This is what the kitchen looked like the day we first toured the house (you can click on the pictures to get a better view):
I knew immediately that I was going to need to add and island... I just do too much cooking from scratch and needed more counter space and storage. We were in the house about a month or two when I found this one on Craigslist. We already had the bar stools. It was the first change we made to the room and it really makes it much more functional. I'm in the market for a new light fixture over the island, but that will wait until I find the perfect one.
The third change was painting. The grape wallpaper and border were horrible, and the red chair-rail was even worse.
The new sink is 9.5" deep plus it's an undermount, so I can fit a ton of dishes in there. It almost makes doing dishes fun! I love the new faucet with the pull out hose, and I also love that we can switch between a regular stream and a spray stream. You can also see the difference in the chandelier... I painted both the kitchen and the dining room fixtures black and it really made a huge difference. What you can't see in this picture (well, may be if you're looking and you click to enlarge) is that in order to keep from hitting his head, hubby used a black carabeener (sp?) to adjust the height! Extra points for noticing the naughty kitty perching where he isn't supposed to!
I wanted to add some color to the kitchen, since everything is white, tan, brown, or black. I found some WWII Propaganda posters online and printed them out. I went to Michaels, Bed Bath and Beyond, the Dollar store, and several other places before I found frames I liked at a good price. $3 from Target fit the budget.
Of course I needed a Seabee poster, and the "Harvest Honey" is actually a modern take on the WWII "Keep Calm and Carry On." The blue LeCreuset soup pot that I scored at a thrift store for $9 is actually my compost container.
I love the sign I ordered from Etsy. Originally, I wanted to do it in vinyl lettering on the soffit, but there was no good place to put it, so this worked fine!
Well, this was a longer post than I thought it would be, but that ends the tour of the kitchen. Including the tear out, the counter install, the plumbing, the upgraded sink package, the counters, the drywall, paint, new hood, and the island, it cost us less than $4,000. I'm pretty sure we'll be seeing most of that when we eventually sell the house. But in the mean time, I get to enjoy it and no longer have to suffer with the pink 'marble'. Well worth it!