When we bought our “fixer upper”, we knew the first major project would be the kitchen. Although the pink oven, pink stove top, and green cabinets were quite the conversation piece with guests, we were ready to demolish it and move into the 21st century. For the first few months after we moved in, we watched tons of kitchen design shows, took several trips to the local hardware stores for inspiration/pricing, ripped out lots of pictures from magazines, and we drew up SEVERAL different layouts for the kitchen. The old kitchen had about 12 square feet of countertops, so we wanted a layout that would maximize space. Ultimately, in order to achieve this we decided we needed to go “all out”. This entailed knocking down the wall in the living room to create an open concept. The pictures below show the kitchen before the remodel and then after taking out the wall and moving the stairs that lead to the basement. By making these substantial changes, we were able to make the kitchen more of a square shape so that we could maximize the amount of cabinets we wanted, as well as add a huge L shaped island that looked out into the living room.
Now on to the finished product…well almost finished. These pictures were taken before the “finishing touches”. We chose cherry cabinets, a slate tile backsplash, 20 x 20 tiles for the floor, and black granite countertops. We also chose black appliances to complement the granite.