Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Moseley Drive Tour: Kitchen

Head over to the Just A Girl blog for a Show and Share party today. There are some great things over there. We are linking up Victoria's Moseley Drive kitchen redo. I believe she told me that she has one more post to do on the tour of her old house. I can't wait for you to see the fabulous things that she and her hubby have done to their new house. Those before and afters will come slowly as she is still unpacking and getting her house on the market.-Christina

Original kitchen picture


As with the bathroom, we did not get around to working in the kitchen until the last couple of years and I wish I had done it sooner. As you can see above, our kitchen had the typical 70's wood cabinets which we painted white when we moved in almost 11 years ago. We painted them with oil paint and with a fluorescent light it turned the white paint to a yellowy cream (ick). We needed to repaint but my husband suggested we have new doors made and I convinced him that we should tear down the cabinets separating the kitchen from the dining area.



First step, tear out bank of cabinets that separated the kitchen from dining room. WOW, it really opened things up!


Second step, cut off fancy trim off cornice to give the area an updated look. My husband and father in law used a strip of wood to get their marks...Then my father in law used his saw to cut it off.



When we first moved in, we tore out a cabinet and added a dishwasher. Due to this, the doors to the right of the dishwasher could not have knobs or pulls or the dishwasher door would not open. :)


My fix was to have the cabinet door maker put hand grooves on the new cabinet doors for all the lower cabinets.


Forgot to take a "before" until after we had removed one of the cabinet doors over the stove. Notice the two short doors to the right above the stove.


We had the same guy install a microwave over the stove. It cut into my cabinet space over the stove but I loved having my microwave OFF my counter top!


Everywhere that I could, I had him make 1 long door versus 2 short doors that were there originally.


On the back side of the island originally there was paneling. See that corner under the microwave? It was pretty much inaccessible so....


I had the cabinet maker put 2 fixed doors and then one door that opened so I could access the back corner of the cabinet.


This gave me additional cabinet space and I liked the look better than the paneling.


To help make up for the cabinet space I tore out, my husband and father in law made me these beautiful open shelves. Boo hoo, I will miss these babies! I loved having open shelving.

victoria's white shelves

And after....


I LOVE IT! Love the openness, the arch, having the microwave over the stove and the shaker style doors! I hate to say but we didn't finish our make over. We were going to replace the counter tops and flooring and I had planned to hang a pot rack but we never got around to it.


You are going to hear this from me repeatedly with this Moseley Drive tour. If there is a project you want to tackle (painting your kitchen cabinets, etc) do it NOW. Don't wait! You could be enjoying it for years instead of someone else enjoying it.

More of the Moseley Drive tour:
bathroom redo
living room redo.



Keetha Denise Broyles said...

That original kitchen was just sad - - - BUT LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE!!!! It is just so cute now. It makes me want to have a lovely little cottage supper right there at your counter!

Debbie said...

Awesome, what a transformation. I am very impressed, and I love the open shelves.

Chris said...

I love so many things that I can't even choose a favorite! Maybe the open shelves? It turned out soooo nice!

Amelia said...

I have that 70's kitchen look and want to change it...this one is certainly an inspiration...but due to the fact retirement money is not overly plentiful I will just have to live the dark color. I sure did like what all was accomplished in the transformation of yours on Moseley Drive.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

You did an amazing job transforming your kitchen. I love it. It is great.

To The Moon and Back said...

What an amazing transformation. Love the look!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Yep, you are right. We have the same before cabinets. I am glad I saw them painted, now I know I will be much happier with new doors. It is so cozy and charming. Jackie

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh...let the fun begin!!! I loooove what you've done so far and can't wait to see the progress as you move along. : )

Meg said...

What were you going to do for the floors? I've always loved the re-do by the way. So much more open!

Manuela@TPOH said...

That was my original kitchen too! I had those same doors with the grooves and the same finish. I started out painting mine when we first moved in and then later I changed out the doors but kept the cabinets.

Your kitchen looks just gorgeous now! I love those cabinets. The tranformation is just amazing!


Kristen said...

I love it! I am so glad I stopped by your blog via My Cup Runneth Over! We are going to start a bit of a kitchen makeover right after Easter! I can't wait! I love those open shelves! Can I stop by for a cup of coffee? ;)

lizibeth said...

You guys did a great job - it looks so classic now. Hard to imagine the new doors ever feeling dated! Just lovely.