Sunday, June 27, 2010

House Tour : My Kitchen, Part 1

Slowly I will be taking you on a tour of my entire home. Some rooms are 'done' (they never are truly done, are they?) while others haven't been touched since we moved here 4 years ago. We have slowly been transforming our house into the home of our dreams. When we first saw our house, we fell in love right away. It wasn't perfect, and it needed renovation. The previous owners maintained it beautifully, however, it still needed some updating. We also wanted to make it our home to fit our tastes and lifestyle.

The previous kitchen wasn't terrible. It just wasn't my dream kitchen. In part two of this post, I'll share before pics as well as reno pics and hints. For now, I present to you, our kitchen:

I had always wanted a classic white kitchen. I love it!

As you'll see in part 2, we changed our lighting, flooring, cabinets (not just the doors), layout, countertops and appliances. It was pretty much an overhaul.
I really hoped for stainless steel appliances, but alas, hubby wanted black and I had to compromise somewhere as almost the entire rest of the reno was to my taste (he, as most men, would have preferred natural stained wood cabinets).
The countertops are granite and backsplash is slate. I did give hubby some wood cabinetry. I like the contrast between the white (actually cream) cabinets and dark island.

I love the Tiffany-style pendant lamps. Soooo much better than the previous 80's era sunshine ceiling.

This is a peek at the corner cabinet. I am still working on making the interior display fabulous! Stay tuned for my progress!

Grandma's old bean pot for my!! We had many yummy baked bean suppers out of this pot.

A peek into our dining room built in. I designed it to match the style of the kitchen cabinets. The window above is at an awkward height, but it is a dark room, so I didn't want to close it in. I love how this turned out. It displays my inherited china and glassware so beautifully. It has a lot of needed storage too.

There you have it. Tune in for part two, where I show you the good, the bad, and the ugly of my kitchen renovation!

{Edit, March 2012: I am sharing my 'old' kitchen at Sarah's Kitchen Party.  Due to a certain 2 week old babe in the house, I didn't quite have time to do up a new current post on my beloved white kitchen, but wanted to join in, so have linked up my old post.  How I miss this kitchen! I do have a trick or two up my sleeve for our kitchen in our new house, though, so stay tuned!}



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Jennifer said...[Reply to comment]

Your kitchen is gorgeous! I love it!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...[Reply to comment]

What a stunning kitchen.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...[Reply to comment]

I just noticed I am in your blog roll. Thanks and welcome to blog land.

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...[Reply to comment]

Wow! Your kitchen is beautiful! I have been toying with the idea of painting some of my kitchen cabinets. Decisions...decisions;)!

Welcome to're going to love it!


Emily {Frilly Details} said...[Reply to comment]

Oh wow, what a beautiful kitchen! I'm slightly jealous :). I love the white cabinets and your island goes perfect with everything. Gorgeous!!!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...[Reply to comment]

Your kitchen is just stunning! I love the white and everything else! Did you do the work too? Good luck with your blogging, it is a wonderful experience!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...[Reply to comment]

Gorgeous kitchen! I love the white cabinets and that you stained the island. The lighting is perfect. Welcome to blogging..I am looking forward to seeing more.
hugs, Sherry

Joyce said...[Reply to comment]

I LOVE how it looks. I am in the process of making over our entire kitchen from floor to ceiling. So many choices and decisions that I feel a bit overwhelmed today. Any suggestions for me to make it all easier? I picked out cabinets and then the hubby took one look at them and changed them and now I can't even remember what we ordered this week? Off to eat some sweets to calm myself down. I will be so big from eating from stress that I am not sure I will fit into my new kitchen when it is all finished!

dee dee said...[Reply to comment]

Beautiful kitchen!
Dee Dee

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...[Reply to comment]

Your kitchen is like my example kitchen of what I want ours to look like. It's just gorgeous!!

Susan said...[Reply to comment]

Absolutely beautiful kitchen. You must LOVE it! Wow. It's really fabulous. I LOVE white. So glad your preference won out over your hubby's. White rocks. Susan

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]

Thank you everyone for such wonderful comments! Joyce, I hope in my next post to add some hints and tips on how to stay sane and organized during a major reno (at least to share what worked for us). It surely was a challenge at times, and I'm sure I did my share of stress eating too... Eating is a favorite hobby of mine, afterall and what better way to enjoy a meal than to make it in the kitchen that you always wanted!

Yoga Gal said...[Reply to comment]

New Follower! I love what you have done and can't wait to see the rest of the house reveal- the kitchen is classic and timeless and wow, all that storage! :D

Gretchen said...[Reply to comment]

Your kitchen is gorgeous. What a beautiful result you have obtained. Fun to see the reveal.

rustandruffles said...[Reply to comment]

Hi Andrea,
Your kitchen looks marvelous!!! I am another Canadian happy to find you!
Happy WW!

