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The kitchen makeover.

So, the kitchen! It´s not exactly finished yet, but here are a few pictures of where we stand now. Which is a pretty good status, I hasten to add. I love, love, love this kitchen. I am so happy with how it turned out. It practically went from my least favorite room to the best - and prettiest - kitchen I´ve ever had. 

We pretty much stuck to the plan. I painted the Ikea cabinet charcoal (Farrow and Ball´s "Down Pipe") and a cream white (F&B "Slipper Satin") and added old fashioned knobs painted in the same color. 

Look, an old kitchen bench came to live with us! It´s painted F&B Charleston Gray (and some green from the hardware store) to match the opposite wall. Right next to this bench, to the left, we are going to build a high wooden shelf for cookbooks and such (which right now are still stacked on the window sill, sigh.)

Here´s said wall painted in F&B Charleston Gray. I love how this turned out, I think the dark color totally makes the room. I´m still not entirely sure about this long shelf but maybe it will grow on my over time. I am going to tile a little backsplash just above the sink... see the tiles? I am either going to use the ones on the right side which match the cabinet color nicely but are maybe a little to countryish for me... or get some plain old white tiles to combine with the ornate tiles left from the old stove (RIP). Opinions? 

Okay, and because I know people love Before and Afters, here is the After (duh). 

And here´s the Before (with furniture of the previous owner, picture taken while viewing the house for the first time). If you like this one better we can´t be friends any more, I am sorry.

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Reader Comments (23)

I can only imagine how delighted you must be! It is a beautiful kitchen: warm and welcoming, and simply serene....well done!

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

It looks really great. Much much better than the before. I do think you should use the tiles salvaged from the beautiful old stove for the backsplash. They would look really nice mixed with white subway or square tiles. We are in the middle of redoing our kitchen and I too am really sick of not being able to cook anything on a stove. Luckily our new stove is supposed to get delivered today.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

Amazing transformation! Absolutely beautiful and inspiring too.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Absolutely lovely. The 'after' is like a great big deep breath of fresh air compared to the 'before'. Nice work!

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

Absolutely stunning. I think using the old tiles mixed in with white will look fantastic, and nice to have a touch of the old kitchen to remind you how far it's come! The before and after is incredible, you have a great eye for colour and detail. Loving the bench seat too.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

Nice, I like the transformation, as well! Only to the shelf: Is it possible to "hang" it differently? I don't know how these attachment-things are called in English, but I don't like their shape: too round compared to the clear lines of the rest of the kitchen!

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I commented yesterday, and apparently my compliment never made it through moderation, so I will just say again that this transformation is beautiful - it is such a serene room, and warm and inviting, too....

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

Thank you all! :) Am going the old tiles route!

Sarah: Exactly what I am thinking. The shape is not right. Glad that one more person feels like this!

February 21, 2013 | Registered CommenterKatrin

What a beautiful transformation! Must be such a joy now to go and cook dinner!

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBettina

Oh, it is SO beautiful!!! Your new kitchen is a vast inprovement on its "before" picture! It is so lovely and light and warm and happy looking! I actually LOVE your cookbooks sitting on that window sill and shall miss them when they get their new shelf. I also love both the tiles you are considering but I like your blue and white salvaged ones best and think they will look so beautiful mixed in with the plain white ones you plan to put with them.

Also, I adore the paintings you have hung in your kitchen - they give a nice contrast with all the clean newness of the kitchen and make it feel welcoming. Overall, FANTASTIC JOB on your kitchen (and your whole house - it is my dream house and I love to come back and look at pictures and fantasize about living there myself!)


February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

Annette, that has to be the nicest comment ever! Thank you so much! I love the paintings as well, glad someone noticed them!

