Some of you may have seen the glamour shots of our kitchen on Houzz – it was listed as one of the site’s Top 10 Kitchens of 2012 and has been added to over 300,000 idea books (and counting).
Until this week, however, very few had seen what the kitchen looked like before its Cinderella transformation:
I know, right? Pretty awful. Dusty rose formica countertops, sagging particle board cabinets, inset corner sink, past-its-prime Magic Chef range – too many problems for a quick cosmetic fix. So we planned and saved for a major redo, as described in this “Before and After” story on The Kitchn. We think it was worth the wait.
By the way, the honed Calcutta Gold marble (pictured above) is a dream to work on, and no – it doesn’t stain like everyone says it does. After three years of heavy use, ours is still stain-free. Etching is another story, however. The calcium in marble reacts instantly with acids like lemon juice and vinegar, and no amount of sealing will prevent it. Since I’m not about to give up lemon juice or vinegar, we’re just embracing the “patina” of etch spots that develop over time.
Here’s a closer look at some of the custom kitchen features we incorporated during the renovation, as well as a peek at the temporary kitchen that our contractor (Wexford Custom Renovations) set up in our dining room. Our master cabinetmaker, Darren Edsall, handled every creative challenge I threw at him.
Favorite Kitchen Features:
The Temporary Kitchen:
The dining room was our hub for 6 months during the construction. (Happily, it’s no longer painted fire engine red.)
Believe it or not, that temporary kitchen got quite a workout. Every Thursday was Baking Day – anyone on the job site that day would be rewarded with fresh-baked muffins, cookies and chocolate buns. Needless to say, we got a lot of work done on Thursdays!