Before and After

Ok, I know it has taken me a long time to get this official before and after together. Like many Do-it-yourselfers we had lingering projects that needed to be complete before I would get the official pictures taken.

I bought two sets of bar stools. The first ones had a wood seat and didn’t make the cut, they were too uncomfortable. The second set work better, they don’t look as good, but they are comfy! Jay replaced the old light above the sink. We were going to put an LED puck in, but the installation was going to be difficult for some reason, so now I have a cute light that went with my old bar stools… oops. I had a bit of touch up painting to complete. It is all done now! The final product:

The appliances are “Robin’s Egg Blue” from I love them. The Countertop is Zodiac Quartz the color is “Stratus White”. It is a nice white-grey that lightens up the room, the kids have already colored on it with markers, so we know it doesn’t stain! The backsplash is very pretty; we did a 2”x8” tile from MD Interiors in a Herringbone pattern. I prefer the longer, more narrow tile for herringbone.

Here is what the space looked like before:

I can’t believe it. I haven’t looked at this picture for a long time. I forgot how bad it was. The grid floor is making me dizzy.

This was the original concept.

I get asked a lot about walk ways. My walk way between the range and the island is 42” countertop to countertop. I think it is perfect for two people to work at. I can reach the stove while working at the island without taking a step.

This is where the old dining room table and broom closet were. We had to keep this whole run 18” deep so it didn’t interfere with the patio door. We wanted it to be different than the kitchen so we used a wood panel for a backsplash, and put the acid etch glass doors in. This is extra pantry space, brooms, kid stuff and general junk collection now!

If you remember way back we had the Hot Pink bathroom with Laundry, and it was the only bathroom upstairs. We turned it into two bathrooms, they aren’t huge but they are completely sufficient.

Changing our kitchen and bathrooms has had a huge impact on the way we live our lives. Meals have become easier to make in a rush, the house feels bigger and there is more of a sense of togetherness when we are on the top floor. I love the change. I am happy we took on the challenge. The space is beautiful, unique, and will suit our needs for many years to come.


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