Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Before and After

WELCOME TO MY NEW KITCHEN! I COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT THE HELP OF SOME VERY GOOD FRIENDS - ESPECIALLY JG, GENERAL CONTRACTOR EXTRORDINAIRE! I HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THESE BEFORE AND AFTER PICS.


BEFORE: BUILT IN 1974, AND NOT MUCH DONE TO IMPROVE THE PLACE SINCE. IT WAS PRETTY WORN OUT.


AFTER! I LOVE THE SLATE FLOOR - VERY BEAUTIFUL, AND VERY ECONOMICAL.


BEFORE: ALL OF THE ORIGINAL BEAMS, CABINETS AND CLOSETS WERE BUILT FROM WOOD MILLED ON SITE, WITH COST-SAVING PLYWOOD FOR THE CABINET & DRAWER FRONTS. BUT THEY WERE IN SUCH ROUGH SHAPE, THERE WAS NOTHING TO DO BUT GO SHOPPING AT IKEA FOR REPLACEMENTS.


AFTER: I LOVE HAVING AN EXTRA DEEP SINK. I KEPT THE OLD DISHWASHER AND FRIDGE, WHICH ARE IN FINE SHAPE. GOOD LIGHTING MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE!



BEFORE: THIS WINDOW SEAT IS A MAJOR FEATURE IN THE KITCHEN, BUT WAS SO UGLY & TIRED OUT! A VERY DEAR FRIEND OFFERED A GIFT OF A HUGE SLAB OF BLACK SLATE TO COVER THE SEAT. IN WINTER IT'S A GREAT PLACE FOR PLANTS. IN SUMMER IT WILL BE A LOVELY PLACE TO SIT. ALL THE WALLS WERE SUPER-INSULATED, SKIM-COATED WITH PLASTER AND PAINTED.


THANK YOU TO ALL OF MY FRIENDS FOR THEIR LOVE AND SUPPORT- AND TO IKEA! BUYING A HOME ON MY OWN AND REMODELING IT WERE MORE STRESSFUL THAN I WOULD HAVE GUESSED. I AM SO HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS! I FEEL SO MUCH AT HOME HERE.
MORE "BEFORE AND AFTER" TO COME IN FUTURE POSTS! FOR LOTS MORE FUN "BEFORE AND AFTERS" VISIT DESIGN*SPONGE.

3 comments:

Uniques Handmade Accessories and Gifts said...

Wow what a huge improvement! Looks beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I like the red accent of the painted window frame. Bold choice! Good for you for hanging on to perfectly servicable appliances.
Laura

GREEN KEY said...

Hi Laura. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I love my red windows. It's the accent color throughout my house, which is very small. Some of the windows rise all the way up to the second floor, so keeping the color theme consistent throughout was essential.