kitchen #5: before and after

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Day 5: I've seen my fair share of Kitchen Renovations & nothing says  REMODEL like a Kitchen redo. I am sharing a few of my favorite before and after photos (8 kitchens in all) with ideas on how to bring life back into an outdated kitchen. 
I hope you enjoy!

Gypsum board arches partly covered the windows of this 1929 Spanish Colonial Revival–style bungalow. A stairway from the back of the kitchen to the garage level cut off access to the outdoors.

Suffused with light throughout the day, the bright and airy kitchen is now a favorite gathering place for family and guests. The fake arches went first; then two original steel-sash windows were welded to make one larger window over the sink. A butcher-block surface overhangs the island on three sides, allowing seating and room for two cooks.

The Details –

Style: The white apron-front farmhouse sink, beaded board, and face-frame cabinets with flush-inset doors and drawers are true to the era.

Tile: Custom-made ceramic field tile was matched to the white cabinets. On the accent tiles, the glaze was rubbed off to reveal a base color similar to that of the integral-color concrete counter.

Lighting: Pendant fixtures with pewter-and-glass shades wash the island in soft light. A tall pantry and broom closet utilize often-ignored corner space.

The Floor Plans
Moving the staircase to a more central location, near the home's entry, made room for an 8-x 10-foot deck accessible through French doors. A central island multiplied the space for food preparation and social gatherings.

Lessons from this Homeowner:
"We wanted a light, airy kitchen, but we were determined to preserve the architectural integrity of this little Spanish casita. When you remodel the kitchen in a house of an earlier era, be prepared to do the footwork necessary to find the appropriate materials. If you don't, you’ll end up with a kitchen that's not in sync with the architecture of the home."