My big, beautiful kitchen renovation with before and after photos is finally here!
Warning: if you don’t like kitchens OR photos, this post is not for you.
I love my kitchen. I love kitchens in general. When I was house hunting, the first or only photo I would look at with online house listings was the kitchen. It’s the heart of the home but it’s also everything to me.
I have so many kitchen photos because it was the biggest renovation of my new house here at My Sweet Little Bungalow. With so many photos and changes to explain, I kept putting off sharing with you the whole process…until today!
After going through hundreds of photos and taking new ‘after’ shots, I’m finally sharing with you My Kitchen, before and after.
Next week I’ll be sharing more kitchen posts with the renovation process, how my 6 x 8 foot island was installed and drawer organization.
For today’s post, I’ll share with you a before photo and match an after photo shot (or two) at the same angle.
Let’s get started!
Be sure to see the source list at the end of this post!
Okay, this 80s kitchen had definitely seen better days.
The cabinets didn’t go to the ceiling and the ceiling is only 8 feet high, the cabinets were falling off their hinges and that backsplash had to go. The owners kept it clean but it was getting dated.
There was an eating nook in the kitchen that I had removed and I had the countertop extended past the big picturesque window.
The countertops butted right up to the window panes.
Bye-bye eating nook!
Hello baking centre!
All these cupboards and drawers contain mostly baking ingredients, utensils and dishes.
The big Kohler sink was a must, I had the exact same one put in in my previous house.
Corner upper cabinet was no longer needed. I opted for open shelving in between the two windows but wanted some closed upper cabinet space.
Instead of a corner unit, just a cabinet on the one wall was perfect to give the range hood lots of space around it to show off all that bevelled subway tile.
Two major walls came down separating the dining room and the kitchen. Once this wall was gone, I had the kitchen extended with a built-in counter depth refrigerator and a pantry right to that big window.
Pantry area beside the fridge is the perfect spot for this wall.
The wall on the right was removed for a large 6 x 8 foot island. The fridge was then able to be moved to the stove wall.
Because one of the two walls removed was load bearing, this post in the kitchen island had to be added. The joists running along the ceiling went one direction until it got to the wall and then they started to run in a diagonal pattern (no one knows why) so the only alternative would have been to add a large support beam and install the post on the outside wall. But that post and beam option would have meant losing my big picturesque window in the baking centre so I said forget it, I’ll keep the large window and live with this post.
Good-bye ugly wall.
We moved the dining room and just made one large living area.
The arrow in this photo is showing close to where the post is in the kitchen island.
This is where the dining room was moved to, beside the kitchen in the old family room. So much better use of this space.
Who needs a wall separating the kitchen from the tiny dining room and living room?
The dining room was moved to the other side of the kitchen.
I love the big open living space now. So much better than the previously closed-off kitchen.
This corner of the two walls is where the post is today in the island.
This cabinet was in the area of the previous dining room.
I just love all this custom cabinetry and you can now see all the big open windows.
Here is the living room when I first toured the house.
The living area is now one big space rather than a closed off tiny living room.
Tiny living room before.
With the dining room located to the other side of the kitchen where the family room used to be, it makes for one large open living area.
This is the space where the old family room was located. It’s now the dining room.
Phew! That was a long one! Make sure to pop by next week for more kitchen posts!
(I picked #6 and #7 from these choices, source list below)
cabinet color – Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117
kitchen island color – Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC-52
Monterey Wire Brushed , Weathered Saddle
- wall color – Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117 (Regal matte)
- cabinetry color – Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117 (Regal semi-gloss)
- island cabinetry color – Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC-52 (Regal semi-gloss)
- custom cabinetry
- apron-front sink – Kohler 30″ Whitehaven
- faucet – Delta Faucet Touch20 Champagne Bronze
- counter-depth refrigerator – Jenn-Air Model JFC2290VEM
- gas range 30″ – Jenn-Air Model JGS1450DS
- dishwasher (came with house) – Bosch
- drawer microwave – Sharp
- 3×6″ beveled subway tile with white grout
- bronze cup pulls – D. Lawless Hardware
- glass octagon knobs – D. Lawless Hardware
- pendants – Restoration Hardware
- countertop -Quartz Vico Stone BQ8220 Carrarra eased edge but ogee edge on island
- counter-height stools – Restoration Hardware, Madeleine Burnt-Oak, leather seats
- flooring – Danske Hardwood, Monterey Wire Brushed, Weathered Saddle (see photo above)
- dining room chandelier – Aidan Gray Italian Chandelier via Wayfair or Kathy Kuo
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