Here are a few shots of our new kitchen. I photographed it on a (rare) quiet day, when all the kids were out playing and the baby was napping...the only time the house is ever clean for more than five minutes. ;) I'm still arranging and figuring out just the right place for everything, but I am pretty much in love with it all. It amazes me how a few changes to a space can make it feel so different! It's hard to tell by my (not so great) pictures, but the kitchen seems so much more spacious now. Go here and here to see more 'before' pics.
This was a scary sight. I may have cried the first time I saw it like this. House guts...slightly shocking.
Pretty blonde raw hickory floors. I almost left them like this...
We gutted the place and reworked the cabinetry and appliance layout, creating more counter area and work space. (Countertops are soapstone. Completely in love with them.) We extended the size of the window over the sink, which brings in much more light for a more open feel. I'm obsessed with light, especially in the kitchen.
We enclosed the former patio and now have a gorgeous step-down mudroom with six lockers and a drinking fountain. Plus a laundry/craft room with an apron sink, white caesarstone countertops, and shelving up to the high ceilings. Photos to come. When I can get it clean enough to take them. ;)
Also, between the tall hutches, in that doorway from kitchen to mudroom, there are pocket doors with windows. They are something, I tell you. Hide mess, but let in light. Bummer that I forgot to photograph them. They'll make a smashing appearance in the next house post. Just you wait. (Obsessed.)
We opted for Thermador appliances, and my new oven has a warming drawer and a steamer oven. Love! The fridge and freezer have big-handled paneled doors. And I use my reverse osmosis pot-filler faucet above the stove almost every day. Handy-dandy.
I had to have a sliding barn door somewhere in the house, so in the kitchen it went. It encloses my new pantry, but stays open most of the time...lots of hungry people in this house. ;) Pantry has an automatic sensor light that flips on whenever anyone goes in. And it's the only light in the house that gets turned off regularly...because it turns itself off. Sheesh...if anyone knows the secret to teaching kids to turn lights off, please reveal yourself... This walk-in pantry was the former (too small) mudroom, and entry from the garage. It makes a way better pantry than mudroom. Oh, and I'm considering painting the barn door a fun bright color, or covering the wall it hangs on with dark chalkboard paint. What do you think? Always a work in progress...that's how we roll!
Pardon the blurry iphone pantry pics. And the fact that it rarely looks this tidy. Ahem.
Single basin Rohl apron sinks are rad.
So are pop-up mixer shelves. And tin flour drawers. Love them. And tiny babies in bumbo seats, with crazy picture-taking mommas.
Blurry iphone again. Pardon.
Distinguished vintage GW dines with us. Because we love him.
Extra counter space at that corner versus these old (before) bulky cabinets:
Changed my life.
Open shelving. Yes.
Before = crowded.
You should've seen it full of people. All eight of us (now nine remember) could hardly fit in there at once!
After? Spacious. But cozy. Love.
Before before is below. Like before we moved in. Wow...what a difference, huh?!
I almost passed up this great house five years ago when I saw this kitchen. Its galley style and small size were not what I had had in mind for our family. And when we met with the architect and started drawing up renovation plans last year, we began with the plan to push out the back wall of the house, in order to expand the kitchen. Now, I am so glad we scaled back and kept the original walls in place. I have really come to love the galley style for cooking and baking, with quick access from sink to stove, and counter to counter. And we love the size of the kitchen and its quaint character. With the new storage and pantry space, everything fits perfectly, but we don't keep a lot of extra junk around in little-used nooks and crannies.
There you have it, friends. A peek into our kitchen. Hope you enjoyed it!
(Quick sources, because I know you'll ask: Table, hutches, and light fixtures from Restoration Hardware. Tolix chairs from DWR and Sundance Catalog. Black windsor end chairs from IKEA. Aprons are handmade and vintage, star child apron from IKEA. Pantry jars and woven baskets from IKEA, metal baskets from Home Depot and thrifted. Raw wood cutting boards with handle (large above and small hanging) from West Elm. George Washington and other print thrifted.)
I'll be back with more house pictures soon. I'm anxious to share what we've done with this place, because everyone loves a good before and after story, am I right? We are still getting settled...yes, all these months and months later. I have a constant stream of house projects as we get organized and make this new space work for our big, busy family. And they are not being completed at my usual mock speed ;) because I am trying to enjoy this baby of mine, who happens to be growing up way too fast for my liking...mock speed. But we really are loving the results of the renovation, and feel so blessed that we could make it happen. It really is a dream come true for me. So stay tuned!!
Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @homemadehappy, where I documented the remodel and have been more actively posting lately.
Oh, and pop over to Eclectically Vintage, where our home is being featured today. Lots of old pics of the house...can't wait to show you some new ones too!