Before (Part 1):
This plastic nook we took out on the first day along with the original light fixtures, which were cool but very impractical. Check out that wonderful old lady wallpaper...
Ahh the battle of the wallpaper. We were so glad to be rid of it. I think my sister-in-law now has a permanent hatred of all wallpaper due to the amount of scraping she did in this kitchen. That's her scraping away.
This is just where a chicken used to be on the pantry door. I like chickens.
This is the first dedo of the kitchen complete on about the second week we owned the house. The new color was so calming we weren't mad at the wallpaper anymore.
Before (Part 2):
After a few years in the house being people who love to cook, things about the tiny, weirdly laid-out kitchen really started getting to us, so we embarked on the big journey of a full makeover.
It all started with this hole. There was no way we could get a bigger fridge without removing the soffits around the top of the entire kitchen, and finding out that they were(mostly) hollow was a huge relief. My Father-In-Law hit the ground running at this point and didn't stop until an entirely new kitchen emerged. Seriously that man is a force of nature.
Here are a few more "before" pictures:
This is when things got real people. We took out a wall that blocked off one entire side out the house. This made such a huge difference in the layout of the kitchen and the whole flow of the house is now much better.
|Here you can see the whole cut for the new entry, and the old entry to the left.|
|Bye Bye wall.|
Then we closed off the small doorway that used to lead you past the basement stairs on the way to the kitchen.
Slowly, the pieces starting coming together. New counters and sink, new sparkling appliances, light fixture, cabinets, but there was still lots more to do.
The paint, floors, and the backsplash really gave life to whole look.
|For the backsplash we used a white subway tile, and grey grout to give it some character.|
We added a wood bar area for sitting under the window.
|The whole kitchen. (Taken from the new entryway.)|
I still want to take a few more after pictures, but that's my kitchen journey story!