Oct 26, 2010

Before and After Kitchen Remodel

After nearly two months of not blogging and an entire summer of cooking in my garage I am back with before and after pictures of our kitchen remodel.

As with most remodeling projects it was a mixed bag of stress and excitement.  There were several bumps in the roads but in the end we ended up with a kitchen that is both functional and beautiful.

So lets get the party started!

Here is my old 12'x9' kitchen.  I feel compelled to explain that the choice of paint color was from 2000.  That terracota color was all the rage in 2000 (really).   Reid and Kate were both toddlers when I took on the insane task of painting the cabinets so it took me forever to finish. What was I thinking?


Ahhhh, my lovely ancient wall oven. When we moved into the house in 1994 we discovered that the glides on the broiler were broken.  No biggie, you could use it you just had to be really careful pulling it out (so it didn't land on your toes).

When Reid became a toddler she discovered that yanking on the broiler draw was fun.  So in a moment of desperation I taped the drawer shut with packing tape.  Check out the classy tape residue on the sides of the broiler.  Clear evidence of my stellar child proofing skills.


Here is what the kitchen looked like right before we left on our three week road trip.  The contractor wasn't supposed to start the demo until we got back, but he had a delay in another job and was able to start while we were gone!

Let me tell you how fun it was to pack up the kitchen in two days and get packed for a three week road trip!  Lucky me!


Out with the old and in with the new!  While you wow and marvel at the new kitchen let me first say that the cabinets are not black.  They are really dark brown. 


I love the arch over the window, but what I really love is my Grohe Lady Lux faucet.  She is so shiny and sleek and the water flow......like butter. 


This is the view from the garage entrance.  Vaulting the ceiling gave our 1959 house a completely modern feel.  Totally worth the extra money.  Oh and the pendant lights.........beauties if I do say so myself.



In the back ground you can see the new Viking Range.  We opted for the range route because it was going to give us more storage space.  I can't say I miss the wall oven. 

Looking at my old kitchen I never could have imagined that what you see before you was possible.  It is an absolute joy to cook in.

I hope you have enjoyed the long awaited unveiling of my new kitchen.  You are all invited over for my next dinner party.

Cheers!

57 comments:

sara said...

oh my gosh it is GORGEOUS!!! My husband is going to dislike you because now I NEED to remodel MINE!!! :)

angie said...

Wow, wow and wow. It looks spectacular. Bet you've been spending a TON of time in your new kitchen. Excellent choices. Seriously, in love with it!

robin said...

Amazing! I can't believe that's the same space!
PS LOVE the subway tile! Nice touch.

Jenners said...

Wow!! It looks amazing! It is hard to believe it is the same space. It looks so completely different! Really really well done.

(And welcome back by the way!)

Jen said...

Holy Awesomeness!!! I think it is worth a trip to Cali to see it in person!

4thelove! said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!! the before and after is amazing. I want this kitchen!!!!

K said...

1. I am glad you are "back"!
2. BEE-YOU-ti-full!! I especially love the pendant lights, too.
3. repeating to self: thou shalt not covet, thou shalt not covet...

:-)
k

K said...

PS- when is dinner? :-)

Michelle said...

For you K......Dinner is anytime you can get here. :)

Mamarazzi said...

it's like a dream. gorgeous, gorgeous!!

Buckeroomama said...

Oh my!!!! LOVE! What a great makeover. I bet even the food cooked in this new kitchen would taste better. :)

Danielle said...

love.love.love ur kitchen! beautiful.

Julie Brooks said...

AMAZING transformation!!! LOVE the new kitchen~!!! I'll have to find a way to make it down your way to break some bread with you in that there pretty kitchen! =)

Mari said...

It is incredible! I can't even see how that came from the old one.
I think it was definitely worth the wait!

Tina said...

It's gorgeous Michelle! I love it!!!!!

Indrani said...

Wow! Congrats! Great job done and happy cooking. :)

Kathy said...

Well, no wonder you haven't been blogging. You've been breaking in that beautiful new gourmet kitchen. It's absolutely gorgeous and I wish you many happy meals!

Elaine A. said...

Seriously? I mean SERIOUSLY????? Michelle, it is so beautiful and wonderful and gorgeous. Just WOW. Can't wait for that dinner party... ;)

Erin said...

OMG Michelle, I am so jealous! Your kitchen is gorgeous! I wish I had a nice open kitchen like that, we are stuck with a galley style kitchen!

blueviolet said...

