Monday, March 9, 2009

Almost.



Yeah, we lived with that disaster yellow kitchen for 4 years. If you are late to the party, you can read more about the horrible old kitchen and my paint-peeling party HERE in my love/hate letter to home ownership.

It's not a super deluxe remodel or anything. We didn't move any walls. We didn't reconfigure the space. It's just cosmetic, but we sure as hell needed it.




(Update: A few Seattle people have emailed to ask about the cabinets. I got them from BUILDER'S SHOWROOM. The cabinets are manufactured by a local company, CANYON CREEK.)

92 comments:

K.Line said...

Nice!

Jules said...

Now that's the kind of result everyone wants from a facelift!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Enjoy.

Jenny said...

Looks beautiful. I'm completely jealous.

tartanscot said...

o.m.g.

quadruple yay ! !

Anonymous said...

Decorno -

If you're willing to share, I'm curious how much it costs for such a remodel (non-wall-moving, etc.).

Cote de Texas said...

beautiful!! Mazel tov!

Love the countertops.

Richie Designs said...

lovely

Anonymous said...

You kept the nutone! In my house that's the designated smoking area - where you'll find me every morning cussing at the coffee maker.

DesignTies said...

Lovely transformation - the counters are fantastic!
Victoria from EdinDesigns @ DesignTies

Anonymous said...

Hi - Just discovered your blog the other day while searching matchstick glass tile for my backsplash. We just started demo today on our remodel. We lived with horrible stuff for almost 5 years. Of course today, again, first day of demo, we discovered a support post hidden in a cabinet, so now we have to have one section of cabinet rebuilt. That is the least expensive fix. Or we could put a hew beam in the ceiling, add support under the house, etc. I hope we got all the surprises done today! We too are just updating everything, but not moving walls, etc. What did you decide about the matchstick backsplash?

Creme de la Mode said...

like a totally different room. I wanna know who the hell ran around American in the 70s painting all the kitchens yellow. I mean really.

claire said...

my my my, look what you can do when you save your money and buy what you can afford - this kitchen is so well deserved, and beautiful and paid for!

good for you decorno! gorgeous kitchen!

the sweet life with olives said...

beautiful. nothing beats a clean white kitchen with carrara top and gorgeous hardware... are you happy with all your choices?

Zelda said...

I like the meddle picture

Lolo said...

And that's what they mean when they say "the difference between night and day". Well done.

I too have the love/hate with our house but it is our Home and for that, I am grateful. I remind myself of that essential fact whenever I start to go down the hole of "I fucking haaaaaate this shower/plumbing/wiring/flooring" and refocus on what we've managed to get done in the five years since the purchase.

Your kitchen looks so pretty from just that little glimpse. The old kitchen with the exploded egg yolk yellow? That's the stuff that flashes through my mind whenever I read the latest "yellow! it's the New Thing in Color This Year!"

Jenny said...

lovely! when's the kitchen opening party? can we come (online)?
what first meal or dish will you be cooking in your new kitchen?

I don't think I'll have a new kitchen for another 5 years, til the mortgage is paid off, God willing. At the moment, there are some old floor to ceiling cupboards, a few bits of ikea (not the portable hip kind, but the basic kind, legs screwed in, but not mounted to wall - cheaper!). I did buy a new stove, coz the old one didn't work at all when I bought the place. But I love it. It's the first room I unpack whenever I move. I think I"ll be here for my life. So the kitchen can wait til I can do what you've done - pay cash!

yaaay!

my favorite and my best said...

hoory for you. lets get cracking on better pictures though. cuz i need 'em. if decor is my porn (and it is) i need my fix, and a teeny tiny teaser shot just won't do!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm with "my favorite and my best" -- more pictures, Chickie! xoxo

jenny said...

yes.

Kwana said...

It looks so good! Yay!

Decorno said...

Anon 9:24 - you crack me up.

I didn't know that fan had a name. And yeah, we are keeping it. Anything that required moving walls, windows, or ripping up the ceiling to reconfigure vents was out of scope for this project, which means that we kept the fan. It's never worked until now. I feel very 50s-housewife when I turn it on. We like it.

Caroline said...

the faucet looks lovely! good choice!

hello gorgeous said...

Looks beautiful!

I'm with the commenter who said more, please.

Musette said...

Newish to the blog but having a great time for all that - your kitchen is lovely! Congratulations. Sometimes (often) one doesn't have to do the Big Reno, with the wall-removal, etc, to have a lovely space.

We'll be doing ours in a few months - not too much Big Reno, I think - and we'll be paying Cash.

Cash: it's the New Credit!

erika @ urban grace said...

looks great decorno!

sara said...

