a pretty cool life.: Our kitchen remodel

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Our kitchen remodel

We knew as soon as we bought this house the kitchen had SO much potential. Five years later, we've finally done what we dreamed of with it.

Prepare yourself for some truly crappy photography.

The befores...

As you can see, there were several things we needed to change. The kitchen was cluttered and cramped and just wasn't very pleasant to be in. We did not like the oak cabinets one bit, there was hardly any counter, cabinet, or storage space, the fridge next to the back door formed a tunnel, we wanted to open the doorway to the dining room even further, and we were not using half of the entire kitchen. You know, nothing much.

We also wanted to keep the style of our 1946 home while changing it all. It was a tall order, and took nearly 8 weeks to complete.

And this what we did with the place...



We chose white appliances over stainless to keep everything looking as open and airy as possible. (And I would never be able to stand the fingerprints!)



We kept the original cabinet boxes and just replaced the doors. It's nice that we have the original cabinets still in tact, but probably would have been cheaper and faster to have just torn them out and replaced them entirely.



I will warn anyone considering black granite that it is just like a black car....it seems like it would hide dirt, but it shows everything! Dust, little finger prints, everything. We were debating between a dark gray and black and kind of regret our decision.


Moving the refrigerator to the opposite wall gave the kitchen so much counter space, and since I was previously without a pantry, the 4 cabinets next to the fridge are now all food storage space.
I also totally recommend the Kenmore Elite french door fridge we bought. It has an icemaker in the freezer and water dispenser inside the fridge, so we have as much door space as possible.
The new back door in desperate need of a (mis)treatment. I'm planning on a navy toile roman shade. Just throw that project on the pile of things I need to do.

The cabinet glass we chose is called "wavy seedy." It looks really reflective in this pic, but it just has a nice, vintage-y feel to it.

The new arch, which is our view from the kitchen into the dining room. Don't mind the Exersaucer in the corner. At least I straightened up before I took pictures...



Our mosaic tile on the floor. True to our 1940s style! At over $9/square foot, it would have been cheaper had we just gone with wood to match the rest of our house, but I like how clean I can get tile.
I love my little crock filled with dish detergent. A great eBay find!


The tin ceiling is probably my most favorite aspect of the new kitchen. The picture (of course) does not do it justice. It's painted high gloss white and is SO BEAUTIFUL!


I also adore the tin backsplash.

A permanent fixture in the kitchen.
I'm so thrilled with the end result. The white cabinets, the tin ceiling, the glass in the cabinet doors...and all the new usable space. This is by far the best home improvement project we've ever done!

59 comments:

  1. I love it! I love white cabinets. We just finished a renovation last year and redid all the cabinets white and the island dark brown.

    Just a note....everytime I stop by your blog it looks a little sassier ;) I like it!

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  2. It looks amazing! I'm going to bookmark this post so I have a picture of what I want someday! :-)

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  3. Wow! Your kitchen looks so much bigger in white! Love the makeover!

    Stopping by from SITS.

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  4. What an amazing transformation! I love the glass paneled cabinet doors. Awesome job!

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  5. wow, what a difference. i like the white cabinets, really brightens up the room.

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  6. Wow that's beautiful! I'd love to do something like that with ours.

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  7. I looove it!! Great work! :)

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  8. Hi Cheryl! I came over from SITS and glad I did! I LOVE the cabinet doors!! Our kitchen is in need of a makeover too!

    Will you be joining us at SITScation this year?

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  9. Black granite or not that's GORGEOUS!! I love it! yall did a great job! I wish I had a design bone in my body but I don't... not one bit!

    Found your blog through SITS! I had to see how cool you are... I'm not disappointed :)

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  10. Hi Cheryl, your kitchen is gorgeous! I love those cabinets so much! And, of course your permanent fixture too :-)

    Thanks for stopping by today!

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  11. I love this post girl! Before's and After's are the best... you did a fantastic job! Thanks so much for sharing... also, cute new photo of yourself. Very "cool." (grin)

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  12. Wow, wow! What a beautiful kitchen! Honestly, I love it, especially the tin ceiling. I love those kind! Thank you for sharing.

    I was reading your profile, and your "About Me" could totally be me in about a month (minus the sewing part haha). Too fun. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Hi again Cheryl, be sure to check my blog in the morning, I have a surprise for you! :-)

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  14. Gorgeous! Am completely jealous. We're in MONTH 20 of our DIY kitchen makeover. I'm about to lose my mind.

    Good job, Sister!

    (SITS)

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  15. Your kitchen looks beautiful. I love the light and airy colours you have. It makes your kitchen look double the size!

    I'm also completely in love with your little furball! So adorable :)

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  16. Wowza!!! I want a tin ceiling so badly in the kitchen.

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  17. Oh my word - your kitchen make-over is fabulous! I'm new to your blog and love it.

