My Casa Bella

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-Thomas Osbourne Davis



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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Kitchen Remodel Before and After

I can't believe that it'll be two years in January that we sold our last home and moved here.
It'll be two years that we purchased our town home in April and there is still always something to do.
We've done all the major remodeling, we still have those small tedious projects to do, I guess we're waiting for a good snow storm the kind that you can't go anywhere and you're stuck at home. Hopefully then we can finish those small, time consuming projects.
But our kitchen although not completely done, is for the most part finished.
When we first walked in to this home, the first thing you see to your left is the kitchen, it was not impressive.
UGH, the last homeowners removed the original cabinets which were oak, you know the 1980's oak cabinets so not so pretty but workable, they could of been repainted and all we would have to do is replace the appliances, flooring, lights and new counter tops. But no, they had to do their version of a remodel and it looked like this
 
They put in the type of cabinets you may see in a Doctor's office. I did not like them at all. Then add the high gloss blue paint for a back splash.
The only working appliance was the refrigerator and I had to get out hot bleach water to clean it down so it could be used while we remodeled our home.
At least the floors matched the blue and white color scheme but it was not for me.
Light fixture was hanging lopsided and too modern for my taste.
It all needed to be warmed up.
The window had to be replaced, and I've always wanted a greenhouse window and our contractor got a good deal on a new one.
So we tore everything out, EVERYTHING,
New cabinets with a creamy finish and bronze rubbed edges. Bronze hardware from Ebay and new lighting which was added by an electrician, there was no light over the sink.
 Need to get a stainless steal trashcan but why are they so expensive???
 
 
 
 Removed the bi-fold doors that were very awkward at the pantry and I sewed a curtain instead.
We also added this section to the kitchen, there weren't any cabinets on this side so I needed more hiding space for my collection of pots and pans and other fun cook ware.
And we can't forget the overhead lighting. Saw this at Lowe's and I had to have it, it's my bling for the kitchen. 
The only thing left to do is a back splash and I am having a very hard time choosing, or more like committing to something.
Tile is so permanent and not cheap and I found some at Lowe's that I really like, it's just making the decision.
I also like wainscoting as well.
I found several ideas on the Internet like these
I like that this homeowner used a tin tile for behind the stove to change it up a bit.
 
It gives the kitchen a cottage charm and I like how that looks so as you see I can't decide,
Tile or Wainscoting??

 


2 comments:

  1. Wow! Love your cabinets! What a difference.
    I have the same issue with commitment when it comes to tiling.
    I do like the look of the wainscoting, though. Very cottage-y..

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