So let's start at the beginning. No offense to the previous owners, but the Ugly Stick had a party in this kitchen:
Then we moved in and made a few cosmetic changes..but like Mr. Sugarplum so eloquently says, "You can't polish a turd!"
Are you soaking it all in?! The goodness that is white Formica, the hardware....the *gasp* trash compactor!!! I had big dreams for this room, but had to adhere to a budget, and continually remind myself to make only the most impactful changes. Let's take a tour around the room, shall we?
The only demo work we did was rip out the micro/wall oven (if that's what you call that thing! It had a roll dial clock!!), to create more counter and cabinet space.
These glass front cabinets are custom built, but the remainder are simply refaced. Whoever came up with that concept is a genius!
You see that tiny 12-inch-wide piece of counter?! What was I supposed to do with that, house a gnome collection? Now I have sooooo much more room (to junk it up with a work station, YES!) (Update: my counters are clear now that we have this new Command Center.)
Notice the white Buick of a refrigerator is gone?!? *pets beautiful new fridge with working ice machine*
So now I'm sure you're really worried about my lack of oven. Don't panic, I can still bake and
I love the slide-in because it doesn't have controls on the back that break up the line of the *swoon* glass tile back splash.
Thank goodness for Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponges, or that Formica and sink would have looked like it'd been hosed down in Crystal Light Fruit Punch!
I had the ledge taken out of the window, and the tiles wrap seamlessly up and on the window sill....like a waterfall. Aaaaah, the zen.
I'm sorry, I should have warned you about that pic! Yeah, we tired of the trash compactor about 8 days after living in the house. I never really considered what was under there, or what I was going to do with the space...but I wanted it gone. Funny thing is, someone snagged it out of the alley an hour later!! (The plate of cookies were to get the contractors under my spell!)
Sorry, I did it again! I wanted you to see the sad breakfast room with the largest table/chairs ever. (I appreciate the hand-me-down, Mom, but it was time for it to go!)
Nice wall with zero usable space. Plop a slab of granite on it....and BAM!
I was really sorry to see the fluorescent box lights go...but they managed to convince me recessed lights with warm, incandescent bulbs were the way to go. (Does sarcasm translate to the written text?)
My first choice were quartz counters, but they were ridiculously expensive. Apparently, granite is now the least expensive counter surface, next to laminate. We chose this slab because of it's light color and minimal pattern...it's called Kashmir White.