Before and After: The Kitchen

When we purchased our little house, the kitchen was in the back of the house, with a dining room in the center of the house.  With 4 kids in 600 square feet, a dining room was valuable space to be maximized.  We moved the kitchen into the dining room and turned the old kitchen into our master bedroom.  We now eat meals at our compact table in the living room.    Here is what the dining room-turned-kitchen looked like before:

Like the rest of the house, the dining room was brown from floor to ceiling with carpet, paneling and drop ceiling tiles.  A little drywall made a HUGE difference, and with some help from little hands, the room was transformed into a kitchen.

There is a weird optical effect when we take photos of the kitchen.  In person, the backsplash appears to just be random tiles, but in pictures, there is a chevron pattern that appears.  We love the cabinet organizers.  Pull-out shelves let us still shop at bulk stores and have a place to put the stuff 🙂

Fitting in full size appliances was a priority for us, as was a dishwasher.  After many, many hours of layout planning, we have a kitchen that works perfectly for us.  We make all of our weekday dinners ahead on Sundays, and though we can’t spread out as much as we could in our big house in LA, we have plenty of counter space to get it done.  The older kids don’t even complain anymore about unloading the dishwasher because they were afraid we might not have one!

The cabinets and butcher block cabinets are IKEA, the tile is a glass mosiac called “Majestic Ocean” from Home Depot, the floors are hand scraped vintage mocha by Bruce and the light fixture is by Kichler.