If you’ve been reading the blog very long you’ve probably seen several pictures of my kitchen. So rather than do a simple before and after, I decided to show you some of the specific features we included and what we think about them four years later.
So here we go. But first I wanted you to see what the kitchen looked like the day we moved in:
Some of the features included:
- Ceramic tile floor (ugly and slick when wet – we all fell several times on wet spots)
- Cheap oak cabinets that hadn’t been finished properly so they were difficult, if not impossible, to clean.
- Three pantries. Two were white with glass doors and one matched the cabinets. The oak pantry wasn’t finished and the white pantries were beat up and ugly. The white ones also had a weird trim around the top that looked like a fence.
- A laminate butcher block countertop with a large crack.
- A disgusting ancient stove. I’d never seen one like it before.
- One light fixture in the middle of the room.
- Inadequate counter space.
- Cabinet hardware that was not only ugly but didn’t fit right and caught on your clothes if you got too close.
When it was time to remodel, finally, we gutted the kitchen and started over. Here are some of the features we added/changed:
Sink: Replace the double sink with a large single. This was my husband’s idea. I didn’t think I would care but I really miss having a double sink. The single sink is definitely better for cleaning the grate on the grill, prepping a turkey or washing a baby. But we do a lot of dishes by hand and we drain them in a drainer which we keep in the sink. With the double, the drainer was in one side and we washed in the other. With a single, the drainer just sits in half of the sink and sometimes food and water gets under it and messes up the clean dishes. If we had it to do over again, David would still go with the single but I would want a double.
Countertop. Replace the butcher block laminate countertop with granite tiles. You can read about that here.
Cabinets. We were trying to do the kitchen remodel as inexpensively as we could so David made the cabinets. As a result, we decided to go with painted cabinets to save money. I love the painted cabinets and would be happy to do it that way again. Having the cabinets custom made was a bonus because we got to configure them exactly the way we wanted. We went with a lot of drawers and fewer cabinets. David made the drawers so they pulled all the way out so you could easily get to everything.
He also added more shelves in the cabinets so we could spread things out without stacking.
And he added a custom made pan rack so we could keep the baking pans easy to get to.
Cabinet Hardware. I didn’t really want hardware on the cabinets but David thought we needed them so we chose these:
I like them but they do catch on my clothes sometimes. And when I’m cleaning the cabinets, I have to wipe the top of the handles because they get dirty. I love the way the hardware looks, though. And since the cabinets were a simple design, the hardware dresses them up.
Lighting. We removed the single light fixture in the center of the room and added four can lights and three pendant lights. There are another two can lights at the other end of the room. The lighting is MUCH better! I can actually see what I’m doing.
Trash can cabinet. There’s not a lot of empty floor space and trash cans tend to be ugly anyway so he created a cabinet for the trash can. I wasn’t sure I liked it at first because it was a little bit of trouble to open the cabinet to throw stuff away. But I love it now. The only problem is that guests don’t know where it is!
Appliances. We replaced the ancient stove and the refrigerator. We love the way the French door refrigerator looks but we hate the freezer part. It doesn’t hold much and the food has to be perfectly flat in the two drawers for it to close properly. We will not buy this style again. We also installed a dishwasher and garbage disposal. The dishwasher is a middle-of-the-road Kitchen-Aid. It works so-so.
Pantry. We got rid of the three pantries and reconfigured the cabinets so we had a lot more counter space. To make up for the loss of the pantries, David squeezed in a compact pantry next to the refrigerator. I LOVE it! And I definitely love all the extra counter space.
Flooring. We removed the ceramic tiles and found some wood flooring. We were able to save the existing wood flooring and installed new wood floor on the rest. I love having a wood floor in my kitchen. It’s warmer than tile and looks classy.
We’ve lived in this new kitchen for about four years now and the only thing I would change is the sink. But I don’t hate the sink. I’d just prefer a double – I think. It is awfully handy for bathing the grandkids . . . and cleaning the grate for the grill . . . and prepping the turkey. . . maybe I’ll give it some more thought.
If you have any questions about our remodel, please feel free to ask in the comments below.