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msm-s's picture

So, I bought a house :-)
Great old hardwood floors, original UNPAINTED wood trim throughout, 10' cielings, and enough space for my son to grow and me to have a real painting studio again AND a separate sewing and craft room.
Built 1922, but the last kitchen reno must have been in the early 1960's at the very latest.
But that's great-- it helped keep the price down, and now i finally get to design whatever I want!

No pictures to post, but here's some current stats:
-narrow layout: 15' x 9' (can you believe this is a huge improvement over my old smaller kitchen? lol)
-hideous medium dark wood panelling obviously applied over the old walls, with touches of typical wallpaper of the era- green/brown/yeller kettles and coffee pots.
-kitchen cieling has been lowered to maybe 8 or less
-top and bottom ovens built into wall (actually, wall bumps out to accomodate them) with separate cooktop jutting out in the "L" counter that bisects kitchen leaving narrow passage into second half.

I've tried searching the posts here at CT as i know some of you have reno'ed your kitchens in recent years, but i'm not seeing many pictures. As a very visual person, I need pictures to get me started. Please post pix of your favorite kitchen features, or links to helpful websites. A friend is bringing me an Ikea catalog when she comes back from Boston, and in the meantime I've been drooling over their stuff online.

I also welcome ALL advice!
Who knows, once I have a decent kitchen, i may actually start reading more of the cooking threads and forget the political ones! :-)

teebee's picture

(post #50914, reply #108 of 179)

Congrats on your new home! We just finished our kitchen remodel. Actually, it wasn't a remodel since it was an addition (with a workshop on the back for DH). The old kitchen is now the dining room.

My favorite thing is my stainless steel counter top on my little island. My kitchen designer tried to talk me out of it, but my contractor put it in. My kitchen designer was good, but my contractor was awesome. I will attempt to post a couple pictures (I've not done this before, also I am now using a laptop that is a bit unfamiliar). Okay, there is only one picture (I think) because I keep getting errors.

Madmom compressed this photo below. Don't open this one if you have a slow connection. Thanks!


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AnnL's picture

(post #50914, reply #109 of 179)

That is beautiful!!

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

teebee's picture

(post #50914, reply #111 of 179)

Thank you. I am going to try again to post the other picture. I think that the area above the wall ovens needs something, but I don't know what. I do know that it doesn't need a full coyote mount as my husband thinks.

I will also agree that the Taunton books are very helpful when building and remodeling. I keep getting errors when I try to attach the other photo.

In one of the books, someone said to make 3 lists: must have, maybe want, don't want. Every week or so, go over the lists to see what moves from one list to the other. The other good piece of advice was to choose your professionals carefully, then when you do, to trust them. We decided not to use friends of ours who are architects, but to let our contractor design. Our contractor came highly recommended from the mechanical contractor we totally trusted (friend of DH), as well as from two previous customers. He was so good and so patient about talking through things with us. DH is an engineer who does woodworking as a hobby, so he can "see" things from the plans. I could not.

AnnL's picture

(post #50914, reply #114 of 179)

No, somehow I don't think a coyote would go up there.  I'm sure some of the creative people here will come up with ideas. 


What is that at the end of the counter by the door?  Almost looks like a DW?


Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

teebee's picture

(post #50914, reply #116 of 179)

It is a mini-fridge! The designer drew a beverage cooler there, but the difference between a beverage cooler and mini fridge was about $900! I am the only one who really drinks wine, so we opted for the mini fridge. The kids keep their drinks in it so that they can come in off of the deck and grab a drink without going into the cooking area. We also keep condiments (and a green shaker of Parmesan cheese for DD's noodles) in it since it's close to the breakfast nook where we have most of our meals. The kids think that it's their own personal refrigerator.

The painting my niece is doing will be of my horses, so something western inspired might go well above the ovens (actually it's the oven and microwave).

I wanted to mention the drawer/cabinet pulls. I almost chose a smaller pull, but the weekend that I needed to decide, we moved into my in-laws home (they were away for 3 weeks) while the wall between the old and the new was torn out. The drawer pulls are so small that your fingers are constantly rubbing against the drawer/cabinet when you open them. There are prints/smudges all over the cabinets and drawers. I decided then to get the biggest pulls that I could and am soooo glad that I did! My contractor made so many observations/comments that really made me think.

