New house, New Kitchen

It’s tough to buy a new home in a new city but its really tough buying a home in Florida when you live in Northern California. For the record, it is not a project for the easily frustrated. You must have a realtor with the patience of Job and the uncanny ability to suggest just the right houses to view while making herself available 24/7 for the two days you are in town to see them. We found such a realtor and if you are looking for a home on the Space Coast, let me know, I will point you her way. You also should not promise your spouse that no matter what else, the home you buy will have a functional bathroom and a decent kitchen… You just shouldn’t.

Original kitchen
Original kitchen

We looked at a bizillion homes, they all had issues except for about five, four of which we lost out on the sale, so we went with number 5. It had a nice size yard, functional bathrooms (2), three bedrooms (one short of the ideal) and a living/dining area that needed some love, but was ok to start with. The kitchen was a fail. Water damaged cabinets made of presswood and plastic from 1978 were broken and falling apart. The laminate countertop also falling apart. My loving spouse  didn’t say much about it really, but refused to unpack the majority of the kitchen boxes because there was so little usable space. Ok. First project – a worthy kitchen.

DEMO
DEMO

The kitchen was a 10 x 10 box located in the center of the house. It separated the living room from the dining room and created a traffic jam by functioning as the place that all must pass through in order to get from one end of the house to the other.

Don't you just love that light?
Don’t you just love that light?

We decided that we needed to make the entire center of our home into an open space that made more sense and that would give the home a completely different vibe.

Walls going down!
Walls going down!
The dogs were not happy with all the changes
The dogs were not happy with all the changes

So we tore down two kitchen walls and the pantry, made the kitchen narrower by a foot and longer by three feet. This opened up the living room and made the dining room accessible to the rest of the house.

Close up of the flooring
Close up of the flooring

We removed all the existing flooring and decided to install a commercial grade vinyl plank.

Pendant lights and recessed lighting replace the old fluorescent box light
Pendant lights and recessed lighting replace the old fluorescent box light

Why? Well, we have three big dogs and the vinyl has more texture to it and makes it easier for them to walk (run/jump) without hurting their hips.

It is also completely water-proof (can you say hurricane?) and came with a lifetime warranty. It looks incredible and is easier on your feet than hardwood. The flooring really brought the space together visually and made it seem so much bigger.

We had a hard time finding the right color
We had a hard time finding the right color
The winning color is Behr Burnished Clay
The winning color is Behr Burnished Clay

We ditched the green and beige and went with a more neutral gray on the walls and a white ceiling (which was not fun to fix or paint). We were very picky about the paint and went through a lot of samples before selecting one.

The process was worth it though. You can look at colors in the store all day long but it will never look the same on your walls. The color we chose looks completely different depending on the quality of light and day/night.

Nearly finished, just some small details left
Nearly finished, just some small details left

For the kitchen, we installed recessed lighting throughout and added blue glass pendants over the bar. The granite is a salt and pepper, and we decided that white kitchens are pretty, but not for us. 20151223_091848_001We went with a nearly flat black and we think it looks incredible! We had stainless appliances and kept them. Yes, we do have to keep up with all the fingerprints.

Here it is!

 

Complete! All that is left is to find bar height stools to replace our counter height pair
Complete! All that is left is to find bar height stools to replace our counter height pair