We recently remodeled our kitchen. We painted the cabinets & hardware, replace the counters, and did some shifting in layouts.
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Awful, right? Eep! Just look at those organgey-cabinets...they blend in with the floor and create a whole lotta dark, orange icky feelings. So much clutter too! Yeesh...I can't believe we lived with it like this for nearly 8 years!
And now for an after:
And here's a new one from today since I've changed a couple minor pieces of artwork:
Here's a breakdown of what we did:
- Shifted our refrigerator down and moved the odd little square of cabinet and counter down also, as well as the "bridge" cabinetry above the fridge. This got rid of a weird, neglected waste of space that just collected clutter and dust, and allowed us to have a bigger stretch of countertop space. Since we bought a French door fridge that had an in-door ice maker, being able to open that one door completely open wasn't as big of a deal, and there's still plenty of room for the door to open wide enough even being against the wall like that.
- We also got rid of the weird lifted bar area that we hated, and created a wide, flat, open piece of countertop for the bar area. (We still need to paint our barstools and return those to their spot.)
- We purchased butcher block countertops from IKEA. We went with oak because they were out of birch, and turns out, we like oak the best after all.
- Stained butcher block with super strong coffee and treated it with tung oil.
- We painted our cabinets White Dove by Benjamin Moore and the hardware a hammered bronze by Rustoleum.
I love my new kitchen, it is SO much brighter and even feels much bigger than it did before. I made my hubby's day by telling him it's my dream kitchen. :)