Wow, beautiful!! You did an awesome job.

marshmallowfever said...

looks great!

meaghangrimm said...

I like the cabinets, where from?

David said...

Nicely done Miss! Looking forward to more pictures.

thestamfordwife said...

Stunning!

Gretchen FFreshink said...

Lovely. Congratulations.

lucitebox said...

Looking forward to seeing more of the new room in action. Get out your apron and make something to eat for us.

Anonymous said...

I have something like that nutone in my soon to be kitchen, and it is currently not working. Did you have an electrician repair it? I also don't want to do any wall repairs and would like to get mine working.

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations!

Brilliant Asylum said...

It looks incredible. Congrats!

Jennifer said...

if that were my kitchen, I would probably sleep in there.

Decorno said...

Anon 8:06 - welcome to the NuTone Preservation Society. Our contractor got a replacement part for it, no problem. I think you can just google NuTone and find parts or repair info there.

*moggit girls said...

You dun good!

Magchunk said...

Totally beautiful. What do you plan to use that little shelving nook for? (Or is that a later post?)

Decorno said...

Wine. Lots of it.

Iheartfashion said...

This looks gorgeous!

Sarah Arkanoff said...

Beautiful! Where is that awsome sink faucet from?

Decorno said...

The faucet is by Rohl. You actually need to order two parts to get the whole faucet:

4791 in polished nickel (the faucet)
and U.6794 (the deck unions... the base parts of the whole thingy)

I got the faucet from Best Plumbing in Seattle. I hope NO ONE every shops there. What a disaster at every step. I ended up ordering the deck unions from FaucetDirect.com and they were amazing. Great service, great prices, easy shipping, and they even made a special effort to go find my order and expedite it 2-day air even when the order was already in process.

Anonymous said...

Want to see the hardwood floors!
Do you LOVE it?

katiedid said...

Beautiful job! Love the counters (of course) and the faucet! Can't wait to se the rest. I bet you are pleased. And Canyon Creek makes a great cabinet!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Can't wait to see more photos.

gatherings home said...

How exciting! I love all your selections. You did dun good girl!

Carol

Lucinda said...

I am passing a torch, thanks for all the great posts, you deserve a Chic and Unique award!

http://chateaudelu.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-first-award.html

xo,
Lu

Catherine said...

Very pretty. Cannot wait to see the finished project.

...love Maegan said...

ooooooh ...FABULOUS!

Saga said...

Hi. I'm brand new to Decorno and love the site and the enthusiasm of your followers. Great community feel!

What did your builder say about the marble counter? It's gorgeous!! I mean GORGEOUS.

I'm curious. We want marble in the bathroom and get stared down like idiots at the showrooms. They yammer about water spots, yellowing, bla bla bla . Hello? The Romans used marble for centuries and it's still holding up pretty well..right?

Decorno said...

Saga - YES. They all look at me like I am cross eyed. "It will stain!" blah blah blah. Whatever.

If you go into, say, any Noah's Bagel shop you will see what 3 - 5 year-old marble counters look like. Worn, matte, maybe a little chippy. But fabulous. Everybody wants industrial strenght everything. Ancient material is fine by me.

Anonymous said...

I'm Anon 8:06 - NuTone Preservation Society, I love it.
Once I get into my house, I will no longer be Anon, I will blog my own minor renos, so thanks much for being a fun inspirational read!

Ben said...

So. Jealous. Must. Rip. Out. My. Kitchen. Now.

jean said...

Looks beautiful! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Serene. Lovely. Makes me think of coffee and brioche with jam.

FloatingWorld said...

What is the thing over the window???? You've got to be kidding! Remove it ASAP!

Decorno said...

Floating World - that *thing* is my NuTone. Keep up!

Perfectly Disgraceful said...

What sink did you buy? I really like the way it is set in. What is the round metal thing to the left of the faucet?

I use my sprayer (technical term?) a lot, but your sink looks lovely without one. Did you consider getting one?

I was thinking about getting a faucet that was attached to the wall, like your old one, but then I noticed how your old one stained the wall and that is making me reconsider.

We have an old re-purposed marble top around our bathroom sink. It's stained and totally imperfect. But you know what? It's hard to tell whether it's clean or dirty (stain or toothpaste? stain or mold?) and that works in my favor.

Decorno said...

PD 1:34: Answers below.


What sink did you buy? (Kohler Bakersfield in white/undermount)
I really like the way it is set in. What is the round metal thing to the left of the faucet? (That is the button for our garbage disposal.)



