Our old kitchen looked very much the same between 1941 and 2003 (when this picture was taken). Two years ago, we took out a few cabinets, got a new fridge, moved it into the laundry room, and created a prep space. It was a lot of work to make our kitchen work a little better for us, but it still was a small kitchen, with very little counter space or storage space. We have been talking about this kitchen remodel for at least 5 years, and decided to make the plunge this summer. It was a lot of stress, sweat and hassle--we didn't hire a general contractor, so Tony did all of the space planning, comparison shopping, heavy lifting and countless trips to the hardware store, while I did a lot of childcare. We went back and forth on the costs of doing a major kitchen remodel vs. painting the shelves, updating the drawer knobs and replacing the sink.
In the end, we took out 2 walls (from the dining room to the kitchen, and from the laundry room to the kitchen), extending our kitchen by 4 feet, and merging the laundry room and kitchen into one 13 foot galley kitchen. Like you see in magazines, here is what we got (in case you're interested):
- Floors: Carbonized vertical bamboo floors
- Cabinets: Custom cabinets by Danny Molina using Apple-ply prefinished maple with tung oil rubbed edging
- Countertop: Caesarstone in Lagos Blue
- Paint: Benjamin Moore Jute (only 2 walls done so far)
- Lighting: recessed fluorescent lighting (pendant light over the sink still to be purchased)
- Stove: DCS with Viking hood and ventilator
- Dishwasher: Bosch (not shown in picture)
- Back Door: Double pane single-light French door with cherry stain finish and 5-6 coats of polyeurathane seal
Big thanks to Tony O. whose vision and hard work really made this kitchen a reality.