Our kitchen remodel

Our kitchen remodel

In the fall of 2013, we underwent a kitchen remodel. Our house was built in 1981, and the kitchen had been updated here and there over the years. It used to be painted mauve and had some 1980′s wallpaper. There was a peninsula with cabinets hanging down from the ceiling. The previous owners took out the peninsula and added an island instead. They also installed can lighting, and we had bought new appliances over the past few years. However the cabinets were still original and were starting to show their age. We also didn’t have much space with the island. Here are some “before” pics. You can click on them individually to see them bigger:

BEFORE:

The cabinets are wood, and the countertops are laminate. It matches the walls – all cream. Not enough color!

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Here is our pantry.

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The kitchen had a railing to separate it from the family room. It was great for hanging coats (as you can see), but it looked very dated. Notice the cat…you will see her later in an  ”after” picture in the  same spot!

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DURING: (demolition!)

Here’s where the fun started! I just had to add a few of these to show you what a kitchen remodel actuallylooks like! The flooring (ceramic tile) was stripped away to reveal an old linoleum floor which was gold. Then they stripped that away to the bare wood. They were nice enough to leave my water hooked up as long as possible. No dishwasher though. :(

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See the lovely mauve?

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AFTER:

OK, time for the big reveal!

(I told you that our cat would make another appearance!). The railing is now gone which leaves the room more open.

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I sewed the curtains myself, but I will blog later about how to make those. The wall color is Valspar’s Grand Hotel Mackinac Blue from Lowe’s. The color scheme is aqua, brown and red.

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We got the pendant light fixture at Lowe’s.

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We got our smaller pendant lights at Lowe’s too.

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Our new cabinets, made by Miller Maid Cabinets, are painted Dover White by Sherwin Williams.

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The peninsula is BACK! We took out the island for this design instead. It give me much more space when cooking.

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We had cabinets built to the ceiling and put in a brick backsplash. The brick is from The Tile Shop (Mojave Tumb.).

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We moved the fridge all the way down so that I would have one big work space and not 2 small ones. I love my cookbook shelf! We also put in under cabinet lights.

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We painted the pantry doors Dover White to match the new cabinets.

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The bar stools are from Wal-Mart. I love the look of these, but they haven’t been perfect. After we had them for a few weeks, one of the screws came out on one of the stools. We discovered it was stripped, so we were unable to screw it back in. Since the stools came as a set of three, the only way to return them was as a set. Wal-Mart was great and sent us another set right away. Since then, however, another chair’s screw has come loose. We’ve just decided to live with it for now because it’s still very sturdy to sit on even with the one screw missing.

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The flooring is Kraus Premium Laminate – Symphony Collection, Gershwin Cherry. For you local peeps, I got the flooring at Claghorn Custom Flooring in Zionsville. I clean it with a Bona mop with a separate spray cleaner. It works great and doesn’t streak.

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The countertops are granite with a suede finish. Basically that means it’s not shiny. This type of granite is Vincenza Brown. I love it! The best part is that if there are crumbs or dried water spots, no one sees them like on traditional shiny granite. Although sometimes it’s hard to find the messes, like dried on sticky syrup. :)

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Our faucet is Kohler Cruette, Stainless (R780-VS). It works great!

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Now, I’ll show you some of my favorite features of my cabinets. I don’t have a picture of everything, but I did get the slow-closing drawers and cabinets, which is wonderful! I also got an “appliance garage” by the sink to hide my toaster, can opener, etc. I have several pull-out drawers too.

Below is  a hidden cabinet under the peninsula. It is great to be able to use that space and get to it easily.

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