Since we haven’t done an actual kitchen progress update since January (bad bloggers!), we thought it would be fun to show you some of what we’ve finished and what we’re still working on.
First – just to ‘set the stage’ – let’s have a look at what the kitchen looked like before.
That was the realtor photo. Here’s what it looked like after we started working on it a bit and had added our industrial shelving as a pantry, as well as a few new base cabinets to create a breakfast bar/island type configuration.
And right now it looks like this overall.
Pretty big changes…and so much brighter already!
As you can see we have some of the cupboards painted white (we also spray painted the old door handles in matte black)…this second go-round turned out much better than our first attempt.
But we have all the uppers yet to finish. Excuse the mess, despite renovating we still have to use the kitchen daily.
Of course our open pantry storage got a little more organized.
I’ve also wanted open wall shelves in the kitchen for a long time. Dean made the brackets from the leftover counter material (similar brackets are available at Ikea) the wood is just new wood made to look old. But it adds such a vintage industrial look to the space over the coffee maker and kettle.
*To see how we aged new wood to make it look old on our pantry shelves (above) and our open shelves (below) click here.
The island/breakfast bar is still a total work in progress as far as finishing work goes. Dean is creating some hidden storage for large items like serving platters, trays and chargers in the cavity in the corner. There will be shelves and all the beadboard will be trimmed out and painted white like the cupboards, with the door blending right into the trim work! My man is brilliant like that!
Dean also has to caulk where the new stainless steel counter tops meet the new subway tile backsplash. #itshappeningtonight
Our to do list is still a little extensive…with a few forgotten additions over last time.
- paint the existing cabinets (We’re more than halfway there!)
- add trim to the breakfast bar
- paint breakfast bar trim
- add kick to new cabinets
level the mini fridge! install the stainless steel counter tops spray paint the existing handles and add new drawer pulls install subway tile backsplash change light fixture over the breakfast bar change light fixture over the sink
- figure out new window coverings (we overlook our neighbors side door)
paint window frame install garbage a recycling pulloutsChange of plan with this one install open shelving on wall over mini fridge for glasses and mugs
- caulk around counter top
- add crown molding to the bulkhead
- clean everything!
But we are infinitely closer to the finish line. And I can’t wait!
What do you think of the kitchen renovation so far?