So it’s been a couple of weeks of traveling and house guests and I’ve been remiss in posting. And there was Dwell on Design where I met the most awesome purveyor of skincare products (more on that soon) and I had a great time.
Basically, I was putting the finishing touches on the kitchen and then I had to leave town! After weeks of IKEA cabinet assembly and tile installation, we have a finished product. So now I’ve been able to work in the kitchen and so far it’s been amazing. SUCH a huge improvement over the old 80′s kitchen. And now I won’t hit my head on the cabinets either!
There were two big changes to the layout of this kitchen. One is the right corner of the kitchen (see third image) which is to the left of the fridge. That’s where our old water heater was housed. It’s such a terrible layout and getting to use that corner was a must. The second is the peninsula that divides the dining room from the kitchen. It’s great counter space but it makes it incredibly difficult for two people to work at the same time. Also, I’m pretty sure every guest we’ve had has hit their forehead on those upper cabinets, so they had to go no matter what.
And here’s the new corner! The water heater has been swapped out for a tankless so now that closet has been significantly altered to accommodate a washer and dryer (I’ll do a post for that later).
So now there’s no peninsula and it’s transformed our space into more of a U-shaped kitchen. If we’ve lost counter space, I haven’t noticed it yet.
I think the best part of all is our cabinet space is so much more usable. I’ve been able to put away everything with room to spare. The door in the above image, while a necessity, kind of interrupts the flow but I’ve made it work by adding the towel rack with hooks (I think it’s the IKEA Bygel version) and am storing my oven mitts there. You’d be amazed what you can hang on a hook or mount to a door.
Mr. Los Angeles and I were discussing the whole project. He hated installing the tile backsplash the most and I hated the cabinet assembly the most. Although as you can see, the tile going all away around the door is a great touch and I’m so glad we did it. Who says white kitchens have to be boring?!
Be sure to check out the post on how we assembled all of this stuff here as well as our custom DIY spice rack here. Once again, a special thanks to TME Construction for making this vision a reality and letting us DIY our hearts out.