(Please excuse my sorry attempt at photo styling. When others do it, it looks awesome. When I do it, it just looks like I forgot to clean up the breakfast dishes.)
It wasn't that long ago that our kitchen looked like this. In hindsight, I can't believe Chris and I saw the potential when we made an offer on the house just over 4 years ago. That was one UGLY kitchen. Look at those cabinets...that wallpaper...just. so. gross. I shudder when I think about it.
Not only was it ugly, but entertaining was a miserable experience as the kitchen was completely closed off from the rest of the house. Our primary goal in the renovation was to open up the kitchen to the rest of the main floor. We removed a few walls that used to serve as a butler's pantry and now have direct access to the dining and family rooms. I can't even describe how big of an impact this made. It feels like a we moved into a much bigger, brand new house.
The countertops are Carrara marble. I know marble isn't for everyone, but our house is almost 130 years old. A couple of eventual scratches and stains will only give this new space some character that is in keeping with the rest of the house.
We also added a door to our fenced in backyard and now our pups can pretty much come and go as they please. It will be so much more convienent during grilling season too.
We agonized over the vent hood. As it was going to be a focal point on the wall, I knew it needed to be special, but I didn't want to spend a million dollars on a hood cover offered by the cabinet company. We found an unfinished one online, mounted the insert, and painted it ourselves.
How about them floors?!? They might be my favorite thing about the new kitchen. Our contractor painstakingly added a mahogany inlay and stained them to match the existing floors in the dining room (the color is Minwax Gunstock).
Our mudroom got a wee makeover too. It has new flooring and a new door to let in even more natural light. We had our electrician install outlets inside the tall pantry cabinets. Now we have a spot to charge our cell phones and hide our not-so-pretty microwave.
I decided to go with brass light fixtures to warm things up. These are the Boston Functional pendants and sconces from Visual Comfort.
Thanks to the help of our incredible contractor, Lenny (Black Diamond Contractors), we now have a beautiful and functional kitchen. I am so grateful to be able to live here and enjoy this everyday.
And now I'm off to celebrate. CHEERS!