Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kitchen Before and After

I thought it might be fun to take a little tour of my house starting with the kitchen.
We bought this place 3 years ago and knew there had to be a few changes made.
The kitchen had just been redone so it was a hard decision to remove a perfectly good kitchen but you will soon see why we did it.

The cabinets the previous owners put in blocked the flow of the house. In order to get more counter space they blocked off a walk through to the dining room and turned it into an impractical pass through. We also wanted to put in hardwood floors on the entire main floor and I think it would have been far too much wood for my taste.

Heavy drapes in the kitchen - blah!!!

It's all not working for me.

The sunshine ceiling has got to go!

Do not fret - this kitchen and appliances did not go to the landfill. I took these photos, listed it on craigslist and had them sold and removed within four hours of turning the key. Yay!
And I actually got a fair bit for it all which helped pay for the new kitchen.

Here is what we did with our limited time (thirty days) and a limited budget.
(Sorry these aren't the best pictures but it is a super dark rainy day here so I'm using what I have.)

The sunshine ceiling has been removed and replaced with pot lights -
sadly the ceiling still needs to be painted to this day. (On my to-do list though.)
Removing the tile was no easy task, and the subfloor might have been even harder to remove but it was worth getting rid of to have the floors that we have now.
We put in this beautiful wide plank hand scraped oak flooring.
My brother sells wood flooring and was able to get us a good deal,
if not for him we would never have been able to splurge on this!
We had the cabinets installed to the ceiling which I think looks much better.
The appliances were replaced with stainless steel and we had gas brought in for the gas range.
An over the counter microwave was installed to help save counter space.

On the wall opposite the sink we designed it like a pantry wall, I had the wine rack and little shelf for cookbooks thrown in to break up the wall of cabinet doors and we went with a counter depth fridge so it would look like it was built in.

Beside the fridge I added a few pot drawers, which you can never really have enough of.
I used a butcher block counter above the pot drawers and had glass cabinet doors put above it.
This little niche almost serves as a little butlers pantry, I really like this little spot and I think it makes the kitchen a little different and I like not having everything too matchy-matchy.
Of course we opened up the walk way - having that walk way open again makes way more sense in my opinion.

A better shot of the butcher block counter and glass cabinet as well as the only picture with the backsplash tiles installed. The tiles are a matte finish, oversized subway tile in a light gray green which is a colour that I gravitate to.

The heavy drapes were removed and replaced with wide slat wooden blinds and I had a bench seat built along with the cabinets. The top of the bench flips up and hides all our playdough, colouring books, and other assorted kiddie craft stuff.

With limited time and a limited budget this kitchen is be no means top of the line.
We looked for deals where ever we could, I scoured Ebay for deals on hardware,
and we did what we could do ourselves.
When this reno was happening I had a two, five and seven year old and my husband was working fourteen hour days in the film industry. We had sold our previous home, put everything in storage but the minimum, and were living in a rental which we could not wait to get out of.
I had my hands full, I shed a few tears, but am still happy with how it turned out all things considered.

Last but not least we added a few little things to make it our own......

I'm still in need of art work above the bench seat - thinking about a chalkboard or perhaps subway art like the one Ashley at Lil Blue Boo made.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Treasures in Black and White

Yes, I feel like I have been a little out of touch with the blog world and my blog friends as of late. I never expected to be absent for so long either. My sister gently reminded me how long it had been since me last post......Ooops! Well with the magic of the Olympics a distant memory, kid parties over with,and sick children now back at school I am finally feeling like I can get back to normal life. Yay!
I have not had the time to sew, decorate, or hunt for treasures, but I have made time to sort. and organize and that always feels good.
I have been scanning some old photos for my Father-in-law and in so doing have found a few sweet little treasures worth sharing. (Nichole if you see these keep it a secret from your Hubby as there maybe some forthcoming gifts for family members.)

Here are a few of my favorites.......
How much more Canadian could you get?

Love the old wooden sidewalks and the child's wagon that says :Artillery Car" on the side!

I think this one has to be my favorite.
Who didn't play "wedding" just once when they were a kid?
It looks like something right out of "Little Rascals".

Flowers for sale.

Love the lazy days of summer!
We were happy to find this photo!
The family members in this photo traveled half way across the country in the car above.
The picture was taken in Stanley Park in Vancouver (the "Central Park" of our city).
Some engineers are doing everything they can to preserve this old tree
... here is what it looks like today.

Sad to compare the two photos.

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