Thursday, March 4, 2010

Before and After- Kitchen/Family Room

This space was really a selling point for the house. One of my criteria for a new house was having a play/homeschool space separate from the sleeping spaces. I was constantly shushing everyone while the baby was sleeping, and no one could have any fun during naptimes. It was also hard to work in my kitchen because it was so close to the nappers. Now I can cook and do dishes whenever I want (oh joy!) These two spaces were some of the darkest "cave-like" spaces in the house. There was hardly any natural light coming through the windows and the family room only had one small light overhead for the whole room. The kitchen was a very dark sage grey color and brick orange weird one. The family room was dark chocolate brown. They are all colors that I like, they just didn't work in these spaces. Again, I took pictures before we finished some projects. The eat in area in the kitchen has a overhead chandelier and the family room has a flush mount fixture in the center of the room with more light. We have a matching stainless steel microwave to match the stove, but it just hasn't been put in yet. The island will go from brown to black eventually and I think I might keep the antiqued upper cabinets after all. My plan was to get new Shaker-style plain white doors, but the antiqued ones are growing on me. One conundrum I am having is what to do with the over the microwave hood. It is copper which doesn't match anything. I think it was custom made so would be hard to replace. Does anyone know if copper can be treated to turn a darker color, like a dark antiqued bronze look?

This the the old 1/2 bath off of the kitchen

New 1/2 bath. We had a 1/2 bath in our old house, and I really liked having one for the kids to wash up and use the bathroom before meals.

Old kitchen

New kitchen- I LOVE my big island. I had an island in our previous house, but it had the cooktop in it which made the island pretty unusable. This kitchen doesn't have much cabinet space, but the island holds quite a bit. The wall that you can't see in the left side of the picture has a pantry and double folding doors that house the washer, dryer, and more shelves. I really wanted a separate laundry room, but there is a possibility of moving it down the road. I had my laundry in my last kitchen, so I knew that I would have laundry all over my kitchen floor once a week. At least I have a really big washer now. The lady that bought our house traded me hers for mine. We had a stackable that fit perfectly in the space and hers were too big. I won in that deal, big time!

You can see how dark the family room used to be.

We put in 6 recessed lights, plus a couple more in the kitchen. I like light!

This is the old family room. I didn't have a good picture of the "new." We went back and forth on whether or not to paint the brick. I am glad that we did, it really lightens the room up. This room is the kid's playroom and holds my desk and is where we homeschool. The door in the left side of this picture goes to an addition. There are 2 more bedrooms and a bathroom. We don't need the space right now, so it is just storage. It isn't updated at all and doesn't have central heat and air. It is a project for down the road. We are thinking of making a 2nd master suite that could be used as a guest room or mother-in-law quarters someday.

We still plan on renovating the master bathroom and painting the outside of the house sometime in the next year. It is amazing how much my hubby accomplished, with the help of many friends, in 6 weeks. I am really enjoying my new house and am so blessed!


Kristen Borland said...

you guys have really done a lot of work!! it all looks so good!

(i'm really trying not to covet all that space right now!)

Samantha said...

Be thankful for your cute house, Kristen. You wouldn't want to have to clean this one :)

Kristen Borland said...

ha, ha... true!

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Samuel said...

You did a ton of work on that place!!
A+ job!! :)