Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Kitchen News

As Megan and Kristina can attest, my kitchen was little more than a hole in the wall in December. This month, we've made huge progress, and within the next few weeks, the kitchen will be fully functional!

Here's the before picture of our lovely 70s kitchen:
Obviously this is the "we just moved in" photo. Notice the closed wall, ugly color, and wasted space near the ceiling.
We cut out the wall separating it from the living room and tore out the cabinets:
Let there be light!
Finally, the cabinets have been installed!
I came home from work to this lovely surprise!
The bottom cabinets went in the next week. We moved the sink, dishwasher, and stove to maximize counter-space and make the kitchen more intuitive.
I love that we have drawers with special slide-outs for silverware. The big bottom cabinets also have pull-out shelves for easy access!
Then, we got "new" (gently-used) stainless steel appliances from Kristin and Stephen. Our friends James and Rhonda helped Matt move them in and helped remove the old stuff...which Matt put on our lawn as freebies and which were gone within hours!
We still need to install the microwave/Advantium oven. It's all coming together!
I'm in love with the appliances. They make the entire kitchen seem like...an actual kitchen. Matt even commented that the fridge - sans pictures and postcards - looks pretty sophisticated. I think we're both just glad to have things shaping up and looking good!

Our granite countertop was measured this week, so it will be installed in the next 10 days or so; I've been looking at backsplashes because we'll be installing that as soon as the countertop is done. And once the counters are in, we can get the water all hooked up and I'll be able to really cook again! We need to choose hardware for the cabinets and finish some detail work along the ceiling and floor. We'll probably change out the lights and the fan...but all that is cosmetic!
This is the kind of granite we're getting...
...and this is one of the backsplashes I'm thinking of. I like the look of frosted glass. We may go with something with a blue undertone.
The bottom line is that our kitchen will be fully functional in the next couple weeks! It's been out of commission since September!

It's been a long, long overhaul, but it's going to be so worth it. Most importantly, it will be done in time for Passover, so I'll be able to host as usual. Even though Passover is in late April, I've already sent out invitations because I'm so excited!

Have you ever done a big home-improvement project?
What does your dream kitchen look like?

ABK

16 comments:

Kim Fannin said...

I love what you have there! It looks so clean and elegant.

Forewarning on the backsplash -- I don't know if that is going to have any grout indents on that, but if it does... be wary of how hard that is to clean. Otherwise, I think it would go very well with the white counters and the granite counter top. :)

James Douglass said...

Awesome! I think the silver metallic ones are going to look really good with the granite.

Kristina said...

WOW what amazing progress! I love that fridge. The freezer is nice and big! We seem to always run out of room in our freezer...

That backdrop is really pretty!

Megan @ Meg Go Run said...

The appliances look AWESOME! And I know that granite and backsplash are going to look great. I didn't realize you knocked out a wall because I am stupid and don't know anything about homes. It's a huge improvement. Your house is cute to begin with.

yogaontherun said...

Wow! That looks so beautiful! I love the appliances and the backsplash! I've only ever rented, so I've never done any home improvements, but that looks pretty tough! I can't imagine not having a kitchen since September.

Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor said...

Wow, what a transformation!! It looks great, I'm sure the granite will be an awesome addition as well. Congrats!

I've also only ever rented, so no home improvements here. We want to have our own house one day, but I know it will be a challenge for me to have the patience to live through remodeling of crucial rooms.

Tales from the Back of the Pack said...

OH, it is sooo pretty! We renovated our bathroom a few years ago and since it is the only bathroom in the house we had to move out for a week, which turned into two weeks. But in the end the bathroom was beautiful.

Your appliances are gorgeous! I want friends like yours!!

Ali K. said...

We'll definitely be going for a SMOOTH backsplash. We've definitely been hearing how hard textured ones are to clean.

Ali K. said...

Thanks, James! And thanks so much for your help!!

Ali K. said...

I think we could fit a body in that freezer...not that we'd try! ;o)

Ali K. said...

Ha, yeah! The demo on the wall was the main reason the kitchen took so long to do, because we had to re-drywall it and get new paint to match. But it does look like it belongs, so that's good!

Ali K. said...

Living without a kitchen as been pure hell. I'm so glad I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Ali K. said...

After this whole ordeal, we've changed our minds about redoing any other rooms. We wanted a "minimal fixer upper" so luckily we don't have to do much more.

Ali K. said...

We originally wanted to redo the master bath after the kitchen, but now we have cold feet. I can't imagine having to use the guest bathroom for weeks!

Christine said...

it looks like its coming along great! I'm about ready for some small scale remodeling in my kitchen ( mostly new cabinet handles and painting... although it would greatly benefit from a total overhaul!) congrats!

Janelle @ Run With No Regrets said...

What a fantastic makeover! Gah, I wish my boyfriend were remotely interested in doing renovations...when we move into our first home, I'm banking on a house with a modern kitchen! It must be really satisfying to see the hard work pay off.