Well here it is… finally! Our open plan kitchen renovation is complete. The walls are still mostly a blank slate. It’s been such a busy couple months that I haven’t quite figured out the finished product. I’m so happy to have a functional and beautiful new kitchen space.
I tried to take the before and after pictures from close to the same angle, working all the way around the kitchen. The first picture is coming from approximately the old entrance to the kitchen from the living room. What used to be an unused eating space is now home to the refrigerator, microwave and deep pantry drawers, as well as the only remaining upper cabinets.
By removing the peninsula, we were able to relocate the dishwasher to a much more convenient space alongside the new apron-front farmhouse sink. We replaced the outdated tile and its grody grout with quartz counter tops and a simple subway tile backsplash.
We downsized the wall between the kitchen and dining room to open up the space considerably. I love being able to see all the way into the backyard from the kitchen, and taking out the upper cabinets lets in even more light. The pony wall is topped by a narrow counter for serving plates and dishes. We traded in the old electric oven for a fabulous dual-fuel oven with gas burners.
The most dramatic change was the removal of the wall between the living room and kitchen. The entire layout of the house changed and it is so open and full of light. Entertaining is so much more fun when everyone can gather around the island and the cook can actually be part of the conversation! (side note: why do we have 3 giant jugs of margarita mix??)
The white cabinetry makes everything feel bright and clean, and it flows better into the rest of the main living area. Even though a deep wood stain on the cabinets would have been beautiful, I was worried it would make the kitchen feel like a dark corner when the whole purpose of the renovation was to open it up.
We planned and planned and now we are really enjoying the result!