Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The End of Our Kitchen Renovation, Finally!

I can't tell you how nice it feels to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. And now, the big reveal of our kitchen after a much needed face lift!

If you recall, this was the before photo:

Here are the details behind this kitchen:

Cabinets - The existing cabinets had relatively good bones, so we had them painted white. We did a lot of research and decided to leave the job to the professionals, who chose
White Satin Impervo from Benjamin Moore. Sanding and painting 4 coats for 29 cabinet doors and more just wasn't for us.

Countertops - The cracked corian was replaced with a grey granite called "Platinum Blue." I made sure our granite was not sourced from China, as I've heard that their product could be injected with color that will fade over time. We went with Home Depot, but will never again! I'll save that story for another time.

Backsplash - I wanted a classic look with staying power. Out went the mirror backsplash and in came the grey subway marble tiles.

Paint -
We chose a sky blue called "Beacon Grey" from Benjamin Moore for the walls to complement the subtle hints of blue in our granite countertop and to bring the sky indoors. Grey can dreary, so we wanted to add a lively brightness to the room.
The minimal amount of grey in the paint worked out perfectly. We also painted the ceiling to get rid of the years of grease that somehow splattered at least five feet up.

Appliances - Stainless steel ones now replace the old white turned yellow appliances.

Cabinet Hardware - We replaced the old, worn down wooden handles that matched the cabinets' putty color with new stainless steel ones to go with our new appliances, sink and faucet. They are like jewelry that totally transformed the look of the cabinetry.

Lights - We swapped out the headache causing fluorescent lights with modern track lights. Now we can point them to wherever we need.

See past Kitchen Renovation posts here:
Part I
Part II
Part III

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