Oh yes...our "before" kitchen was quite something! With the original 1955 (the year it was built) metal cabinets...back in the '50s metal cabinets were considered "the thing" to have; wood was not quite as "modern". Then there was some rethinking, and wood fronts were put on the metal frames.
I did not care about all that when we bought the house.
All I cared about was the pop out "eat in" space that looked out to the trees and the mountain. A cup of cocoa and good conversation at the kitchen table on a snowy day while baking something that smells wonderful would be my idea of bliss!
The red color actually made me quite happy. The old style kitchen was fine with me...but eventual resale sensibility required that we take advantage of B.'s GE employee discount and get new appliances and renovate the whole kitchen. The tile floor would be replaced to oak to match the rest of the house
The bathroom and the kitchen had the same tile floor!
I liked the metal trim on the original white kitchen counter tops. While usually a sink with no window is not desirable, I didn't mind; the dirty dishes will just be popped into a dishwasher anyway.
The second pocket door is just to the right of the dishwasher. It leads to the hallway.
We closed escrow on the house on Dec. 31, 2008. Then about three weeks later...one day we had a red functioning kitchen, and a day later we had this mess.
It was supposed to be a 45 day long renovation. It lasted until June 20th, a little over six months time. It seemed like the house would never have a working kitchen again.
The wall in the picture above is the wall where the kitchen sink was. You can see through to the bathroom, which was also gutted at the same time.
Our appliance were delivered in January and lived in our living room, or on our deck from January until April I think. Grrr...
Thank heavens we at least had a working refrigerator in the garage.
Eventually the kitchen got wired, and drywalled.
And Gail was able to come out to help me paint, make me laugh, and be the best friend that anyone could ever want.
We painted the kitchen a white that is actually a creamy golden yellow...Gail is working on the white base coat I think.
The kitchen looked like this from Feb. until May.
We had the door and drawer front custom built. We had seen doors that we liked, and had a modified version of them made, with plain rather than mitered edge to save money. My goal was to have as simple of a door as I could, short of having just a slab door.
I pointed out the wipes. No, you can't just use a paper towel or rag. You can't just use any kitchen cleaner. You have to use a SPECIAL cleaner. And you have to wipe every inch of the stainless or it will look streaky.
What did I like about the range so much that I was willing to go with stainless?
The black glass top range for one. I have had enough of wiping down burner and plates and spills and whatnot. Hated the wobbly electric burner elements. A flat piece of glass to cook on works for me.
I liked that there is a "bridge" burner option. When I want to use a griddle for pancakes or french toast, I turn on the bridge option and the space between the two side burners also heats up. Sweet.
I like that I have the choice of convection oven or regular oven, and that I have a small second oven under the main oven that I can use as a drawer as well.
Don't hold your breath until when that should happen though. Baking in three ovens at once? Not going to happen.
Unless my foodie/loves to cook son and daughter-in-law decide to take over the kitchen for some grand meal preparation.
Anytime Rachel and Jeff...any time at all!.
Planning for a pantry was interesting. There was no logical place for one. However, while we had the cabinet doors and drawer fronts custom made, the cabinets themselves are IKEA products.
Check this out: the IKEA cabinet front pulls open, and inside are shelves that also pull out.
And since the kitchen has two pocket doors (this one is the one in the hall) there were no worries of blocking entrance to the kitchen when the pantry or the dishwasher was open.
All the cabinets will eventually have the same slide out feature. We just need to retro fit that feature in...something I wasn't up to doing until after I got my "stuff' put away.
All the doors and drawer have the "soft close' feature that make the door or drawer glide to close softly and quietly. It is impossible to slam any of the doors or drawers shut.
We got a new door and the door window has a shade inside the glass. Very cool, and absolutely rediculous...um...notice the windows without shades right next to it?
Hello.....what were we thinking?
But it is a fun feature to show off.
The door and window casings were switched to match the oak floor, as were the floor moulding.
Another "didn't want": a water dispenser on the refrigerator door. Unsanitary in my opinion.
Well, I've changed my mind. I like it now, even if it does spew crushed ice on the floor if you don't pay attention when filling your glass. I've made a point of keeping the dispenser disinfected regularly, and what the heck, it IS just us two 99% of the time anyway.
It cracks me up that it tells me exactly how many ounces of water I have filled my glass with. Handy feature for cooking though.
Bernie was able to get absolutely killer prices on the GE appliances as an employee. The appliances also had rebates on top of that. It only made sense to go with the top of the line appliances when we could get them at rock bottom prices.
Hart has come into the kitchen to help give you some perspective on the size of the place...
The single overhead light in the kitchen has been replaced with six can lights in the kitchen ceiling and two lights over the pop out. Plus there is under cabinet lighting as well.
I can see to cook for a change instead of working in the shadows of a single overhead light.
The long lower cabinet next to the window has the same feature as the pantry. The door front pulls open and there are three sliding shelves inside.
The pocket door to the dining room. The prints on the wall were purchased on our 25th anniversary Alaskan cruise.
About the trash container. It took prodding to make me spend the money on the foot lever controlled stainless trash can, but I have to admit I wish I had had that style of trash can all along. The plastic ones are no match...and this one should last for the rest of my life at the very least. For once I don't mind having a trash can in view in the kitchen.