We gutted the old kitchen (cabinets, floor, ceiling)
We removed the wall between the kitchen and the family room and replaced it with a peninsula (the one with the Kitchenaid mixer sitting on it)
We closed off the entrance into the kitchen and transformed it into a walk-in pantry
We removed the island and replaced it with a second peninsula with sink and dishwasher
We re-tiled the floor
We painted the ceiling and installed potlights
We added tons of electrical outlets
We installed brand new appliances
We installed new light fixtures
We installed new cabinets
We added a new backsplash
We built and installed new concrete countertops
But with this nook, we eat every single meal together, as a family, at this table (notice that there is NO TV AROUND!). And I am just loving it! No more guilty feelings about family meals in front of the TV, haha! (Anyone else feel guilty about that??)
Plus quick access to the sink allows for instant kid-mess removal!
Stay tuned for a follow-up post on how I DIYed this table and chairs.
Here’s a wee bit of art on the walls of the nook that I made using fabric and Ikea frames:
This funky step stool was made by my uncle Paul who is an absolute wiz with his hands. We’re finding that it’s also the perfect height for little Alix to stand at the counter and “help” the chef; the raised back gives her something to hold on to in order to keep her balance when she gets a little too excited (yep, happens a lot!).
The pièce de résistance, for moi, is the backsplash! It’s a carrera marble hex tile. It has a vintage feel, yet blends so well with the streamlined glossy Ikea cabinets and all the stainless steel of the appliances and sink.
Recognize the milk glass from my recent jaunt at an estate auction?
- the modern cabinets and stainless steel appliances
- the vintage elements -hex tile, milk glass, Pyrex and exposed socket pendants lights
- and the industrial feel of the counters.
This is also your first look at my Pyrex collection. Well, I have to admit that so far, my collection includes all of these three bowls. But I am on the hunt for more!
And are you wondering what’s behind that door? If you recall, this used to be the entrance into the kitchen. We closed that off in order to create…
a walk-in pantry! Excuse the mess… but it realistically doesn’t get cleaner than this. That’s why we put a door on it.
I haven’t figured out what to do with this awkward space next to the microwave. So for now, it’s a little hangout for my fav little bowls.
I’ll be quiet now and let you continue the tour by yourself.
I hope you enjoyed the little kitchen tour. Let me know what you think, ok?
Have a great weekend everyone!