The main work of the remodel was all completed in the month of February. It took less than four weeks, but the house was covered in sawdust, the walls were open, floors, cabinets and counters were ripped out — and we were living in it all the while. Since I’m writing this after the fact I have basically all good memories and don’t remember how bad it really was. I was here with the workers all day and was expected to be project manager, except when I would say things like “let’s just tile that whole wall”, our contractor would call Steven to tell on me and get his permission… where is my authority!
Here is our kitchen after all that, we still need to get porcelain outlet covers but that’s problematic because we’ll have to change out the outlet styles so they fit in the covers. After posting the photos I’ve realized I need to work on my interior styling, next time I’ll put out a cutting board with some plums on it or something, you know real life stuff. Anyway… what do you think of the changes? It’s hard to even remember this place as a white closed-in kitchen.
Here’s the view from the pantry. We replaced the white ceramic tile floor for vintage wood from the 1960s we got for a steal at the Habitat for Humanity restore. It matches the wood in the rest of our house identically. We kept the cabinets and painted them with a glossy black, which was also used on the new trim and archway moulding.
We tiled the entire wall on the back side of the house because I didn’t like the way it was going to look if we just ended the tile at the left edge of the stove, I love how it turned out.
On the wall with most of our cabinet space, we removed the doors so now it’s a lot easier to get to things, in a small space I like having things within reach.
We used Restoration Hardware’s 8″ and 13″ Duluth bin pulls on the drawers and upper cabinets and the 8″ Aubrey pulls in Antique Brass on the lower cabinets.
I found a vintage brass and crystal curtain tie back to use as a towel hanger while shopping with my mom, sister and aunt Sue down in historic Rosenberg after the renovation was done.
We replaced the white porcelain sink with a singe-basin square edged stainless sink… it’s finally easy to watch our huge pots and pans!