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Kitchen Remodel, Continued. 
Jul. 15, 2011 12:05 pm 
Updated: Feb. 15, 2012 3:46 am

No more blank wall, we've got cabinets!

In my last blog, I shared that the old wall-oven and counter-top stove were removed from Lissa's Kitchen; we cut into the counter and got a freestanding oven range.  Also removed an ugly old florescent light that hung above the counter and replaced it with a ceiling fan/light. 

Now I am pleased to share that the vacancy left by the old wall oven has since been turned into a pantry with a super-cool spice rack built into the door!  We also had custom cabinets built and installed over the new oven, which was nothing but a blank wall since the house had been built; I don't know why no one ever put cabinets there.

There is still plenty of work to do though.

Our house is off-white throughout the inside, but we've chosen a crisp white for the kitchen.  We still have to paint below the new cabinets and all the old cabinets so they are the same shade of white (you can see the difference in one of the pictures).  We will be adding color in other rooms at another point in time, to break up the monotony.

The window in the corner of the kitchen extends too far, going behind the new cabinets.  We are going to replace the old, drafty windows before winter and install a window centered over the kitchen sink (most of the windows in this house are built into the corners of the house-blech, makes curtains such a pain).  With that, the cabinets will probably be remodeled to wrap around the corner, with perhaps another cabinet on the other side of the sink (they've been designed with this extension in mind).

Also, we have a small florescent light above the sink that still is in need of replacing, and we want to rip up the tiny tiles on the counter and do something else there (that is easier to keep clean).

For now, I am ecstatic with the changes!  The kitchen looks decades newer and a million times better. And somehow, cooking in it has become even more fun!  I'm happy with the upgrades, and hubby was happy to invest in our old-but-new-to-us house.  What a win-win!

Before: Old Stovetop (only pic I could find!)
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Before: Old Wall Oven. Cutting space for new floor oven.
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Oven Range: Check!
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Coming along!
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Cookin in the new kitchen!
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Still have more painting to do.
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In-Door Spice Rack. Better than stuffed into that drawer! (see last blog)
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What a difference!
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Jul. 15, 2011 12:36 pm
Great! Thanks for sharing. It is really coming together nicely. :)
Jul. 15, 2011 1:34 pm
Very nice!
Jul. 15, 2011 10:36 pm
Thank you ladies!
Jul. 16, 2011 8:58 am
Lissa, it is coming along indeed! Love it and love the open ceiling. Once it's all done, you will totally love it all and appreciate all the hard work both you and your husband have put in this.
Jul. 16, 2011 7:05 pm
Nothing like a kitchen update to make a lady feel like a homemaker, and enjoy taking care of her home. Congratulations on your new work kitchen. It looks great!
Jul. 17, 2011 11:03 am
OK decorator part of me comes in here. Paint the walls a warm shade to offset the coolness of the white. Nothing too dark. Go with something that enhances the wood. I have had two White cabinet kitchens and I loved them. One I did in a warm shade of camel. The other I did in a warm medium grey brown taupe.
Jul. 18, 2011 8:28 am
This will surely make cooking that more pleasurable...Having an accent color as suggested by Maui Girl is a good call. Nice Job Lissa.
Jul. 18, 2011 7:19 pm
@Avon: thanks! We are appreciating it already! It does feel good!
Jul. 18, 2011 7:20 pm
@Mamaw, thank you, you are so right!
Jul. 18, 2011 7:22 pm
@ Mauigirl & Cookin: yes, I so agree. Our entire house is off-white and I NEED it broken up. I appreciate your inputs; I wasn't sure what color would go good against the white cabinets.
Jul. 19, 2011 5:33 pm
Lissa, Bring home a ton of paint chips and see what compliments your other woodwork and furniture. When you have too many different white surfaces the dullest white tends to make the other whites look shabby. Pick out the countertops the same way. Granite is getting VERY cheap these days and fabricators are getting way cheaper too. If you use a large tile, make sure you do a very thin grout line and make sure it matches the tile so you don't get a busy look. Laminates are cheap and they have some GREAT looks these days. Ask for consult at a big box hardware store. Many of the people who work in kitchens or draperies or floors have some great ideas. Mostly....just have fun and enjoy that warm and cozy kitchen :)
Jul. 19, 2011 6:08 pm
Thanks for reading and for posting the great tips, mauigirl! Will keep in mind!
Dec. 4, 2011 6:34 pm
I saw lots of natural light in your kitchen. Ahhh so peaceful. Very pretty. What works good with one solid color, like white especially, is lots of textures. Im not sure how to gain textures in a kitchen. Maybe lots of molding on the cabinets, tile, hardware, and floors. Now I see that is what you did. What a great job!
Feb. 15, 2012 3:46 am
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I live in beautiful wine country, Northern California, on the edge of state forest. My husband and I are in our 30s and have the most amazing little 1 year old girl. I haven't had as much time in the kitchen since becoming a mom, but I love that she is getting old enough to enjoy my cooking! I enjoy riding my motorcycle and snowboarding, camping, classic and hard rock music, tattoos, singing, and *of course* fiddling in my kitchen! I love trying new recipes and have had fun as an Allrecipes Allstar in the Brand Ambassador program!
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