Before and After: Kitchen

This has been long overdue. I am now going to post the before pictures of the house when we first walked through it in 2006 prior to purchasing and the pictures as it looks presently.  I thought I would start with the kitchen as it has undergone the biggest transformation.

When we first bought the house, the kitchen had carpet in it. We took up the carpeting and the tile underneath it was really not in great shape, but it was better than carpet. So, it stayed black and white tile for a long time. Eventually, we moved the butler pantry back where it belonged and framed a wall up and added a laundry room.  For more details and pictures regarding the entire process, click on the tag: kitchen.

Here are the before pictures. We took down the fabric that stapled to the walls. I was able to wash the red acryllic paint off of the cabinets. And the kitchen largely stayed like this from 2006-2010 until we were able to complete renovate.

I sanded the laminate counter top, super primed it then painted it a stone fleck black. Here are some transitional pictures during that timeframe before the full remodel:

And…here are the final “after” pictures and how the kitchen presently looks. We built custom open shelving cabinets, painted the bottom cabinets, took down the wall of cabinets on the back wall. Pulled down the sheetrock and exposed the original beadboard, framed up a laundry room and moved the butler’s pantry that had been hacked out and set behind the door–back to its original home in between the kitchen and dining room.  Here is the link to the full write up: Click Here.

The demo:

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Ripping out the cabinets, Steven and Vivian taking the doors off

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The washer and dryer are where the cabinet is supposed to be

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Butler’s pantry/cabinet

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Mostly gone

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Where a wall used to be in the kitchen

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Kitchen gutted

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The same wall…cleaned and primed (Super duper KILZ!)

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The framing going up!

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Painted and the floor down

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Where the butler pantry is supposed to be

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Right before we moved it and put the floor down

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moved the washer and dryer

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installing the cabinet

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Framing up the laundry room

Sheetrocking in kitchen

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The in between:

And here are the final pictures:

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Here is a video I posted on Youtube right before our house was appraised in 2014. I took advantage of everything being picked up and nice and neat: https://youtu.be/avBTQc8bBIE

Hope you had fun!  The next post will be up in a couple days of the next room.  I will continue until all rooms are shown.

 

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Done!? Are we really?!

I hate to even make an announcement that we are finally finished, after 8 plus years of work (and lots of breaks in between :-D), because as our luck would have it, something big would break…perhaps a geyser in the yard? Or, a random safe falling from the sky making an obscene hole in the roof (hey, I’ve watched the road runner, it happens!). I also realize (cue shaking the head and wiping tears) that you are never *really* done when it comes to old house upkeep. So, maybe I can say that we are done…for now. Will that suffice?

I’ve had a lot of requests for updated pictures and more in depth before/after. In preparation for our appraisal tomorrow, I have cleaned the house and fixed quite a few cosmetic bo-bo’s (I am sure you will find quite a few more I didn’t fix), so I thought it a perfect time to take some 360 videos. Are you game? I will do some before/after photo blogs when I get around to it later this summer.

I only videoed the master bedroom, hall, living areas and kitchen. I’m not brave enough to show the kids’ rooms and who wants to see bathrooms? Coming up tomorrow will be porch and exterior tours. I thought it was fun (and a whole lot easier than taking pictures!) and I can also use it for insurance purposes should that Acme safe ever fall out the sky.

If you are new and would like to see some before pictures, you can search for “realtor walk through”, click on the name of the particular room you want to view in the cloud tag, or click on “before and after”. That should get you some really old photos to look at and compare how far we have come. Here is a post I did right after we updated our major systems (roof, plumbing, paint, mostly exterior projects).

I ordered the videos so that if you watch them in the order I posted them, you will feel that you are walking with me, or at least can make sense of the floor plan. Here you are! Tell me what you think!

PS: Note to all the perfectionists: ignore those cosmetic blemishes.

Note to old house purists: yes, I know I don’t have velvet curtains and Victorian tchotchkes. “Museum style” has never really been my thing.

Note to people who want paint colors: I will publish all paint colors in a future blog post when I do the final before/after pairings.

Did I cover it all? Leave a comment if not 🙂

Master Bedroom:

Small weird hall and the back of the Great Hall:

Front of the Great Hall, study, living room and dining room:

Kitchen:

Kitchen finished

Here is what the kitchen looks like now. Ta-da! In a couple days, I’m going to put together a slideshow of the kitchen evolution from the realtor walk through 6 years ago to present.  Here is what we did in the first phase which included taking out cabinets and creating the laundry room.   Also, here is a link to all of the posts about the kitchen through the years if you would like to see them.

