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I thought I would share a quick look at our kitchen for a change. The photos should enlarge if you click on them. This really was a design on a dime project and I so wish I had "before" shots of it. When we bought our house, the kitchen was living smack dab in the 1970s with ugly yellow-brown wood cabinets and harvest gold tile with white grout. The appliances were black which did nothing to improve the space, either.
Initially, I lived with the ugly wood cabinets and wallpapered the small portions of wall in a check that I thought would be cheerful and fun (big, big mistake!!!). We also replaced the lovely gold tile with simple white tiles since I was pregnant and could not bear to look at the gold everywhere without feeling nauseous!
Shortly thereafter, we replaced the hardwood flooring with a more traditional variety. Later we painted the wood cabinets white and replaced the appliances with their white equivalents.
The all-white look worked well for a while and we ripped off the wallpaper and painted the walls a simple yellow.
It took some convincing, but I had my husband put oil rubbed bronze door pulls and knobs on all the cabinetry. That made a big impact to me.
I realize I am picky (to say the least), but when the tile grout got yucky and was cracking, I began looking at granite to replace it all. I found this gorgous piece and had to convince the owner of the slab shop that it would look wonderful with white cabinets. He did not believe me until he came when the job was finished to take photos! :)
The backsplash is travertine and I had small squares of the granite mixed in...
Oh...a comment on this cooktop...BAD IDEA. The original kitchen had a Jenn-Air range with a downdraft and thus this is what I went with again for replacing it. Initially the beautiful white glass cooktop seemed perfect....until...I...needed...to...clean...it! I will never recommend a white glass cooktop to anyone!!!!
By the way, if anyone is wondering, the layout of the kitchen and patio directly behind the kitchen does not permit me to have a gas stove!!!! UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!! This will be one of my requirements for the next house (which I am planning to make a beach cottage)... A GAS STOVE!
The coffee bar below....I purchased the silver tray for $2 at a consignment store...
One thing I do like is the huge window overlooking The Little Backyard which gives a serious feeling of openness to this space.
Accessories....I used to have a lot of red going on in this room (hence the toaster...), but I am over that phase and moving onward to something else...
Does anyone else have one of these crazy pigs? I guess I am glad that I still love him. :)
Hard to get the paint right on camera, but it is basically a butter yellow called Ivory Coat from Dunn and Edwards...
So...I have this open space going on between my kitchen and a drop down family room. Years ago I had a shelf made above it which stashes my teapot collection...only now the last thing I want to look at are teapots so they need to retire somewhere soon.
On the right is a large pantry which has served us well (I have 2 teenage boys!). Kitchen table and chairs from Pottery Barn.
Thanks for stopping by my kitchen! How about some coffee? :)
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