Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cottage Kitchen renovation nearing completion!

Well there is always some kind of hurdle to overcome when doing a renovation.
Ours turned out to be the range hood area.
We waited for this cabinet to come in because it was back ordered since Novemeber 27th and when it finally arrived the darn color was off! It looked ok... till we put it up!...the pic below shows the difference pretty clearly where the one cabinet meets the other the color is just not right. I waited 10 weeks for this cabinet.
All the others came January 5th, except this one. You can see I already have dishes in the cabinets that arrived on time!
So now we are waiting for the range hood cabinet  to come in again. This time only 5 to 7 days.
hmmmnnn i wonder.
I ask them what gaurantee that it will be right color? We will cross that bridge upon arrival.

Remember how I previously said I hated to lose my kitchen table?

Well I decided to keep it and marry it to the dining room furniture. I think it has a much better cottage feel to it than the table that goes with the dining room.
this table deserves it too!
she withstood all kinds of tools and stuff getting laid on her during the redesign. now all she needs is a new piece of glass on the top.
Ironically the glass didn't brake from any contractors hammers.
 I came home from grocery shopping  one day, a wee bit pissy because no body would get off their duff and help with the groceries and I slammed down a real heavy bag of canned goods and juices.....whooops ! Temper temper!! I cracked that glass,... and it was some thick, almost half inch, glass.!! Maybe I will just let it go bare with a few coats of poly, we will see.

  BEFORE ........And another thing I did not want to lose was my corner cabinet......

It is just too, too cottage cute right?
It too will be getting married into the dining area....With fresh white paint and I will spray paint the hinges nickel.  I will show some pics of that as soon as it's done.

AFTER...........Meanwhile below is how the corner above now looks....with the new renovation....yummy isn't it?

I really love my 3 drawer cabinet.
I need to move that shelf up a little though! I like them even with the mullion in the door.

Finally we have a  granite counter top.
I decided on Kashmire white and this particular piece had some really nice greenish blue areas in it.

 And I wanted to add some color to my kitchen. This made it easy to pick a soft green color for the walls.
And the tile backsplash. I chose something different than I previously said.
 I went with a recycled glass in a sea foam or  soft aqua green.

 And interspersed that with some tumbled stone tiles in shades of grey and brown that are in the granite for additional color and texture.
I also cut those tumbled tiles out of a square foot tile because they had the colors I wanted interspersed.
I just didn't use any of the ones that were not the right colors in the granite.

I love the overall effect. It has a vintage quality to it. Below you can see the hole above the oven where we are waiting, still for that hood mantle. And again those shelves I want to move up on another door.
The double oven below just went in 2 days ago and has been tested by chicken enchaladas, baked ziti, a chicken tortilla soup and today some cupcakes for valentine sweethearts. I did say I wanted it done by Valentine's Day so I could decorate but haven't got to the hearts and flowers yet! But at least I have a working kitchen. 

I put the handles up high to resemble old vegetable bins.
And I decided on the design for above the oven because I didn't like any of the ready made insert available at four different places.

Do you remember that area before the reno? ..That window is now a door.

Then during renovations!...notice our temporary cereal shelf!

And now....

just bliss.
Before I go I have to show the the floor I picked it is called Alabama Walnut.
 I went with this for 2 reasons.

  1. I wanted something dark and light that would transition nicely with my existing light pergo floor in the family room.
  2. My dining room furniture is walnut from the 1920's, and it will go in there as well.

 The island is also done and the dining room is getting it's finishing touches. I will be back with more later. Right now the electrician is installing my pendant over the island and my dining chandelier!!
Thanks for stopping!


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