The Big Reveal!
The transformation of the kitchen and surrounding spaces was completed months ago, and I finally found time in this super-busy spring season to review, cull and assemble the pictures (after realizing that I’ll never get them perfect), and now I’m ready to share the results. Thank you for your patience, Dear Readers! You’ve been on this journey with us for quite a while.
Quick reminder of the previous cramped pink-tiled, out-dated galley space…
…which has now become an open one in a more timeless style
Glover Gardens Kitchen 2.0: Let’s Take a Tour
A small coffee bar is perched beside the refrigerator
The cooktop is on the side wall with open cabinets and granite countertops
The island is larger and has turned 90 degrees; there’s seating now on two sides
There’s no seating on the oven or stove sides of the island; we call that area Kim’s Corner (where the cook is)
There’s a butterfly sink in Kim’s Corner
The island brings a pop of blue, tying in with the granite from Brazil which has a blue streak and is called ‘Azul Fantasy’; there is ample storage on the the non-seating sides
The kitchen is much more open to the breakfast room with the removal of several walls; we’re glad we kept the back stairs
The bar is now visible and approachable from the kitchen, since the previous wall with the stove and the pantry were removed; that’s the powder room next to the bar, which stayed in the same place but got a revamp
The bar is sized for only one bartender
The pictures above the bar are pictures I snapped of tablescapes, restaurant meals and winery trips and they all have memories and stories attached to them; we plan to switch them out periodically
We kept the glass shelves and the hanger for the wine glasses that The Grill-Meister had built
The bar opens on a hinge, which is something I’ve been wanting to replicate since my old days of working part-timeat the now-defunct Ale House in Houston as a waitperson and bartender in my 20s
Any question who claims the bar?
There’s seating at the bar on the living room side, as before, but with lower-profile stools
You can sit at the bar and listen to the piano when our Musical Millennial is home
Now into the breakfast room; we removed the wall on the left that separated it from the living room and put a built-in buffet there with the same granite and lighting as the kitchen; the buffet has storage on one side and houses some of my cookbook collection on the other
We kept the antique table from the 30s or 40s, but I recovered the chairs using the same fabric as the new living room curtains; we decided not to refinish it because the wood matches some of the shades in the flooring
There’s a nice flow now from the breakfast room to the kitchen
More cookbooks are stored under the stairs – but these are just the the face of the cabinets; those are actually hidden, very deep drawers! The cabinets on the right are the new broom closet, which moved from the butler’s pantry (we call it the Harry Potter closet)
We love the buffet between the breakfast room and living room
It’s a great place to store extra serving pieces
The old broom closet on the left is now an appliance cabinet, where the mixer and just about all of my other electric gadgets live, on the right is the pantry
Our new grandson calls me “Birdie”, or at least he will when he can talk, so he gave me this lovely decorative serving board for Christmas
Glover Gardens Kitchen 1.0 and 2.0 Side-by-Side
I’m doing an encore on some of the pics, because The Grill-Meister requested a side-by-side before and after comparison format.
Hardly any room to move and nowhere to sit
Glorious spaciousness Such a big change!
A tight squeeze between the island and the stove
Now the bar can be enjoyed from both sides Removing the wall with the stove and the dividing wall by the stairs really opened up and modernized the space
The stairs are now an attractive part of the architecture and there’s space around the island
Pink-tiled island and backsplash
Beveled marble subway tile backsplash and Azul Fantasy granite The new cabinets look so much better and more visually interesting than the long row of same-old, same-old pickled wood
The walls, overhangs and doorways added to the crowding
Now the pantry area is more integral to the kitchen It went from a kitchen that barely had room for the cook to one in which people could comfortably gather
The kitchen and breakfast room are more connected and cohesive
Beneath the stairs was wasted, unusable space
Hidden drawers behind the cookbooks! From an ugly, misplaced staircase with clutter lining the wall to an attractive, multi-use staircase space
The living space flows so much better now that we’ve lost that wall in the breakfast room
Not the same angle, but you can see the difference in how the living room and breakfast room flow from the living room side, and that we moved the laundry room door, which made the kitchen traffic better
Goodbye, butler’s pantry!
The spice situation is night-and-day different – I don’t have to use a stool!
The bar went from a closed-off space with a pantry behind it to a connected space
That’s All for Now
The Glover Gardens Kitchen 2.0 series is winding down, with only a few more segments to go. I plan to feature our contractors once more as part of our ongoing thank you process, and there are a few more lessons learned from the whole experience to be shared.
I hope you like the pictures and that they were worth the wait. The kitchen remodel was certainly worth the 14-year wait for us.
Everything is better!
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