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The Big Kitchen Reveal!

by Stephanie on April 18, 2012

I Love It!

After dreaming about and planning a new kitchen for almost 7 years, it is finally finished!  The pickled pink cabinets have been replaced by beautiful, warm maple wood cabinets.  The green laminate countertops will never been seen again, instead I am in love with my new granite topped island and miles and miles of countertops. 

There are a few minor things left to finish, like getting the glass installed on the upper cabinet on the right and some trim work but I can finally say that my kitchen is 95% complete.  Since I couldn’t stand it anymore, I had to show you the pictures.

Drumroll please… I proudly present our newly remodeled kitchen!

 Kitchen After (14)

To truly appreciate all the changes that took place, I have to show you before and after pictures.  Before, our kitchen was very boring and bland.  The light cabinets always looked washed out and nothing really tied the kitchen all together. 

Before and After…

Kitchen Before (1)

Kitchen After (2)

Now the kitchen feels warm and inviting.  The addition of the center island gives me more counter space and this is where I prep all of our meals now.  It is also the perfect place to bake with the kids.  I can pull up stools on either side of the island and they can both help me without shoving each other off their stools (yes, this happened on a regular basis before).

 Before and After…

Kitchen Before (10)

Kitchen After (3)

Every kitchen can use extra storage.  Before I used to store all of our craft and art supplies in plastic bins on top of the refrigerator.  Now I can hide these bins in the large cabinets that were installed over the refrigerator.  My husband is also thrilled that the clutter on the side of the refrigerator is gone.  However, we plan to add a magnetic board to my son’s room so he can still play with his alphabet magnets. 

 Before and After…

Kitchen Before (3)

Kitchen After (4)

Getting most of the clutter off the countertops was another big goal in our new kitchen.  The deep, double-sided sink allows us to hide our dirty dishes and still has room on the other side to conceal a drying rack for clean dishes.  I still plan on replacing the blinds and putting up valances in the next few months. 

 Before and After…

Kitchen Before (7)

Kitchen After (6)

One of the biggest benefits to living in our house for several years before we remodeled was that I could solve some of our storage challenges.  In the picture above, I replaced a single cabinet with three drawers so the bottom two drawers are used for Tupperware storage.  Instead of stacks of Tupperware and lids that would get lost in the large cabinet, now everything is easy to find in the drawers. 

 Before and After…

Kitchen Before (4)

Kitchen After (13)

Before we stored our wine in a decorative holder on top of the counter, with a few more bottles in the refrigerator.  We replaced one of the cabinets with a wine cooler that holds up to 42 bottles!  Don’t worry, there is a key to lock the wine cooler so I can keep the kids out of it when they get older.  We also plan to add a wine glass holder under the cabinet for more wine glasses.  Previously I kept a laptop on the counter to look up recipes when I was cooking.  Unfortunately the laptop died and I have not replaced it.  However, I now prefer to print out my recipes and use a cookbook holder instead.  

Kitchen After (8)

Here is another view of the wine fridge.  Now if we can just get an electrician out the install an oulet in the wall, we could actually plug it in!

 Before and After…

Kitchen Before (5)

Kitchen After (9)

Remember this one?  I lived with this broken drawer front for about four months.  It had nails sticking out of it and of course when I would tell the kids NOT to touch it, they had to put their little fingers all over it.  Another great feature we added was soft-close latches to all the drawers and cabinet doors. You will never hear another cabinet door slam shut in our kitchen! 

 Before and After… 

Kitchen Before (11)

Kitchen After (15)

Although it is hard to tell from this angle, we added about 5-6 inches of countertop space to the bar area.  This makes it easier for my husband and kids to sit at the stools and eat breakfast or a snack.  It is now my daughter’s favorite place to sit and watch me make pancakes on Sunday mornings. 

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that my kitchen is complete.  Living with the old, outdated, drab kitchen for seven years makes me appreciate every inch of our newly remodeled kitchen.  In the four weeks it took to complete and during that time we mainly lived off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit and dry cereal.  Last night I was finally able to cook my first meal in my newly remodeled kitchen and I loved it!  Now I can get back to sharing some new recipes with you and posting pictures of food again soon! 

Do you dream about remodeling your kitchen?  What is your favorite (or least favorite) part of your current kitchen?  My favorites are my countertops, deep sink and the island.

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