Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Kitchen Remodel Before & After


Here is the NOW and follow me in the time machine to the kitchen of the 90's and the 70's. We have lived in our home since 1973 and it has gone through so many changes. As I grew older and feel this is my last major kitchen change I wanted to bump it out and to add a pantry. So that is what we did and I really love it all.






Here is a picture of the in between kitchen, still dark cabinets, but we have changed out counters, backsplash, floor and appliances. This was in the early 90's to 2000 or so.






NOW~




This is the new bar area. Improvement?? Take a look below at the old area when we ate....

(I can't seem to get my pictures to move around today)







This is in 1973...I loved my Dark Walnut Pine cabinets and the bittersweet orange Formica counters. How about the Harvest Gold appliances? I was a lucky woman! Friends came to see my kitchen it was so in style. We had a Solarium pattern vinyl floor, No wax, the latest thing. See the canisters? I recently saw them in a retro kitchen. Who knew? White knobs and see the empty space? We could not afford the dishwasher at that point so it would have to wait a bit, more. Now what do you think of this wallpaper? Let's see then and now, times have changed for sure. I have always loved to cook, but now,wow!


I have a gas stove and six burners which all get used. The oven can take four cookie sheets. I have a griddle for the top and I can cook everyone's french toast or pancakes at once and if we have extras at the table I can use the warming light to keep them hot until we all sit down. I really LOVE my new stove.







The fan really pulls the cooking smells out and my husband said he knows what we are having before he comes in the door. The heat lamp is here and the shelf is not just for my nicknack's.






We bumped the room out a bit and yes we have a dishwasher.




The lights and the big window were very important to me. I can see my gardens and my bird feeders from here. I can look down to the pool and watch the kids swimming. I have had my kitchen for about 2 years now and I love it even more than before.




This is my finished kitchen, I have more pictures to share, but I am having a really hard time today. I can't seem to move the pictures and I don't want to keep adding to the top, so maybe later. Thanks for seeing my Metamorphosis. Let's all join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch and see what everyone else has done for Metamorphosis Monday.

25 comments:

Sarah said...

Woah! Amazing! Great job. :)

D said...

Your kitchen is now beautiful! I can relate to the 70's kitchen! :)

D

Mrs. C said...

Excuse my drooling, but my jaw is stuck open. Your kitchen is BEAUTIFUL! I love everything about it right down to your decorative plates and pitchers. Awesome remodel!!!

abeachcottage.com said...

phew I am drooling too, this is one great finished kitchen, isn't it amazing what a makeover does??? to be honest I can't believe it's the same place...

bj said...

This is pretty much what I'd like MY kitchen to be when it grows up!! I love it so much.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty! Would love to get some work done on my kitchen.

Lisa Shatzer said...

Beautiful job!

downhomeliving said...

Wow what a transformation lovely, we had those harvest gold appliances too lol. Hey in their day they were styling!

Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,

Linda

Deanna said...

Love your kitchen!
So very pretty what you have done.
Very, very nice.
Thank you for stopping by my place earlier. I appreciate the kind comments.
This has been a fun met monday!
Blessings,
d

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Your kitchen is gorgeous! I love the beadboard and the black and cream color combination!

Little Lovables said...

that is gorgoeus!

ImagineCozy said...

I love the color of the cabinets. It is such a warm and inviting kitchen, I'm sure you love it!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Donna, your kitchen makeover is stunning! So many fabulous elements, I love the beadboard! Love the colors!

Great transformation! Thanks for sharing!

Tina

Kammy said...

Hello !
I love what you did, You Go Girl !
Hugs, Kammy

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Stunning! You must be so happy, It's such a pleasure to cook in a beautiful kitchen isn't it?
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

JUST gorgeous Donna!! I had the same dark cabinets in our old house. We ripped out metal and put then in with butcher block formica and almond applainces and my congoleum looked like hardwood and everyone loved it! LOL My hubby would like it in this house too!

Your changes are amazing. You made some awesome choices! I LOVE IT!

Janene said...

You own my dream kitchen!
I absolutely LOVE it!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your metamorphasis looks great~ well done. I adored the 1970's photos.

Have a blessed day!

Christi said...

Your kitchen is wonderful! I love seeing the old pictures from before. I remember when those things were the latest style. I love the white cabinets and the wonderful light from the window. Would love to have your stove. Sounds like it would be a joy to cook on.

Christi @ a Southern Life
http://asouthernlife.com

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

I really like your new kitchen, especially the farmhouse sink and the eating area.

Brenda said...

Yes indeed, this was an overwhelming improvement! I love the way the changes just lighten up the whole area. Just a note: I write my blog on Windows Live Writer on my desktop. You can google it and get a free download. It is SOOO much easier to add your photos there. You can make them big or small. And then publish to your blog. Just thought I'd throw that in since you said you were having problems with your photos. Email me if you have questions.
Brenda

A Hint of Home said...

Your kitchen is to die for. Very, very elegant and so pretty.
I don't know what's up with blogger but I can't get my pictures to mover either.

Martha said...

What a fun time travel visit I had! Growing up our kitchen was like the orange, it was so in back then! I love your new kitchen, to die for!

Shirley said...

Love your kitchen. I'm getting estimates now and your cabinets are just about what I had in mind right down to the handles.

kim Hiscocks said...

The new kitchen is beautiful. Something about the old kitchen tugs at my heart strings though. I grew up with that style and it reminds me of being a kid at home with my parents. Simpler times. Enjoy the new kitchen.