Originally published on Serious Moms Sept. 30, 2010.
WARNING: This is going to be a long post with lots of photos!! I went through these before-after pics and couldn’t believe how much change has happened around here. I totally forgot!
- Florescent, recessed lighting above the kitchen sink.
- No room for a dishwasher next to the main kitchen sink.
- Disgusting cabinet shelves that looked like they were once in an automotive shop.
- Mouse droppings in the insulation under those yucky cabinet shelves. Gross.
- Mismatched cabinet doors, some missing.
- Painted wallpaper behind sink. Yes. Lovely.
- Ugly, yucky dishwasher in the middle of the island.
- No lights above the island. Holes from a pot rack. Dangling wires.
- Dark ceilings.
- The fridge space was set up for a sub-zero fridge. A $5,000 fridge. As much as this kitchen girl would love that much space, that wasn’t happening. =)
- Not enough counter space. I had a lot of counter space in my old kitchen. Here’s my old kitchen:
Move in day, our home was still not finished, but we had to be out of the old house. Could’ve been a majorly stressful day, but again, we were just SO SO SO blessed by amazing friends! People who stuck out the day with us and made sure we had beds set up, etc. This is my friend Yanah, helping unpack my kitchen stuff in between nursing her newborn. What a friend!
This is another shot!
The *almost after* part here is that I have no cabinet doors or anything on the lower kitchen cabinet. I have curtains to hang there (very country), but they’re slightly too short and I can’t figure out which fabric I want to use to extend them…It’ll come to me, and then eventually I’ll get them hung up!!!
This cool brick stuff was already here. It’s cool until you hit your head on it–I did that today. 😉 We had the cabinets painted, and that’s pretty much all we did here. The*almost after* part here is the counter top. Our friend Allan is making a stainless steel counter that fits perfectly over the top of the cream stuff.
Karry (my man!) built this island!!! Didn’t he do an AWESOME job?!?! You can see the old island–it has wainscoting on it. Can you see where they’re joined together? He used the plans from Anna White’s site for the Farmhouse Kitchen Island, and then changed it up a bit to make it bigger & fit more the style I wanted. I found lots of inspiration just by searching Google Images . WOW! I just searched it again and found a kitchen that looks similar to mine ! I didn’t see this one before. I must have made some very “hip” choices! =) I love that ice box. =)
My baskets were from Crate & Barrel. I really wish I would have found my 20% off coupon before going there! I could’ve saved a little! (Such is the nature of “just moving in,” right?)
The *almost after* here is the sink that isn’t cut in yet–in the corner, where it used to be. Our fridge water & ice doesn’t work and won’t until we hook this up–the lines are all connected somehow.
Also, you can’t see it, but on the other side of this island, we ripped out a pretty icky looking dishwasher & Karry retro-fitted a cabinet–there is still no door or drawer face on that cabinet. Soon. =)
This is what used to be my china hutch (in my formal dining room, previously). It was white with floral fabric behind it. I had my hubby lift it to the back deck so that I could spend several days working on it, to make it look like this! I used an electric sander and went around all of the corners. I put a red & white checked fabric inside of it instead of the floral stuff!
Here’s a good shot of our stainless steel counter top that our friend Allan built for us!! The *almost after* here is that we have a piece of stainless that’s cut perfectly to fit on that drawer front right below the sink, to make it look like an apron sink. It will be cool when it happens….We just haven’t done it yet!
Do you see the built in drainboard? I LOVE it!!!