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Before & After: The Traditional Kitchen Gets a Makeover

By SoPo Cottage on Jun 10, 2013

It was 5 months in the making, but we think the completed kitchen was well worth the wait. We went from a circa 1970s space to one that has a timeless style. Here's a quick photo update of the project:


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Starting point - an awkward space with limited cabinet space, a basement stairwell that tied up a large corner of the room and and that 70's color scheme - harvest gold, avocado green and orange.

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Remember the scary basement staircase? We had a lot of debate on whether to spend the money to move it. But now that we see the space - and realize how much we've increased the safety of the steps, we realize moving the staircase to the other side of the house was the right thing to do! Look at what used to happen when you came in the door from the backyard. What a hazard!

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Here's the first view - in Process. No staircase, walls removed and the antique beams are installed




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And here is the after view!

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And to give you a better feel for the space, here's the view as you enter the house from the garage:

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Kitchen Before


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Kitchen After

So, what are the details that made the change so dramatic?

1) Architectural Interest - by adding these circa 1800 beams, we gave this 1947 house a sense of history that it didn't previously have. It also provided a great transition to the taller ceiling that we created when the new engineered joist system was installed on the 2nd floor.

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Installing the antique hand hewn beams

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2) Traditional Styling - We used classic colors and finishes. The Ox Hill cabinets from Martha Stewart, in her new color - Heavy Cream - evoke a classic New England kitchen. The tiled backsplash is reminiscent of a tin ceiling. And the light fixtures add a traditional touch, as they brighten up the space.

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3) Finishing Touches - the glass door on the pantry lends a bit of sparkle to the space. Same with the glass cabinets on either side of the stove. And notice that we took the cabinets all the way up to the ceiling. That custom touch makes a big difference in the look and feel of the space.

This was such a fun project, we're almost sorry it's over. But we're thrilled with the results! And in talking with the new owners, they can't wait to move in and start using it!

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