If you’ve been following our renovation, you know that we’ve been in the home stretch for some time, waiting on the lighting over the sink run and peninsula and the remaining doors that had to be recut after some field fitting around the wall oven, above the fridge, and to the right of the pantries. Well, it’s all in. Let’s have a look.
The slab marble backsplash is all that I’d hoped it would be. The backdrop of stark white shaker cabinets is like the simple platinum setting that lets the diamond in the ring be the star of the show.
I’m a tiny bit enamored with it. (Ross is calling it “My Precious.” (Do we have enough “Ring” metaphors?)
I love the internal organizers in the IKEA bases. Like the hidden drawer I’m using for spices.
One for flatware.
And two more located in the pull-out that houses our recycling station.
We annexed the old entryway for our dining area, pulling the two rooms together with a floating marble-topped sideboard in the same shaker cabinetry. There’s nothing “faux” about this credenza.
For those who have been asking what the kitchen looked like before, I went through my photos and rounded up a good selection.
The kitchen was, and remains, on a raised platform—which was a common architectural detail in this area of New York around the time that our building was built. The kitchen was a small galley-style, also common in this area. And adjacent was a dining platform.
I liked the way it looked, especially the dining platform, but the kitchen itself, even after my $3,000 (mostly white paint) refresh, was not very functional.
The aisle was, and remains, exceedingly narrow. If you opened the dishwasher, it blocked the fridge.
If you opened the oven to, say, take out your Thanksgiving turkey, you’d have to take it out from the side because there was no room to stand in front of the range.
When we moved in, I gave it a facelift by painting the cabinets white and adding a subway tile backsplash and an upper row of stacked cabinets.
And that got us through while we saved up for a renovation.
Five years is a long time to think about a project, so I had a good idea of what we needed when the time came.
My plan was to open up some walls, and annex the dining area so that everything on the raised platform would be “kitchen.”
This would give us a chance to spread out, and move the refrigerator and pantry into the open, where anyone could grab a drink or snack while someone’s cooking.
I planned to move the cooking station to the back wall and position a wall oven where a person could stand in front of it when removing baked food. I’d make sure the sink wasn’t back to back with the range or other prep space, so that two people could cook together.
The dining area would go in the rather wasted space in the entryway.
So, I think this gives you a good idea of how the place looked before we kicked off the renovation.