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kitchen before and after

I can't believe we are nearing a year in our new kitchen. We love it as much as ever, of course. Last time I posted about it we still had a pretty large list of projects to check off: trim work and painting, installing the open shelves, buying and installing a pantry cabinet, buying and installing a light over the island, and more. Slowly through the year we checked most of those things off the the list and I've been waiting... waiting... to call the whole thing "done" so I could post final photos. There are actually still a few little items to complete which I will point out to you, but I finally decided—good enough!

So off we go.

Maybe I shouldn't even point it out, but one of things on our list to finish is the tile above the left window. We ran out of mastic adhesive the first time around, and it seems like a great effort to get it all out to do such a small section. We might get around to it when we tackle another tile job in a bathroom or laundry room. For now it almost passes as intentional.

The shelves and light are new since I last showed you!

The pantry cabinet is also new. It beats the metal shelf that I lived with for awhile. Actually, this cabinet was mostly paid for with a credit from the cabinet company. Their color samples misrepresented the color and our cabinets turned out lighter than expected. They offered to refinish the doors, but the ends and frames wouldn't have matched so we opted for a credit instead.

You also get a sneak peak of some stenciling I did beyond it. Just a teaser!

We finished off the crown above the cabinets (a bit tricky since the space was pretty small) and painted all the window trim. I also bought new inexpensive bar stools.

The sideboard and china cupboard in the dining room were original, but I refinished them. I would love to remove the kick base and add feet to it someday. I sewed the curtains myself, and I don't think I've shown them to you yet either! I layered them with some woven panels I already owned.

I removed the doors from the firebox (my dad originally made them for my Grandma, but they just didn't work with my scheme (sorry Dad). I am planning to paint the inside a dark gray color, but actually the white doesn't bother me so much either. We have a little more fireplace to do also—namely fixing the propane valve so we can actually use it (!) and patching some mortar.

Here is an up-close look at the open shelves. I. love. them. Not only was it a good solution to a difficult space (there is a support beam above them that would have made an upper cabinet almost impossible), it keeps the kitchen very open and gives us really easy access to our every-day dishes. Right across from the dishwasher, no less. The supports are long steel bars that go through the shelves and into the studs in the wall. We predrilled holes for them before we tiled. (By "we" I mean my dad.) We used oak planks seamed together to make a solid wood shelf. I then stained and finished them as close as possible to the cabinet color. We added some hooks to the bottom to hang mugs.

Here is one last view:

I'll be back soon with more photos and a source list. Until then, if you want to learn more about our kitchen journey, you can follow the posts below:

What's wrong with my kitchen, anyway?
kitchen layout plans

ordering cabinets
kitchen finishes
more demolition
kitchen lighting options
lighting options :: round 2
getting rid of the gunk
best laid plans
progress report—tile, cabinets, and stress
progress report—cabinets installed
we're cookin' now!
dining room hutch—before and after
kitchen backsplash and hood
kitchen organization

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Reader Comments (42)

just listened to Neil Diamonds "pretty amazing" ....that's how I would sum up this project. I also just took Houzz survey asking about projects we've done....underlines how nice it is to have 'in house professional'. Good to see before and after pics and be reminded how far its come as it keeps us from getting discouraged about projects still waiting :-)

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

1. Your kitchen belongs in a magazine!!

2. Doesn't even look like you have kids!

3. The new kitchen layout looks so much more functional, especially making big dinners for family.

4. I love it!

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeana

It's just beautiful! And even more so "in person", if I may say so! Love the pantry cabinet and the lighting fixture over the island.

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJolene

I love it all, but I especially love the shelves. I'm looking for some for my dining room! Haven't found the right one yet! Might have to convince Dennis to make some.

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Figarelle

Your kitchen looks amazing! You are so talented!

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

I am so in love with your kitchen!! It does belong in a magazine. Goood job!

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristi Lucero

I spy some funky new wallpaper beyond your new pantry.. entry way? Post pics! :)

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristi Lucero

Betty, if you see this, check out the reclaimed wood shelves from Restoration Hardware:

I love love love them. Similar look to mine. If I'd have seen these brackets I would have used them.

Kristi, the wallpaper you see is actually a stencil! I have so much more work to do in my entry so I'm hesitant to show it yet. I'll work on it!

The rest of you—thank you thank you!

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoellyn

Wow!! This is just gorgeous!!
Awesome job!!
Your kitchen is AMAZING!!! It will be fun cooking and baking in that
kitchen! wow!!!!

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLenny

Beautiful!!! It makes me want to get busy on my own (teeny tiny) kitchen/dining room! I look forward to your hallway post, too. Any Utah (pocatello on the way) trips coming up? Would be awesome to see you guys, and we have room for you to stay! xoxox

January 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Gorgeous! Beautiful work!

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Adams

WOW. Amazing job! I love how you updated the fireplace by just taking down the knick knacks and adding cool planters. The whole thing is beautiful!

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Very nice! I can't understand why you didn't want to leave the grandpa and grandma cut-outs on the fireplace wall. ;-)

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

This is so, SO great. Where are the dining room chairs from?

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Kristin, the chairs are from Pottery Barn and have since been discontinued. They aren't the best quality, sadly. Restoration Hardware has some similar.

February 5, 2013 | Registered CommenterJoellyn

How did you mount those open shelves to hold all that weight? It all looks so lovely.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeilani

Leilani, We actually predrilled holes into the studs and into the shelves, and installed long metal rods "8-10" long or so. They are pretty sturdy!

February 5, 2013 | Registered CommenterJoellyn

Where are your curtains from? I love them! (the rest of the room is amazing too)

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

beautiful! Love the subway tile and the cabinetry that you refinished in the dining room!

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterelizabeth

Love what you did to update the kitchen. You opened it up and simplified-- it's modern yet still seems homey

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

The curtains are homemade. It is a Robert Allen print that I purchased from Joann's Fabric.

February 5, 2013 | Registered CommenterJoellyn

This is probably one of the best kitchen makeovers I've come across. Great job! What kind of countertops are those? They're beautiful!

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTiana @

Thank you, Tiana! The counters are Mysore black leathered granite... not polished to a shine. We love them!

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February 5, 2013 | Registered CommenterJoellyn

I love the fireplace. It was wise to clean it up but leave it alone!

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGingerR

Love seeing your house on AT!!

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristi Lucero

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