The kitchen re-model I started on July 11 is now complete. We think it is a wonderful improvement over the original kitchen that was installed in 1975.
The previous owners really didn’t do much in way of upgrades in the house, but they did install some quality kitchen appliances that we kept, because they look good, work well and fit the overall esthetic we wanted. We did buy a new cabinet depth refrigerator and a stainless steel range hood.
The lower corner cabinets have two revolving shelves, there is a drawer under the cooktop for utensils and the cabinet underneath has pull out SS racks for cookware. The cabinet next to the dishwasher has flatware drawers and two large plate and bowl drawers. The pantry has 4 – pullout drawer/shelves.
Under the Silgranite 33″ wide sink is another pullout rack with recycling and compost bins as well as a trash can and filter for the drinking water tap. I added a remote drain control for the sink and a dish soap dispenser.
The kitchen is really pretty basic, but suits us just fine. It’s much more airy than the original and the white cabinets, light travertine patterned click together vinyl floor and light wall color makes the space bright and cheery. The Impala Gold granite counter tops add color and some drama to the space and become the focal point along with the oil rubbed bronze(black) drawer and door pulls.
I hung two of Susan’s painted sticks and one of her bird panels for color accents and the Italian 4 – season plates we hand carried from Sienna.
Removing the fluorescent soffet lighting was a no brainer as the diffuser panels were quite yellow; almost a dull orange. The three single tube fluorescent fixtures probably were equal to a 100W bulb. Now, we have two sets of LED track lights in the recessed space that work well as task light for the counter tops. I added an LED can light over the sink and two LED under counter strips. It is plenty bright for food prep and clean up.
Since we moved in last January 19, I have installed closet organizers in the bedroom and guest room, remodeled both bathrooms, painted all the walls, doors and trim in the house and converted the lighting to 100% LED. We’ve had new carpet installed in the bedrooms and new vinyl flooring in Susan’s studio space along with having the red oak floors in the living room and dining room redone.
With the kitchen finished, I am now working on hanging framed photos and art pieces and looking at ideas for a new front entry door to replace the plain double doors. Something with glass panels to help brighten up that corner of the house is next on the agenda.