Just popping in with a few photos of what Robert and I have been working on lately. Apologies for weird angles and bad lighting, Robert is the usual photographer. Also, please excuse the paint swatches taped in the living room, and on the lower cabinets (feel free to weigh in on color).
Things you should notice in the above and below photos- the new kitchen lights (sorry the one over the sink is blown out; the other is the Contour Semi-Flush Light from West Elm), the fridge surround, pantry & transom, the island, the DVD shelf, and the new wall color (Valspar’s Glass Tile from the Creative Ideas line). It’s come quite a way since October, hasn’t it?
As far as the fridge surround and pantry go, it’s a huge upgrade from the way things were before. I think Robert is glad I took a pry bar to the old MDF pantry with broken shelves back in November, while he was out on his dad’s boat. Even if we have more trim work (crown moulding, the shelves above the fridge) and painting to do…
Oh yeah, and pantry shelves. Just in case you think I was holding out on you, the pantry has been shelf-less for going on 6 months now. Superman occasionally stops by when he can’t find a phone booth to change in.
For anyone who hasn’t been reading since the beginning, here was our kitchen when we bought the house in 2009.
The upshot of slowly redoing the kitchen over the past 3.5 years? We’ve still been able to use it every day. The working triangle is so much better with the fridge and pantry swapped, and the new mini island.
The fridge surround and pantry were built using three sheets of cabinet grade plywood, 1x3s for bracing, and a mixture of obscenely long deck screws (Robert likes overkill) and drywall screws. The right-hand pantry wall created a weird alcove on the pony wall, and thus the DVD shelf was born (built using scrap cabinet ply and a 1×6). Including the door, it probably cost around $200-250.
The island is red oak 3x3s (stacked, to create a 5″ tall top), the legs and apron fronts came from a table our neighbor threw out, and we added casters from eBay. The top is finished with Danish oil in natural, and we painted the legs with a sample can of Valspar’s Lyndhurst Duchess Blue. Total cost was around $130.
We still need to finish up crown moulding, cabinet doors (weighing our options, DIY vs buy custom), countertops, and a backsplash. Hopefully we’ll come in around $5,000 for the whole kitchen, including appliances.
We may take a break from the kitchen after the crown moulding, and turn our sights back to the laundry room. (Or the guest bathroom, wouldn’t that be something?)