I really do love it. And to think, all I really wanted was a second oven!

AnnL's picture

(post #50914, reply #117 of 179)

Mini-fridge!  Perfect spot for it! 


Hmmm, western, eh?  Do you have any way to access it?  You could put some big cactus up there.  They wouldn't need to be watered very often.


Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #50914, reply #119 of 179)

I just opened this thread this morning, and have been drooling over the photographs. I love, love, love every kitchen here (except MSM's - sorry! But I am anxious to see what you do with yours.) I'd love to design a kitchen to my own specs, but the one that Peter built is just about perfect, so no need to do a major reno. We have stainless steel counters on either side of the cooktop, and on the extra-large island.
As far as I'm concerned, stainless is the absolute, hands-down best material ever for a kitchen.

Our kitchen is approaching 20 years old, and no longer looks like a showroom model, which is just fine - it's a workhorse, and all the nicks and scratches are evidence that it's a room used by two people who love it, and who love cooking in it. Peter very cleverly designed the space so that two people can work together without getting into each other's way. It does need some cosmetic surgery, however. A fresh paint job and new flooring would really brighten things up - but so far we can't agree on colours -- not exactly a marriage-killer of an issue, just a point of <ahem!> discussion.





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roz's picture

(post #50914, reply #120 of 179)

"...but so far we can't agree on colours -- not exactly a marriage-killer of an issue, just a point of <ahem!> discussion."

Yes, we have the same problem. We need to tile the back splash around the stove and sink area and have not agreed for four years. This weekend we have a date at the tile store. We've agreed as of now, but wait until we see all the choices.

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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #50914, reply #124 of 179)

Our bone of contention is that I'd love to do the kitchen in a soft, celery green with white cabinets -- problem is, white shows all the dirt two dogs can drag in behind them. Second problem is that Peter is just opposed to white on principle - says it's too bland. (blech, I say! White no more has to be bland than brown has to be beige!). Second problem is that the cabinets are painted a high-gloss dark green, which is going to be problematic to cover (or expensive to let the pros have at it).





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MadMom's picture

(post #50914, reply #121 of 179)

Tell Peter that I said he might as well give up now and let you pick the colors.  You know you're going to win in the end, so why is he fighting it?  Love the stainless, though.



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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #50914, reply #125 of 179)

You'd think he'd learn, wouldn't you! So far he's been very happy with all of my other colour choices. Ah well. Maybe we need a sit-down with you and Glenys to discuss this little bone of contention.





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teebee's picture

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I got to do my own colors since DH has mild color blindness (he can't see shade variations). Fortunately, the man at our local (not big box, but a store that's been here for at least 20+ years) paint store has an incredible eye for color. I took all of my samples to him and he helped. My contractor was also excellent with color. DH's only opinion on backsplash color was, "something solid."

I have enjoyed seeing the photos of all the kitchens--all different, but all beautiful. What a fun thread this has been!

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #50914, reply #126 of 179)

Alas, Peter's colour acuity is darn near perfect, and he has the doctor's certificate to prove it. (35 years of flying airplanes, he needs good colour acuity).





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MadMom's picture

(post #50914, reply #110 of 179)

Beautiful!  Peter Durand has stainless, and I love it.  I hope you don't mind, but I resized it for those with slow connections.



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teebee's picture

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Thanks for doing that. I will try to resize the photos and post again.

I use the stainless steel for just about all food preparation. The other countertops are granite. My other favorite thing is the mixer lift for the kitchen aid. It frees up a lot of counter space.

teebee's picture

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One more time I will try to attach a photo (I compressed them). I think that was the ticket.

The other thing that I like is my recliner. The construction crew thought that was hysterical that I put a recliner in the kitchen, but how many times do you start something on the stove, and would like to sit down to read (a cookbook, of course), but don't want to walk away? The wall behind is so large with no windows because the workshop is on the other side. My niece is working on a painting for the wall (she is, as she puts it, "a starving art student").

