After seven years of dreaming and planning, I'm proud to present my new and fabulous kitchen! Isn't she pretty?
It's not 100% done yet either. As you can see, we are missing a few stools in front of the island. We're still trying to decide. I may post a couple we've been debating to ask for input. It's on the back-burner at the moment.
A few notes about some of the decisions we made along the way:
*We wrestled with the decision over whether to install a hood vent or to use a downdraft vent that comes up out of the island. Obviously we chose the hood, and I'm very thankful we did. It's quiet, works well, and isn't nearly as obstructive as I originally thought it would be. Yay!
*The top of the double-oven is actually a combination microwave/convection oven. So I not only got the microwave off the countertop, but I got the double-oven I wanted too! Awesome.
*I love having glass-front cabinets. We only have a couple upper cabinets, but it's so nice being able to see where the glasses are.
*The countertop is actually granite, although it looks like soapstone. Another great find. It is exactly the look I wanted without the maintenance of soapstone.
*I did already have the Pelegrino, but I put a couple bottles on the counter just to take pictures. Although I swore I'd have a bowl of lemons on display, I didn't have the patience for that. A bowl of tomatoes had to suffice.
Here are a couple other pictures as well as the before shots. Be forewarned...they are ugly.
I almost hate to post such ugliness, but it's fun to see how far we've come...