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Real People Reno: Night-and-Day Kitchen Rebirth

Posted by Guest Author Thursday, December 16, 2010 12:35 PM EST


It's been a while since we've checked in with my friends and next-door neighbours and their 1st floor reno. If you remember (assuming you avidly follow this blog), I've aired out the travails of converting what was their 1st floor suite into a family home kitchen/dining/livingroom several times before -- to powder room or not to powder room, slab vs shaker style kitchen cabinets, etc. -- and now it's time to do some unveiling!  Today, I bring you their kitchen triumph.

The Before

Unfortunately I missed the photo op before the demo process, but if you wish to see what this room looked like originally, check out this video of the husband's case for no 1st floor powder room, shot in the original kitchen of what used to be the rental suite.

The Basic Floor Plan

Totally not to scale, made it just to give you guys an idea of the space...don't hold me to it.

The After 

Approx. cost: $17,000

Biggest challenge: "Not looking at magazines and falling in love with kitchens that were too expensive or not practical for our space/needs."

Not so sure about: "The backsplash. Love the colour, but not obsessed with the shape of the tiles."

Absolutely recommend: "A pantry! The best thing ever if you have kids, for dry goods, etc. Couldn't get more joy if we tried."

Love: "Book shelf and island. The island is the heart of the kitchen. We need to get some stools to realize it as the breakfast nook we envisioned, but regardless, people still end up gathering around it."

Shaker vs slab style doors: "Slab. We weren't sure, but are pretty happy with the slab."


Gorgeous, I think -- you?

Topics: Kitchen


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