Kitchen: Finished (for now)!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Commenters kickymarcia and Naz reminded me that I never posted the finished kitchen photos. I guess I was so tickled about it being featured in La Dolce Vita, I completely forgot to post them here. Never one to look a gift post in the mouth, here you go!

Lets start off with a refresher of what this space looked like when we purchased the house in 2007.
Kitchen BeforeKitchen Before
It was originally a small bedroom. We blew out the wall to make a joint kitchen/dining room space.

A little under 2 months into the renovation got underway (after new electrical, plumbing, windows, etc..), this is what the space looked like.
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Because of various damage and a fairly thick wall that wasn't there anymore, the existing floors didn't work. Instead of trying to match the parquet in the dining room (which rarely works in my opinion) we decided to differentiate the space with a floor in a different pattern in an extension of the hallway plank flooring. It was NOT EASY to get this done - required loads of back and forth to make sure the right depth of wood was used so the transitions were seamless. But in the end, I just love how it turned out.

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After plenty of lead time, the cabinets finally arrived and the lighting got installed.
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At long last, the tiles we had salvaged from the upstairs bathroom got installed as backsplash and my long lusted after soapstone was in place. Fixtures and appliances made it complete. At least from a renovation prospective.
Finished kitchen, oiled soapstone

We moved in and got settled. Our kitchen looked like this
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Not bad but you'll notice the upper glass cabinets are empty and the two stools was only a stop gap.

Finally, after nearly 2 years of living here, we put our butt in gear and got it finished (for now!). Take a peak. And yes, I got flowers just for your visit.
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If you're still awake and want to see more of the kitchen renovation, take a look at my kitchen flickr set play by play.

82 comments:

  1. That is a remarkable job on the flooring...and love the cabinets reaching to the ceiling with the glass doors at the top. Wonderful all around, enjoy! Janell

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  2. Very nice! I'm looking at a kitchen remodel in the next few years and I am so inspired by yours!

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  3. That transformation was amazing. But a lot of work. I love looking at before and afters. You are making me want a white kitchen.

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  4. it looks fantastic! so classic and will definitely not 'date' in a few years. i love it.

    the space wasn't dark before the turquoise touches but it's amazing how the addition of the turquoise in the stools behind the cabinets etc. really brighten the space and make it feel so...fresh.

    kudos!

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  5. Looks great!! How wide is the clearance around the island?

    Our kitchen is currently a walk-through from hall to back door. We're starting to perk on reno ideas. Do we move the back door, make the island a peninsula, keep the island, loose the island, make the island bigger.... you get the idea.

    Again, awesome job!

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  6. Absolutely dreamy!! I'm in love with it! Thanks for sharing all the pics!

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  7. absolutely beautiful I love it! I lust after your soapstone and that faucet...gasp!!!

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  8. This is such a beautiful transformation. It must be so satisfying that all of the hard work that you put into it has resulted in this awesome kitchen. Love it!

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  9. love it! any chance you can let us know how the counters are holding up? i really want soap stone when we (eventually) do our kitchen remodel but i've heard mixed reviews...

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  10. Gorgeous. What an amazing kitchen. Love all the colors and love all the light.

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  11. That space just makes me happy. It's so so so beautiful. I can imagine myself cooking something delicious in there. :) Great job...it's an amazing transformation!

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  12. Amazing! The floors, the sink faucet, your stools, the countertops....love your taste!

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  13. Your kitchen is stunningly gorgeous! Everything you did is preciously perfect, Makes me wonder why you haven’t transitioned into the world of interior designer. From your ideas to your end results, you have a real talent for this.

    Did I mention that I’m green with envy over most everything you do? ;) Oh, and that faucet makes me drool.

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  14. Wow!! That floor is AMAZING, and the cabinets are to die for. What a fantastic job!

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  15. My ALL TIME FAVORITE kitchen! I absolutely love everything about it. I've commented on it before and will evermore. Love, love, love it!

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  16. Absolutely exquisite! Love the tiles at the bottom of the sink. I want your kitchen! You should be proud of your work.

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  17. I LOVE your kitchen, and the floor is just beautiful. We're looking at a kitchen remodel in few years, and I'm going to steal a lot of your ideas. By the way, I love the pop of color from the stools - they look fantastic!

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  18. :::chills::: I just never tire of seeing photos of your kitchen. It's completely my style. :D

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  19. Your kitchen is making me purr.

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  20. Forever one of my favorite kitchen's , creamy neutral and classically beautiful.
    I love the new feature's.
    Chris

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  21. Absolutely great!! The floor was worth the heartache it is the best feature.
    What is going on with the air duct grill? Did you take it down or paint it black? It is one of those horrible "what should I do to make it look better things" so I look at everybody's to see if they have a better idea. MB

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  22. OMG! I'm in LOVE with the kitchen! I want to move in there... like right now. It's beautiful... I'm so jealous and now have no desire to go home to my kitchen (sad face). I'm keeping these pics on file so I can hopefully copy the light and classic feeling some day. LOVE IT!!!!

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  23. Jaw dropping gorgeous. I love every detail!

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  24. absolutely gorgeous! i love the cabinets, the pulls, the stools at the island...everything! great job!

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  25. Oh how jealous I am!! I hate using that term, but if I'm going to be honest.... :)

    Congrats. Happy cooking in that fabby space!

    Ruth

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  26. I'm a first-time reader and commenter (followed you via Paloma!) Your home is absolutely stunning! As someone who has gutted/remodeled a kitchen in an older home, I know the sense of pride you must have at the gorgeous results!

    I've probably missed detail info in a previous post, but can you tell me where you found the metal stools, and your oh-so-fab soap bottle? I'm a details junkie!

    So glad to have found you!!

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  27. Simply GORGEOUS!!!! Enough said!

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  28. such a beautiful space! i especially love the generous island and the upper glass cabinets. and i want that soap dispenser! pam

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  29. Love this - those newer barstools are just simply divine. Such a wonderful space...great job!

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  30. Yup, obsessed with your kitchen!

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  31. CONGRATS!!!!! It's gorgeous and I love the little touches like the dish wash soap--bravo!!!

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  32. long time read - first time comment :) I love your kitchen it was featured on a blog somewhere else and it's how I came to be a reader.... the metal stools - love them... however question - what do you have on the feet to keep your wood floors safe? I have a set of metal chairs I would love to have in my kitchen but can't seem to find anything to cover them in order to save my floors.

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  33. Wow, just beautiful! I love the blue accents and the stools look perfect. I am surprised by their color. I thought they looked quite a bit brighter when you posted about painting them. Great job!

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  34. I love it. You did an amazing job as usual.

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  35. Classic, timeless, chic, and perfect.

    I love what you did with your floor. And those pops of blue are so lovely, especially the stools. I lust after your faucet.

    That was a lot of work that paid off beautifully. Well done you fabulous girl you.

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  36. I'm speechless at the transfomation! Your kitchen is just BEAUTIFUL!! and I LOVe the stools, I was wondering when we would get to see the final outcome. Great job, I love love love it!

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  37. It's just gorgeous. You have done an amazing job!!!

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  38. I love your kitchen -- it is amazing. Can I ask where you got the pendant lighting? I am in the market for pendant lights over our kitchen island and yours are great!

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  39. I've always thought your kitchen was one of the most gorgeous kitchens I've ever seen. I love the addition of the turquoise stools, and thank you for posting the picture of them.

    :-)

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  40. I have just finished reading about your reno from start to finish after discovering your blog a few weeks ago. Your journey has been such an inspiration. I actually would have finished reading last week but a few of your posts inspired me so much that I started my own projects and haven't read my usual blogs all week. Your kitchen looks fantastic and your writing style is really entertaining. Thank you for sharing. xx

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  41. I am stealing your kitchen layout. I love it.
    Can you come hold my hand or help me color my hair whilst I live through it!
    pve

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  42. What a GORGEOUS kitchen! I really love the pop of blue in there!

    Great job, as always!

    jenny

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  43. I am still so in love with your kitchen! It shows so much thought put into its design. Love the lit glass upper cabinets, soapstone counters, and especially the bridge faucet. Impeccable tastes! And the pops of turquoise are super fun. :)

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  44. I have to say your kitchen is my all time fav! I am totally inspired!

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  45. Just found you via Lisa Porter on Twitter...love your blog, your kitchen is divine! Will add you to my roll to keep in touch!
    Blessings...

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  46. Your kitchen is incredible!!! What a great transformation.. I am in love! :)

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  47. Now THAT'S a kitchen. Gorgeous but it looks totally useable, not just a showcase. Well done.

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  48. Beth Ann1:56 PM

    Wonderful! Thanks for posting the finished photos. I have been lurking for a while and I came to the site because of the soapstone countertops. I decided to go for them, too (in my Chicago bungalow kitchen rehab). I am so glad I did, and thanks for your writing about the use of soapstone. Your kitchen and your whole house are gorgeous. You really have an eye.

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  49. I LOVE your kitchen, LUCKY you to have such an amazing place in New York. That is one of my dreams!


    Jen Ramos
    'Cards & Prints You'll Love...'
    www.madebygirl.com
    madebygirl.blogspot.com

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  50. Oooo baby oh baby kitchen envy!!!

    Love what you did.

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  51. wow its absolutely stunning!

    is there a built-in range-hood behind the microwave? if not does the microwave get hot when you cook on the stove-top?

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  52. i am confused...i thought the wood floors were just refinished in the house, no?

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  53. Your kitchen is out of this world!!! I had to mention you this morning on My Island Wedding!!!

    I'll get you some pics of my silly living room soon! Thanks for offering your help!
    -Kelley

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  54. Hi Zan - The microwave has a fan setting but I almost never turn it on. Not that I go around feeling the microwave while I cook but its not really an issue of it getting hot.

    Tam - The floor were refinished in the rest of my house but these floors had to be replaced.

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  55. Your kitchen is amazing! I love the color of the stools and how they really add a suttle amount of color to the room.

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  56. Your floor...be still my heart. Fantastic kitchen.

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  57. Anonymous1:56 PM

    We are about to put in soapstone countertops, and yours are just beautiful! I was glad to read your still-high opinion of them after you've lived with them awhile. Your kitchen is stunning!

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  58. I love your photography! You're a braver woman than I to undertake such a major renovation. Totally fab.

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  59. Gorgeous! I now love your blog :) Glad I found you :)

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  60. What is the color of the walls and trim? It's such a beautiful warm white, without being sterile. I posted this question on apartment therapy as well. Please help. Beautiful blog by the way...

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  61. Admiring your kitchen...what fabulous high ceilings you have!

    Mrs C x

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  62. I'm a little behind on your blog, but this kitchen reno is awesome! I love the way you did the top cabinets, such a great and practical idea! most clients I've worked with like glass front cabinets, but know they are not realistically going to be that neat:)

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  63. The new flooring is amazing! Enjoy your kitchen remodel...

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  64. Tarin3:28 PM

    Love this kitchen and am currently building. My kitchen will use similar products - I've always loved soapstone! You have done it perfectly. I love your pendant lights as well. Do you have a source? It's a fantastic look!

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  65. love your kitchen! A trick we learned in our latest remodel ... we have the same wall of counter, range, counter, fridge. We made that section of counter 30" deep. It sits on 24" cabinets that are pulled away from the wall & we put 2x4's on the wall to support the counter. It also adds about 6" behind the range. It gives us about 2 sq ft more space, moves the clutter way back, without taking up the counter AND it brings the fridge almost out to counter depth!

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  66. Anonymous9:11 AM

    I love your kitchen! It is just beautiful. I have a question for you. It looks like you have GE Cafe range and OTR Microwave. Do you have any problems with steam or heat on the micro key pad. We have the same model and it gets very hot and then the keypad dims until it cools down.

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  67. Hello! I did a little feature on your gorgeous kitchen today! Hope you like it!

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  68. Anonymous7:41 PM

    Any chance we could get the info on the cabinets?

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  69. I love this kitchen. You did an amazing job. I'm also loving the barstools. Do you mind sharing where you got them? Thanks

    kellyiorg@gmail.com

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  70. Anonymous9:37 PM

    Can you tell me the color paint you used on your cabinets, walls, and trim? By the way, your kitchen is fabulous!!!

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  71. I Love the barstools. Can you tell me where you got them? Thanks! Your kitchen is so pretty! I am about to embark on a kitchen total redo to my farmhouse in Texas!!

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    1. http://www.brooklynlimestone.com/2009/06/spicing-up-kitchen.html

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  72. In my earlier post I forgot to give you my email...I was asking about the barstools in your kitchen! my email address is: julbelz@yahoo.com

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  73. Have you ever had to move a radiator? Or downgrade from the original radiator to a more streamlined one? We are considering a kitchen remodel and the radiator in there now is HUGE and right where we need some counters to be. We are going to rip up and re-do the floors and I think that I should do the radiator at the same time.

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  74. I love the outcome! I'm working on a similar project and have been very pleased with hardware from www.lookintheattic.com
    Highly recommend for quality, selections, and price!

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  76. Your kitchen is awesome ! Can you please tell me who made your cabinets ?

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  77. Your kitchen is beautiful! Now that it has been a few years, how is the soapstone wearing or not wearing? I would love to put soapstone also in our kitchen but am curious of the pros and cons from someone who has soapstone and has lived with it for a few years.
    Thanks.

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  78. Your kitchen is beautiful! I would really like to put soapstone in our kitchen but am curious of the pros and cons from someone's perspective that has soapstone and has lived with it for a while. Thanks!

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  79. I LOVE your kitchen! We are currently planning our kitchen/dining room remodel and the layout (and style) is very similar to yours. Would you be able to tell me the dimensions of your kitchen and island? Everything looks so similar to what we are thinking for our remodel and I'm hoping the size is somewhat the same. Also, would you mind telling me where you purchased your cabinets and light fixture over the island? Sorry for so many questions! I've been searching about 1 year for the perfect "inspiration" kitchen and this is the closest I have found!

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  80. I too want to know where you got your metal stools and fab soap bottle! You may respond back at mhcd2009@att.net, thanks!

    Love your kitchen!

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  81. What is the brand of your stove?
    Thanks
    Michelle

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