Well, it’s finished. I was beginning to think it would never happen, but my kitchen is finished. And it only took three years. Or was it four? Heck, I’ve lost count by now. And I still have a couple of projects to finish for the dining area, so I really am just going to show you the kitchen today. Hopefully I’ll have the dining area completely finished this week, so that’s coming soon. But let’s get on to the before and afters, shall we?
The kitchen was pretty pathetic when we moved in. These condos were built in the 80s, and it didn’t look like a single thing had been updated between then and when we bought the place in July 2006.
It definitely looks a little different now.
You can see the before and after by hovering your pointer over the picture below.
I didn’t want to spend the money on new cabinets, so I just painted the existing ones. It’s amazing what paint can do! I also did a little surgery on the cabinet doors to turn the raised panel doors into recessed panel doors. The raised panel doors (and some of them were double panels) just didn’t seem right for the room. I’m just not a big fan of raised panel doors anyway.
It originally had a very old-looking built in stove…
…so I did end up replacing the lower cabinets on the stove side of the kitchen. I just used stock cabinets from Home Depot. They’re not a perfect match, but close enough.
And again, you can see the quick view before and after by hovering your pointer over the picture below.
Unfortunately, as soon as we were handed the keys to our new condo, I was a bit too anxious to get the “before” pictures that I didn’t even bother to clear away all of the junk that the previous occupants left behind before snapping some of these pictures. Oh well. You’re getting the truly authentic “before” state of the condo. :).
I actually did manage to clean off the countertops for the “after” picture, though. 🙂
Matt’s favorite thing about the whole kitchen is the tree painted on the wall. I painted it freehand, but it actually started out looking a little different than it looks today. Fortunately, my artistic mom offered her advice on how to fix some of the problem areas on my original tree to make it look better.
And another quick view before and after for you. Just hover your pointer over the picture below.
And of course, one thing that makes my kitchen feel complete now is my new pantry. It started out as a bookcase, and not a very pretty one.
But now it’s pretty and functional…
And one last quick view before and after. Hover your pointer over the picture below.
Okay, it’s a tiny room, but it took three (or four) years to get to this point, so I took tons of pictures. 🙂 Here are just a few more…
My waterproof artwork above my sink is one of my favorite things. No matter how wet or dirty it gets (and I’m pretty messy at the sink), all I have to do is wipe it off with a sponge and it looks good as new.
I actually get quite a bit of use out of my magnetic spice board. I guess you can tell, since a couple of them are empty. Ha!
And one last view of my “new” countertop. I wish I had done them like this way back when I first installed them. I love the way they look when they’re freshly oiled, and the medium brown color is just perfect. I didn’t always think that. I was convinced I wanted dark stained countertops, but I really do love the natural medium brown color.
And one last before and after:
Here are a few details about the kitchen:
- Cabinet color: Hallowed Hush by Behr (Home Depot), color matched in Kelly Moore interior oil-based paint in a satin finish,
- Wall color: Rich Cream by Behr,
- Cabinets: mostly original, but I remade the doors, changing them from raised panel to recessed panel. On the lower side of the stove side, I did use stock cabinets from Home Depot.
- Ceiling: I used 1/4″ plywood, cut into 4″ wide strips, and then cut into lengths of four feet. Then I attached them to the ceiling with 1/4″ spacing between,
- Backsplash: plain white subway tile from Home Depot,
- Wall mural: I drew the tree and birds freehand, and then filled in with leftover paint,
- Flooring: peel and stick, groutable vinyl tiles from Home Depot,
- Countertops: Numerar oak butcherblock countertops from IKEA
I think that covers everything, but if you have any questions, let me know!
There were a lot of projects that went into this tiny little kitchen. Some of them aren’t around anymore, but you can see all of them here: