|Project by MoshupTrail||posted 299 days ago||2007 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
Only a few months after finishing our first kitchen reno project we had to move. That meant selling the house we had put so much into. We bought a new house, and while the kitchen was not terrible, it was dated, and poorly designed. For examples cabinet doors were oddly mounted leaving you wondering which way they should open, and creating a feeling of out-of-balance. Here’s what we started with:
We elected to replace the 42” cabinets with 2 rows of cabinets, one 30” (about all most people can reach anyway) and a clerestory row of 15” cabinets with windowed doors and puck lights in each one. This would mean replacing the original cabinets, not just refinishing.
We will re-purpose most of the cabinets in other parts of the house. They are not in bad condition, just large (42”) and give the kitchen a weighty, frumpy feel. (oh yes, also a bit greasy and dusty)
I won’t bore you with the demo. Here’s the kitchen with a new floor, and everything removed except the stove. It was a good stove and I found a friend who could use it.
The first step was lighting. Lighting is critical in a kitchen. Not enough and it looks dark, like this one. Too many overhead florescents will give it an industrial feel. We want to go for a modern, warm, but classical look. Not too trendy, but nice materials and finishes. So we changed the 4 globes to 6 recessed floods with CFL bulbs.
Here is the lighting while some of the wall cabinets are going up:
The puck lights in the overhead cabinets and LED under-cabinet lighting will add more light and a touch of glam!
We went with a wall-oven mounted under the counter to give more counter top space. Also, we allowed for the microwave to be under the counter. We moved the cook top to the island and built the island with more cabinet space under it. Oh yes, we added a wine cooler at one end and a glass windowed cabinet above it for wine glasses.