Let’s start out 2017 with a dramatic before and after shall we? I swore I was never going to go through a kitchen renovation again. Cooking out of the living with a toaster oven was an incredibly stressful experience. When we purchased this new home, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to live with the dark cave like kitchen. It’s hard to see in the photo but the cabinets had a thick layer of grease on them and they were banged up pretty badly. The sink wasn’t centered on the window. There was a horrible drop ceiling that made the room feel really dark and closed in. We decided we needed to create a bright white minimalist kitchen that we would want to cook in!
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I’m jumping into the kitchen renovation updates with this blog post! The house was built in 1974 and this I’ve posted a few before photos of the kitchen. As you can see there were some upgrades done before we moved in. From what we can tell they replaced the counters with granite and in the last few years replaced a few appliances. They also put canned lighting in that dropped ceiling.
At first we held out hope that some of the kitchen could be salvaged during renovation. I knew that we would need to refigure the space but more importantly I wanted to remove the soffit and raise the dropped ceiling. When we opened up the ceiling we realized it was dropped because all of the ducting and piping for the upstairs bathrooms ran through the area. I was so disappointed but P and our contractor worked out that with some additional bracing and a reroute of the main clean out pipe, we could lift the ceiling and make the area seem bigger.
Here is the new layout that we designed!
So back to being able to salvage some items. The original cabinets were in terrible shape as was the appliances which couldn’t have been more than a few years old. When approaching the kitchen renovation decided on white cabinets which would help brighten the space plus I wanted to include a huge stainless steel island. Our island in the old house was great but we really didn’t use it to prep food since it was porous. Stainless steel should fix that issue plus it’s definitely a unique look. I’ll have a separate post on the kitchen island!
Here is the idea board that I drafted for the kitchen. White shaker cabinets, chrome details and gray porcelain tile floors.
So what you think? I’m excited to show you the construction progress and finally an epic before and after!
Pendant light sold out, similar here