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Showing posts with label kitchen_remodel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kitchen_remodel. Show all posts

Dec 7, 2012

The Big Kitchen Reveal: Before and After

I thought I'd start off the big kitchen remodel reveal with some photos of our house when we first viewed it (back when it had pink carpet and a different owner).
The kitchen also had chicken themed decor. It was charming, but so opposite of our style. We were excited to dig in. In fact, we ripped up the pink carpet within about 3 minutes of getting the keys and walking through the door. Duncan refinished the hardwood floors beneath the pepto pink carpet the week before we moved in.
Now for a few 'middle' photos. We lived in our house for a year before the remodel so here you can see a bit more of the kitchen during that time. We really didn't mind the look of the kitchen (minus the chicken wall paper), but there wasn't nearly enough storage or counter space.
Here's one of the two walls we removed.
Now for the exciting stuff! We opened up the entire space by taking down the walls that separated the kitchen from the dining and living room. This required a new beam that we left exposed and posts that go down into the foundation (in the basement).
The black and white floor was a must. Duncan and I love dancing in the kitchen and we've always dreamed about having an awesome black and white checkerboard floor. We put our own twist on it by doing rectangle tiles instead of squares. We figured the shinier the better and went with porcelain tile. The surround sound speakers in ceiling are awesome for dance parties too.
The countertops are granite, black pearl granite to be exact. We went with white subway tiles with gray grout for the back splash. The cabinets are Ikea (we saved big with their annual kitchen sale).
We kept the sink in the same location and kept the existing windows as well (both big money savers). I am so in love with our huge single basin sink. It's amazing! The faucet with touch technology is one of our favorite upgrades.
I have been lusting after a vibrant vintage pendant light for a while and the stars aligned just at the right time with this find. We removed the gold chain to update it a bit. It casts an amazingly warm glow over our dining room table.
We have plans to liven up the area under the bar overhang (behind where the stools are). I'll be sure to share that project once we tackle it.
We went with open corner shelving so we'd have space to display some of our favorite things and brighten up the otherwise all black and white kitchen.
We have so much more storage now it's incredible. All of our serving pieces are right upstairs next to the dining room instead of collecting dust in the basement. We also got a nifty outlet with two USB plugs and a regular outlet for all our charging needs.
And here's one last angle for good measure. Please note that gorgeous dining room table over on the left. That was Duncan's first adventure in furniture making and it turned out beautifully. It's made out of the wood from the original wood beam we replaced. The house was built in 1946 so it's pretty sweet to have used an old piece of reclaimed wood that has some history behind it. We bought the hair pins legs on Etsy from Hair Pin Love.
I'll be back soon with photos of the rest of the living room including our newly blue fireplace!
If you're in the Seattle area and are looking for a contractor I can't say enough good things about ours, Adam and Wally with Alder Building & Renovation. Shoot me an email if you'd like me to make an introduction!

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Dec 3, 2012

Remodel Sneak Peek

The dark, wintery Seattle days are making it tough to get bright house tour photos of our finally finished remodel. So while I wait for that perfect timing of light through the windows partnered with a clean kitchen I though I'd share a couple of sneak peeks.

First up is the amazing table Duncan made from the original support beam we removed from between our kitchen and living room (we replaced it with a more sound, exposed beam). I bought legs from Hair Pin Love on Etsy.

The next little preview is in our hallway. We had a little bit of extra space to create a very narrow shelving unit so we had our contractor make it fit four shelves of records. The skateboard image inspired the ombre organization.

I bought and made these curtains for the corner of our kitchen all in one day. I normally purchase the fabric and then let it sit around for a good few months before I do anything with it.
Well that's it for now. I hope to be back very soon with a full tour of our now fully open kitchen/living/dining room.

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Jul 30, 2012

Walls Coming Down

A year ago we had just closed on our house and were working on refinishing the hardwood floors that had been hiding under pink carpet for years. Now we're getting nice and dusty once again as we embark on our first major project - a kitchen remodel! On Saturday five of our friends came over and helped us tear down our kitchen and the walls that separate it from our living and dining room.
We crowbarred, sledge hammered and sawzalled our way through the walls, countertops and cabinets.
Check out the floors that were hiding away under the pergo flooring we had been living with. It's a nice tour of flooring through the years, isn't it?!
Duncan and I were on our own for day two. We tackled the ceiling with our full on head, eye and respiratory protection.
Now you can stand in the front yard and see all the way through to the back yard! It's going to be so amazing!
The professionals are coming in today to start with the hard stuff. They're hoping to have the new support beam in by the end of the week so the rest of the studs can come on down, opening it up for good. I can't wait to see the progress and keep you updated as we move through the project.

Olive's not not a fan of being locked in one room for safety reasons, but she's being a trooper. Poor Indy is worried sick though. He's ready for the noise to stop.

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