It’s all finished, yippee!!!
The final push to get a flip on the market is always kind of insane, so after a week of hard work the hubby and I took Friday off to have a little lunch/movie date – so my apologies that I’m just now posting some “after” photos!
Let’s start with the kitchen – it’s a big departure from kitchens that we’ve done in the past. Instead of white cabinets and some kind of white backsplash, we took a cue from the kitchen at our last flip and decided to mix things up a bit.
Two-tone cabinets have been a trend for awhile now and I’ve been itching to try it out, so we opted for stained lowers and white uppers. I think the white uppers help keep the kitchen from feeling too dark, which is definitely a possibility with medium-toned lower cabinets, espresso floors, and a deep gray backsplash.
Before we get too far into things, let’s take a look at where we started out!
Hmm. Not much to say about that. The faux-finished paneling was torn out, as was the bubbling yellow wallpaper. The curliecues were buzzed off the hutch, and it also got some fresh new doors.
Better, right? Oh, and we didn’t have any staging furniture for the breakfast room so the table from our breakfast room and the chairs I redid for our dining room are making an appearance at the flip for the time being (our house looks a little crazy as a result!).
The “window” in the breakfast room was tiny and looked out into the terrible enclosed patio – it wasn’t cute and it didn’t let in any light. After tearing out the enclosed patio, we framed out a huge new window and brightened things up with a snazzy new light fixture.
I like that the kitchen has room for a breakfast nook as well as an overhang for bar stools – it’s all about options, people!
Looking into the kitchen from the breakfast nook, you can see that we kind of needed to start from scratch. So we did, except for the layout – we kept that the same, even with the odd angles, because after thinking about a thousand different layouts this one just worked the best.
But it looks a lot better now, right?
We added sleek glass tile on the backsplash and opted to nix the double ovens so that we could have more counter space. That door on the right leads to a walk-in pantry that we converted from a 70s-era wet bar.
We added a 36 inch freestanding range and an undercounter microwave. That skinny little cabinet next to the box for the microwave is made for baking sheets – so fancy. Oh, and we also ran a gas line to the stove for extra chef-worthiness.
There were also two weird lighting options in the kitchen – a dated ceiling fan and a three-headed spotlight.
We got rid of those and added recessed lighting (that you can see in some of the other photos).
Also, the tile in the kitchen had a very severe grid-like effect, which emphasized the weird angles.
We tore out the tile and added pre-finished hardwoods that run throughout most of the house. They are gorgeous, but dang – I am never again putting in floors that are so dark! Every footprint and piece of dust in America has come to live in this house and haunt me…
Up next, the bathrooms!