Now let's back up and take a look at what this kitchen looked like when we bought the house. Definitely "Builder Basic" with straight off the shelf oak cabinets, laminate counters, 12 yr. old basic appliances that barely worked and badly worn linoleum floors.
No frills - "Builder Basic". That is one of the things I liked most about the house, I could do anything I wanted to it and I didn't have to work around upgrades that I didn't like. This kitchen was really shy on cabinet space, so I decided to rearrange a couple of cabinets and add a few more.
I raised the small cabinet above the microwave, replaced the 12" cabinets top and base to the left of it with 24" cabinets to match the right side cabinets. Then I replaced the 30" island with a 24" base and and 18"drawer base. Next was to add some crown molding and then paint. We also removed the track lighting, added pot lights and pendants and enlarged the peninsula. New floors, granite and appliances and we were done.
This is what I wound up with. I totally love it.
What a difference and I have so much more usable cabinet space.
Replacing the small 30" cabinet with these two new pieces (a 24" base cabinet and an 18" drawer unit) gave me more storage and most of all some drawer space that I really needed. It also gave me a larger work surface. We extended the granite 4 inches on the back side and - --
added the molding detail to cover up where the two cabinets were joined together. This detail gave the island more presence.
The show stopper has turned out to be the counters. I adore this granite. The gray, cream, white and brown tie the whole room together. We added corbels and extended the overhang to 12". I also carried it all the way to the wall. This creates a huge area and work space. (The old formica counter only had a 6 " overhang and stopped at the small wall)
and I think the swirls in some areas are gorgeous.
I love the crown molding, it totally transformed stock cabinets. They now have a custom look. (The cabinets on the left of the range were originally only 12" wide top and bottom. I replaced those with 24" cabinets to match the right side. This gave me more storage and created more visual continuity with the cabinets.)
This doesn't look "Builder Basic" anymore.
The marble back splash has just enough pattern to be interesting, but not enough to compete with the granite.
The very last detail was just installed on Saturday. The new base cabinets did not have any shelves, so I had custom shelves made by "Shelves That Slide". The island holds all my mixing bowls.
The cabinet next to the oven holds my every day use pots and pans.
I love that my lid rack fit in here also.
Now everything I need is at my fingertips.
The wonderful walk-in pantry in this house is a bonus for sure. Now I have a lot of cabinet space, so this is the icing on the cake.
The new floors are a dream. 100% waterproof. All I have to do is vacuum and mop - and look at how gorgeous they are. This is a product called NuCore from Floor & Decor.
The entire back of the house is breakfast room - kitchen and family room. So the kitchen is the center of this whole space.
I like the new chandy, it is simple and plain and goes beautifully with the gold accents in the kitchen.
This is the family room on the other side of the kitchen. I will show you more of that later,
I love this view from the family room.
It is always such a thrill when your vision turns out even better than you hoped. I absolutely love my new kitchen.
So what do you think? Amazing simple transformation or what? I will do a resource post later this week.
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