when i first saw this kitchen, i was pleasantly surprised.
i knew it had plenty of space and light, and that the things
that i did not like about it could be changed.
the things i knew i
wanted to address:
1. there was no visual connection
from the main work area of the
kitchen and the family room.
2.the countertops. sorry, but green laminate
just doesn't do it for me.
3. the cabinets were 14 years old, and
really showing their age.
4.the floors...white, shiny tile in a kitchen?
maybe some people can manage this,
but our family is far too messy.
5. the breakfast room was huge,
and the home was missing a "control center"...
a place to dump mail, sort bills, charge phones, etc...
(there's my little shadow)
what you missed...the previous homeowners had
ivy decals ALL over the backsplash.
you'll see more awesome decals in the powder room
AND the master bath...
i managed to get pictured of those!
the boring/vanilla breakfast area.
so, we ripped the tile up.
and replaced them with hardwood floors.
i love you, hardwood floors.
we knocked a hole in the wall
to connect the kitchen to the family room.
we used the two cabinets that we
tore out above the sink,
to create a small office area
in the breakfast room.
we boxed in the fridge,
and added a 16" deep desk with plenty of
storage in the office area.
a standard 24" deep desk was not necessary...
it took up too much floor space, and computers
are so much smaller these days than they used to be.
we also added added bead boad to the island.
when tackeling any home remodel project, it is always important to make sure you have the right tools... Anglia Tool Centre is a great place to shop.
no more "floating fridge"
we also ripped out the shiny, white tile backplash.
here's a glimpse of the island in progress...
we added a pull-out trash and some additional storage.
the paint goes on.
(took two tries to get it right.)
we also added cubby storage in the office area,
in the space between the two cabinets,
as well as outlets for phone charging.
paint brings it all together...
we also removed the crown molding from the tops of the
cabinets, and replaced with with much larger crown.
cabinets were painted onyx black
by benjamin moore.
for budget reasons, we did not replace the appliances.
i made the cork board from an old frame,
some cork tiles, foam core and some fabric.
granite is called "minotaurus"
it's really beautiful in "real life"...soft, buttery tones, mixed with flecks of black, brown and warm greys.
we wrapped the island in beadboard---
partly because i love the texture of bead board,
but also to conceal the seam
between the "old" island
and the "new" parts we added),
and painted it black.
fabric on the curtain panels is
everard damask by waverly.
2" wide jute trim was purchased from m and j trim
stainless steel table was purchased from pottery barn,
nearly 10 years ago.
chairs came from sam's club,
nearly 8 years ago.
the storage bench is from home decorators collection.
(i had plans to reupholster the top in a
but that never happened, as you can see)
chandelier is from progress lighting
the color on the walls is powell buff
and the color on the bead board is decatur buff.
both by benjamin moore.
a closer look at the office area.
(by the way, i looooooove my imac)
backsplash is subway tile by antigua tile in a
color called "buttercream"
the grout in the backsplash is black.
new pulls are the lugarno pull from
in polished nickel finish.
before and after pictures
of the family room!
here are the steps that were used to
paint these cabinets:
cabinets were cleaned with this:
and then sanded with this:
and wiped down with this:
i have linked this to between naps on the porch