|Kitchen viewed from Living Room|
I probably should have removed the dish towel and the magnets off the fridge, and maybe cleared off the table, but the sun was just right in the sky, so I dashed off a few shots before the rains come.
|Dining Area viewed from the kitchen door.|
It was a U-shaped kitchen, but the refrigerator sat in front of the window (which is behind me here), which really limited light, and the dishwasher rendered most of the lower cabinets useless. All the drawers were falling apart, and there was a bad odor coming from mold which was growing behind the dishwasher and on the old sub-floor. Ugh.
We replaced the grungy vinyl floor with more oak hardwood that was interlaced with that in the dining room, then it was all stained with Minwax Cherry stain and finished with a polyurethane. We also hung new sheet rock on the ceiling to make the transition between the rooms seamless, and finished off with new crown molding (painted with Behr semi gloss in Gypsum).
At first, I was pretty committed to painting that accent wall a deep plum, and add a dark plum accent band in the tiling on the kitchen walls to pick up the colors in the granite. We bought the accent pieces, and I went to Home Depot to mix up a gallon of the shade of plum I wanted. But, there was this deep navy color that my eyes kept wandering off to. So, instead, I bought a sample pint of each color and brought them home to try out. We painted sample blotches of each on the wall and lived with them for a couple of days after which, we both agreed that we LOVED, not just liked, but LOVED the blue (Behr flat enamel in Nobility Blue). So we took all the plum accent tiles back to the store and started all over again. Yup, went with black instead. Surprise -- teehee.
|Kitchen cooking area|
The counters are "granite" with dark streaks of plum-colored garnet running on a diagonal through the white/grey field. Sorry, I've no close-up picture, but maybe you can see it a bit in this one.
Funny how just one design decision can cascade all the way through the project.
|Kitchen Light over the sink, hate how Google reverts this back onto its side|
The other major thing we did was to replace the window in the dining room with a french door leading outside to a deck, yet to be built. It added a tremendous amount of light and ambiance to this space, that we just love. All in all, this turned out better than I imagined. Its a pleasure now to use the kitchen and sit down for coffee an a chat, or play a game of scrabble/poker/Chinese checkers. Even on rainy days, the space retains it's easy breezy feeling.
Next installment: probably something about my sewing room....
Below are some before pictures.