It’s been 3 weeks since the kitchen project was completed and I finally made time to select a few photos to show off the final product. 6 weeks of work, a couple unexpected delays, and a lot of eating out and leftovers (thanks Mom!) and I have a space that I hope to one day cook more than ramen and plain rice in. I invite those who like to cook or just want to hang out to come over!
I present you with the final Myrtle Estates Makeover photos! It’s hard to believe just a couple months ago it was so dated and 60’s. Today the space is far more inviting and handles more than two people far better. The photos were taken before I put everything back on the countertops. I had to show off the granite in these pics. There is a list of items purchased, colors, etc. at the end of the post for those interested in the details.
Before (view from living room):
After (view from living room):
Before (view from back door):
After (view from back door):
Before: cluttered open storage
After: clean! Everything is put away and has its place (read: hidden)
The new sink and faucet!
Granite, white subway tiles, and LED under cabinet lighting make a great team.
For those interested, here is a list of my sources for everything that went into this kitchen:
Refrigerator: Frigidaire (purchased used from a friend a few years ago)
Oven/Range: Frigidaire (purchased when I moved into the house 4 years ago)
The first week of the kitchen renovation process has already come and gone. While there isn’t much to really see in terms of progress as much of the electrical work was done. You can see a picture below of the emptied room with the original floor being the only original thing remaining.
Since there won’t be much else to show for another week at least, this post will be a showcase of some of the individual elements going into the space. One remaining TBD to decide in the next couple days is the wall color. Check back soon for more updates by next weekend.
If you look real close, you will notice the new electrical and recessed lights are in! The update pic isn’t flashy and I’d be concerned if it was since I didn’t want a strobe light in the kitchen. #wordplay
Shown above is what the floor tile will look like against the cabinets (sample is of color only, door style will be shaker.) The tile is called “Clasico Ivory” in a matte finish. It’s the same tile in my bathrooms. I was such a big fan I figured why not use it again!
And a shot of the granite slab I picked out (right at the warehouse). It’s called Bianco Romano. I was looking for something with lots of white and some gray. This was the perfect fit.
I decided that I wanted to go for a deep single basin stainless steel sink. It will be deep enough to wash huge pots, whole turkeys, and infants (in a pinch). After a misstep in ordering a new sink that was too big for the sink cabinet, I landed on the one pictured above from Kohler.
And the kitchen faucet. Satin nickel with a pull down faucet/head. Should be nice.
This is the microwave. Very exciting, right? At least it will be over the stove and not taking up counter space.
Perhaps the most exciting part of this renovation! That new sink should rarely see a plate or utensil. There’s nothing like not having to hand wash stuff to make my day that much better.
Another year, another round of improvements to be made to the Myrtle Estates. This one was a couple years in the making since it’s 1) complicated and 2) expensive. I decided it was time to take the plunge and do a complete renovation. Everything else upstairs has joined the 21st century. So long 1960’s kitchen! I’ll miss you, sort of. Monday, April 28th officially kicks off the project!
Over the next 2-3 weeks I will be posting photos of the project and transformation. Be sure to follow the blog for updates. I’ll also aim to have a final post listing color choices, tile selection, appliances, etc. The windows were just replaced this past week as already posted on Facebook.
In the meantime, take a peek at what it looks like now and understand why it’s time to update.
You’ll see in this picture the current butcher block and spice shelf. Most of these items will be stored in the new pantry or cabinets.
A more complete view of the kitchen from the dining/living room. I will not miss the yellow countertops matched with the brown cabinets. The floor, while full of character, is … just that.
I will, however, miss that light fixture currently over the table. I may hold onto it for posterity’s sake.
Soffits over the cabinets will be going away, as will the attached wallpaper. The old school vent hood over the range will say goodbye as well. In fact, the range is moving to the outer wall left of the sink. The peninsula is also being removed in lieu of cabinets and countertop along the wall.
Final view from the back door. You can see a much better view of the floor. Some would call it “classic.”