Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kitchen Before and After Pictures

The kitchen was the first renovation that we tackled, and the most major to date. As I mentioned, in the dining room post, we tore down the wall  that was in between the dining room and the kitchen to really open up the space and give us a ton of much needed counter top space. I wish I had more before pictures to show you how truly awful the original kitchen was.

We gutted the old kitchen and replaced everything from the wiring, to the walls, to the floor, and even the back door. The only thing we kept was the fridge!  To see my posts about the progress of the kitchen renos, click here. We still have a few things left to do here and there (as always, it seems impossible to completely finish a room)!

See how nice and open it is without a wall there? For additional storage space (cabinet spots were limited) I bought the Belmont Kitchen Island from Crate & Barrel (pictured on the right). It gives me just the additional storage space that I need and is great to house bigger items (like my dutch ovens and baking dishes). Plus, I have a little extra "counter top" space on the top of it.


We had to keep the layout fairly similar to how it was before but tried to utilize the space to get in as many cabinets as possible. We got extra tall cabinets, and put one up in every inch that we could. We even added the small cabinet over the peninsula which is great for showcasing glasses or dinnerware.




By getting rid of the wall stove, and putting in a microwave over the range, we added a lot more counter top and cabinet space. Cabinet space is especially essential since we don't have a pantry.

 I love the peninsula, it gives me such a large place to prep. This is where I do the majority of my prepping. It is also has an overhang for a counter top bar. We use the counter top bar every day.


 We expanded that completely functionless area to create as much storage as possible in the peninsula and added the pendant lights over top of it.

As you can see, we still need to finish off that light switch box. We had to move the wiring that was in the wall that was torn down and add a switch somewhere, this was the best spot for it but I think we are still trying to figure out the best way to finish it off.

I keep the dog food in those two canisters since we have no pantry or place to hide it. I got the canisters from

There you have it! It was one intense and long DIY project but it was well worth it in the end. I think it took us (us being Casey, my dad, and me) about 4 months from the time it was gutted to the time it was up and functional. That was a looong 4 months! The only professional people who worked on it were the people who installed the granite. Everything else was 100% DIY.

Done: new walls, re-wired, painted, new moulding, added light above sink and pendant lights, new granite floors, new cabinets, new appliances, new granite counter top, new sink/faucet/disposal, subway tile back splash, painted walls and ceiling, new window, new vents/switches/outlets, under cabinet lighting, new ceiling light fixture, new back door

To-do: finish off light switch, finish boxing in the cabinets in a few areas, finish off transition between stove and dishwasher, install glass in open cabinets, finished off area below back door, finish off area around the window

Visit the renovations tab to see the rest of our before and after pics! Coming next, before and afters of our finished back patio area!

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Christina said... [Reply to comment]

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Christina said... [Reply to comment]

Sarah said: Wow! What a huge transformation. Your kitchen looks great, my favorite is the brick wall and your beautiful backsplash. I bet your so happy.
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Christina said... [Reply to comment]

cheryl said: WOW! I am in love. Great re-do. Loving your blog, thanks for stopping by mine. I am adding you to my link list. Have a great day!

Christina said... [Reply to comment]

thejoymonkeywrench said: love love love it! the bare brick is beautiful. great job

Christina said... [Reply to comment]

Anne said: oh i love that!! the apple green is just enough bunch for a big impact!! i bet you are loving it!

Christina said... [Reply to comment]

omgyummy said: Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love the renovation, especially the contrast of the black and green and how you opened it up. Nice! We gutted our kitchen a couple years ago but no time for DIY. I am very impressed.

Christina said... [Reply to comment]

@thelushers said: Y'all did a great job! I love the finished project! I had those same awful cabinets in my townhouse when I bought it....they were the first thing to go!

Christina said... [Reply to comment]

fit+crafty said: I LOVE your kitchen. I still love that green, so pretty! You and your hubs are amazing at the re-do thing, great job!

-Kasey said... [Reply to comment]

Oh wow. Love, love, love your Kitchen. I'm not usually a fan of that bright of a green but it looks totally awesome in your Kitchen and really gives it some character!

Julie said... [Reply to comment]

I want your kitchen. I so need to redo our cabinets. We can't afford new ones and am afraid to paint them. Just not sure. But I do love your kitchen. Thank you for sharing.
Take care and have a safe and blessed Friday.

STYLIZIMO said... [Reply to comment]

Wow! What an incredible change! It looks so fresh and cool now - I love it!

Wish you a lovely weekend!

Amanda said... [Reply to comment]

Love the green! It looks amazing! What a difference!

Stopping by from SITS.

Mandy said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my word!!! I LOVE your kitchen! You guys did an amazing job!

Me, Myself and Pie said... [Reply to comment]

Just beautiful. The green looks wonderful with the black and white and the exposed brick. Jealous!

MySaggyButt said... [Reply to comment]

What an awesome transformation! And you guys did it yourselves...bravo to a job well done ... :) Love the colours.

Christy said... [Reply to comment]

really, really gorgeous. i love the exposed brick with the black and is modern and warm all at the same time. you should be very proud!

Daria @MomInManagement said... [Reply to comment]

What a great kitchen you created! My husband and I have redone 4 kitchens now, so I am well aware of how much time and effort that took. Job well done!


Kim said... [Reply to comment]

You did a great's fabulous!! The green color is great and the exposed brick wall!!

Emily said... [Reply to comment]

You did an amazing job! The colors, the work, the layout... looks beautiful!!! LOVE IT!

emily said... [Reply to comment]

i love your kitchen. espeically the bright green and the brick wall.

amazing redo!

Taylor said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my your kitchen!!!

Stephanie said... [Reply to comment]

Such a great transformation! You did an amazing job, it really came out great. Love the pop of green!

Dawn said... [Reply to comment]

I love, love, love the kitchen! What color is that paint?

Christina said... [Reply to comment]

@Dawn Thanks Dawn! The color is Benjamin Moore Jalapeno. It is such a fun color!

Dawn said... [Reply to comment]

Coming by from SITS and thought maybe I already posted and didn't know it... but that was a different Dawn , whew!

I love what you did with the kitchen. Being in the MD/DC area I know how hard it can be to get things to fit, and look like they belong, in those row homes. And finding enough counter and storage space? Takes a frickin miracle... or a really nice peninsula :)
The floors... I really want to do granite but it's so heavy. Did you have to reinforce the floor or was the space small enough that the load would not be too much for the floor joists?
Yes, I am a DIYer too... and have grown to hate my ceramic tile kitchen floor that I loved 8 years ago. Before the grout got all yucky and the kids found out a spoon CAN dig it out.

Christina said... [Reply to comment]

@Dawn Thanks, Dawn! We did not have to reinforce the floor. We just had the wood subfloor and then put down the backer boards before putting down the tile. But, our kitchen doesn't have a basement underneath it.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said... [Reply to comment]

Nice job! I love the bold color and your lighting is a spectacular choice.

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said... [Reply to comment]

Christina, that is a huge undertaking. I just love how you added the green. I think it really makes the white pop.

Christina said... [Reply to comment]

@whatsfordinneracrossstatelines Thank you!

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said... [Reply to comment]

A brick wall in your kitchen? How cool is that!! I love the lime color you chose~ it's so happy and cheerful!

TheSavvyKitchen said... [Reply to comment]

These transformations are incredible. I absolutely love your new kitchen! It's gorgeous!

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