Monday, November 24, 2014

Backsplash Tile

We finally finished the backsplash!

Close up, it looks a little funky.  The walls are not perfect, but from far away you can't notice.

We are almost done with the kitchen.
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pantry Doors

While I was reviewing options for the kitchen renovation, I knew the pantry had to stay, but I hated the bi-fold doors.  They never closed all the way, and sometimes got off the track.  I found this tutorial from 2 Little Superheroes that turned bi-fold doors into french doors.  I was in love instantly.  I would be able to reuse the old doors, and get to use the back of the doors to hang aprons, and potholders.  Win-Win!

Here is what it looked like before; with doors removed:

Here it is now:

I originally painted the doors Fedora by Behr, but the color was too greenish brown, and not nearly dark enough.  I repainted it Black Suede by Behr. The color is so much better, and from a distance looks like the black-brown color of the cabinets.

I put the hinges about equidistant  from each other, but if I would do this again, I would put the hinges farther apart from each other.  It's a minor issue, and a lesson learned.

We are nearly done with the kitchen.  More pictures next week.  We have purchased the pendant light for above the island, but those won't be installed until I have help, because of some unusual electrical work in the house.
Sunday, November 9, 2014

Kitchen view

When we decided to redo the kitchen, I wanted a more open living space.  The wall separating the kitchen from the living room need to be expanded.

Here is the view from the front door looking into the living room (2011).  The kitchen is through the archway.

Here is the view now from the front door.  No more built-in bookcase.

The kitchen isn't separated from the living room.  It feels more cohesive, and brighter.  It is exactly what this house needed to modernize it.

I have worked on the pantry doors, but need to repaint them.  More on that next week.