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07 March 2011
She's done! Well, okay, not done, because nothing is ever done. (Not in a "nothing is ever good enough" sense, but more like how a yoga pose is never "done." Everything is a constant evolution.) But the kitchen is ready for her close-up.
As I always love to do at these moments, let's take a little look back in time, shall we?
This is what the kitchen looked like two years ago when we bought our place:
And here she is, after we...
...changed the light fixtures
...repainted the cabinets
...changed the cabinet hardware
...replaced the appliances and added a built-in microwave
...changed the countertop
...demo'd the old mirror backsplash and put in classic subway tile
...updated all of the electrical outlets and switches
...swapped in a new, more functional single-bowl sink
...changed the faucet to give us the sprayer we were missing before
...covered up the old tile with much comfier, environmentally friendly cork
...got rid of the pocket doors that used to close off the kitchen
...added counter space and tied the whole kitchen together with a new wine bar
...added storage that's easy on the eyes with shelves and an Ikea buffet
...added hidden storage that makes the whole kitchen function so much better
...made the eat-in kitchen a place you'd actually want to eat
...repainted everything in warm neutrals to make the kitchen nice and homey
...finally rid our home of pink for good!
Isn't she pretty? While I still need to do the final tally (tricky since I returned almost as many things as I bought), I think that we can still say we got a pretty awesome bang for our buck. Keeping our existing cabinets not only saved us a ton of cash, it also kept the old cabinets out of the landfill and prevented new cabinets from being made. Going with a wood countertop instead of granite meant that no mining or quarrying had to be done for our kitchen. And laying cork over the existing tile kept the old tile out of the landfill while also preventing our downstairs neighbor from going into complete mental collapse while we jackhammered up the tile floor. (That's what you call a win-win.)
The cork floor also gives us a much better flow with the rest of the place's dark floors than the old yellow tile did.
Stay tuned for lots of detail about how much it ended up costing us (admittedly, I'm a little scared to see the final number, even though I know we made economical choices, just because I know all those little trips to Home Depot add up), how we made some of our key decisions in what materials to use, and the little things we did that make a huge difference.
I can't believe it's finally finished!
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