Back at the beginning of the year, we started working on a kitchen remodel in a small 1940’s cottage. The kitchen was small, but didn’t maximize the space.
A wall between the dining room and kitchen divided the already cramped rooms, making both feel even smaller.
A soffit held the cabinets down one foot, which is valuable real estate in a little kitchen. The original cabinets had seen better days. Dated finishes on every surface, with a hodge podge of decades of updates.
Removing the load bearing wall was the first order of business. In order to support the load above, a beam with a header at door height divides the two spaces.
Though the layout didn’t change drastically, boasts more storage and a balanced layout. The open door frame at the back leads to a back entrance as well as the stairs to the basement.
Now, the range sits centered between cabinets, rather than awkwardly tucked against the wall. A microwave doubles as a vent hood, saving valuable counter space.
Before, this was the view from the hall:
Now, it’s open, bright, and cheery.
To bring a little cottage charm into the otherwise neutral kitchen, we went with a colorful back splash tile.
From that back landing, this was the dreary view:
Now, the white cabinets look fresh and clean, simple black hardware add a touch of contrast.
The tile is still missing grout, but it was such a fun addition I had to share.
A few cabinet doors were damaged in shipping, so we’re waiting on the replacements, then a few little touch ups to wrap up this kitchen, so stay tuned for more. Until then, what’s your favorite way to brighten up a kitchen?