Before I try to show off what a gorgeous new kitchen I have, I'd like to take a timeout for a flashback to our old kitchen.
Everybody got that? That's my old 50's kitchen. Let me point out some of the period features. There's the salmon colored tile backsplash which was also used to do a tile countertop. Oh those lovely grout lines on a countertop which are basically impossible to clean. You can't miss the in-the-wall chrome faucet which towards the end of its life had been developing a tendency to spray water out across the sink due to some aging gaskets. There's the dated cabinets with oversized wood handles and a stained finish which had seen better days. I have to point out the pitiful excuse of a pantry to the left of the stove. The single unit was two feet deep so we could either cram it full and not be able to find anything or be able to find things but run out of room to store our dry goods. Of course there is the redeeming feature of the monster white enameled stove. I do miss that stove just a tiny bit.
Our kitchen has actually been usable since last Wednesday. That's when we started lining all the drawers with clear contact paper (on a friend's suggestion) to protect them from unavoidable splatters that seep in. After that, we had to do a thorough cleaning now that the contractors wouldn't be back to just mess it all up again. After all that, we got around to unpacking items so we could get our heads around where everything would go and how many organizer items to pick up. And now it's Monday night and we're finally done. I went to the trouble of busting out the fancy camera for these pictures so I hope you enjoy them.
|First off, we put in this six-burner slide-in range with cast-iron continuous grates, a vitroceramic sealed cooktop surface, and, of course, electric starters. The clicking of the starters is like music to my ears. On top of that, we installed a 600CFM vent hood which should easily suck all the excess heat and smoke out of the kitchen and maybe even small animals. Behind all this, we've got a sheet of stainless steel backsplash which should wipe clean and, best of all, has no grout lines.|
|I picked out a 36" wide double bowl under-mount farmhouse sink and paired it with a gooseneck faucet with a pull out spout to wash down the furthest nooks and crannies.|
|We added a dishwasher into the kitchen where there was none before and picked up a much larger French-door, bottom freezer refrigerator unit. It has an in-the-door filtered water dispenser and more space than I know what to do with at the moment. And it makes ice -- a luxury I haven't had since probably before I left for college.|
|We installed a small peninsula area with bar stools for guests (or me) to grab a seat in the kitchen. It also makes a great staging area for dishes while cooking.|
|Our cabinet maker built us these cabinets to serve as our pantry. The shallow cabinets are perfect for storing items and not losing them into the back. The larger unit has L-shaped shelves which are also very reach friendly. Since these were custom built, we're making use of every inch of available space and it shows. Once we loaded up our pantry items, we found the shelves could probably hold three times more yet keep it all twice as accessible as our old pantry.|
|I made one concession to Travis in the design of the entire kitchen in the form of the beer bottle opener I bought him for his birthday last year. The bottle cap catch is a classic Shiner beer can. I do like the convenience of using it and it adds just a little bit of quirkiness.|
|I love the plethora of drawers in the kitchen for organizing things like all of my spices. There's a perfect pair of small drawers to which we added some dividers. Yes I do in fact alphabetize my spices. It makes me happy. Don't judge me.|
|Here's our wall-oven/microwave unit. I love saving the counter space by having the microwave built into the cabinets. Both units have a convection mode. The oven also has a bread proofing mode and a built in temperature probe. We had our cabinet maker build in slats in the cabinet above the oven so we could store all our cookie sheets and cutting boards. He put in these removable ones that snap into guides screwed to the bottom and back of the unit.|
And the grand finale of some overall shots of the entire kitchen so you can see all the pieces together.
End to end, this took 6 weeks of construction time, something closer to 6 months if you consider planning time. I'll try to take a break from remodeling now. Famous last words.