Friday, January 7, 2011

Let the Kitchen Renovation Begin

In the next few weeks I will be renovating my kitchen and dining room. I am so excited about it I can hardly breathe. We procrastinated on this for 2 years (Knowing the disruption it would cause).
This is our primary residence, not the beach cottage. It is long overdue. Every major appliances has been failing, and there is not nearly enough cabinets.
The kitchen seems small and cramped so I am completley opening it up to the dining room, so I can run one long wall of cabinets down the entire back wall.
We are changing windows and doors to achieve the open- look that I desire.

Here is a 360 of what we have now going counter clockwise.
One thing I will miss is my kitchen table, it is the first thing I see when I enter the room.
The large window and the door will have to go to make room for a long line of cabinetry.
I will put in a double window above a sink and eliminate the back door. ( putting a new French door elsewhere.... you'll see.)
Where this small pantry is here we will be extending the wall and putting in more cabinets.


To the left of all this is the work area. the stove, sink, dishwasher and refrig. are all on their last legs.
And the cabinets, floating from the ceiling, there is a small space between them and the counter, so it's just not opened up enough to the dining room and, ......

Do you see that Dining room window in the back on the right?... That will become a new French door.


As you can see the cabinets just don't hold enough, there is not that many. We usually always wind up putting some stuff on the microwave because we cant fit it!!
There is about 15 cabinets here, and with the changes I am making I will have, 29 cabinets.... that is twice as much!
I actually love the black sink and might keep it. It is like granite and, I haven't found any I like better yet, I will just make it an undermount which can be done with this particular style. 
This fridge doesn't owe us a thing, and has been leaking so I will get one with a larger capacity.


All the appliances will be switched to Stainless, and my cabinets will be white. I love the carrera marble but not the maintenence, or expense so I am looking at some granites that have that look.

Below are some pictures from the idea book I have created. Showing the looks I am going for.

I would like a hearth like stove area similar to this but with the sides completely open.
I adore the pot filler, the corbels, and the design on the backsplash. I just need room for my elbows.
I love the platter and pottery on top.
More magazine love:
I love the large pane glass window over the sink.



I want a nice island in the middle to eat at because we are giving up our kitchen table.

The overall look I am going for when viewing from the dining area is below: So this is my inspiration.
Except my oven area will be where their refrigerator is.

 Note the interesting chandelier in this photo. It looks like it is made from twigs!!

Below is the view from the dining room now.... Those cabinets really chop up the view! I hope my vision turns out like the inspiration photo! 
That whole blank wall to the left will be my stove area. 
And that light will have to go!! Time for a pretty chandy or 2!

So I will be posting about the events to come in the next few weeks, or months, however long this takes.
Wish me luck and please let me know if you have any great ideas or suggestions!

Thanks for stopping by! 














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76 comments:

  1. Oh you are going to have fun! The ideas you posted are great...lots of dicisions to make but it is all a treat to do. I will be following along.(-: Thank you for your nice comment on my post: Simplicity. I remodeled the kitchen a couple of years ago and I am quite pleased with the results.(-: Now I am working on the library/media room.

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  2. Sounds like your kitchen will look amazing! I love the inspiration picture! Post the renovation and definitely the finished project. Thank you for stopping by and your sweet comments! Blessings!

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  3. I just love the photo of the white kitchen.. with the island.. My kitchen is not big enough to put in an island but I did do a major reno and it's been going on for a year now.. I might add, it was me that did all the work..On a tight budget I saved myself thousands. Stop by and see the photos.
    Wishing you lots of fun while the work is being done.. your going to love your new kitchen!
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  4. Your kitchen will be wonderful! Have you seen Funky Junk Interior's twig chandelier? She demonstrates how to take a old chandelier and add the twigs yourself.
    ~Amanda

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  5. A new Kitchen is very exciting! It is my favorite room. I noticed your concern about the Carrara Marble. I work at a Stone Fabrication shop and tile showroom in Ky. We do more custom work and about 85% of our jobs are done with Marble and Soapstone. First of all, I am not interested in selling you anything but would be happy to answer any questions you and your readers may have. Marble, as we know, has been around for centuries. Every design magazine that you see has it looking so pristine that I can see why we worry about messing it up. Marble is very durable. In Kitchens we install it honed (not polished) as acidic things will etch a polished surface. Honed material has an aged look and it quiet beautiful. All marble should be sealed and cleaned with a mild detergent and water. You can seal it often or at least every other year and this is something you can do yourself. For spills, clean up immediately. If a stain occurs, about 99% can removed with a poultice that you can do yourself or have a professional do. Also, in our area, Carrara Marble is less expensive than most granites. If you decide to go the granite route, take a look at these two materials--Bianco Romano and Kashmir White, they both have primarily grey and white. If you want to consider quartz (man-made and very durable-this is what we use for most of our customers who decide not to chance the marble), look at Caesarstone and Zodiac, both companies have colors similiar to the Carrara. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions or for additional information to kimberlysmoody@hotmail.com. Good luck, Kimberly

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  6. Hi there, I love your inspiration photo.. it really is a beautiful kitchen. Not sure about the twig chandelier though. Looking forward to seeing your reno. take care, Maryann

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  7. Hello! I found your blog via french cottage blog. I desperately want to renovate my kitchen, so when I saw your blog title, I knew that I had to stop by. Your inspiration photos are beautiful. Good luck and I look forward to seeing your progress along the way!

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  8. This will be wonderful! Having our kitchens functional and beautiful really make a huge difference in our daily lives. Have fun and enjoy the process. Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!
    hugs,
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  9. Oh sounds like it will be a wonderful renovation! Your inspiration photos are gorgeous- can't wait to see all the projects and progress on it! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  10. It looks like wonderful ideas. I love the strength of the granite with the white. I was going to give you an idea on building the chandelier (buy one and add the twigs yourself) and see that another person had directed you to a site that will actually give pictures. I did this myself with grapevines years ago and it has held up to cleanings. Good fortune with the renovation.

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  11. Thanks so much ladies for all your comments, and the links to the chandelier making. I often go to Funky Junks.. I love her blog.
    And thank you Kimberlymoody, I think I will go with the blanco Romano, that is the exact one I have been thinking looks a bit like the Carrera. I know with my gang the marble would get mustard stains because I won't always be around, and still haven managed to train the hubbo too well, after all these years! :)
    Eileen

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