ah yes, the kitchen. when we first moved in, we had the pleasure of finding all kinds of issues with the kitchen. the fridge had a water / ice dispenser but nobody ever bothered to install a water line, much less connect it to the fridge. the faucet sprung a catastrophic leak on about its 4th use, the microwave is enormous and hung down super low so that if you had a pot on the stove you couldn’t fit a spoon in the pot to stir it without hitting the bottom of the microwave. it was genius. all the cupboards were really easy for me to reach, which is not a good thing…and all the knobs were old basket-weave style that just looked hideous. the floor plan is a little weird too, with the kitchen being a little offset from the main house. i guess that’s what happens when you take a 107 year old duplex and make it a single family home. sometimes the walls just aren’t where you want them.
fast forward about a year (good grief!) and voila! we have a whole new kitchen. we raised all the cabinets about 4″ – including the microwave – installed a slate tile backsplash with glass tiles as a stripe (not the original plan but we got the slate for free, so alas), new knobs on all the cabinets, and this weekend i finally painted the walls a medium green-gray color. of course all of the colors look off in this picture, but at least now you can see it looks like a more colorful, functional space. (with a lot of junk on the counter, sorry I was in the middle of cleaning when i took these).
many older homes have sections of rooms called “bump outs” which is exactly as you would expect – a piece of the room that sticks out on the exterior. we have a partial bump out in the kitchen, which is currently waiting for it’s makeover, hopefully into a dining space. i painted this the same green-grey color. i think we’ll do a tall bistro table with two tall chairs, just to give it a better look than the hookah table currently sitting there.
next up – window treatments! i think i might actually just do something on the bottom half of these tall windows since i really like the light that comes in from them. maybe i’ll just whip up some simple shears to give us a little more privacy…what do you think?