Over the weekend I had a photographer over to take some pictures of Cooper – a sneak peek of which you can see here – and we got to talking about the kitchen renovation and how Joel and I ended up choosing the color palette for the entire house. That was the second time I have had that conversation recently, and when I was looking at the blog to find the “before” pictures of the kitchen, I realized I had not ever posted true “after” pictures. The closest I ever got were these, which only show a glimpse of what the space would become.
At one time I had a sort of legit reason for delaying the “after” shots. Fireclay Tile, the place where we got our beautiful backsplash tile, had asked for pro-level shots to use on their blog. Cinematography doesn’t quite count as photography, but Joel is pretty useful with a camera, and we told Fireclay we’d do it ourselves. And then we had to wait on a bit more tile installation. And then we waffled about a couple of details. And then we waited to hang art. And then it was the holidays. And then it was really dark all the time. And then. And then. And then.
Having the photographer in the house this weekend saying such nice things about our new kitchen/dining space – and then not having any good pictures of it for her to share with a friend about to go through a similar process – was just the kick in the pants we needed. The next day we cleared the countertops and got to work. Et voila! Pictures!
We are madly, deeply in love with how it all turned out. Earlier this week Joel proclaimed that the remodel was life-changing and I mocked him, but he’s actually right. It makes a huge difference that we can all be together in the evenings, instead of being separated by the wall that used to be between the kitchen and dining room. We spend so much family time in the kitchen now, cooking, doing homework, drinking coffee, playing games. At the time we started the project it felt like too much too soon (given that I had only moved from California a few months earlier), but I wouldn’t take it back for anything.
Fireclay posted a complete set of images in their gallery this morning, but I’m just going to share a couple here for now.
This shot was taken from the now-defunct corner where the old dining room used to meet the kitchen. Just out of frame to the left are a built-in bookshelf and a built-in window seat. I love those details, but my favorite parts of the new kitchen are all in this picture. First, the double ovens. Ohmygod. The double ovens. I don’t know how I ever lived without them. Second, the farmhouse sink. I didn’t know I could love a sink, but even the dreaded task of doing dishes in this one makes me happy. And third, the center island with bar seating. I personally don’t love sitting on a bar stool, but Joel and Claire sit there all the time while I’m cooking, which makes the task far less lonely.
This picture was taken standing just in front of the dishwasher. These pendant lights and the glass globe that hangs over the sink are both from this Etsy seller, and they definitely make the space feel more considered, more fancy. The framed art on the left is from this Etsy artist who does amazing layered papercut art using topographical maps. The one in the foreground is the San Francisco Bay and the farthest one is a Minneapolis chain of lakes, and I bought them for Joel when I first moved here. We had earmarked those spots for them all along, but I’m so pleased it worked out how we had imagined.
You’re also looking at the only wallpaper we replaced after tearing miles and miles of it down this fall. (There’s still the French nudie wallpaper in the basement.) While we hadn’t originally planned an accent wall, at some point in the remodel it just became apparent that we needed one. It only took one trip to dig through wallpaper books to find this one, and though we were nervous about how it would all come together, it was perfect.
To the very right of this second image you can also see the fun butterscotch we painted the downstairs bath and hallways throughout the house. We have one more room to get painted at the end of this week, and then we’ll be ready to show you what the rest of the now-wallpaperless house looks like! We’re quite smitten.