Monday, June 1, 2015

#Microblog Mondays: The MOSTLY Done!

It's been a long two months, but it's been amazing the transformation that's taken place in our kitchen.

Originally we decided to redo the kitchen on the advice of a realtor, when we were thinking of moving a little more imminently. But now, this renovation kind of exploded and is so beautiful that we have to stay for a few more years to get some enjoyment out of it (and recover).

I think it's totally worth it.

Here are two before pictures:

Looking in towards the dining room after we cleaned it all out.
I HATED that wallpaper from the start.
I did not install it. :)

Looking towards the fence, you'll see
a new picture with the same fence but
it looks WAY different. 
So, it seems narrow, yes? And the windows DID NOT OPEN. The over-sink ones because they were old and the casement handles were missing (and no screens), and the big one because it was painted shut by the same person who installed the wallpaper (not me).

Here is the transformation:

Love the tiny tiles accenting behind
the stove... up close they look like
seaglass. And isn't that window area

New pull-sprayer faucet, bump-out window that
makes the whole thing seem sooo much bigger,
and counter-depth fridge so we can walk around
each other. Love that tile. 
Bump out, unobstructed view of the backyard and
The Shed That Bryce Built.

SO MUCH MORE usable space after shrinking
that window. Amazing the difference that
shift made. 

The glorious bookcase. Also hiding the doorway to
the cellar stairs. 

Obviously we will have to repaint the dining room,
can't wait to get that all back to normal.
The floors are slate Pergo, look SO REAL but
are laminate. Sneaky, sneaky.

Looking into the dining room, similar view as a before shot.

I just can't get enough of this After shot to compare with the Before...
Such. A. Difference. 
I am excited for the renovation to be over, to come home to no people in my house, no dust showing up in odd places, no locking-up of the cats in the little room, and no more eating out because our kitchen is Occupied... I swear I have a layer of renovation around my waistline.

The end, until we get it looking a little more lived in, a little less catalog-y.

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  1. Wow! Amazing! I live in fear of kitchen renovation, but you make it look like fun!

  2. Beautiful!!! Well done and congratulations on surviving this renovation! May the time spent in your new area be one that fills you with joy.

  3. It looks great! You must be so pleased. And I'm sure it will be a joy being in it!

  4. What a transformation! I really like how it turned out.

  5. great job! It looks amazing!

  6. I love it! On TV the renos only take a week, they are such liars! Good riddance to that fugly wallpaper!

  7. It looks awesome, and so much bigger!!

  8. WOW! I have total kitchen envy. I can absolutely see why you want to stick around and enjoy that space!

  9. It is stunning. You know I'm coveting your bookcase. You have so many more shelves! I love the whole thing. It makes it look so much bigger.

  10. That's a beautiful kitchen! well done! I am very impressed especially since we are too lazy for any but the most absolutely necessary renovations. I am sure you will appreciate it a lot. The kitchen is such an important space.

  11. Love, love, love the new kitchen. What an amazing improvement. Everything is so beautiful. I hear you on wanting to stay and enjoy the new kitchen a little longer. My biggest regret about our renovations is that we moved out mere months after they were finished. Well done!!

  12. Lovely new kitchen! And you have all summer to enjoy it. :)