I lastly have the earlier than and after photographs put collectively so I can present you the modifications we made to our home.  With out being too dramatic, I’ve to say that the change is fairly dang spectacular…for those who ask me.  And Jeff.  We’re nonetheless having fun with the novelty of all the things and marveling at how way more environment friendly our kitchen is now.  Plus we completely love the colour change with the white cupboards and our first-ever granite counter tops.  As a reminder, we stored our home equipment as a result of they have been in good situation and/or felt pretty new.  We changed the cupboards and countertop, and added a single-bowl undermount sink, new faucet, tile backsplash, tile flooring, in addition to a trash bin pullout drawer and our espresso station.

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We made the pantry space a little bit narrower however one million occasions extra environment friendly, which allowed us to make the counter tops on both aspect of the range three inches wider.  You would not assume that small quantity can be noticeable, however it’s.  We additionally modified the cupboards, which have been a jumbled sizzling mess of pots and pans inside, to drag out drawers, full with a hidden drawer within the largest one on both sides, for pan lids and different objects.

Here is an open drawer, with the hidden drawer partially pulled out:

I knew I might get pleasure from having the lids in their very own drawer, however I did not anticipate simply how happy this straightforward factor would make me.  No extra banging and clanging as I attain for a pan – simply take one out, after which open the lid drawer and discover its mate.

Oh, and we not solely have a cupboard over the fridge now, however it’s fairly deep.  Not gonna lie, I’ve to open the fridge doorways with a view to open that cupboard if I am not utilizing a step stool, however it’s nice to have a lot further storage for objects that I not often use:

Not solely do I get all of that storage, however the kitchen seems to be neater as a result of we will not throw something on high of the fridge now!

One other new factor for us was having a tile backsplash – once more, a primary in spite of everything these years:

I needed to maintain the backsplash easy so that each one of my colourful equipment would pop.  This can be a matte subway tile with darkish grey grout.


View 2:

Fairly a distinction, proper?

This aspect of the kitchen seems to be probably the most modified.  We had the bar lowered to counter peak, which not solely opened up the room immensely, however it made the counter tops about 12 inches wider.  You possibly can see the trash bin that we added to the left of the dishwasher, which prolonged all the cupboard part an additional 18 inches.  It is taking on the identical quantity of area as earlier than, solely now you possibly can’t see our trash and recycling cans.  One other factor we did was to make the drywall on the left aspect of the higher cupboards even with the cupboards.  It is good to have full clearance below all the set of cupboards now.  The outlet for the rubbish disposal/outlet was moved over, which makes for a stretch for me to flip on the disposal, however the different possibility was doing an air swap, which meant drilling a gap within the granite, and we simply weren’t utterly on board with that.

I additionally modified the drawer set to make them wider, eliminating that foolish cupboard on the sting.  I feel I’ve proven you the insides of the drawers in a earlier submit, however I am unable to resist exhibiting them as soon as extra:

Most likely greater than you needed to see, haha, however all the things is so organized that I needed to indicate my drawer contents to the world!  Additionally they have soft-close dampers, so you possibly can’t slam your finger in a drawer…plus it is simply enjoyable to observe them shut the previous couple of inches on their very own.

The black granite countertop is actually laborious to – it washes out so simply in most photographs, whereas in individual, it is lovely.  After we began this undertaking, I needed black counter tops, however Jeff was not on board.  My mother advised taking a look at honed granite, which is a matte end, and I actually preferred that.  As soon as we made our journey to Houston to have a look at full slabs of black honed granite within the granite yards, Jeff was totally behind it.

That is the most effective shut up I used to be in a position to get, exhibiting the true shade.

We selected our slab however shortly earlier than set up, the granite man got here out to measure so he may begin his cuts, and stated that the slab was quick by three inches…which simply so occurred to be the additional three inches that we added on to the trash bin as a result of we determined we needed the cans to slot in horizontally, so we may have each trash and recycling there.  Our contractor made a name to the granite yard, and so they did have the identical granite in an extended slab, however as a substitute of getting one which was 2 cm thick, we needed to get the three cm factor slab.  Jeff jokes that our trash pullout most likely price us an additional $500 – I truly don’t know as we’ve not reconciled all the things with our contractor.  However actually, it is one in every of our favourite modifications to the kitchen, so it was value it.

 The trash bin that modified issues…
 After we removed the upper counter bar, we misplaced outlet that was within the wall, so our electrician wired a brand new one on the aspect of the trash bin.  When he was engaged on it, he requested if I might just like the outlet to have USB chargers in it – I did not know that was an possibility, however I am glad we did it.
 There’s solely about 7 inches of overhang, so we did not have to make use of any added help beneath the counter, which I used to be completely satisfied about.  We thought of having it lengthen sufficient so we may put low bar stools beneath it, however at this stage, we did not assume we would use it sufficient to lose more room within the household room.  Perhaps if we had younger kids at house, that may have been good, however it wasn’t wanted for us empty nesters.  The perimeters of the granite are completed in a waterfall end, which we thought went effectively with the type of the cupboards.
I like our new sink a lot – I’ve needed a single-bowl sink ceaselessly, and now I lastly have one.  Plus, as a result of it is mounted below the granite, there may be one other inch of depth.  I additionally had the drawer completed as a tilt-out, and I retailer scrubbing objects in it.  Makes for a pleasant look when the kitchen is clear – no sponges hanging round.

View three:

The added panel on the aspect of the fridge, together with the deep higher cupboards, makes it look extra inbuilt.  And the way do you want change to the wall to the fitting of the fridge?
WE LOVE OUR COFFEE STATION!!  Sure I am shouting, as a result of it is all the things we would envisioned, and extra.  This was a brand new factor for our contractor to do as effectively, so it was enjoyable for everybody to observe it come collectively.  I like selecting which espresso mug from the cabinets above to make use of every day, and I like seeing them on show like this.
All the things espresso and tea associated suits within the cupboard.  It is so good to have all of it in the identical space, and tremendous helpful to only attain for no matter you want.  

When you made it to the top of this submit, I thanks for sticking with me.  It is the longest of the reveal posts, I promise, however we principally bought a completely new kitchen, so I actually needed to indicate you all the things.

Particulars:  Tile is made by Pier, colorway Balboa.  Granite is Virginia Mist honed, in black.  Faucet is by Delta, type is Mateo.  Drawer pulls and cupboard knobs have been bought through Houzz.com.  All paint is Sherwin Williams – partitions are Silverpointe, cupboards and trim are Further White.  Lighting fixtures are unique to the home, apart from the below cupboard lighting that we love.  Cupboards have been customized made by a really proficient native cupboard maker.

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