Before and After: The Kitchen

One of the things that drove me crazy about our house when we first moved in was our kitchen. There was just so much going on and nothing was consistent.

Kitchen Before

See what I mean? That z-brick (in the left of the above image) was a 1970s addition. It seems that the house was majorly renovated in the 1970s, then a new owner purchased it in the mid-1980s and added a few minor renovations. Let me tell you, removing z-brick and patching the entire wall is no easy task, but it opened up the space dramatically.

Z-Brick Removal

We talked about just tearing out all of the plaster but patching everything seemed like less work. All in all it wasn’t too terrible. But maybe I’ve forgotten the worst of it.

Kitchen Before

Yeah, that’s totally my husband’s tush right next to the home inspector. Sorry, it’s the best picture I have. Enjoy.

Here you can see the vinyl flooring that matched the counters that matched the backsplash. When we took up the floor we found the original vinyl.

Kitchen's Original Floor

There’s something amazing about it…right? Maybe? Not that I would have kept the original, nay, a digital snapshot suffices, but maybe it is the vision that there were hearts all over the floor in the 1940s. The original wall color was that deep red as well. Sadly, there were missing chunks of the flooring so we couldn’t keep it even if we wanted to.

So that’s the before. Basically, we decided to take on this renovation four months after our son was born and sleeping through the night. We smoothed out the ceiling (there was a drop-plaster technique in there that collected dust stalactites), tore out the z-brick and smoothed it, tore out the floor and put in ceramic tile, new countertops, took out the backsplash and stenciled a new one, new appliances, new sink, and new cabinet hardware. Geesh. What were we thinking?

Kitchen After

Ahhh…No more z-brick!


Kitchen After

What I love the most is how the kitchen cabinet color  makes sense now. We had thought about painting the cabinets, but the golden oak wood matches the rest of the wood floor and just couldn’t do it. I also love how the stenciling came out, and it was easy too! I am going to miss our sweet little kitchen and all the hard work we put into it, but the kitchen in our ranch house needs some character as well, so stay tuned. If you have any questions and want any detail shots, let me know. I’d be happy to share!

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  1. debra
    Posted September 4, 2013 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    I really like the stenciling. Can you provide more details on how you did that?
    Also, like that you kept your original kitchen cabinets. Everyone thinks they need to rip out and replace and sometimes, well you just don’t need to. It looks awesome!

    • Angela
      Posted September 5, 2013 at 8:37 am | Permalink

      Hi Debra! I took a few process pictures when I did it but the reno was before the blog. I can always recreate the project too. I’ll work on it! Thanks so much. We thought about painting them when we moved in, but they’re so high quality and only the wall color needed a change. Thank goodness I lived with them for awhile! :)

  2. Kate
    Posted September 26, 2013 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Absolutely beautiful. I am glad you didn’t do anything with the cabinets, they are really beautiful.

    • Angela
      Posted October 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Kate! :)

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