- Imperial Beach, CA
- United States
- About my kitchen reveal:
- Everything! The appliances were replaced immediately after we closed on the house, but the full reno waited almost 5 years. Ikea cabinets, Silestone counters, new tile to elongate the room, bigger picture window and new door to match the full-lite front door. Moved the gas line for the stove, installed a water line for the ice maker, widened the entry from the living room by 15 inches and (yay!) recessed lighting on a dimmer switch.
The only thing that stayed was the blue paint color on the wall with the tank sign - I just love how it plays off the yellow sign. Please pardon the awful "before" shot, this was the night before demo began!
- My best tip for a successful kitchen makeover::
- First, absolutely wait on changing the kitchen layout until you've *really* cooked in it. We had planned to gut the kitchen after closing, but some unexpected surprises (cough, un-permitted garage conversion) ate up the kitchen budget. I spent 4 Thanksgivings cooking with the original layout, which meant I figured out better ways to utilize the existing space to complement how I cook.
Second, stick to your guns. We had a great contractor, but he was used to "builder" renovations using what was readily available in bog box stores and minimal fuss. I did my homework on the layout, but he really tried to sway me a few times about the "surrounded fridge" on the rear wall. So glad I followed my gut instinct, not only do we have tons of storage now but excellent counter space for appliances and prepping!
Oh, and: no microwave. We don't miss it a bit.
- My favorite meal to cook in my kitchen::
- Long involved dinners for friends and family. The first meal I cooked in the new kitchen was Thanksgiving. I love doing long, slow braises or roasts in the oven while concentrating on a fussy side dish on the stove top. AND still having room to put out drinks and snacks for guests.