Updating the Kitchen Part I


Before – Cooking Area

I’ve been incredibly anxious to start the kitchen update in our new home for over a year now. Since our house was a short sale, it took over 6 months for us to close on it (silly us we thought short sale meant “short time” to close!). Then the money we had saved for updates had to be spent on other essential repairs because our home had set empty for nearly 3 years. We never realized just how much could go wrong in a empty house.

Before Photos Sink/Fridge

Before – Prep Area

Before - Dining Area

Before – Dining Area

But last week, the kitchen update finally began! We had granite installed as the first step to our  kitchen update. We decided to keep our cabinets, even though they’re from 1975. They were top of the line at the time, and I actually can’t find anything wrong with them (except for maybe that curve in every door, but I’m sure I won’t notice it once I get everything else done I want to d0). I love my pull out pantry. I love the arrangement of the drawers. And I especially love the layout. And did I mention the solid wood part? I just can’t let them go.

repairing the kitchen

It was a mess, but only for a day.

messy kitchen

See that hint of green from where the stove was? It’s green carpet. This kitchen use to have carpet. And that stripped baby blue wallpaper above? Isn’t it funny how styles have changed!

granite counters

Anyway, here’s the after: Isn’t that better? I loved the granite we picked out. It’s a little darker than I anticipated, but I do love it, and we managed to save so much on the granite, we also had the wet bar, the laundry and a bathroom “granited” too.

This was just phase one! There’s still lots more to come with this kitchen update. A few of the other things we want to do are to refinish the cabinets to a much darker walnut finish with a shinier polyurethene to make them a bit more modern (or maybe refacing, not sure). We also want to update the cabinet hardware, paint a more flattering wall color, oh and of course re-tile (note the missing floor tile near the wine cooler, lol)!

Decisions, decisions, right now I’m trying to find a good floor tile. Here’s some of the samples I’ve brought home over the past few days. floor tiles

The company that did this installation was Professional Flooring of Apopka, Florida. I received no compensation or discount for product or services from them based on this site.

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  10 Responses to “Updating the Kitchen Part I”

  1. Paula - bell'alimento — March 6, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    Looking good! Can’t wait to see the rest of the progress : )

  2. Sandy @ RE — March 6, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    Wow. Can’t wait to see the finished product, Angie!

  3. Cassie | Bake Your Day — March 6, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    I’m so ready for a kitchen reno now. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  4. Shari-Tickled Red — March 6, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

    Oh what fun! I’m so excited for you, and what a change already with just the addition of the granite. I don’t blame you one bit for keeping your cabinets, solid wood ones are irreplaceable. Fingers crossed I get to tweak our kitchen this year {wishing}. Can’t wait for the next update 😀

  5. Marly — March 7, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    Kitchen updates are so fun! I can’t wait to see what’s coming next!

  6. Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy — March 8, 2013 @ 5:54 am

    Loving the granite, can’t wait to see more of the progress… 🙂

  7. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 8, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    That looks fantastic Angie! I would keep the cabinets too, solid wood, not all cabinets are made of solid wood any more. Have you seen that Annie Sloan Chalk Paint? I’ve seen some cabinets painted with it. From what I understand it sticks to any surface as long as it is clean. No sanding or primer I think.

  8. Bob — March 12, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    We just finished remodeling our kitchen as well. Was a nightmare but it’s over and BEAUTIFUL!! Good luck with yours. Looking forward to updates.

  9. Caroline — March 13, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    How exciting! There is no room in the house I’d rather redo than the kitchen. Isn’t that where we all spend the most time? I love the counters!

  10. OregonSue — March 16, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    Nothing better than having a window over the sink so you don’t feel closed in and can see what is going on outside! You new kitchen will be awesome!

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