Kitchen Makeover - The Before and My Inspiration

I don't think I've mentioned it yet here but I have started a kitchen remodel/makeover! I have a lot of work ahead of me and it will definitely take some time but I thought I'd share the before pictures and some of my inspiration!

Kitchen remodel before pictures and inspiration

Here are some of the before pictures.

I had already torn off the backsplash tiles in these pictures.


These are the original 1960's plywood cabinets. My contractor tells me they were built in place back then unlike cabinets nowadays that you buy assembled and install on site.


There was a dishwasher here when I bought the house almost 3 years ago but it didn't work so this one was a Craigslist freebie that my dad and I installed. It was SO loud that I had to leave whenever I needed to wash dishes!

It was also in a weird spot and I could not stand at the sink and load dishes if the dishwasher door was open. I also could not get to the garbage with the dishwasher open!


This was my sink. The whole counter where this sat was not level so the water pooled in the right side of the sink and left water stains.


These drawers were oddly placed... you could not open both the left and right drawers at the same time!


I do have plenty of cabinet space though. Like I said, I've lived here almost 3 years and I still have empty cupboard space!!




So, I hired a contractor to level up all the cabinets, switch one bank of drawers with the dishwasher, and install a new farmhouse sink and countertops!

Here are some of the "during" shots:

Off with the old counters! The sink and dishwasher went bye-bye!



Then one bank of drawers was relocated to where the dishwasher was.


See? Now there is only one set of drawers here!


New wood was put down for the counters.



And my new farmhouse sink was installed!!! It was a little on the expensive side but I figured I am at the point in my life where I deserve nice things now and then!


Boy am I glad too! This sink is SO nice! I gave the dog a bath in here already, it was so nice to not have to lean over the bathtub anymore!


It's an Elkay that I ordered from Lowe's.


And the faucet is also from Lowe's.


I found my new dishwasher at a local appliance store in their scratch and dent section. It was originally priced at $1,200 and I got it for just over $500 with tax. The only thing wrong with it is a tiny scratch on the top of the door and a little piece of chipped plastic inside!


We ran into a bit of an issue after it was installed though... no one considered that the dishwasher might have a handle!!



So the drawers all had to be shortened up a bit so they would open!

I did try and get the contractor to pick up the dishwasher very early on but after asking about it over 8 times I started to feel like a nag! They waited until the last day to bring it and then this happened! Had it been here earlier maybe... just maybe... someone would have measured it?? Or seen that it had a handle??? Just sayin'!! MEN!



Here is a closeup of my new counters. I went with Formica for cost reasons.


I also had this three pendant light fixture installed above the bar.



Now, I'll share my inspiration for the rest of the plan for the kitchen!

I have ordered the tile and cabinet hardware in this collage.

Since I am keeping it neutral (because I know myself... I get bored easily and like to change things) I wanted some excitement. The tile will be used behind the stove as a dramatic pop. You can see kind of how it will look in the bottom right picture. It will ONLY go behind the stove though. I am thinking of beadboard for the rest of the backsplash.

The cup/bin pulls will go on the drawers and the mushroom knobs will go on the cabinets.


Take a look at the top left picture in the collage below... I will be painting the base cabinets gray and the upper cabinets white like this kitchen.

Speaking of cabinets... see the bottom left and right pictures? I will be adding trim to my cabinets like this before I paint them and I will be removing the doors on some of the uppers to create open shelving like this.

And I love the look of the mis-matched pendant lights!

Sources:
Gray/White Painted Kitchen
Cabinets Turned Open Shelves
Elizabeth Burns Design - Kitchen Cabinet Makeover
Mismatched Pendant Lights
That's all for now! As soon as I get the tile I ordered I'll be able to get the paint to start painting!