First a little background.
Our house is 20 years old and we’ve lived in it for 11 of those years. For many of those years I have dreamed of a kitchen remodel. Finally this summer a few things came together and it was time.
And it’s a good thing because things had started giving out around the kitchen. The microwave was the first to go (we’re using my daughter’s dorm room microwave right now). And the dishwasher is clearly on it’s last legs. In honor of football season, we’re playing an over/under game with how many cycles it has left.
But this week we got to see the first concrete progress when the wallpaper came down.
Here’s an old shot of the kitchen wallpaper. It’s fruit on a white background. I really loved that fruit when we first moved in, because it matched all my jewel-toned furniture and decor. But it’s time had clearly come.
And here’s how it looks from the same vantage point today:
Clearly, these are unstaged shots, complete with a teenager at the refrigerator and a pizza box on the island. I have a feeling we’re going to be eating a lot of pizza in the coming weeks.
Here’s a different angle with the wallpaper before:
I was pretty sure that the burgandy paint was what was behind the wallpaper, because the inside of my pantry is still painted that color. And I’m glad I got a chance to see the dark paint on my walls. Since I’m keeping the cabinets white, I think a dark paint shows them off much better. The wallpaper with the white background certainly didn’t do much for them.
Next week the contractor arrives to start making big changes. I’ll be blogging about the progress and what went into some of the many decisions we’ve had to make.
I can tell you that Pinterest (my kitchen pins) has been so valuable in helping me visualize different scenarios. I have a big stack of magazines, too, but usually find myself turning to Pinterest.
And if you like to look at pretty kitchens as much as I do, here are some links to some great eye candy:
- For the Love of a House has one of the most popular kitchens on the internet, and for good reason. It’s stunning.
- One of my favorite bloggers, Holly Mathis, just updated her Texas kitchen.
- And Julia at Hooked on Houses has ten celebrity kitchens featured on her blog today.
Have any of you undergone a kitchen remodel? What would your dream kitchen include?
This post is part of Metamorphisis Monday.