11.08.2011

Kitchen Before and After!!!

I am excited to share with everyone the before and after photos of our kitchen. This has been a LONG process, but we have come so far! Please keep in mind that it is still a work in progress, but I just couldn't wait to share!! Here is the before, look at all of that gorgeous maroon.

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The BEAUTIFUL after! Please excuse the mess, we are still trying to figure out where things go. As I am sure everyone knows, things that don't have a home often end up in the kitchen.


As for the work that was done... here it goes. We knocked out two openings in the former left hand wall to help with the flow, took out the upper cabinets on the right hand side, took out the old dark slate backsplash, restained the floors, painted the cabinetry gray and the island cream, had custom shelves made, took out the old speckled ceiling and replaced it with a smooth one, added can lights and light fixture, new faucets, new cabinet pulls and handles, new crown molding, new larger window over the sink.


I am really so happy with how everything turned out. Down the road there are a few things on our agenda such as new cabinet doors since we painted the existing ones, a new backsplash, and I would like to replace the new lantern with one that is a little larger. I love it, but it turned out a little smaller than I had invisioned. We are also adding beadboard to the front of the island and I would like to put in nice corbels under the tiny little bar. I am sure you can spot a few areas that need to be painted, such as the trim on the island and the white shoe mold around the cabinets... I will hopefully get around to that!



So far I love having the open shelves. It is nice having everything so accessible. It also keeps me accountable from being a pack rat! See those lemons in the photo below... yep they came from my little lemon tree!!



The top shelf is still a little bare, and they still need a little sprucing up.




A shot of the new hardware. I got all of it off of ebay and it cost around 36 dollars to change out the whole kitchen. You will also notice the gorgeous artwork in the background... I have a little artist on my hands.




A view looking back at the front of the house. The cork canvas is a photo I took. I saved the champagne corks from our engagement night, wedding toast, and honeymoon and photographed them. Then had them put on a canvas.



A close up of the shelves, and my dishes that I oh so missed while they were in storage for an entire year!



A view of our beautiful new faucet. I would like to take credit for this, but it was all Brad. He had to have it. I think he did a great job picking it out! Please ignore the gaping hole between the countertop and the wall, that will be fixed with a new backsplash.



After many stressful months of house renovations, I am so happy to be closer to finished. If anyone wants to know sources for anything, just leave them in the comments. Thanks for checking in on our progress, hopefully I will have a new room to show soon!
















26 comments:

  1. Your kitchen looks AMAZING! I love the colors and the open shelving, wow! I never knew what I thought about open shelves because I had never seen them, but in your kitchen it looks perfect! And what a little artist you have on your hands :)

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  2. What an amazing transformation!!!! I especially love how you removed some cabinetry. It really opens up the space.

    I know you will enjoy many years in that beautiful kitchen! I'm sure you're happy to have it finished too.

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  3. um, can i come live in your kitchen? that's not weird right? cuz it is AMAZING.

    i now must have grey cabinets.

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! i love the color scheme and the open shleves.
    and that cork/ canvas idea is so cool! i love it!

    mindofmr.blogspot.com

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  5. What a transformation! It's so beautiful now!!

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  7. Oh my goodness, I LOVE it! Your cabinets look great! I love the color, and the open shelving!

    Lauren http://www.laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  8. WOW!! gorgeous!! And I totally pinned your idea of the cork picture. I saved the bottles of champagne from our engagement, wedding and buying a house and I totally want to do that!

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  9. GORGEOUS!!! I adore the cork picture - what a fantastic idea!!

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  10. It looks absolutely amazing!! Love the open shelving!

    The cork picture is fantastic- what a great idea!

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  11. Wow!! I really LOVE it!!

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  12. Gorgeous! Everything turned out perfectly ;)

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  13. Wow, it looks great! I would have to get prettier dishes to have open shelves (although I do love my Corel!). I love that you painted your dining chairs glossy black... they look great.

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  14. I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!
    OOH! AND, I'm your newest follower! ;)
    www.betweenuandme.com

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  15. I love your kitchen and blog. I am a new follower. Hope you will visit mine......

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  16. I love it! I'm actually shopping for open shelving that is at least 11 inches deep and sturdy enough to hold somewhat heavy office supplies/papers. I really like your open shelving brackets and shelves. What are then? Custom or painted from IKEA? Please advise! Yay!

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  18. LOVE IT; I don't think I would want to be accountable for the clean open shelves but more power to you :)

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  19. Love your kitchen, its beautiful! My kitchen is also a gray pallete, i think its the new trend! The open shelving & replacement of the table really opens up the space! Found you via Serenity Nows bloggy party

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  20. Your kitchen is gorgeous! I love the grey and love, love, love that lamp hanging there! I've posted your photo today for my "open shelving" post, come on over and take a peek!

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  21. Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!
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  22. Great job! Your kitchen is beautiful! I LOVE the cork photos!!!

    Cameron {The Stimson Chronicles}

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  23. SO, SO gorgeous!!! I love the open cabinets and your light fixture! The colors are amazing...truly a beautiful kitchen! Great job!!!!!

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