Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Our Kitchen: Before and After

Update: Layla over at the Lettered Cottage is hosting a Room Re-Do 2009 party. I'm joining in on the fun!

When we bought our house in March, we said that there was really nothing wrong with the kitchen. Hell, the house was built in 2001. It isn't old enough to have anything wrong with it. BUT... we got the $8,000 tax credit and put it all back into our house, including our bathroom.


Front hallway. Main entrance to our house is at the end on the left. The doors on the left house the washer and dryer.
Main part of kitchen, for kitchen table...
The door in the back of this picture goes to the garage. The kitchen island is in the middle.

Here's all the wood laid out in our living room. I picked out 3 1/4" 50-year rustic maple from Lumber Liquidators. For around 350 sq. ft., we paid around $1,700, including the transition strips.
My wonderful husband, Matt, working hard...
Our friend Brandon working hard...
Matt's best friend, Josh, hardly working (just kidding, Josh!!)...
We laid a six-tile area in front of the garage door, advised by the folks over at Lumber Liquidators, as it is our main entrance. This avoids the salt and dirt from our shoes getting on the hardwood floor.


New light fixtures in the entryway and kitchen...
The tile entryway from the garage door...

We replaced all of the hardware in the kitchen. Goodbye brass, hello oil rubbed bronze! Can you just picture some gorgeous granite or staron countertops? Something flecked with browns, tans, black and silvers. Someday...
I LOVE MY KITCHEN!! The counterspace, the wood floors, the colors. Now, for some decorating! I am seeking a starving college student painter who can paint me a three panel painting on stretched canvas to fill my big yellow wall. I am thinking wispy dandelions in a field in shades of gray. Something like this (notice that there are three panels that make up the one large image). I have decided that our kitchen colors are dark espresso, the mustardy (but not mustard) yellow, silver and shades of gray. The nice thing is that I'm not impatient and I will wait for the perfect pieces for the kitchen. So there you have it!


  1. Awesome. just awesome. I LOVE the yellow walls!! Absolutelyfreakingadore them actually! Jake and I need some motivation to getting on renovations on our house.

  2. Wow, everything looks great.

    I REALLY need that same motivation. We have lived in our house for about 15 months and have barely done anything. I say this everytime I see a before/after post on anyone's blog. It's still not motivation enough. :)

  3. I love your kitchen! It looks awesome - and your yellow walls with those floors? *swoon*!

  4. I love the new flooring!! It makes a huge diffrence!! Good pick!!

  5. I absolutely love your kitchen! The floors look amazing!

  6. Wow, what a difference the floors make! I'm totally impressed.

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