I use my sprayer (technical term?) a lot, but your sink looks lovely without one. Did you consider getting one? (Yes, but since I have never had a sprayer, I decided I didn't need to start now. I wanted a clean look)


I was thinking about getting a faucet that was attached to the wall, like your old one, but then I noticed how your old one stained the wall and that is making me reconsider. (Don't be dissuaded. I love the look of a wall-mounted faucet. The only reason my old one looked so gross is because the whole kitchen was ghetto. If mounted correctly, yours would be lovely.)

Hanako66 said...

wow Decorno...it is beautiful. truly.

kay* said...

wow. fab-u-lous!

So Haute said...

Looks amazing! Can't wait to see the full reveal!

Condo Blues said...

I don't care what everyone else said, those marble countertops rock! They are going to be a dream to bake on too.

Just don't try cleaning them with vinegar or they will fizz away.

Anonymous said...

Wow! That yellow, man, that yellow. I would have needed that glass of wine I spotted too if I had to live with that bitch for 4 years! Nice facelift.

Anonymous said...

Your original kitchen is giving me horrible flashbacks of a time I tripped on acid and are at a Waffle House. Yikes! I'm outta here...

Anonymous said...

GORGE. From pain comes the pretty. Love the undermount sink and countertops. So happy for you. Now get in there and make something! :)

Sacheverelle said...

In the "Paint Peeling Party" entry you said "Our kitchen had subfloor when we bought it. SUBFLOOR."
I don't understand, where was the hardwood you ended up finding later? Underneath the subfloor? I guess technically that would be called a superfloor.

hello gorgeous said...

P.S. Btw, I am tres proud you paid cash. Whoever said cash is the new credit is right on.

And I am super jealous of your binder skilz.

Decorno said...

Sach - extra credit for paying attention! I did say that and I was totally wrong. When I wrote that love/hate letter to my house a while ago, even then we were still convinced it was subfloor.

When we moved in, it was really nasty floor (we thought subfloor). The seller - who inherited the house and was basically house rich and cash poor from then on - was this sweet woman who wanted to do something for us to tidy up the joint, so after we saw the house and bought it, but before we moved in, she pasted over this "subfloor" with vinyl tile. We didn't realize this whole time that the foul wood we saw the first time was wood... just skeezy wood. I might be confusing you at this point, but ultimately, we were too stupid to know what we saw the first time - - wood floors that just needed love.

my little apartment said...

lookin' goooooood!
god, I'm so jealous of your marble.

Decorno said...

Hello G - thanks. I am glad we paid cash, too. Cash IS the new credit.

rerun said...

oh honey, it looks DIVINE! congrats

Sacheverelle said...

Ohh I understand.
Welp. I'm sure she meant well, applying vinyl tile to the hardwood.
Why do people even do that? Does anyone ever use vinyl tile for anything except a hasty cover-up for really nasty flooring? Out of site out of mind I guess.

Decorno said...

Oh, she was so sweet. She definitely did it to be kind. I mentioned I like yellow and she painted it that color before I moved in.

(Note to self: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.)

Sacheverelle said...

Aw, that was pretty thoughtful of her..That was the yellow paint you & your friend were peeling?

Decorno said...

(gulp) yes. that makes me kind of an ass, huh?

Sacheverelle said...

Nah, not really. I would have done the same thing. It's your kitchen, your cabinets. To peel, destroy & do unto as you may.

julie said...

lovely! you will love the white marble--it ages beautifully. congrats!

Anonymous said...

So pretty. Congratulations. What are you going to put in the cubbies?

SH said...

Love it!

pve design said...

Exactly how many pre-kitchen posts did you have to do prior to actually mustering up the courage and the coins to make this sweet renovation?
So when is the housewarming? GAme for a blog pot luck.

Decorina said...

Decs I always said "The road to good intentions is paved with hell".

Annie Empiric said...

I want to be sitting in there with a hot cup of coffee
right.
now!

The Little Big House said...

wow! congratulations, it looks beautiful.

I love the story about having wine and peeling off the yellow paint and then having to live with that impulsive choice for years. I have definitely done that with old wallpaper one to many times. You would think i would learn by now that just because 3 inches of wallpaper comes of easy - does not mean the rest of the wall will...

but it really does look beautiful - what an improvement!

Kirby said...

wow. it looks great!

Rachel said...

Beautiful!!!
What are you doing for the backsplash??

Rebecca Sherman said...

Small, all-white kitchens rock.

Dana said...

I love it, it looks great now!

Effie May said...

So far, gorgeous. But I just have to say that (as of 4/6/09) we haven't seen enough of your new kitchen! When are you going to give us a proper tour?

Abbey said...

this looks amazing!!!