For annie, mary ruth and anyone else who's interested, here's a before and several afters of the kitchen we redid back in March. It took about 4-5 weeks for everything, except the pendant light fixtures which were on back order.
I redesigned the whole kitchen and the ugly bar counter. My contractor had some terrific young carpenters who took my sketch and ran with it.
Overall, it was a pretty painless process.
After #3 Detail
After #4 Detail of redesigned counter, looking from breakfast nook.
Amazing kitchen remodel! It looks so fresh and up to date. Bravo!!
Thanks so much, Cavin. Means a lot to me.
It looks beautiful.
I see you painted the cabinetry. Was that part a DIY? If not, what did the painting process entail. Like the redesigned peninsula a lot. The face of it reminds me of a classy desk.
Thank you, Emily. Your comment also means a lot to me.
I am typing on notepad as I view so as not to miss anything! I didn't want to time out by typing on the reply box directly...
LOVE the original kitchen, tall celings, light from above, good space for working and getting around... lots of storage! And great that it was open to another living space! All that air around the room! Now to scroll down to see what transpired...
I LOVE the changes with the peninsula! Much more work space!
Beautiful counter tops!
Painted cabinets are awesome in white!
Great new flooring!
LOVE the pendants, soooo worth the wait!
Painted walls?.. love the space at the top, gives such a roomy feel!
Of course new appliances are TDF!
The plain drywall of original peninsula is so much improved with the panel molding of the new one! I also love the indent in the center of the peninsula with the columns on the end, classy!
LOVE your accessories in place! Keeping the glass cabinet doors on the right of the stove is a nice relief from cabinet solid doors.
The backsplash is nice too!
Under cabinet lighting! LOVE that!
I like how you concealed the switch with the vase and floral on the peninsula.
New fridge is so nice (French door)!!!
The view from your sink will make it so pleasurable to do dishes there, I would volunteer! LOVE That glass cabinet!!!
Those pendants really DO go well with your decor!
LOVE the windows up high! (Clerestory)
LOVE your gas cooktop and hood! NICE!
Did you change out the hardware (pulls)? Stainless does go so well with your kitchen!
LOVE the view from the breakfast nook! NICE!
The flooring is such a PLUS, you must love the look and feel of the new floor!
Wonderful transformation, NOW it is truly YOUR kitchen!
Thanks, Froo. No DIY for us. We're useless when it comes to that. All the labor was hired out. I set the design direction and sourced all the materials myself, which my contractor was very happy to leave to me.
The cabinets were professionally painted with a acrylic alkyd paint similar to what Charles D used on his fantastic cabinet project, only it was from Pittsburgh Paint's Manor Hall line.
That is a very beautiful redo! It looks so fresh and bright!
Bless your heart, Mary Ruth. Yes, we did change out the hideous hardware (don't ask). Bought the new ones at Loew's: I had a $100 gift card and wound up spending only $13. in cash for all the hardware. Woo hoo!
Yep, walls were painted a very light color by Sherwin Williams called Canvas Tan. The house is not very large, so I wanted it to look and feel as airy as I could. We do have lovely views to the outside, with lots of trees, which we can enjoy from the sink.
The last thing we were waiting for is our custom plantation-style shutters to be installed on the clerestories and some other windows. We get killer blasts of western sun through those clerestories (this being Texas, after all) so we needed some kind of light-filtering window treatment.
Oh, good gracious, YES. We love our new floors. They are textured ceramic tiles that mimic wood, and we put them throughout the entire house except for the baths and the MB. Probably the very best decision we have ever made.
We started tiling our house with the plank textured wood tiles, I LOVE them! We have a stack not installed yet, DH's health and mine, plus 100+1 things put a halt to our projects, but we hope to get back to them someday!
LOVE your space, you did a GREAT job achihuahua!!!
Aren't "new" kitchens fun! Especially when you designed it yourself!!!!
Love all the changes.. Its stunning~!
Oh how I would love to have that flooring.. swoon worthy for sure.
enjoy every moment it your lovely space.
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Thanks, Sonny, we shall. The flooring was quite reasonably priced at slightly less than $7 per sq. ft installed; that's for materials and labor. We have a cement slab foundation, and I've found that engineered hardwood -- in my pitiful budget range -- doesn't look as good or wear as well as tile.
It's beautiful, love everything about your new kitchen
Thanks so much for the information.. I too am on a slab and several contractors have told me wood wouldnt do well here. Seeing yours lets me know I do have an alternative..
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LOVE LOVE LOVE your remodel. I LOVE the flat or squared edge of the counterop. Someday I would love to do exactly what you did, paint my cabs white and do a countertop with that same edge.
What a timeless look, love it!!!
