“Kitchen’s always open.” ~ Jason Medina, A Ghost in New Orleans
Some of you may know we have been in the middle of a kitchen remodel. We have a small kitchen and it hasn’t gotten any bigger, but we do have new cabinets, sink, and counter. It has been a long time coming and this kitchen has gone through a few transformations in the 33 years we have lived here. Thought it would be fun to share a few of the former “looks”…
This picture is the earliest one we have, taken in 1983. The wall at the far end was just put in and the space between the then pantry and the kitchen had been cut back to all more room. Check out that hideous floor! The cabinets were original to the house from about 1953. Behind the bi-fold doors on the left is where the water heater was at the time.
In 1985 we decided we were skilled enough to buy and install some do-it-yourself affordable cabinets from Home Depot. Though we did our best, not everything was level, but hey, it was an improvement from what we had! At this point the water heater was still in this area behind those bi-fold doors.
Fast forward to 1993. I was going through a distressed paint phase and got it into my head to paint our kitchen cabinets using a crackle paint technique. My father-in-law Al made the new upper cabinet doors so we could incorporate some glass. I installed the tile on both the counter and the floor. As you can see the bi-fold doors are no longer there. Brian relocated the water heater to the basement, which allowed us the opportunity to extend the kitchen counter. Much needed space! This picture was taken October 17, 2015, just before our most recent remodel so, except for the new refrigerator, stove, dishwasher (which were purchased two years ago), the kitchen has been like this for 22 years. We have prepared so much food in this small galley kitchen! So, now for the big reveal…
What do you all think? Of course we are still getting used to it, but there are some fabulous features that I am in love with
The upper cabinets are deeper than the old ones, which makes Brian happy. Several years ago he bought these beautiful presentation bowls (upper right, behind the glass) and they wouldn’t fit in the old cabinets.
The lower cabinets have pull out shelves so I don’t have to get on my hands and knees to get a pot!
Our new farmhouse sink is quite large and easily holds the big pots we use for homemade stocks.
The faucet is new as well with a gooseneck that can be pulled down for spraying all around the sink.
The one thing about farmhouse sinks…less space under the sink. It easily handles everything I’ve always stored under there but am so glad I wasn’t the one that installed the disposal and faucet cause there’s not a lot of room there to work!
My bulk spices needed to be re-organized so I had a magnetized stainless board made to attach to the side of the refrigerator next to the stove. I’m really loving the quick access.
We still have lovely light streaming into the space as we always have but with the counters and cabinets all in white, it feels so much brighter, even with the overhead lights off.
I’m still taking pictures in here. I have a very long cutting board Brian made me years ago that spans across the new sink nicely for a make-shift table. It was pitch dark outside when I took this shot so used my Lowel EGO table studio light with one of Brian’s old white T-shirts draped over it and a simple white foamcore board to bounce light back into the scene.
As the years go by, this kitchen may go through even more changes, but in the end it will always end this way; me in the kitchen, no make-up, apron on, and getting ready to make a meal to feed those I love. The kitchen’s always open.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Your encouragement and support is very much appreciated.