Our New Kitchen

by Elissa

We finally have a new kitchen to show you! We moved into this house about three years ago, and while we wanted to renovate the kitchen it was not at the top of the priority list (that honor went to adding central air conditioning and replacing the lead paint-covered windows). And while the kitchen had its issues, it was reasonably functional and the layout worked pretty well for us. Here's how it looked before:

One view of the old kitchen

One view of the old kitchen

Note the hideous vinyl floor and the lack of upper cabinets on the left wall.  The paint on the cabinets was also peeling off, the butcher block counter was stained around the sink, and the drawers gave off sawdust every time you opened them. There was also no ventilation over the stove, so cooking things over high involved opening the windows and hoping for the best.

Looking the other direction

Looking the other direction

The kitchen includes an eat-in area, and this is where we eat most of our family meals.  On the right of this picture you can see what used to be the back door to the house; now there is a small addition that's accessible through the adjacent dining room.  Previous owners turned the old doorway into a set of shallow shelves. While we loved having an eat-in kitchen, there was quite a bit of wasted space and we really wanted some additional storage. We decided to leave the footprint of the kitchen basically unchanged, but we replaced everything and added some additional cabinets and counter space. Here are the after pictures:

New sink area

New sink area

New range with hood and french-door refrigerator

New range with hood and french-door refrigerator

New eat-in area

New eat-in area

We added shallow lower cabinets, a strip of countertop, and open shelves to the wall of the eating area

We added shallow lower cabinets, a strip of countertop, and open shelves to the wall of the eating area

We opted for quartz counters, a glass tile backsplash, and painted the walls a pale grayish green. We are pretty thrilled with the end result and are loving having a kitchen again. Let me know if you'd like more details about any of our choices--I've been immersed in this stuff for the last six months and could discuss it for hours, but I'll spare you that level of detail in this post!