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ouzo's picture

(post #50914, reply #115 of 179)

Very nicely done. It looks like it is very well laid out.  You must love it.


In your first post in this thread, you mentioned the open space above your ovens.  As your niece is working on a painting for the large wall, have you considered a complementary piece, or pieces, in that space? 


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MNMike's picture

(post #50914, reply #127 of 179)

OK, here's ours.  I remodeled our kitchen a couple years ago.  Still loving it.  My favorite spot is still the coffee nook - complete with built in water supply and drain for the espresso machine.  And, of course, the heated floors.  Can't beat warm feet.








 

ouzo's picture

(post #50914, reply #128 of 179)

Very nice!  Love the island - and I am usually quite critical of them;-)  

"The best tricks are the simplest and the simplest tricks are the oldest" -Simon the owl

  No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted - Aesop, The Lion & the mouse

teebee's picture

(post #50914, reply #129 of 179)

Oh yes, radiant heat is a must in the north! That was how our whole project started: DH wanted to retrofit part of the house with radiant heat, and I wanted a second oven. We still don't have the ceiling put back in the basement (it's a totally finished basement, other than the ceiling).

We kind of got a "twofor" there, as we could see your laundry room as well! No one will be seeing my laundry room. It's not on our short list of remodels. DH liked the cherry trim in the kitchen so well that he is putting it in the rest of the house.

MadMom's picture

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Beautiful! 



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chiquiNO's picture

(post #50914, reply #146 of 179)

Oh MY!!  I can just smell the coffee!!  FABULOUS job!!  I just love that kitchen!!

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

Canuck's picture

(post #50914, reply #133 of 179)

I have major kitchen envy now.

Englishmaid's picture

(post #50914, reply #134 of 179)

That's just fabulous . A room to live in . Like being wrapped in warm cashmere .

Risottogirl's picture

(post #50914, reply #140 of 179)

 Congratulations!!!!I'll be following this thread and your progress closely.


We bought a 1928 wood shingled bungalow last August, to which a rear dormer was added in the 1940's, so there are two small bedrooms upstairs. The original downstairs bedroom was made part of the livingroom. All original unpainted woodwork and built-ins with original hardwood floors downstairs, pine in the kitchen and former bedroom part of the LR and oak in the DR and original LR. There is a beadboard breezeway that is the front entry. It was literally "move-in", I painted only the livingroom before we moved in.


The former owners "updated" the kitchen very, very basically and neutrally, so it is at least appealing. I DEFINITELY plan to redo it to better reflect my own needs and taste, but at least I can take my time and "live" in it a bit to figure out what I really want. It is a small space but laid out quite well.


The one MAJOR negative of the house is that the only bath is downstairs and the bedrooms are upstairs. In order to put in even the tiniest 3/4 bath upstairs, we'll have to sacrifice the closet in the second bedroom. It is likely we'll do this even before touching the kitchen.


Laundry is in the basement and I am okay with that.


 


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

slycat's picture

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I just saw this too, so I'll show our kitchen.

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msm-s's picture

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I really like your simple cabinets and the lovely new tile backsplash. I actually like the old cabinets too, they also had a clean look. were they just too dark for you? I'm planning on a blonde wood because my kitchen is pretty dark; the houses are very close together in this part of town and my next door neighbors have 2 1/2 stories; they block the morning light, there is none in the afternoon, and just a little low light peeks in from the mud room when the sun is going down.

slycat's picture

(post #50914, reply #170 of 179)

Our cabinets were in good shape, well built but I was tired of the dark color. We opted to have them painted rather than put in new ones. I added handles. The white makes the whole house look lighter. It rains a lot here, we are just outside of Seattle and I use to have to turn the light on in the kitchen even on sunny days. I love the tile, it is recycled green glass and gives the kitchen a bit of a more modern look. DH bought me the great butcher block for Christmas and it adds more counter space, beside looking great. We did the best we could on a minimal amount of money and without knocking out any walls etc or being without a kitchen for too long. We have been in our house 21 years, so it was time for an update.

MadMom's picture

(post #50914, reply #172 of 179)

Really nice and so bright.



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

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