Once again, we have to start with the "befores". I can't believe that this was a functioning kitchen for about 50 years. There was only about 3 linear feet of counter space and no real storage. Here's a few shots of her then...
Yeah, that's rust and nicotine on the fridge. It still worked just fine, but I didn't want to touch it. You should have seen some of the expiration dates on items inside. Not pretty! So we put the stove and fridge outside and they were promptly picked up-new homes maybe? Scrap metal maybe?
Let's see some demo-that's always a lot of fun. I will say, the old cabinets were very well built. No taking out a couple of screws and they're down. Oh no, these babies took lots and lots of sledgehammering-definitely a good workout, but not for me. My husband and son-in-law took care of them. By the way-what's your thoughts on the color of the ceiling in that last "before".
It's not a large kitchen. It's not even a medium kitchen. It's actually only 9'4"x10'11". It works really well for us. We opted not to put a dishwasher in. My stove would have been too close to the wall, and the DW could only be 18" wide. Soooo, we do dishes the old fashioned way. I have a really pretty view out the windows, so it's not that bad. Here's how she's looking today-
This is where that 50's kitchen set was in the before pictures. All of the cabinets came from HD-inexpensive unfinished stock cabinets. These are two base cabinets-i just took two drawers out, took out that crosspiece, slid in a piece of plywood and Voila! a recess to put our microwave in. We only use it to reheat and make popcorn and I didn't want it over the stove. I wanted a range hood. The doors to the left store all of our small appliances and larger pots and pans.
That's our Electrolux range-we LOVE it!
I used white marble tiles for the countertops and I love them also. My sink and faucet are from HD. I actually had them in my last house and loved them so I chose the same for here.
Sorry this is so long, but alot went into getting from the "before" to the "after".
I'm Ann Marie, a wife and mother of 3 wonderful and beautiful daughters. I’ve been married since 1978. I’m a custom seamstress- I love the creativity of whipping together custom linens and window treatments for clients. We’ve recently moved to an older home half the size of the newer home we were living in. This little cottage was built in 1951 and we love her. This blog will document our journey over the last 2 years of what we started with and where we are now. It has truly been a labor of love. We have done almost all of the work on this house ourselves.
I hope you enjoy the journey as much as we do!