Amy said...[Reply to comment]

my goodness it is breathtaking! I try to stay out of the kitchen as much as possible but with one that good I think I might just learn how to cook.

Robin R said...[Reply to comment]

Beautiful kitchen! Looking forward to seeing the before pics.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...[Reply to comment]

So beautiful!!! You must adore it now!

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...[Reply to comment]

Your kitchen is gorgeous! I love it everything is beautiful.

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea, I love your kitchen and the cabinetry in your dining room. I am a kitchen designer, so naturally I clicked on your link first! I just had granite countertops installed & my husband & I did a tumbled marble backsplash. I am so glad it is finished. Am looking forward to seeing the before photos of your kitchen.

JanMary said...[Reply to comment]

Thanks for sharing.

I love the mix of new and old (your inherited bean pot!).

When we re-did our kitchen last year I went for cream, but won the battle on stainless steel appliances :)

Sugarbabe said...[Reply to comment]

We are in the planning stages of a kitchen re-do and this article is so timely. This is just what I am striving for. Would you mind adding details in upcoming article, e.g. paint colors, flooring, etc.?

Lisa said...[Reply to comment]

Andrea - thank you for sharing! I loooove your kitchen! We are moving to a house with a white kitchen that needs some sprucing up and I love the details of yours - the backsplash, cabinet pulls, lighting. Great job!

Julie @ The Family CEO said...[Reply to comment]

I love it too! In fact, it's going into my idea files for my someday kitchen redo. Thanks for sharing!

Shelia said...[Reply to comment]

Oh, your kitchen is just so beautiful! I know you'll enjoy it for many years to come.
Be a sweetie and have a happy 4th,
Shelia ;)

shelly @ the familyblt said...[Reply to comment]

You did a really nice job! Love all the details and that you have drawers! Love drawers!

Miti said...[Reply to comment]

Hey there! I saw your kitchen tour on Remodelholic and I couldn't believe it!! Your kitchen is exactly how I want to do mine. We are in the process of building and we just met with someone to pick out our cabinets. Your colors are exactly how I want mine to look, dark island with cream cabinets and granite countertops. We loved a granite called New Venetian Gold. It looks very much like what you have. Not only does your kitchen have the colors I want, I see you also have the Tiffany pendant lights that I've been searching for. We are going to have a Tiffany chandelier over our breakfast nook and those would work perfectly! Where did you find them? I would love to have them in my kitchen.

Congrats on getting your dream kitchen, (and mine :o)

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]

Hi Miti,
Thanks for the sweet comments! We bought the pendants at a lighting store called Illuminations. I'm not sure if they are a chain, or a single store. Worth googling and finding out. These are made by Dale Tiffany. G'luck finding them!

Miti said...[Reply to comment]

Thanks Andrea!!! I hope I find some. They are beautiful!!! My husband and I just met with our cabinet guy and we ended up going with the same cabinetry look that you have. I'm so excited! I'll have to let you know how it all goes. Thanks for the inspiration!

Vanessa said...[Reply to comment]

This is gorgeous! That is absolutely my dream color pallette for a kitchen. You guys did such a fabulous job and I can't wait to see more!

Kara said...[Reply to comment]

It's beautiful!! I love how bright and cheery and airy it is...great job!

the momma (aka Shannon) said...[Reply to comment]

wow! the whole kitchen is beautiful, but that built in in the dining room is GORGEOUS!! love the window over it--way to make it work! :o)

the cape on the corner said...[Reply to comment]

that is amazing, i love it. great island! if our kitchen didn't have the sunroom off the back, we could have a large island. i'm trying to convince my boyfriend we still can, we'll just maneuver around it, right?

Nancy said...[Reply to comment]

I love your kitchen and that dinning room built in cabinet is to die for!

Christa @ Stories of a House said...[Reply to comment]

I love your kitchen! I would love for you to link up to Project Diaries at my blog!


Judy said...[Reply to comment]

Hi.. I saw your comment about doing your own backsplash.. did you find it harder than imagined? Would you do it again?

Showerguy said...[Reply to comment]

Great kitchen i love the counter tops.

Jessi said...[Reply to comment]

What a beautiful kitchen! Just found your blog thru Pinterest (of course)! We also have a natural slate backsplash and need a granite to coordinate (we're taking our the gray/green Formica countertops). Do you remember the name of the granite you used? It would be perfect for us (we also have black appliances)!