LCaroline's kitchen reveal - lots of pictures!

5 years ago

First, I just want to thank the GW community for giving so much support and guidance through our kitchen reno. This is 90% done, still needs under cabinet lighting and 4" can lights in the soffit. The fluorescent light will come out, too. There's also a mismatched cabinet door, looks like it was stained a different color, so a new one is on the way. Wine and chocolate for the first to person to find the "off" cabinet! Otherwise I have a functioning kitchen again! Husband is a farmer and did some of the work himself. I also work out of the home and we have twin toddler daughters, age 1.5. Here's a picture of the little darlings :)

H would have been perfectly happy with this early 1980's kitchen for the rest of his life, but I finally convinced him it was time for an update. I think we spent more time researching our options than anything else, but if there's one thing I learned in that project management seminar, it's that successful projects require 80% planning and 20% doing! The before kitchen:

I have drooled over so many of your kitchens on this forum, but my expensive kitchen must wait for another day when our kids are grown. In the meantime I'm thinking braces, college and weddings, AND I don't trust toddlers with anything nice. ;)

Ultimately I decided to keep the kitchen layout the same, with only a few tweaks here and there. The obvious problem with my old kitchen was the low hanging cabinets over the peninsula. I batted around the idea of an L shape with an island, but truth be told, I like my peninsula!

I had the unpleasant task of clearing out the cabinet contents with babies underfoot while H was farming. I did NOT pick the proper time of year to start this project. I reeeally underestimated how much crap I had in my cabinets! H and his friends had the old kitchen taken out in less than 2.5 hours, and these cabinets and countertops now reside in the neighbor's shed.

We purchased the cabinets and countertops from a local construction supply store and I'm really pleased with the outcome, except for that "off" cabinet to the left of the sink. We hired a contractor, who's also a friend, to do the cabinet and counter install. Husband installed the DW and another friend installed the sink. The overall cost of this kitchen with labor was just under $7,000. Without further ado, here 'tis!

Here are the details:

Cabinets - Homecrest, light hickory, dover door style, soft close hinges

Countertop - Formica Jamocha Granite, only problem with it is I can't tell when it's dirty!

Sink & Faucet - Moen kit from Lowe's

Hardware - Oil rubbed bronze

Sink pendant light - Allen + Roth Bristow pendant from Lowe's. I think it's handsome and it ties in with my bronze hardware.

Appliances - (not new) Samsung SS from Lowe's

The flooring didn't change either, it's Earth Werks Vinyl.
These are stainless Gruntal spice containers from Ikea. Love 'em!

I picked up the wooden crates on top of the fridge from an antique store. I wasn't sure how it would look without cabinets there, but I like this. I never used the cabinets above the fridge, and these crates are much more accessible.

The sticker decal on the soffit is from Jeremiah 29:11

It's amazing how a few tweaks here and there have made this space so much more functional. I moved the DW down the peninsula so I can now stand between it and the sink. All of my everyday dishes are within easy reach.

I have pull out drawers for my pots and pans and a cabinet with a rack for my tall, awkward stuff. I also love my super huge junk drawer!

I DID lose a lot of storage when those upper cabinets came down, but worry not! They fit perfectly in my laundry room, which is just through the door to the left of the kitchen. I also took advantage of this and purged, big time! Did we really need 8 lunch boxes and a quesadilla maker? Probably not!

That's all I have for now! Thanks for reading!

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