Sunday, November 24, 2013

Our Kitchen: Before and After

At long last, I finally have pictures of our kitchen to share today, and photos of our hearth room and dining room coming later this week! One thing we noticed before even seeing our house in person was that it was hard to tell about the layout from pictures. I'll try my best to explain the layout as we go so you can tell about the flow of things.

The kitchen was one of the things that sold us on this is huge! It's an incredibly long galley kitchen, but it's not your typical narrow galley as it's extra wide as well. You can have four or five people in it at once and it really doesn't feel cramped! Plus there is so. much. counter. space. And storage! We were thrilled to find this much kitchen space in an older home.

Here are the before photos from the real estate listing and from the day we moved in. Nothing wrong with it, but it felt rather dark.

Here is the space after. Really the only changes we made were to paint the walls Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore and replace the hardware. The doors you see at the end of the hall hide the laundry room. Just to the left of that is a powder room and the right is the garage door. There is a very, very large space past the fridge that I am working on furnishing. It acts sort of as a mud room since we go in and out of the garage. The former owners had a hall bench and hooks here, but I think I'm going to add a table and wall shelves to create sort of an office/catch-all space. It's a work in progress : )

The day we moved in...

And after. Here you can see how it opens onto our hearth room through both a doorway (right corner of the picture) and a large pass through with a bar. We love how open it feels!

 The sink and fridge side, before

And after. Amazing what paint and accessories can do! The doorway you see here leads to the dining, living and entertainment rooms.

We did replace the light fixture above the sink with a pendant from Ballard Designs. We also removed some tired, dirty cafe curtains to let in more light. The kitchen windows face the fenced yard, so I doubt I'll put up another window treatment since privacy isn't an issue. Maybe a faux roman shade to add some softness. I would LOVE to remove the gingerbread trim, but I'm not totally sure how to do it without damaging the cabinetry so that project is on hold.


 And after... My only minor complaint is that I wish the counter tops and back splash weren't so "taup-y." I really shouldn't complain because all the updating work has been done for us, but the materials they chose are very taupe/beige. Oh well, first-time-homebuyers can't be choosers : )


We did remove the cabinet doors to the left of the sink. I still need to patch and paint the holes from the hardware, but I love the way it makes it look like open shelving.
 Here is the before of the other side of the kitchen. You can see that we have double ovens, which is wonderful. All the appliances came with the house and are Jenn Air, so we were blessed by that. I can't figure out why they chose black appliances for a white kitchen though. It's not at all worth the cost to switch them out for stainless, but I think that would have looked so much better with the white!

And a little sneak peek into our hearth room in this shot...

And you know I had to share some detail shots...

Of course my favorite old street sign made the move to the new kitchen

This little locker basket stole my heart at an antiques show. It holds kitchen towels and I love the little number tag and wonky wire.

Bin pulls make such a difference!

There it is! Our wonderful new kitchen! It's probably not my "dream" kitchen but we really have been incredible blessed by the size, space and upgrades in this first home. I hope to share our hearth and dining room with you later this week, because after that it's time to decorate for Christmas! I figured my first before/after shots shouldn't be holiday ones, so I'm squeezing these in right before Thanksgiving. Stay tuned!

{live beautifully}

Bin Pulls: Martha Stewart line at Home Depot
Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray
Pendant: Ballard Designs
Topiaries: One King's Lane


  1. Love it!!!! Great job. Cant wait to see the rest:))
    ~ Cheryl

  2. Anonymous11/25/2013

    It looks so lovely! It's nice that you had such a great foundation to work with to cut costs. Doesn't get much better than that! :) Your makeover is dreamy!

    Brandi @ Nest of Bliss

  3. Pretty Kitchen! I love all your little accessories :)

    Courtney @ A Dash of Coco

  4. Wow! I had so much fun reading this post and comparing the before and afters. You have done a wonderful job. It's a beautiful kitchen. I also liked peeking into all of the other rooms as well. Your home is beautiful.

  5. Popped over from Town and Country's feature on you today. When I saw your Gingerbread trim I had to come on in and take a look! I had the same kitchen cabinet "design" in my kitchen on my the Canadian Prairies - complete with the gingerbread trim. It speaks so strongly of the roots of my real farmhouse that I debated keeping it as vintage trim. The fact that the countertops, backsplash and gingerbread trim were a light bubble gum pink, made it hard to really warm up to at the time though. I ended up re-facing my doors with beadboard, torn off the gingerbread and never really finished the cut out spots and holes left behind above the sink. It is amazing what you can train your eye to overlook for 10 yrs lol!

    Finally I am tired of the dead space above the cabinets that collects dust,(and need the storage I only have 12', not your double) and I am going to enclose that space with doors and that will complete my gingerbread removal.

    I enjoy the nostalgic feel when I see the gingerbread trim. I still have the gingerbread trim in my stash somewhere and think about paying it homage by re-using it in my cold storage room or something...

    Love your mailbox - a practical antique I could use and will now be searching high and low for lol!

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