Kitchen Before + Progress
Man oh man, looking at our kitchen before pictures is kinda crazy now… like why did we buy this little place?! (And then I sit in the living room and am all “oh, this is why”) ….when we moved the kitchen was original with solid wood cabinets (literally carved around the brick!), no garbage disposal, no dishwasher, and a tiny brown stove that honestly, was slightly charming. The acorn wallpaper and matching acorn curtains (I’m assuming added later in the 70s?) while I’m sure cute at the time were nothing we were crying over when is was time for them to come down.
The one and only entrance of the kitchen was a wide archway that we shortened and squared off to match the rest of the house and to also extend out the counter space (muy importante) …. then we opened up that tiny window opening into a walk way, which was hands down the best decision for the space. We went back and forth about opening up the kitchen even more, but it just didn’t make sense as far as use of space and making the most of what we have. Besides, this mama needed a pantry! (the kitchen didn’t have one! Why? how!!?)
We went with clean flat front cabinets in white to bounce some light around the now galley kitchen. We were planning some quartz countertops, but I couldn’t NOT go with the marble I found because the feeling it brings to the space? no quartz could compare. When I held the quartz samples after feeling the natural stone, they felt dead (that may be dramatic but not sure how else to describe it). The down side was that our original plans of a slab backsplash didn’t end up working out since it was going to come up a few inches shorter than we needed along the 8 foot run under the hood. So, we ended up using the extra marble by doing a waterfall edge, putting a piece on the tv cabinet, and having lots of cheese boards;) ….. and we’re on the hunt for the right backsplash….
Other things we still need to finish:
- mudding and painting around the hood
- touch up paint on the brick wall above/around the sink
- install open shelving on either side of the range hood and above the apothecary cabinet
- build a wine rack with leftover cabinet panels for above the fridge
- finish molding on upper cabinets to ceiling
- figure out lighting to possibly replace those mixed matched *one gold one silver* globe lights
Cru kept hamming it up and crawling into all my shots. I didn’t mind.
Definitely needs some paint touch ups… and some styling. Also, trying to decide what we want above the sink… At first we thought a mirror… maybe a shelf? Art? What do you think?
After the kitchen was functional we kind of took a little break. A live in reno is no joke… but we’re finally finishing things up! I’ll be sure to update again when it’s all finished!