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Tuesday, June 12

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sharing a few of my favorite before and after photos (8 kitchens in all) with ideas on how to bring life back into an outdated kitchen.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!

Before
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.

After
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." 
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