Here it is at long last… the before-and-after shots of my parent’s little cottage kitchen remodel!
If you recall, my parents moved to Chico and bought a tiny ranch fixer-upper on a roomy acre. I first shared with you the inspiration for the kitchen remodel (which I was privileged to design and shop for) back in January 2013. Yes, that’s a long time ago. Don’t judge. Then, in late November I showed you the front of the house, and last week the magnificent backyard. So, now, are you ready for the kitchen?
To refresh your memory, this is the before:
This kitchen is teeny-tiny, and given the 1100 square feet total in the home, that part wasn’t about to change. We were working with the space that we had. But we hoped we could make it function a lot better and have it be much prettier!
Here is the original mood board:
So, how did it turn out?
Without further ado…
A cozy yellow-and-white galley kitchen.
As you can see, in the before, a water heater cabinet took up a significant amount of the kitchen space (and storage):
Nope, that’s not a pantry folks. Just a water-heater closet. Solution? Moving the heater to the garage, and freeing up a bunch of cupboard and counter space.
On the other side, the wall oven on the left (which was teeny-tiny at 24 inches) took up a significant amount of valued cupboard/counter space as well. And, the kitchen wasn’t utilizing its whole space – see that 30″ bit of bare space on the right until the window? (We had to stop the cabinets at the window as the counters are higher than the window frame).
Well, we moved the oven into an all in one unit with cooktop (upgraded to gas!) and situated the fridge into the bare space… creating a work triangle of sink, oven and fridge:
Here’s the small cooktop and non-functioning microwave:
And the new gas range with butcher block counters flanking…
The deep double farmhouse sink and glass cabinets lighten and brighten the space so much:
Here are more bits and pieces:
Glass-front cabinets flank the sink, kitchen towels and artwork hang on the galley wall.
They used the extra piece of butcher block to top a table under the other window… adding more farm-style counter space to the room.
Mom sewed the curtains out of painter’s drop cloths (a very affordable way to go).
Close up of the penny tile and butcher block (oranges from the navel tree in the backyard):
And a last little far away shot of the whole room:
This remodel was done on a tight budget, but it was not diy (they hired contractors to complete each step). Here is a brief run down of resources (since I’m sure you’ll ask!):
Cabinets: Ikea (Lidingo)
Countertop: Ikea Numerar Butcherblock (Oak)
Backsplash: Merola Penny Tile Round Vintage Yellow (from Hope Depot)
Over the sink light fixture: Home Depot
Gas Range: Frigidaire Gallery with Convection
Farmhouse Sink: Ikea Domsjo Double Bowl
Flooring: Oak strip, to match existing living room floor
That’s about it! A new kitchen, that is simple sweet and cheery (and came in under budget, as well!).
Up ahead: the living room, dining room and hall bath got a little refresh as well!