Is the before picture just about the most pitiful kitchen you have ever seen? Could I have won awards for ugliest kitchen?  Yes, yes, I do believe so. The original kitchen sported 1970s era appliances, cheap cabinets, laminate counter-tops and a recessed tube lighting system that our realtor when we bought the house called a “California light” (??)…ummm…ooookay…fancy names don’t make it any better…hahaha.

Above the kitchen eating area was a dirty white fan and there was a spot in the ceiling where the bathroom above had overflown at some point. Finally to make it extra nice, it had metal bi-fold doors for the pantry, cream/peach/green wallpaper and white/pink/blue linoleum. Originally, as in over the first year, we painted the cabinets bright white and installed new floor and appliances and slider door and fixed the ceiling and lights. We also scraped all the wallpaper off. You can’t see it but it was a green and peach stylized floral design that clashed with the pink/blue/white linoleum.  If I had been blogging back then you would have endured lots of wailing about the wallpaper throughout the house.

When I got to where I could not live with the painted cabinets anymore we finally replaced the cabinets and refrigerator (again) moving the first refrigerator we ever bought to the garage. We did all the tear out but hired installation of cabinets and granite and had them put the appliances back in.

The final tally for the new kitchen is:

  • The window and slider were replaced and the trim redone.
  • Hardwood floors and FIVE layers of linoleum removed. It looked like an excavation project.
  • french doors were added to the pantry.
  • New appliances, all in their same spots to not muck around with plumbing/electrical
  • new cabinets
  • a peninsula with beadboard and corbels
  • granite countertops in Ice White
  • tv/media/computer wired – for pulling up recipes or tv watching
  • the old desk on the other side of the refrigerator was replaced with a coffee bar and china cabinet upper and drawers lower.
  • New refrigerator
  • recessed lights added and the horrible former lights thrown in the trash!


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Do you recognize the painting? It hangs in my new dining room Dining Room – Before & After