Well, I can't believe it. Our kitchen is actually done. Done, I say! It's been so long, I'm ashamed for you to look back to see the date of the "before" kitchen post.
Okay. It was April 30th.
So that means the kitchen's been about six months in the making. Now to be completely fair, our kitchen has been functional since mid July, but the "finishing touches" took nearly as long as the bulk of the demo/installation. But whatever. It was our first renovation and we went at it without a general contractor and it's done now, so who cares if it took six months? Who's even counting, right? (I can say that now that it's over, because I did care. I was the crazy woman counting!).
Now, before we get to the photos, let's take a very short trip down memory lane. Okay, here we go.
My overall goal was to update the kitchen to make it more functional for our family while blending its new aesthetic with the 1953 style of the house. I wanted to describe my kitchen as modern, warm, colorful, bright, inviting, and full of character. It took nearly a year of research and a design consultation with Ashley Whiteside before we even pulled out the first cabinet. We'd never done a renovation before and it was a daunting task to us.
Though we didn't change the overall footprint of the kitchen, we made several layout changes that have been sooo helpful with how we use the kitchen on a daily basis. Also, I'm glad we lived in our house for a couple years before doing the renovation so we knew the things about the kitchen that didn't work for us and how we could make them better. Now without further adieu, let's start the tour.
We didn't change much about the layout in this first part of the kitchen. The main difference layout-wise is that we pushed the peninsula out towards the eat-in area to allow room to the left of the dishwasher so that you an actually put up dishes. We also removed the stove top/vent hood from the peninsula making it just a loooong stretch of countertop.
Now this part of the kitchen is quite different layout wise. We used to have a separate stove top and oven, but we bought a stove/oven combo for the new kitchen. This way we only had to find a location for one appliance instead of two! We relocated the microwave (you'll see where in a moment), and then we made the best decision ever. We relocated the pantry (which used to be to the left of the oven) to the other side of the kitchen that was dead space between a doorway and a pass-through. This allowed us to have counter top and drawers on both sides of the oven instead of only one. Without relocating the pantry, I think the stove/oven/vent hood would have looked lop-sided and squished. This way, the cooking area gets its own dedicated space. Moving the pantry was, by far, my favorite change in the kitchen.
Alright, so now you can see where we hid the microwave. I wasn't sure how we'd all feel about having the microwave so much lower, but it's really no problem at all. I'm glad we tucked it away under the cabinets to make room for more important things. Also, I'm so happy that huge vent hood is gone!
We had this pass-through to the dining/living area in the old kitchen, but the countertop didn't extend out, so it wasn't functional as a bar. With the renovation, we extended the countertops out a foot and added barstools. It really just made sense to do this.
Now my other favorite part of the kitchen–the eat-in banquette! We had a table set here before the renovation, but adding the bench seating used our space more efficiently and made eating in here so dang cozy. I struggled with what sort of table to use and finally realized I needed a pedestal table (due to the benches) and needed a larger one than I imagined. I was telling Daly my table finding woes one day when she says, "I just saw a round honey-colored pedestal table at the thrift store." "What!?" I exclaimed. "And it had a brass base," she added. My head exploded. "Why didn't you get it!?" Daly didn't know why she hadn't got it for me, but she corrected that mistake right away and arranged its pick-up for me right then and there. Thanks, Daly.
Well, it's been a long six months, but it was worth it. We are really enjoying the new space and thankful to have it. Number one thing I do not miss is jumping up to turn on that damn huge vent hood.
Below are our kitchen sources. Feel free to comment if I missed one!
Wall paint- Sherwin Williams Evergreens // Cabinet paint - Sherwin Williams Dover White // Floor Tile - Home Depot // Banquette Cushions - fabric (similar), Joanne’s, upholstery, Janie’s Upholstery // Banquette pillows - Owl & Drum, Joanne’s // Pedestal table - thrifted // Countertops - Samoa Quartz // Cabinet Hardware - Schoolhouse Electric // Cabinetry- MJM Construction // Design Consultation: Whiteside Art & Interiors // Backsplash - Mission Stone & Tile // Warehouse light - vintage, Retro Den // Composite Sink - Amazon // Globe Pendant - Schoolhouse Electric // Hand towel - Jenkins & Co. // Coffee mugs - Foxy Pots // Serving spoons, coffee spoon, vessel with cork top - Mudhouse Studio // Enamel canister set - Schoolhouse Electric // Appliances - Hahn // Dish rack - Lowe’s // Rug - KY Rose Designs // Blinds - American Blinds // Ceiling medallion - Amazon // Brass Wall Clock - Target // Yellow Concrete Planter - The Makerage // Bar stools - vintage, Retro Den // Floating shelf tutorial - Bigger Than the Three of Us // Floating shelf hardware -SilicateStudio
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