The Kitchen:part 1

Here it is, the famous before shot.  I love before shots.  An excellent reminder and proof of all our hard work.

It’s not horrible and we definitely could have lived with it if we had to, but we plan on staying in this house for a while.  Simply put, we want it how we want it.

The original wood cabinets were covered with laminate, which made them unpaintable, and they had that yucky moldy scent inside.  And that tile!!!  Need I say more. The floors in this picture are laminate wood.  We moved them to another part of the house, so they could be reused, instead of thrown away. We saved and recycled evrything that we could.  All the hardware was taken off and given away.  The appliances (which were “vintage” and sink were all given away or sold on Craig’s list.

You can see more of the start to finish process HERE.

This is what we have finished so far.  We need shelves on the very far right (you can’t see), curtains, trim above the cabinets and kick molding below. We also need to repair the sky light above, which brings in beautiful light during the day. The yellow paint isn’t as bright as it looks in this picture, it’s a bit warmer, and the ceiling is a beautiful shade of sky blue.  I love it, I love it, I love it.  Bright, cheery and colorful.  Exactly how I like things.

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27 Responses to The Kitchen:part 1

  1. Bronwyn says:

    I had a look through the other photos and you certainly have done a lot a hard work! Our old kitchen had tiled benchtops too (uuurrrkk. I love the new look; it has a French Country style, I think. Well done!

  2. Regina says:

    Looks wonderful! Mine is still in the throes of renovating, with handmade cabinets that still need doors, and trim work that still needs to be done. Oh to be as finished as you are!

  3. Stephanie says:

    It is a beautiful kitchen!

  4. Jessica says:

    Wow!! Looks beautiful! I have such a soft spot for Tucson and all of it’s Mexican tile work.

    How did the Electric to Gas go for you? We sre looking to do the same here in NJ..we have a “vintage” house as well…totally 80’s is more like it!

  5. raesha says:

    OH my goodness Regina – it’s beautiful!!!!!The original stove and oven setup is weird! Cooking on the stove must have felt like you were in a box:)

  6. Alexis says:

    It’s so much more you now – the tile work is very nice and I love the concrete work too. I bet that’s nice to have during the hot season.

  7. Lina says:

    What a pretty cheerful kitchen!! Love it, gives me inspiration for when we do our makeover!

  8. Dalla says:

    Wow, that looks great. I love the orange and yellow colors.

  9. Jessica says:

    So pretty! Love, love, love, it!

  10. kittee says:

    great job! i’m pretty jealous of your tile backsplash!


  11. carole says:

    Wow!! That looks amazing! The tile work is really impressive.

  12. Rikkianne says:

    HOLY SMOKES!!!! Amazing! I love it!

    Ya know, Ursula and I are planning to do a “first Sunday” antique exertion. You should come with us. I have never been to that particular antique market but Ursula has many times and from what I have seen of her finds, I am sure it will be amazing. We are thinking May. What do think?

  13. flossy-p says:

    Wow that’s pretty. So warm and inviting. I love the cool sink, and the floor tiles are great. So is the intricate splash-back tiling. How nice 🙂

  14. Marcia says:

    Nice job! It looks like a great place to work and sip on coffee.

  15. Rebecca says:

    You did a wonderful job, and it definately has a Creative Kismet feel…..

    what are the countertops btw….is that wood? I love, love, love the color!!!!!! Very inviting!

  16. beki says:

    It looks wonderful! What kind of countertops are those?

  17. Teresa says:

    So very pretty! Great job – I know that was a lot of hard work!

  18. Julie says:

    I am remodeling my kitchen right now too. We are about in the same stage. We got new cabinets, new appliances, new granite counter tops and a new tile floor. We are also putting up wood blinds. How expensive everything is!!! I had to live with no kitchen sink for 3 weeks. What a nightmare. I am so glad I can cook at home again. Takeout food was getting pretty old. Anyhow, I love the way your kitchen looks. Now it will be even more fun to cook with nice things surrounding you.

  19. Kristi says:

    Wow, it looks amazing. Love the new cabinets and tile.

  20. Leticia says:

    Love it!! So cute… it just screams Regina! =)

  21. It looks wonderful! Like Leticia said, it looks so you! 🙂 I love seeing before & after shots. So glad you shared 🙂

  22. Karen aka Grammy Mac says:

    Oh sooooooooooo CUTE!!! You’re one lucky girl!

  23. You did a great job!!! Love the tile work!!

  24. The floors and counter tops are concrete. They (the professional concrete folks) were able to stain the concrete any color we wanted.

  25. melissa says:

    wow, wow, wow!!!
    i love it, regina.

  26. Addison T says:

    It’s Beautiful……..u did a great job…

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