kitchen #7: before and after

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Day 7: I've seen my fair share of Kitchen Renovations & I LOVE KITCHEN REMODELS. 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sharing a few of my favorite before and after photos (8 kitchens in all) with ideas on how to bring life back into an outdated kitchen.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!
In spite of the knotty paneling, dark cabinets, and brown tile of the old kitchen and dining room, the new owners of this lakeside retreat sensed the potential for one open, organized space in which to cook and entertain.

With walls removed and the ceiling raised, the space acquired the "bones" needed for a light-filled kitchen outfitted in materials chosen for durable, rather than trendy, appeal. Two sinks, two refrigerators (one in a base cabinet), and two separate ovens ensure flexibility and convenience for an avid cook.

The Details –

Cabinets: Custom-made face-frame cabinets with partial-overlay doors and extra-deep crown molding show off the combined beauties of birch and red alder.

Workspace: A tiered peninsula with granite countertop and breakfast bar provides another work station closer to a gathering spot for guests.

Lighting: Remote-control skylights with shades admit or block light year-round and, when open, are a welcome means of releasing fierce summer heat.

Shelving: Angled display shelves facing outward help link the new dining area and expanded kitchen.

The Floor Plans
The original kitchen consisted of a longish galley, interrupted by a short wall and the refrigerator. New plans called for an L-shaped layout, with part of the kitchen extending into the former dining room. via