We just got back from a family holiday in Spain… today. So, I don”t have any treats to share with you but I thought it was about time that I showed you my kitchen.
Do you remember long ago how I mentioned that we were renovating our kitchen and I would show pictures of the finished product? But, then I got pregnant, had morning sickness, and didn”t even get to use my new kitchen never mind take pictures of it? Well, I finally got my act together and took some photos before we left on holidays to share with you today.
But, before I do I want to say “Happy Thanksgiving” to all of my American friends out there. I hope you”re having a blessed time with family and friends.
This is my old kitchen. Don”t you love our blue/grey cupboards matched with red flaming tile? How about the fridge that you can easily see over the top of, even at 5″4″. It was probably the cleanest the top of my fridge will ever be since I got to see the dust every day. ;)
This is my new kitchen. We tore everything out and started from scratch, replacing it with an Ikea kitchen. Pretty much everything you see here is from Ikea. I sometimes have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Ikea, but most of the the time it”s love.
We kept the layout the same because it”s really what worked best for the kitchen. Not much changed on this side. Besides everything.
As you can see we like white! I love that the kitchen feels so cheery and bright no matter the weather. I also love that the dishwasher looks like a cupboard door (it”s beside the washer/dryer) this way Max can”t press all the buttons.
We changed up the left side quite a bit more. There was tons of empty wall space that needed to badly be put to use.
This is the back half of the kitchen. We added multi-purpose shelving and extended the cupboards out further.
There was virtually no cupboard space on this side which made for very cramped quarters in the cupboards I did have.
There is now cupboard space below and above the oven, below the stove-top and above the fridge. This has been a lifesaver. The fridge is on the far side beside the door, it also matches the cupboards, which I love.
Another look at our old, drab cabinets.
We put bars across the whole expanse of the counter-top. I love this. So many options for what to hang there. My favourite being the potted herbs!
My old oven with a cast iron stove-top.
My new induction stove-top that cleans like a dream. Also love the hanging bars for all of my most used utensils.
We decided to have a raised oven to help keep it further from little fingers. I don”t think I could ever go back. Especially now that I”m pregnant, I love the fact that I don”t have to lean over (yes, I”m lazy).
We also got a microwave which we didn”t have the entire time in our old kitchen. You”ll notice the oven is the same width as the microwave. The ovens here are much smaller. My cookie pan slides in as a rack because it”s too big to fit on a rack itself.
One last look at the old kitchen.
And the new.
So, what do you think?