Friday, January 1, 2010

kitchen... the mostly 'After' pictures


i say 'mostly' because i have several little projects to finish... like another coat of paint on the walls & filling some nail holes and putting up a backsplash.
so this is the 'Almost After' post, okay? : )


let me preface this entire post by saying how much i LOVE our new kitchen! it's not crazy fancy or high tech or custom made, but it is REALLY perfect for our family & how i cook. and i've cooked 5x as much since we've moved than i did the rest of 2009 combined!

i have heard that truly great chefs need very little counter space...
well, whoopee for them!
i need LOTS of counter space & storage & a deep sink to hold the 11 pots and pans i use to make a casserole.
seriously.
and i have those things now, and i LOVE IT!

HOWEVER...

i still burn the chicken sometimes, and i always make dense, chewy pancakes instead of light, fluffy ones. hairballs still collect in the corners, and the dishwasher is constantly running.
yes, i love our new home & our lovely kitchen... but my prediction from this post came true: i brought myself with me to the new house!
it's a new building, but same me.

i'm a work in progress, what can i say?!
(Phillippians 1:6, anyone?)

now on to the pictures!! yay!

here is the view from our dining room into the kitchen... mostly the left side. see the patch of wall that's unpainted above the sink?
i don't want to talk about it. i'll get it eventually. : )
yes, i baked fresh pumpkin muffins just for this picture... OR i made them for my kids... who hated them. awesome.

anyway- the kitchen: the cabinets are a Shaker style full overlay door- the brand is Kabinart, and the color is Starlight. we got them from Cabinets, Flooring & More here in STL. and i have to say: although it was still a large chunk of money to get this many cabinets, their prices beat Lowes & Home Depot by 25%. yup- that's a whole lot of savings. and we are SO pleased with the quality and service we received. it's worth checking out if you're looking into kitchen or bath remodel/repair. ask for Lori- she's hilarious. : )

here's the view facing to the right...
i got my open shelves! love 'em SO much. i use those plates, bowls & cups so regularly that there is NO dust. well, the snack plates may get a bit dusty, but i'll wash those before i use them. they're just too cute to hide away!

and yes, that crock pot is pretty much a permanent fixture on the counter. i'm a big slow-cooker fan. it has chili in it today.

i know you wanted to see the open shelves again...

and again... okay, i'll stop now.

are you wondering why we don't have a refrigerator?
we don't believe in cold food. it's part of our religion.

or we're Presbyterian, so we are very much okay with refrigeration. in order to give us LOTS of cabinet & counter space, our contractor Mark put our pantry & fridge just around the corner.
seem strange?
i am really happy with it! i'm sure you professional chefs are just counting the extra steps & seeing the inefficiency, but i assure you:
my macaroni & cheese has not suffered a bit! just ask my kids!

so here's the view turning to the left:
see? there it is!
we bought a repaired refrigerator from Lowes...
i don't recommend buying refurbished appliances, if you want to know.
yes, we got a HUGE fridge & freezer for almost half of it's full cost.
and it's covered under warranty, which is nice.
but we've had 2 repairs so far, and i'm anticipating the freezer needing some additional help soon.
to their credit, Lowes' service department has been VERY courteous & helpful to me. how often can you say that? maybe it's because i usually go in with 2 screaming kids... the nicer they are to me, the sooner i'll leave with my kids.
hmmm.


here's what you see if you turn even more to the left- towards the family room & mudroom. the door you see in the picture is a closet (i have closets now!), and the kitchen is on the right.
this is a random picture, i know... but it shows that big wall on the left that i'm pondering lately. what will i put on it? i have some thoughts. however, decorating is taking a backburner to actually unpacking boxes & feeding my family. and occasionally bathing.


sorry this one is blurry- i believe Julia was grabbing my legs & saying, "up-a-dee??" that means, 'pick me up now before i fall into a weeping, mushy puddle on the floor!!'

but in the above picture you can see the pantry- i have a pantry!!
it's this really cool thing that stores food! i can bring home groceries and put them in there- not in the basement or in baskets on the floor!!
and it has pullout shelves for easy access.
i'm kind of happy with it, i guess you could say. : )

below is the breakfast bar... although we don't eat breakfast there. maybe i should call it the 'place i lay things until i want to take a picture & pretend that my house is clean' bar. too long? then 'breakfast bar' it is.
it's a simple thing, really. just a small piece of counter between the pantry & the family room. but it has been great for putting appetizers and snacks on when we have company (and BOY have we had company this Christmas season! 8 days in a row... fun fun fun, i tell you! i love it!)

anyway- at some point there will be stools here. i'm saving my dollars & looking for something specific. i'd like them to have a back on them because 99% of our visitors have small children:
i don't want any kiddos falling off our stools!
and i'd like a cushioned seat, or at least the ability to tie a cushion on to the seat. i have some fabrics already- bargain bin at Hancock's on Veteran's Day was 50% off!! $2.00 a yard is my kind of fabric!


