Our kitchen makeover might be considered a labour of love, because it certainly wasn't a project that happened in 3 months. Instead it has taken 8 years to completion. That is not to say that progress wasn't made along the way.
This is not a great before picture, but it does highlight some of the things that were so wrong in this much used space-the burgundy counters, the flowered cabinet knobs and the mishmash of appliances.
8 years later it was hard to find many pictures of our little house. Where these patio doors were is now our step down to our family room.
When we moved in we had an open concept eating area and living room, but it was tight quarters. You can see in this picture my hoosier cabinet, that has also had several makeovers.
Where our dining room table used to sit, is now home to our antique island, a piece that will have to go with me when we move from this house.
Our kitchen is not huge by today's standards, but when we moved into the house the cabinetry was relatively new, and had been made by the gentleman who owned the house prior to us. We couldn't justify redoing it when we first moved in and we knew that the footprint of the kitchen couldn't change, so when we added on the addition in 2010 we painted the kitchen and went from a pinky beige colour to Farrow and Ball's Eating Room Red, and a trip to Lee Valley for some new hardware. New appliances from Sears with a microwave above the stove, and the original microwave shelf transformed to a display space for cookbooks, and that was round 1 of our transformation complete.
Fast forward to December 2016 and the time had come for a change. We had the kitchen/dining room painted Sherwin Williams Gristmill Greige- quite a departure from the red. And then it was time to talk about the cabinets. Although good from afar, the cabinetry did have some flaws, and when we talked about a DIY project to reface the cabinets we discovered that nothing was standard. It looked like a bigger project than we were willing to tackle. The bulkhead above the cabinets had a rounded profile that stuck out past the cabinets. What would we do with that? My answer was to rip it out. Jeff, not so sure that was a good idea. What would we find behind the bulkhead, and how would we cover it up?
A Saturday visit to our cabinet maker Ron Rose Furniture- Paris Ontario and a discussion about that ugly bulkhead gave Jeff the confidence to come home and start demolition.
Ron built a full cabinet door above the dishwasher, and installed new shelves, made dividers for the under utilized space above the fridge and we replaced the 2 lights over the sink with 3 smaller LEDs
If you look back at the pictures in progress you will see that there was an open space above the microwave. I had used it as a display area, but truly it was just a dust collector. Ron installed this cabinet door hinged from the top.
At Lee Valley they had knobs to match our handles, so we opted for them instead of the handles on the uppers. We found this handy pull out garbage can at Canadian Tire designed for tight under sink cabinets (the plumbing configuration didn't allow for much room) and this bamboo cutlery tray at Solutions. We reorganized where the dishes were in the cupboards and this project is a wrap.
I love the finished product, and hope that you do too.