There’s a lot that we could have done to this kitchen—and I guess we still could. But we’re on a time budget as well as a financial budget so we had to pick our battles. Knock out what we could and live with what we could. This way we get to live with the space awhile too….
The biggies in the kitchen were cabinets, lighting and appliances.
The old kitchen ( some pics in here from the open house ) had upper and lower cypress cabinets. When we removed the uppers we reused them out in the closet of my studio for storage. They are good cabinets but seemed to squish the space too much. With 11-foot ceilings, something needed to be taller here.
Pictures of the old space:
We went south to a place called Southern Arch to buy reclaimed barge board like our living room walls. We removed the fluorescent lights on the ceiling and replaced them with a sputnik chandelier. The stove was quite rusted and needed replacing. The frighted worked fine but was way too big for the space. It covered up light switches and blocked counter space. We found great deals on both at Home Depot —and both are made in the USA. Kitchen island was easier to remove than it looked—and while we still have to get chairs for the table, we now have a great space to sit in the kitchen.
Pictures of the new shelves: