Friday, January 15, 2010

My house: Kitchen update part 1

When we first bought the house, the kitchen was a bit small and very ugly. The walls were canary yellow and the cabinet were made out of faux wood panels. But the possibilities were there. The kitchen was next to a big spare room that we didn't need and that could be transform into dinning room. By removing the wall between the kitchen and the dinning room, we could have a big open kitchen.
Here is a little update of kitchen renovation... what an adventure it was and still is... since we haven't finish the renovations yet.

The Before

Don't you just love the floor and the nice backsplash ? Well we didn't and the first thing we did was destroy everything
Starting by this wall!

The Demolition

Bye Bye ugly kitchen!

The Renovations
The wall between the kitchen and the dinning room was removed, the walls were painted a light gray and the ceramic tiles were installed. We choice gray tiles that have a bit of rust spots and cracks. They look a bit like cement. We love the industrial and worn look they had.

Then we started placing our Ikea cabinets. We went with the glossy white cabinets ( Akurum/ Abstract). Love the very modern clean look. And our stainless steel appliances were put into place.

Next we installed all the hardware. We went with ( Vinna) from Ikea. In addition the stainless steel counter tops were installed.

Also with the demolition of the wall, we had a lot free space and we decided to construct a kitchen island. This is the very time we have a kitchen island and we love it! It gave us so much more counter space. And it's perfect to eat breakfast in the morning.
We also painted one wall with chalkboard paint. Perfect to write the grocery list and to add a bit of fun to our kitchen.

This is pretty it for the kitchen reno update. We still have a lot to do. Lots of little details here and there, installing the backsplash, installing the kitchen hood but we are really happy about the results. So keep check out the blog to see how it all turns out

If you have any questions or need some advice, please feel free to ask. We have learned a lot with this renovations. And I would be happy to help you with yours.

Well I hope you like our kitchen up to now. Even if the photos don't do it justice.


  1. Hi,
    I see you bought the Kobe bar stools from Costco. They look great! I am searching for barstools and am very interested in those same bar stools. Are you happy with them? Any opinion/review of them would be so helpful! Thanks!!

  2. well its proven that the renovations of a place is a very much important part to live in.However the new formation of kitchen and dining seems very nice.

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  4. cutfingerproductionsJanuary 26, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Accidentally found your blog here..:) Caught my eye..
    PLease Please come and renew my 1942 kitchen!!!!
    :):) Just lovely this new transformation is! Good for you guys!!! So clean and modern! If only we had a Ikea here! laura