That is showroom beautiful and you are one lucky lady. GORGEOUS!

sara said...

hey! just wanted to let you know that the gluten free noodles were great! you could not even tell a difference. And the nice thing about it was that they were boil free too!!!

Whimsical Creations said...

I am just speechless! OH MY!! It just looks BEAUTIFUL!!

Dishesdone said...

Beautiful! A gorgeous transformation!

Typical Suburban Family said...

WOW!!! That is amazing! What an awesome new kitchen you have. LOVE it!!!

Amanda D said...

It's beautiful! I would never leave the kitchen if I was you.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

OMGoodness! LOVE it. Enjoy!!

Susie said...

Wow! What a dramatic change!

The Sharp's said...

Wow! That looks absolutely amazing! I would say a job WELL done!!!

Angie said...

WOW! This is by far the best before/after remodel I have seen online. Amazing job!!!!

Found you from Wordless Wednesday! :)

Shannon said...

Absolutely gorgeous! What a change... I love everything, the cabinet color, the new floor, the range... everything!

scrappysue said...

oh wow michelle -that's an amazing transformation! you must love coming in there every morning.

also love the new header - how u do that!?!?!?

scrappysue said...

oh wow michelle -that's an amazing transformation! you must love coming in there every morning.

also love the new header - how u do that!?!?!?

Midwest Mommy said...

I now suffer from kitchen envy.

Muthering Heights said...

It looks AMAZING!!!

Christina said...

I love the layout of your new kitchen! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your new space!

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

WELCOME BACK!! (I was just thinking about you the other day!!)

I have to admit that I actually gasped when I saw your kitchen!! Really it is my dream kitchen - all the storage!!!

Tiaras said...

is ti gorgeous - have you slept in there yet? (hee hee)

bentonflocke said...

OMG - the remodeling turned out fantastic!!
Enjoy your new kitchen paradise

EG Wow said...

Congratulations, Michelle! It looks fabulous and I am sooo jealous!

The Blue Zoo said...

Yay youre back!! I was totally just thinking about you the other day.

I LOVE the new kitchen. It looks like it came straight out of a magazine. Amazing!!

RhondaLue said...

UH.MAY.ZINGGGGG!!!!! BEAUTIFUL JOB!!! :) I bet you can't wait to go to your kitchen every day!! :)

sara said...

Michelle, what camera do you use? I am thinking of getting a "real" camera for my birthday, but don't know which way to go.

Kristi said...

Gorgeous!! How happy you must be!!
PS My bro had his kitchen redone 2 years ago and it looks VERY similar is layout!!

A1-affordable said...

that is a beautiful kitchen. nice job.

bruce
www.A1-AffordableNow.com
residential-commercial design and remodel

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

One word...GORGEOUS. Ok two...STUNNING. Ok, three...JEALOUS!!!!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
www.mawhats4dinner.com

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

new follower by the way.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
www.mawhats4dinner.com

girlytwins said...

Wow!!! I would sleep in that kitchen it's so awesome. What a difference. You did a great job with it all, it looks fab!! I am in sanely jealous.

Momma@Live. Laugh. Pull your hair out said...

I am coming over for dinner....and just to sit in your beautiful kitchen!

Alicia said...

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT IS JUST AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

K said...

come back... :-)

CDB said...

Wow, wow, wow and wow. You deserve it. This is something out of a catalog (or is it the camera... (: )

Kat said...

WOW! And holy moly!!!! What a gorgeous kitchen! I love everything about it. You must be SO EXCITED it is finished. Aren't you in love? Beautiful!

We just bought a foreclosure property last year and completely gutted it and redid the WHOLE house. It was quite the project but it sure does make it feel like your own. :)


Congrats on your new, gorgeous kitchen!

Candace said...

That is one of the prettiest kitchens that I've ever seen! Great job on that and congratulations! I know you are loving it. I would be. This is from a woman who just moved into a tiny apartment with a two burner hot plate and a toaster oven, I'm so envious. :)

If SHE can figure it out.......... said...

BEAUTIFUL!! We just finished our kitchen as well - so much fun to have a gorgeous new space.

Sue said...

i'll bring the wine! come see my bathroom remodel - just as appealing on the eyes!!!

Lindsay said...

Oh. My. Word.

At first I thought you were totally pulling our legs and just moved or took a pic of someone elses kitchen. That is amazing!! We HAD kind of the same layout as your first kitchen. Now you've got me wishing!

Amazing.

Beautiful.

Sara said...

Wow, gorgeous kitchen, what a change!
I'm sure you're loving this!

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