OIC. Beautiful job. I would consider doing that but unfortunately, my cabinetry is oak. I doubt the grain can be hidden. Correct me if I am wrong those in the know.
Now you're making me laugh, aychi, since I know you're a Yankee transplant, and that's not EXACTLY what we really say in Texas
However, I wanted to chime in to say that I too LOVE your new kitchen. Very similar design elements to what I hope to have someday. Great job - enjoy!
Froo, we have some painted oak cabinetry in our laundry room, and while you are right that the grain shows through, I actually like that. I think it shows that it is real wood, as opposed to factory finish laminate. And there also may be more advanced priming treatments available now that would help better camouflage the grain.
In this pic, I don't think you can see the grain, so it's really not that obvious. I think I primed and then put probably three coats of acrylic.
Beautiful! The whole kit n' caboodle!
WOW!!! It's simply stunning~ I love everything about it.
It looks fresh, clean and inviting. Nice job!
Great job, N. Can't see the grain in the pic. Must have been labor intense tho. Thanks for explaining the project
A gorgeous re-do with your kitchen. You sure pulled it off with simplicity and grace. Looks like a functional place to work in. But where is the oven(s) in the new space?
The counter area is a much better design too! Enjoy your new home and kitchen.
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Thank you everyone for your kind comments.
Beau's Rose, you cracked me up about the ovens. They are opposite the wall with the cooktop. We put in a built-in wall micro unit and wall oven from GE, in a stainless finish, to replace the old ones. We just didn't get around to taking a picture of it yet.
OK, Nita -- how do REAL Texans say youbetchaboyhowdy?
Also, regarding the grain pattern on the cabinets: ours are ash wood, and the grain pattern is less prominent than oak. A very subtle pattern shows through the paint; a rather nice look, IMO. You can see from Nita's pix that even oak can look great painted.
LOL, I have been looking for it too !!
It's a beautiful redo Aychi. Your design is so functional. Do you mind sharing your countertop and flooring patterns? Thanks....
Such a pretty improvement, it looks great!!!
Wonderful reno, bet you are really enjoying it now!
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[QUOTE] OK, Nita -- how do REAL Texans say youbetchaboyhowdy? [QUOTE]
LOL!! Just like that I guess, but I've never heard that all as one word One might say "you betcha" or one might say "boy howdy" depending on the context I was just messing with ya! (and I personally don't use either one unless I'm kidding around, like you were)
Really, really nice!!! I like the detail on the back of the island.
Very nicely done. I love the detail on the counter bar area face. Just beautiful.
I believe your vent hood is like the one I've been wanting for my kitchen redo. What brand is it? Model? Thanks! I love your redo. Wish I could have my cabinets painted, but guess I'll have to just deal with them for another 20 years. haha
Thanks, Georgia. The floors are Interceramic Porcelain Planks, Scenic Natural, 6" x 36".
The wood-look tile comes in two or three other colors, if I recall correctly: one is a dark walnut look and the other a kind of grey driftwood look.
Countertops are River White granite.
Hope this helps.
Thanks, Lenie. I ordered the hood online from builder.com. The manufacturer is Zephr, and the style is called "Pyramid." It comes in two widths, 30" and 36."
As for painting the cabinets, let me encourage you to do it sooner than later. It will make the biggest bank for your buck when it comes to updating the look of the kitchen. Oh, and new hardware, which you can buy for a song these days.
If you or another family member or friend have basic painting skills and patience, you can do a good DIY job. It will take longer than a pro job, but it will also cost a heckuva a lot less!
Fluffy, mountainbeach and paintlady, thanks for the very kind comments. If I have missed anyone, my apologies and much appreciation.This message has been edited. Last edited by: aychihuahua,
Beautiful redo. I have a question though. Do you have an oven in your kitchen? I'm not seeing one in the pics.Have never seen a kitchen without one so I'm just curious if I am just missing it.
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Thanks, Lisa. Indeed I have a 27" GE wall oven and a built-in wall microwave. It's just out of camera range in the pictures I posted.
Amazing transition. I am loving the countertops.
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You've been holding out on us! Bad girl!
I LOVE your kitchen. Every time I see white cabinets I just want to run out and buy paint
My favorite part is those windows! I've never seen windows that high before and I think it's a great idea. they bring in the light, but you don't have to cover them. Great idea.
I love my clerestory windows also and they flood the kitchen with light. But, this is a case of too much of a good thing. Normally, we wouldn't have to cover them, but because of the painful glare from the Texas setting sun, we will be installing plantation-style shutters that we can tilt up or down as needed.
What a great renovation! Your "after" kitchen looks wonderful. Your "before" picture of the kitchen looked nice too. If my before kitchen looked as nice as yours we probably would have left it as is.
I have that same refrigerator as your old one...it's out in the garage now.
I love the clerestory windows too.
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