I'll be honest, it's been a tough few weeks. I am so happy to have Elin here! She's beautiful and sweet but she's also a lot of work. I know newborns are a lot of work but this time around I have two kids, and it's an adjustment. Not to mention I have laundry and cooking and my shop to keep up with. I'm not doing a great job just yet but every day is getting a little better.
Here's a few before and in-the-process photos. I realized while looking for photos that I really forgot to take a proper 'before' shot of the ugly rental kitchen, oops! But I did find this iphone photo for you to feast your eyes on.
Clearly it wasn't my style, not even close, but style aside there were so many issues with the original kitchen. The tile grout was never sealed so it absorbed all liquids and stains like a sponge. The tile was textured so it trapped a lot of crumbs and dirt and the sharp edges stuck out in places, we accidentally hurt ourselves on them multiple times. The beveled cabinets doors made cleaning so much more work, stuff would get stuck in the little corners of the fronts. Gross.
Also, the half wall/bar that stuck out made the entryway small enough that only one person at a time could walk in and out of the kitchen. It just felt suffocating.
And then there's the colors they chose. Honey colored cabinets with the same wood floor and then beige tile everywhere. There's no contrast, just a dark honey/beige hole. I also didn't like the appliances, they were bulky and outdated.
The new kitchen solves our old kitchen problems with flat doors, smooth counters, bright white, steamlined appliances. It's so much easier to clean this new version and much happier as well. I wanted an open space so that the kitchen felt like a part of the rest of the house, and a room people could easily walk in and out of. Plus I have a much better view of the rest of the house now.