so a couple of details for those people who like details:
paint is Topsail by Sherwin Williams.
love the color, but i need to do another coat.

the drawer pulls are from Lowes- i don't remember the brand. and yes, they are a 2009 stereotype- cup pulls in oil rubbed bronze. i don't care to be a trend-setter... i like what i like!

the faucet is by Price Pfister. i like the high-arched faucet & separate handle... it's nothing crazy, but it's good.

pendant lights are from Schoolhouse Electric: Willamette pendants with 'Vintage Blue' shades. 2 small ones over the breakfast bar:
and one larger one over the sink:
love those lights- they were a splurge, but i preferred to spend $$ on those and save it on other things.

such as the countertop: it's laminate, and i'm very pleased with it!
i'm not a granite lover, although i appreciate how nice it is in other homes. if i had a few thousand extra dollars, i would have loved butcher block- it has always been a favorite of mine. too pricey, though. my second choice would have been a solid surface such as Corian or a similar brand.

but i'll be honest- i'm 100% happy with the look of this laminate! it's exactly what i wanted. it is Formica, and the color is Creme Quarstone. it's a matte finish- no 'granite simulation' or 'texture.'

the only problem is that it hides dirt REALLY well.
don't think that's a problem?
maybe it's not if you like preparing food on dirty countertops, but i'm trying to remember that i need to wipe them down even if they look clean! i should have taken a picture of the cloth i used to wipe them... yuck-O.

and i don't have a backsplash anywhere yet... i may not put one anywhere but behind the stove. i'm crazy like that! and i'm thinking of using some ceiling tin that i bought years ago... the real stuff, not the new shiny ones. those are lovely, but i like my old rusty, scraped up tiles!

so that's the end of the kitchen tour!
from this:
and this:

to this:

happy new year and happy cooking, my friends! thanks for stopping by!
all wonderful blogs- check them out!

19 comments:

Amy R said...

I need to stop by and check this out for myself. And bring Jeff to encourage him that buying a home in need of TLC is rewarding and wonderful and can end up being absolutely beautiful. You all did such a great job! Well, Mark did too and we're excited to be working with him also!

Jamie said...

It is amazing! I love all of your cabinetry, the floor, the hardware, lights....I love it all! Kitchen remodels are hard work but so rewarding when everything is finished.
Also, I've had good luck finding affordable bar stools at JCPenney. They have a good selection and shipping wasn't outrageous.

Lynn said...

Gorgeous! Your open shelving looks great, and I LOVE your schoolhouse lights! I'm in the middle of trying to convince my husband to put some of them in our kitchen - I'll have to show him pictures of how great yours look!

Mom said...

Great job! You made a good looking, hard working kitchen out of rubble and did it well on a budget! Cngratulations! Love, Mom

JenHahn said...

INCREDIBLE!!!!! I LOVE it! You did an amazing job. And I might steal some of your ideas when we redo our kitchen.

As a side note, the secret to light fluffy pancakes is to stir the batter as little as possible. Don't use a mixer, use a wisk and stir until it's just combined.

micah @ the yellow front door said...

It's beautiful! We remodeled our kitchen this year too, I know how good it feels when it's done (or almost done...haha)!

Carly Grace said...

Rachel I absolutely love your new kitchen! So clean and bright! Love the cup handles. Classics never go out of style!

Jenglamgirl said...

fabulousity! GREAT JOB!

Megan Lee said...

Wow, what a beautiful kitchen. You guys did a great job. It looks so fresh and clean. I love the little hints of blue and those light fixtures are gorgeous!

Anna said...

ok. so i am totally amazed and impressed. you did a beautiful job w/ it! i love how open it is and i love all the counter space. the lights are beautiful! what a great end result!

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

Love your style! We are in the middle of our kitchen remodel. Love the open shelving...that is going up in mine too, excited! Can't wait to see more of your blog...now a new follower! Happy New Year to you and your new home!!!

Hugs,
~Victoria~

Carla said...

Love the blue walls with the white cabinets!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Gasping! Just beautiful!! What is your new paint color? Such a gorgeous space. :) I have yellow in my kitchen right now, but really reaaally want a change. :)

I'm visiting from Sarah's party. :) Hope you might stop by. Here's my link:
http://serenitynow4amanda.blogspot.com/2010/01/chalkboard-quote-tray.html

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

PS. I have two little girls too. :) 4 and just (today) turned 2. :)

Wanderluster said...

What a fantastic renovation! I love the cabinetry and how you wrapped it around the corner. And the schoolhouse pendants are just perfect. Off to read the rest of your blog!

Kelly said...

awesome kitchen re-do! what fun! & i love open shelving too!

Playing Sublimely said...

Ummmmm....a girl after my own heart :)!!!!

thebubbreport said...

It looks phenomenal! I especially love the light fixtures you've chosen - so many people do these huge remodels and their light fixtures look like afterthoughts. Yours are PERFECT!

MarytheKay said...

Oh my word! I LOVE LOVE your kitchen!!! Especially those open shelves. What a warm, inviting home you have created. :-)