertop was peeling, the backsplash was rotted out, the cabinet hinges were coated in layers of thick paint, the faucet leaked everywhere, the sink was beyond stained, the dishwasher was broken, and there was only a big copper wire where the fridge was supposed to be.

We repainted the insides of the cabinets and had new custom-size cabinet doors made. Buying an older home = standard sizes usually don’t match (like IKEA cabinet doors).

We replaced all the windows in the house with new double-panes from Harvey’s. That includes these two in the kitchen.

We (erm, my husband) ripped out the old countertop and had this one installed. So far we love our granite countertop. It is sturdy and easy to clean. And while I don’t make a habit of putting hot cookware directly on the counter, it’s nice to know that if I do, it won’t be a problem.

We chose an undermount large basin stainless steel sink (through our countertop people) and got the faucet on clearance at Lowes. I love our large basin sink. While some prefer to  have the divided sides, I love being able to place an entire cookie sheet or cast iron skillet flat on the bottom of the sink. We also had to install a new garbage disposal.

We took down the ceiling fan in the kitchen immediately. We’ve since added four recessed lights, track lighting over the sink and this rail lighting from LightingDirect over the island. Plans for undercabinet lighting are in the future.

Obviously we tore down all the (several layers) of wallpaper. We put in all new light switches and outlets. We painted the radiator, and lots of other small tasks.

We tore out the old, broken dishwasher and installed this new one we got on sale at Lowes.

Then we took down our old microwave and put up the range hood. We had future plans to install a small microwave in the pantry and will backsplash underneath the hood and cabinets.

That big wire you see was the water line for the old fridge. Not only would that space fit a very small fridge, but it would eat up a ton of floor space and make our already small kitchen feel even tinier. I wasn’t crazy about losing the line-of-sight to the deck entrance, as well as to the dining room. No thank you.

Instead, we purchased and refinished this sideboard, and I think it fits the space perfectly. Plus, a little extra cabinet space never killed anybody. Behind that we installed the beadboard wallpaper and chair rail molding.  We also purchased and refinished an island for a central workspace and seating area.

So where does that leave the fridge?

We decided to knock out a wall that led to our hallway coat closet. We sacrificed the closet in order to be able to recess the fridge into the wall. We looked at refrigerators FOREVER to find the right size – we bought a counter-depth fridge – to maximize the recessed space.

Then we added new molding so it looks like a seamless addition.

Last but not least, there was the pantry.

I am KICKING myself because I don’t know if I took a before pictures of the inside of the pantry. Probably because my pants were on fire to rip it out!

All the insides of the kitchen cabinets were this dark wood color.

But inside the pantry was a labyrinth of swinging doors and cabinets that pulled out. And… get this… it was all shelving for cans. There were probably 200 little compartment shelving pieces that swung out in various directions for canned good storage!!! Can you tell this kitchen was built in the 1950s?

It was kind of cool… but we have an average 10 cans in our house at a time. There was no where to put a bag of sugar! Or a box of Golden Grahams! Or a box of Mac and Cheese! It would not do. So we ripped it out. And then we repainted.

And we added new shelving units on the inside.

Sorry my pantry isn’t picture perfect – but it doesn’t have to be!!! I have pantry doors now! I had to look at this mess for months. Talk about visual overload.

To read more about our kitchen adventures, check out some of my older kitchen reno posts:

I’m linking this post up to Beneath My Heart’s “Best DIY Projects of March” Linky Party

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12 comments

  1. wow!!! this is seriously amazing. I don’t even know where to start….! the countertops are beautiful…i LOVE your light fixture choices…the fridge is swoon-worthy in it’s new location. I can’t believe how much it opens up the kitchen to have it recessed!

    and the pantry is awesome, seriously awesome!

  2. Darla says:

    Hi, I just found you on Beneath My Heart. Your kitchen turned out great–kudos for a job well done! Do you mind sharing where you ordered your cabinet doors from? We are considering doing the same thing and keeping our boxes and updating the doors. Did you get them unfinished and paint them yourselves? Thanks!

    • Thanks! We ordered our through Hollerbrook Builders with a local cabinetmaker. They painted them in their shop (which I would recommend if you can!) and color-matched to what we painted the bases and trim. (Valspar Swiss Coffee)

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