Well enough waiting, let's get straight to the before and after pics. I know that is what you all came here to see. Enjoy!
We expanded the hallway by about a foot and installed new floors, trim and doors.
When we were planning the kitchen remodel we decided to use white appliances since we recently replaced the dishwasher and fridge. However, while appliance shopping we learned it would cost next to nothing for a stainless panel to cover our existing dishwasher thus making it stainless. It hasn't arrived yet but it gave us the freedom to upgrade to stainless appliances with the plan to replace the fridge in a year or two. I L-O-V-E my stovetop and oven.
The best part about the unit is that it doesn't have the large back of controls so the stovetop fit seamlessly over the granite. I also love that the controls are on the front so that the top can be all stove grates. I really could not ask for a better unit. And it really did not cost much more than our planned all-white appliances.
We are keeping the butcher block in the corner. I bought old corbels to spice it up and hide the real heavy-duty supports but we haven't gotten around to installing those yet. We are also replacing the old shelf with open shelves that we also haven't hung yet. I will post an update as soon as that is complete. You can check out the corbels here. We are painting the corbels and the shelves grey.
Now for some side by side comparisons:
A lot has happened in the past three months to turn the kitchen on the left into the kitchen on the right. To see the journey check out these posts:
Cabinets: Ikea; Akurum Adel. Handles: Ikea; Lansa. Granite: International Stone Gallery; Persian Pearl. Appliances: Young's; KitchenAid 30" Freestanding Slide-In Gas and Range/KitchenAid Microwave. Flooring: Century Tile; Imola Dark Grey 12"x 24" porcelain. Backsplash: Home Depot; basic white subway tile. Paint: Behr; my own custom combination of several colors in Martha Stewart's color line. Sink: Elkay; 30" undermount. Faucet: Moen; Lindley single-handle, pull-down sprayer. Butcher Block: Ikea; numerar.
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