For the last few months, I’ve been refinishing our kitchen cabinets on the weekends. We’re almost done with this room and, looking back, it’s a pretty amazing transformation. The picture below is what our kitchen looked like when we moved in to this house in 2003.
As you can see, it was brown… really brown. The cabinets, island, light box and floor were all stained the same dark brown color. The counter tops were beige laminate and the walls were an awful mint chocolate chip green color. The appliances were original to the house – at that point 15 years old – and only moderately functional. And that light box… nothing like “natural” fluorescent lighting to brighten a kitchen.
Today, the light box has been replaced with a decorative pot hanger featuring three pendant lights. The two layers of wall paper that had been painted that interesting shade of green were removed and the walls were painted two shade of blue. The counters are now high-end solid surface (grey with speckles of white, black blue and brown). The stainless steel sink & faucet were replaced with two integrated sinks and a rubbed bronze, high arch faucet. The island is navy blue while the rest of the cabinets are a sand / khaki color. The microwave, oven and dishwasher were replaced with new units at various periods over the past year or so. We also removed the wooden valence that spanned the cabinets over the sink.
It’s a little hard to tell in the picture above, but the in-progress photo to the left shows that the hardwood floors have been refinished and lightened considerably. All told, it makes a huge difference.
You might notice that the drawer faces in the above picture are still brown. Refinishing those and the cabinet doors are the next step in this particular project.