I think it’s fun to see how a room can be transformed, so here are our before and after photos from our kitchen renovation this summer.
We left for 10 days this summer and had the kitchen gutted while we were gone. They took out all the old plaster, electrical, flooring & ceiling. They insulated, put in new electrical, lights, drywall and flooring.
We left this:
And came home to this: (the Tyvek is protecting the new floor)
This was one of the two piles of cabinets to be assembled. We ordered them from Barker Cabinets in Oregon.
It took us around a week to put them together and then over the next month the cabinets and counters were installed.
Here are some before & after shots. Looking from the dining room into the kitchen.
We extended the kitchen cabinets into the dining room to replace the china cupboard and provide more storage.
Looking from the living room into the kitchen.
We filled all the space above the counter with cabinets, added a dishwasher and a single basin sink.
The refrigerator corner.
We took out the small wall to the left of the refrigerator and replaced it with a 9″ cabinet. There was a small spice rack built into the wall before behind the shutters.
We made a magnetic chalkboard on the end panel here, and installed a pull out spice rack in the 9″ cabinet. The inside of these narrow cabinets have storage for vertical items and our spice rack.
Looking at the stove and window.
We added cabinets over the stove. We kept the cabinets to the right of the stove at a lower height because of the window and also because I like chopping and rolling pie crust at that height. The new stove just came this week.The sink.
After staring at these Egyptians for the last 5 years, I’m so happy we finally get to look out a window! I also love the size of the sink and being able to set things down in it and have them not get in the way of using the sink. The flat bottom is great for soaking cookie sheets. The sink is by Elkay and the faucet is by Moen.
The dining room section: A mismatched collection of furniture gave us storage and more work space in the dining room before.
Now we have more storage and work space with a narrower footprint.
Here are a few more details about the project and our special features.
Toe-Kick Drawers: We wanted to maximize the space in our small kitchen and came across the idea of toe-kick drawers. Matt made dove-tail drawer boxes out of maple and installed drawer slides when we assembled the cabinets. The front of the drawer is covered by the toe-skin so when they are closed, you don’t even know they are there. They’re great for storing place mats, table clothes, and baking pans that aren’t used often.
Blind Corner: Previously, there was not any cabinet space in the corner next to the stove. We put in a blind corner cabinet and an insert to use the space better. The first part pulls out and swings wide, and two sliding shelves behind slide into the opening in the cabinet. This insert was made by Omega National.
Flooring: Cork Flooring by Lumber Liquidators
Contractor/ Cabinet Installation: G.A. Smith & Sons Carpentry. We knew we could trust Dave & Greg with this work. They did an excellent job making things work in our old space and installing everything beautifully.
Electrician: Brite-Lite Electric. The kitchen electrical and lights are great. Also, we ended up having to do some extra whole-house work on short notice and they were great at getting it done as quickly as our electric utility would allow.
Cabinets: Barker Cabinets, Oregon. Shaker style doors, Pure White. These are made-to-order, ready-to-assemble cabinets. We loved that we could order the cabinets custom to the 1/4″ in any dimension. This was crucial for us as we worked to get the most storage out of a small space. This let us customize to get exactly what we wanted like our low cabinets under the window with pull-outs for the pots & pans, and our 9″ cabinet next to the refrigerator. The price was less than what we would have paid for a name brand from the big-box store and the quality is much better. We love the soft close drawers and the all-wood drawer boxes. The frames are sturdy and well constructed.
The cabinets come on pallets (we didn’t see that part, it’s a long story) and then are banded or shrink-wrapped. Doors are wrapped in foam and cardboard. The assembly went well once we got a rhythm. I was disappointed by was how fragile some of the paint on the doors seemed. We hung doors as soon as we got cabinets assembled and on reflection, we should have waited until the cabinets were hung. The paint on edges of the doors seems to ding easily. We’ve done touch up and it looks fine. Some doors and drawer fronts were missing from our order, but Barker shipped out replacements to us as soon as possible and it didn’t hold up the installation.
We ordered the cabinets at the end of April and they arrived at the end of July.
Counter: In the kitchen we chose soapstone installed by Vermont Soapstone. They did an excellent job installing on-site and fitting it to some odd situations like our window & door trim abutting the counter. In the dining room we used a cherry butcher block from Lumber Liquidators and finished it ourselves. Both counters are finished with mineral oil. We love how the soapstone can handle hot pots and pans without trivets. We’re getting used to how soft it is and learning not to drag things across the counter or let a little girl bang spoons on it. Even so, the scratches come out with a sanding and add to the character overall.
Spice Rack: We put a 3″ Rev-A-Shelf soft-close filler into the 9″ cabinet. It’s made to go between base cabinets, so we made our 9″ cabinet deep enough that it would sit inside. Then Matt installed a thin piece of ply-wood next to it with holes for the trimmed-down shelves so we could still use the space that remained. He also made a mahogany pull for the front of it.
I ordered jars from Fillmore Container and made my own labels. We buy our spices mostly in bulk so it’s nice now to have matching jars to fill.
Chalkboard: We painted thin sheet metal with Benjamin Moore’s chalkboard paint in Deep Space. We used liquid nails to adhere it to the finished end panel, and then added trim around the outside edges. Matt carved a chalkboard ledge from cherry. We wanted it to be magnetic because we plan to replace the refrigerator and we were not sure if stainless steel would be magnetic. So far it works great!
Curtains: I made the curtains with this fabric and cafe rods & clips. I love how easily they slide open and shut. Not all the curtains were finished in our after photos, but I have a valance over both windows.
We’re very pleased with how the kitchen turned out!