February 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterKatrin

You were definitely right painting that wall grey. Looks fantastic. Since your floor is white and you also added old things like those fabulous paintings, the room feels fresh, airy, modern, yet cozy and comfortable.
You showed a picture of your shelf before. Back then I already thought that it does not really fit the rest of the room, but hey, if you like it go for it. Now, that you are not really sure about it yourself, I'd like to comment on it. I do like the shelf itself and the length of it. I am with Sarah though, the "shelf holding thingies" are too big and curvy, thus stand out way too much. John and Sherry P. (Younghouselove.com) also have such curvy "shelf holding thingies" (Geez, what's the English word for it - anyone?) in their kitchen and I do not like the way it looks there either. Too dominant. Though I think that a little female touch with those paintings and some curves (shelf or whatever else there might come) gives the somewhat sleek, straight and neutral kitchen the warmth which makes it so comfortable already. If you have the time, nerve, and money I'd change it. Or maybe you could cut a bit off of them, that way you save some money. Maybe one third?
As for the tiles, I fell in love with the square ones on the right the minute I saw the picture. Does not feel countryish to me, but it might be different IRL. After reading that the ornate ones are the old tiles from the stove, yes, I understand why choosing those makes sense, too. Difficult decision. The squares do work really well with the rest of the kitchen though, it makes it look coherent. If you do not have many old ones in the first place, you could still use them throughout the kitchen (or house) as coasters for hot drinks (or glue a couple together for a big coaster for the teapot), you could put a tile on your shelf above the sink as an individual artwork or glue a hanger on it and hang it somewhere in the kitchen. (...)
Whatever you choose, it will be fine and will look wonderful, as always. :-)

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterConstance

FYI, the correct word for "shelf holding thingies" is "brackets". I'm not sure about the shelf either. I'm sure you will work your magic and come up with something more suited to the space.

February 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

Brackets! Thank you!

Constance: Yes I agree, I like the shelf as such but not the brackets. There aren´t really many shelving solutions I really like though! I thought about doing a "no brackets" shelf but I think this would be too modern. We´ll see. As for the tiles, still not sure either. I ordered the plain tiles and will make a decision once they are here (we found the square tiles in the basement... just so you know that I am not running around buying tiles right and left ;)

February 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterKatrin

I think Ikea's Ekby Stilig - or something similarly "luchtig" - might be a better option for the brackets, although I don't actually mind the curvy brackets. They kinda balance the curves of the bench opposite....
If you are only going to tile the small stretch above the sink, though, it might be an idea to rejig the bracket locations, as they are not symmetric above the sink itself, and might cause a bit of heartache, and headache, getting them to look integral. :-)

February 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

Aha - I went away for a few days and missed all this excitement! Your kitchen looks truly amazing - absolutely fantastic. I love it all. I love the grey painted wall and I actually like the shelf too. As for the tiles it looks as though you made up your mind already and I totally trust your judgement - can't wait to see how it turns out. It looks really, really fabulous. Well done, you must be thrilled with it.

February 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I too love how your kitchen turned out, but I'm also not sure about the brackets and shelving. For my own kitchen, I'm thinking about replacing those upper cabinets by open shelving and have collected tons of inspirational pics on pinterest. I've recognised that I sometimes don't like the dimension of brackets and shelving against a wall, sometimes the shelving feels too thin, not sturdy (?) enough for a big empty wall.
I like your house very much and am very inspired by your sense of colour and decorating:)

February 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterimke

Phew. I definitely like your version better! Must be so nice to have it done.

March 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjustine

I LOVE your new kitchen! You picked my dream sink. I totally envy you for having such a great bench, and well, having enough space to put it :) I think I'd go for the stove tiles. Outlining the brackets with the tiles is probably a good idea, as suggested before. What looks a bit off to me about the shelves is that they aren't touching the wall on the left side of the counter. I like the curvy shelves, but I can imagine something slightly more minimalistic would work even better.

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIsis

When you re-hang the brackets, if you do, align one on each side ot the sink so the sink is int the middle. Even if the studs don't align theres a way to make it work w support wood behind shelf. Looks great! Love the colors and the countertops.

August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney Fenyo

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