Due to popular request – namely from my Mom – today we’re sharing a bit of a kitchen progress update!
The very first thing we had to do in our kitchen reno was to make the kitchen functional.
Kitchen Progress – Dishwasher
The kids and I spend our days at home learning and crafting, which means we are also home for all three meals most days. Which means more dishes than I assume is normal for family who is gone all day. If you recall the original dishwasher was a wee bit tiny for our family of five…
We were running that puppy once or twice a day, PLUS hand-washing several large items like pots and pans. From the photo above, it’s obvious why an 18″ dishwasher was used though…the cabinet opening was only 18″. Which meant that to fit a full-size dishwasher in the same space, Dean had to do some cabinet reconstructive surgery.
If you noticed the funky cabinet side sticking out past the edge of the counter top, no worries; the old counters are soon to be replaced with stainless so that won’t be an issue at all!
Kitchen Progress – Microwave
The next functional thing to be addressed in the kitchen was the microwave.
We purchased a Panasonic Inverter counter top version the weekend we moved in. For me a microwave is a NECESSITY. I make all of our dog’s food in it, plus I’m a wee bit in love with our Pampered Chef microwave rice cooker. Anyway, we planned on keeping the counter top version, but it died after two weeks use! In-sane! So back it went and we decided to go with an over-the-range version like we had in the Bungalow.
Unfortunately that also required some cabinet reconstructive surgery too.
(At this point I have to give Dean a huge amount of credit – I was out when he was working on this project, and HE SET UP THE CAMERA AND TOOK PICS all by himself!!!! What a good blogger hubby!)
I definitely prefer the GE microwave we purchased this time over the boxier Panasonic we had in the last house, see…
The GE just seems to be more streamlined and lighter visually.
Kitchen Progress – Industrial Shelving
When we originally built the shelves we used palette wood to keep it cheap. The only problem with that in the kitchen was that the plates and bowls wouldn’t sit quite flat leaving them clanging every time someone walked by. So we upgraded to some laminated pine project boards. You can see that I’ve only gotten to replacing the top two on each shelf and still have to finish the remaining shelves.
The Pottery Barn Numbers art propped on top actually serves to hide an old clock plug-in and the wires for the lights.
I still have some organizing to do in the lower baskets and I’m still trying to decide whether I will add canvas liners to the wire food baskets or not. Thoughts?
Kitchen Progress – Other Stuff (!)
Another must-have kitchen item was a breakfast bar/ hangout area of sorts. That too is coming along, but obviously needs finishing. There will be beadboard and trim.
I’ve painted all the walls in the kitchen a soothing cool color called Crushed Ice by Sherwin Williams and I got the HUGE Ikea clock I’ve been drooling over for ages, plus we now have a fully stocked mini fridge for when family and friends visit!
(I still have to paint the walls in that little hallway at the end of this picture. Bye-bye yellow/orange).
So, we still need to:
- paint the existing cabinets
- add trim to the breakfast bar
- add kick to new cabinets
- level the mini fridge!
- install the stainless steel counter tops
- spray paint the existing handles and add new drawer pulls
- install subway tile backsplash
- change light fixture over the breakfast bar
- change light fixture over the sink
- figure out new window coverings (we overlook our neighbors side door)
- paint window frame
- install garbage a recycling pullouts
- install open shelving on wall over mini fridge for glasses and mugs
What do you think? Do you like the new paint color? Do you think we should whip up some basket liners for the wire food storage baskets? Or should we leave them as is?