This is a picture of our kitchen when we moved into the house:
Our cabinets are stick-built, which means they were built on-site to exactly fit our kitchen. They are in very good shape with a thick walnut veneer that could actually be refinished if we want to in the future. The ceiling fixtures and knobs are all chrome. The counter was white formica, the backsplash is subway tile. The stove was so small it reminded me of an RV stove. It was all original. The dishwasher had been replaced (Bosch), in 2005. The subzero and the ovens had been replaced in the 80's, I believe. The carpet runners were all custom bound for the kitchen. Come to think of it, every rug, bedspread, and window treatment were custom-made for this house by the original owners. Unbelievable on today's standards.
The thing that bothered me most was how the windows in the breakfast area and above the sink were dressed in these heavy, heavy triple pinch-pleated drapes on traverse rods. When you closed them, you literally had fabric covering two entire walls of the kitchen. For some reason, when I look at this curtain fabric I always think of Mrs. Roper from Three's Company. I'm pretty sure she owned a caftan in this print.
Look at it...it's actually pretty awesome--for somebody else.
|Drapery covering windows in breakfast area of kitchen.|
"wall-wall drapes + kitchen" = "wall-wall carpet + bathroom"= "ick"
(A long time ago I graduated with a BS degree in mechanical engineering--so you can't question my mathematical equations.)
We initially budgeted around $10,000 to update the kitchen. We ended up spending about $7000 all total, but we didn't update the ovens. After doing all of the other work, the ovens really didn't bother me anymore so we decided to wait until they break to update them.
Here is what we did:
1. Remove carpet runners to expose hardwood floors.
2. Replace cooktop.
3. Remove hood and replace Nutone exhaust fan.
4. Paint hood (stainless steel spray paint)
5. Replace countertop, faucet, and sink.
6. Remove drapery and hardware.
7. Strip wallpaper and fix plaster.
8. Repaint kitchen walls and ceiling.
9. Replace light fixture above table. (We saved the original.)
10. Re-glaze windows and paint trim.
And here is our kitchen now! It's quite the transformation:
|Our "new" kitchen!!|
|Desk chair is original to house. Subzero is from the 80's.|
|Breakfast area with new chairs from CB2 Look at those windows!! Now they aren't hidden by grimy drapery!!|
|This shot is a little older but you can see the beautiful windows. We ended up moving these chairs into a different part of the house.|
|New modern sink and faucet.|
So there you have it. I'll post our "window treatment dilemma" in another post. #firstworldproblems...I know.