When we first looked at this house, which was a chore in and of itself since Mr. Tide didn't even want to get out of the car, I knew one of the first things to go would be the kitchen. It wasn't that it was horrible, or even that old, it wasn't even 10 years old, but I knew that with my dish obsession and with a teenage boy still at home who needed lots of nourishment, there was no way this was going to work for us!
Aside from it's functional shortcomings, it wasn't exactly our style either, with mauve countertops, a floral tiled floor, and pickled wood cabinetry. Again, nothing outrageous or hideous by any stretch, but I just wasn't onboard with it being my forever kitchen.
This is how it looked when the previous owners were packing up. You can click on the photos to enlarge them.
I like pastels, but the pinkish hue of these cabinets just didn't suit me well. I felt like I was living in the Barbie Dream Kitchen!
Walls came down, which meant dust came UP...and went EVERYWHERE! Drywall dust became a 5th food group in our house as we suffered through nearly 4 months without a kitchen. Cottage cheese became a staple in our house, as did food from the local Mexican restaurant!
Richard was our wonderful contractor, here he is in front of where the new sink wall will be and the new windows. Once the wall was gone I kept asking why we needed to put another one back up...the view was so nice with no walls! At that point my husband asked if what I really wanted to live in was a Yurt so that I could roll up the walls each day! Hey...not a bad idea!
Ahh the new window was finally in, and the new family room windows were in too, this was an exciting day. I confess that I would sometimes stand and pretend I was doing dishes just to see what the view would be like!
And then finally the dust had all settled and the light was shining bright at the end of the tunnel and we had a brand new kitchen! It was a long journey, and it still continues, we still don't have our backsplash installed. We own the tile but haven't found the pile of money I swear I buried in the backyard to get it finished! One day it will all be done, but for now I'm as happy as a clam with how it looks and how it functions!
The peninsula is gone and I finally don't feel like a prisoner in my own kitchen, flow is better and I love having an island again!
I love the simplicity of it all, the crisp white and the stark black make it both homey and serene... I hope.
And I love, love, love the new windows. I can't wait until Springtime when I can throw them open and savor the warm breezes. Last Summer and this past Fall it was so nice to have the cool air blowing while I was cooking. The windows were "box" bayed out so the sill is extra deep and I love to use it as another place to showcase personal mementos.
***To see more detailed pictures of the kitchen click HERE.***
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