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Before & After: The Kitchen

17 Sep

Fridge/Range Area of the Kitchen - Before the Renovation

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. That has certainly been my experience in life – how the fragrance of my mother’s stew on the stove and cornbread baking in the oven can transform a house into home. Or, how at all family gatherings no matter what is happening in every other room of the house, we swarm in the kitchen.

I can’t explain this phenomenon, but I knew I wanted the kitchen in our home to have that same ephemeral quality. I also knew that, along with all of its appliances, our kitchen had certainly lost its heart. Husband and I were determined to right this tragedy, and we started from the ground up.

The cracked tile in the kitchen was going to be difficult to replace because it was an exact match of the tile back splash. So, we decided to go with hardwood floors with the hand-scraped look. Then, we picked out appliances. One stainless steel refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, gas range, garbage disposal, and microwave later, we now have VIP status at Best Buy (not sure if that’s necessarily a good thing, though). Next, we polished up the beautiful wood cabinets and granite countertops that had played a big part in what sold me on the house.

Husband put his homeowner skills to work by re-grouting the area where the counter meets the backsplash, and hanging a new light fixture in the breakfast area. We also painted and added decorative face plates for all of the outlets. Finally, it was time for me to add the decorations, and I stuck with my favorite little chef motif that had been the decor in our apartment. I considered making a change, but there’s something so endearing about a chubby little chef – he’s my muse while cooking.

So, 2 months later, we finally gave the kitchen back its heart. The appliances work like a charm, and the wood floors have even doubled as a dance floor when our favorite song comes on the radio. Welcome to the heart of our home (with a few before pictures mixed in):

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