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  18. I am loving this! We just recently painted our cabinets white after living with them for 7 years! The change is so great! I have considered doing the tin tile backsplash. Did you install it yourself? We have a fake tin ceiling (textured wallpaper) in our dining room. Yours looks fabulous! Nice work!

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  19. Shelly-we had it installed by our tile guy and it took him no more than an hour to do it all. They came in 2x2 sheets, and used liquid nails to hang them. Aside from the cuts, it's totally an easy project.

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  20. I love white cabinets! Love, love, love it! :) So glad to have found your blog! :)

    --Susan @ www.peanutpetunia.blogspot.com

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  21. sent over from Kimba at A Soft Place to Land. What a great makeover! It must give you a great sense of accomplishment - it should.

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  22. Wow, that's a beautiful kitchen. I love, love, love the tin ceiling and white cabinets.

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  23. I love that you stayed true to the age and feel of the home, and yet made a comfortable user-friendly, kitchen for today. Love the floor and the ceiling! Really nice work!

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  24. Gorgeous transformation! I'm seriously contemplating painting my kitchen cabs white and I have white appliances. It's nice to see your photos since most of the white kitchens I've seen have stainless steel appliances. Did you paint the cabs? What was the paint color you used on the cabs if you painted them?

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  25. Just found your blog via Kimba's blog. Your new kitchen looks fabulous! I've got an Exersaucer in my kitchen too--gotta love the sound when a happy baby bounces and all of the toys clatter :)

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  26. Terrific redo! The kitchen is totally transformed. The beauty of paint!!!!! Blessings, Jennifer

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  27. I came over from Kimba's place to give you some comment lovin. Your kitchen is just perfect!!
    ~Michelle

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  28. Fantastic! Love the floors and the kitty! :)

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  29. I have just finished our kitchen makeover in Ireland - yours is lovely.

    My fave bit is probably the tin splash back!

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  30. It looks great! I love all the little details that really inject charm into your finished room. I especially love the tin ceiling! Thanks for sharing.

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  31. That is a beautiful kitchen! I'm glad you re-used your cabinet boxes- that was very "green" of you. I also love that ceiling and that floor! Bravo!!!

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  32. Awesome. This is a lot like what I'm doing to our 1947 kitchen. At least the tin backsplash, white painted cabinets, white appliances. It was great to see the tin in place, and not just one piece that I have leaning against the wall right now. =)
    I love this post.

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  33. Beautiful kitchen re-do! I love the white cabinets and the tin ceiling is just gorgeous! I found you through Kimba and am so glad I did! : )

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  34. I know I commented before, but WOW! I love those glass fronts!

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  35. WOW! what a transformation! I love the backsplash! ...and the kitty cat too :)

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  36. What a beautiful transformation, the tin ceiling, cabinets, backsplash, floors...it is such a welcoming kitchen!
    Janell

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  37. This would be my dream kitchen! I love how you kept true to the 40's style with the tin and the tiles. Gorgeous!

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  38. Gorgeous! So bright, clean, and fresh!

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  39. Cheryl, I LOVE your new kitchen. :) The ceiling is amazing, and I also really like your backsplash. :) Did you do a lot of the work yourselves or did you hire a contractor?

    PS. Your children look so happy in the pics. ;) ;)

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  40. Your kitchen looks great! I cannot wait until we can redo our 1960s mess of a kitchen.

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  41. Congrats on your kitchen remodel, it's beautiful! God's blessings on your sweet family, Sarah :D

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  42. Cheryl, this really does look wonderful. You did such a great job! I especially like the way you kept the 1940's look. Just marvelous, darling!!

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  43. Great job on the kitchen!!!!! White looks amazing on those cabinets and I love the tin! ~Ashley~ shanty2chic

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  44. Wow! Terrific job! Did you do most of it yourself? I like the open glass cabinets and the backsplash makes me swoon! Excellent choices, I'd say!

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  45. This is a stunning makeover! I love everything, the colors, the appliances...the kitty. :)

    Thank you for sharing!

    (visiting from the Serenity Now Party)

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  46. Beautiful transformation-Great JOB!!

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  47. It. is. GORGEOUS! I'm dyin' of jealousy hear. Way to go on a fabulous makeover!

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  48. Love it! I am dying to paint my cabinets white. They look gorgeous!

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  49. Sigh. Love this Kitchen. Still envious. :) If you have a chance to add the link to my party somewhere, that would be great. :)

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  50. Just gorgeous. Good job!
    The first thought that came to my mind was - I love the floor! And the rest of it :)

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  51. Love what you did in here...so nice to see something a little different (instead of dark cabinets and stainless). We just replaced our dishwasher and were debating on the stainless issue as well. Decided to stick with our current white appliances for similar reasons: easier to keep clean, less expensive, show wear better etc. Great job!

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  52. Wow that's beautiful! I'd love to do something like that with ours.

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  53. Wow! Your kitchen looks so much bigger in white! Love the makeover!

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