21 November 2012

House Tour, November 2012 { The Kitchen }

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The next room on our house tour is the kitchen. It's a pretty small kitchen, but no smaller than what we've lived with in our previous apartments, so it will do! The first improvement we made to our kitchen was ripping out the fluorescent light fixture that covered up the whole ceiling. Once we pulled down the plastic panels and wood frames, we were thrilled that the ceiling was a foot and a half higher than it had appeared. We replaced the light fixture with four energy-efficient can lights, and had the border of the ceiling framed in crown molding. This one adjustment immediately made a world of difference! The room feels a lot bigger with the higher ceiling and it was a relatively easy change to make. Next, Brandon and his dad ripped out the linoleum floor, only to find out there were three layers of linoleum laid on top of one another. This became quite the ordeal of a project, one Brandon may have referred to as "the worst thing he's ever done in his life." But now we have a clean subfloor to work with!

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As you can see from the before pictures, the cabinets had a very strange, streaky paint job and diagonally placed hardware. We removed the hardware, spackled the holes, and had the cabinets painted white. (We left this painting job to a professional.) We bought new satin nickel hardware for the cabinets that we haven't gotten around to adding yet. The wall color is the same as the rest of the house: Benjamin Moore "Timid White." We'll also be buying a new cooktop. (Holding out for a Black Friday deal!) For now, the rest of the appliances will stay.

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 So there you have it! It's by no means a dream kitchen, but I've always wanted a white kitchen, and now I've got one! I love how it still has a retro flair and I can't wait to set my "Martha Stewart blue" KitchenAid mixer right on that countertop and get baking! Thanks for following along!  xoxo, bri

Catch up on our house tour here: The Before PicturesThe Living Room (Nov. 2012)


10 comments:

  1. That new lighting really makes a difference in the room!

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  2. I think it looks amazing. It's incredible the difference the high ceiling made. And I love that you didn't rip out the scrollwork above the sink. I think it gives the kitchen some charm. :-)

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  3. LOVING the change! The cieling looks spectacular :)

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  4. Love it all! You guys are doing a fantastic job! One idea for the future: You may consider one day having a window installed over the sink so you can look out at the world :) It would probably open it up a bit and make it feel less confined :) Just a thought!

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  5. Thanks, Cassie! Unfortunately, we won't be able to add a window in the kitchen because neither side of the kitchen is an exterior wall. If we added a window above the sink, it would look into our hallway. ;)

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  6. Debbie: Thanks! I agree, the scrollwork above the sink definitely adds charm! We're definitely modernizing the house, but I'm trying to keep some of the cute vintage features!

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  7. Wow, the ceiling changes make SUCH a big difference! It looks great!

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  8. I feel your pain with the low ceilings and the fluorescent lights - we had/have them in our new house's bathrooms! Yeesh. We did the same thing as you in the master bathroom to start - taking out those lights allowed us to re-drywall the ceiling up 1 foot! It makes such a difference! Your kitchen is looking great!

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  9. Katie: Thanks so much for your sweet comments! Knocking down the light in exchange for a higher ceiling was definitely one of the best calls we've made on the house so far! This remodeling stuff is all so new to me. I feel so thankful to know people with experience and good ideas! I hadn't realized you guys just bought a home too! So many of us 2010 Bees all at once! I look forward to following your house posts! :)

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