Here is our kitchen before.
As you can see, it was outdated and in need of a lot of work. Not only were the cabinets out of style, they were just too small. The appliances were old and barely working. The old Formica countertops were not durable and they were UGLY!! All of that being said, our kitchen was still the gathering place of our guests. We knew we had to make it more accommodating for big groups, as we both love to entertain.
When Vladimir decided to raise the ceiling, he realized the wall separating the kitchen from the living area was not a bearing wall. He decided to tear it out and open up the entire space.
The next step was designing the layout of our new space. We had been purchasing our appliances one by one for about a year or two, so that it wouldn't end up being one large expense. Once we had all the appliances and cabinets, we used Ikea's online kitchen designer to help draw out our ideas. As you can see here, we started out knowing where we wanted our fridge. After that, the rest of our kitchen fell into place.
This shot is midway through the process. We fell in love with these gorgeous, dark brown, bamboo cabinets that Vlad discovered at work, (OZ Enterprises). We also picked out a rich black granite. We were worried that the combination of the two would make our kitchen appear too dark; but we couldn't bear to part with either. Our solution was to have lighter cabinets on top. We settled on Ikea vertical stainless steel cabinets with horizontal white glass cabinets underneath.
Vladimir had always wanted a giant kitchen island. He decided to use an entire slab to make it. How many Eastern European men does it take to carry a granite slab? Nine! (Vlad took a break to take the picture ;) )
I picked out this gorgeous backsplash from Lowe's. We both agreed on it several months before we started the renovation. Just like with the appliances, we bought each panel one by one over several months instead of buying them all at once. Vladimir added lighting underneath the cabinets to shine down on the countertop, which you can see in the next photo.
Vladimir didn't want to have any seams on the countertop, so he opted for a wood butcher slab instead! Not only does it break up the dark granite, but is also extremely convenient!
Here is a shot of the kitchen all finished. It turned out sleek, modern, and just plain beautiful. We could not be more happy with the results!
Is your kitchen modern or traditional?
Ps. Click on the "home renovation" label to see all of the posts about our renovations :)