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Kitchen Work

Working on the kitchen again. I really wanted some upper cabinets, so Steven was nice enough to build me some. I scribbled out how I wanted the range hood (poor Steven!) and he took that pathetic drawing of mine and made a gorgeous hood for the kitchen. Below are pictures of how it turned out. The chevrons I made from misc. wood and leftovers stains and paints. It was fun and I love the end result! We are still doing the finishing work and need to install crown molding, but when it is all finished, I will do a massive slide show of before and after.

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Th bottom coat on the range hood is Artisan by Behr. The top darker coat is cast bronze by Martha Stewart. The chevron slats are a mixture of leftover paint or stain. The turquoise is a paint I bought long ago for a project that I diluted with mineral spirits to make a semi transparent stain. The light wood color is Golden Oak by Minwax. The dark brown (almost black) stain is Kona by Rustoleum. The metallic one was painted Martha Stewart’s red copper with a top coat of cast bronze. The green semi transparent stain was one I had specially mixed for our study cabinets and it is called Verdi Gris by Rustoleum specialty mixed semi sold stains.

***UPDATE: I finally found the blog with the picture that inspired our range hood design. I looked for it forever. Pretty Handy Girl posted a tutorial on how to make painted, distressed wood panels and I was so excited to the see the range hood. Thanks for posting that!  If anyone would like to view the tutorial and the projects, visit: Pretty Handy Girl: Painted and Distressed Tutorial

Big can of goo

Steven framed up our cabinets and they have been sitting on the porch for me to prime and paint. I checked the shed…I had a big can of Kilz..no need to buy any. So, Yesterday, late in the afternoon, I decided to pop that can open and prime the cabinets so I could work on painting today. Ummmm…all I had was a big can of slimy goo. Argh!!!!!!!!!!! When I got to thinking about it, I’m not sure how old this stuff is. I thought maybe it was from a recent project, but I really think it came from the 2009 remodel of the house next door…yikes! That’ll teach me to procrastinate…haha.

Gotta go buy primer…sigh….3 kids in a home improvement store= no fun.

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New Kitchen Shades

I have been on the lookout for some fabric to make some kitchen shades. I wanted something unique and colorful. I happened upon some upholstery fabric at a local fabric store that I fell in love with. It took me an hour to convince myself to buy it. I was worried about breaking some type of sewing code by using upholstery fabric for window shades…lol. What convinced me though was: 1) I loved it. I am very picky and usually when I settle for something less than what I love I end up replacing it down the road; 2) it was half off; 3) Did I mention I loved it?

I came home with 6 yards for my three windows and it took me less than an hour to sew it. I am very, very, very happy with the outcome. It cost me $40 each to make. That is higher than my norm, but I could not find any that would fit my window for under $50 and they were usually a solid plain color. I really wanted pattern because the upper cabinets that are going up soon, will be a big wall of cream. I needed a focal point. Here it is with the kitchen light on and off. Even though its upholstery fabric, it filters light beautifully. In the past, I’ve toyed with the idea of not covering them at all, they are really pretty windows and let lots of light in. But, the sun goes down on that side and from about 3-5 p.m. You are just about blinded by the light without a covering which makes preparing dinner impossible. So, shades it was!

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Speaking of cabinets,here is the start of them. Hoping to build the rest of the boxes this week.

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Porch Planters and Kitchen Cabinets

So, the upper kitchen cabinets are planned. I sketched what I wanted and measured the wall and Steven took that and measured again and calculated the amount of materials needed. Hopefully Thursday we will make our (weekly) trip to the home improvement store. To see my inspiration pics scroll down two posts for all the kitchen talk.

I found this book recently. I have had it for a while. I thought it was time to get it out and dust it off.

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I want to take all of this:

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And make something like this:

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I want to put them:

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Instead of plain wood, I have pulled some different color stains and semi transparent wood paint from other projects. I am trying to use what I have instead of it going in to a landfill somewhere. My idea is to stain or paint each piece of wood a different color.

***UPDATE: To see how they turned out, click here.

Here are my inspiration pics:

I hope to start them this weekend. If I do, I will post some updated pics on how it turned out. Wish me luck!

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