Ahh the new kitchen. The last frontier. The final phase of this house renovation. It is almost done. We are still waiting on two cupboard doors. Want to see it? I took pictures of everything.
We started this project back in September. Step 1 – A temporary kitchen was assembled out in the solarium. I am so lucky to have that wonderful space, so bright and spacious.
Warren moved in the microwave and frig. The gas man hooked up the new stove and we used the scaffling to hold all of our food, plates and pots. I had counters galore to work on. The only draw back was the lack of water. I used a garden hose to wash my dishes. As the project inched its way into late fall the garden hose routine became colder and colder.
(a little side note: Other wives might be a little nervous at this point in the project. After all – your beautiful house is now destroyed and exposed to the world. Not me. After living through countless other renovations all beautifully completed by Warren, I know he has things well under control. Warren really is very experienced, skilled and knowledgeable. As a matter, indulge me a little bit so that I can rant about a pet peeve of mine….People are always saying to me “Oh you are so lucky to be married to a handy guy“. This drives me crazy to hear that. This guy is not just”handy”. He is a professional and one of the best. ) rant over.
The new floor was laid and lots of pot lights installed.
I love this floor. We first used these tiles back in 2013 when we renovated the bathroom. We bought extra knowing we wanted to be consistent when laying the adjacent kitchen floor. They’re porcelain – very durable and easy maintenance. The colour is perfect for our life style. We hate taking off our shoes when entering the house and the dog comes and goes with wet feet all day long. This mixture of gray, sand and light green colour doesn’t show a thing.
One of the most difficult decisions I had to make was selecting my colours. The floor, backsplash and countertops versa the cabinet doors and paint for the walls. Wow I found it really difficult to commit. I did not want to go white. Every magazine I looked at showed white kitchens. Hmmmm I’m just not a white kitchen gal. After much anguish I went with my gut. We selected “oyster” coloured cabinets.
The day we picked out our counter top was fun. We drove to Toronto and walked through a warehouse filled with amazing slabs of beautiful marbles and granites. I wanted to own them all. In the end we selected “Verde Butterfly” granite. At a distance it looks black but it has lovely deep olive tones with lots of flecks and interesting sparkles.
This is an Ikea sink.
Actually getting it was a memorable story. We loved the sink but they were out of stock everywhere in Canada. Later that month while Warren was on his Bonneville salt flat vacation he was able to pick one up at the Ikea location in Salt Lake City, Utah. Makes it kind of special, doesn’t it?
Our kitchen cabinets came from Ikea but the doors were custom made by a company in Mississauga called Doormaker.
BEFORE – ugly painted green pine cupboard doors, smaller window, old appliances
AFTER – Ta da!
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