Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kitchen Remodel

Hello!!! I haven't posted since who knows when... Sorry!  I've been too busy, demoing and building to have time.
But since we just "mostly" finished our kitchen remodel, thought I'd throw up some pictures. 
 Before we had nasty tile floors and I had shoved our table in the corner.  I replaced that smaller window with a casement window that opens up to the deck bbq area and acts like a serving bar window.  I love it.  I got the "new" double thermopane casement window from Second Use (architectural salvage shop) for $45.  I sold the old vinyl one for $40.. yay!!
We ripped out the wall to the living room.  You can see the refrigerator is now in the old range's spot.  I built a little 3' wall to cover the side of the fridge and that is where the new "dining room" is. In this "before" pick, you can see the original hardwoods that were under the tile.  Although in the photo they don't look half bad, but they were in rough shape.  The "after" is Highland Hickory Extreme Performance PERGO.  Looks pretty similar, huh?  But with 4 kids, durability will always win.

 This is the view from the laundry room door.  I custom built the island to look like an old buffet with the smaller spindle legs.  Our kitchen is just too small for the beefy kitchen island legs and I think the smaller legs look a lot older. They are large spindles, 2" squares, I got them for $2 each at Second Use.  I used 12" deep drawers on the other side from IKEA and the Oak counter is also from IKEA>
 View from dining / stair area. We gutted the entire ceiling to add 5 new can lights and 2 new pendants.  I wallpapered the ceiling with beadboard wallpaper from Martha Stewart and painted it Behr Aqua Breeze. Love it. (PLEASE ignore the old range and microwave and imagine a beautiful viking range in it's place.  It will be coming soon)
 IKEA cabinets, and farmhouse sink.  I built the little shelf above the cabinets, backed with beadboard and painted Behr Smokey Slate.  Perfect spot for my Pyrex and vintage finds.
 The counters are Wilsonart Carrara Marble laminate with a double round edge.  Again, durablity wins and they look amazing in person. 

Now I can keep and eye on my lil' kiddos while cooking dinner and can actually appreciate the fireplace / media center I built over a year ago (See how I built that HERE) when I'm in the kitchen.

1 comment:

Mindy said...

Oh my GOODNESS. I have looked high and low for online of photos of the Wilsonart White Carrara counters in a real kitchen and I was about to come to terms with the fact that pictures just don't exist. And here you are.

We're also going to be doing an Ikea kitchen with the same cabinet doors that you used. I keep going back and forth between the Wilsonart Carrara and the Formica Calcutta, but couldn't find any pictures of the Carrara to compare.

I'm so EXCITED to find your post. Do you have any other posts with more counter photos? Do you like how the color goes with the off-white cabinet color?

Thank you SO much.