So I will try.
First, I put it off because my camera isn't working well. All the pictures are blurry. sigh.
Also, the original cabinet color, which I would call pale, dead flesh, actually looks good when I take pictures of it (with this broken camera), much more warm and wood-like than it looks in real life.
Since 95% of the (maybe 12?) people who "read this post" won't read this (meaning none of them, with the possible exception of one), but will only look at the pictures, I should not even waste the time to try to explain. But anyway. You will think my cabinets were a better color originally. I assure you, they weren't.
I am going to go out of my way to try to explain this (defensive a little? maybe). I will begin with pictures that I think accurately capture the colors of the cabinetry in my kitchen (at least on my computer monitor), before and after, IN SPITE OF the way they will look in the following "reveal" photographs. So please, please believe me and use your imagination as you look at the eventual kitchen pictures.
This is a "sample" of the original cabinet color:
When we bought the house off the internet without looking at it, I knew I did not care for the kitchen cabinet color, nor did I like the way it looked with yellow brass hardware and pinky-beige counters. I thought, "No problem. We'll just switch out the hardware for some oil-rubbed bronze, and top it with some dark granite counters. It will be fine."
We arrived and found that:
- There was no space to store anything larger than an average sized salad bowl, anywhere in the kitchen.
- There was a serious traffic flow problem between the refrigerator and the peninsula (see below).
Clearly, it would be money thrown into a black hole to simply redo the counters on that footprint of a kitchen.
Ach. I have wandered off topic, or ahead of topic, or something. How did I do this?
New (I used two, mixed together):
All this is to ask, to plead with you to realize when you look at the pictures:
- The original color was, truly, a pale, dead flesh color, and not a whimsical light golden oak color as it may appear.
- The new, dark cabinets are a rich dark brown, not a black so dark that it fades utterly into shadow.
Okay. On with the show. Back to business. Here we go.
We put these little "pull out pantries" on either side of the sink cabinet:
By moving the stove over to the right, we gained a nice workspace between the stove and the sink. We also made room for a nice pots and pans cabinet.
And... to the left we were able to put in a BROOM CLOSET!
As you can see here, I am a lazy photographer and got tired of moving things out of view,
hence the colander of grapes in the lovely white plastic bowl on the counter,
napkins, mail, a bin of dog medicine, etc.
Well, that gives you some idea. I am sorry if you liked the old kitchen better. My guess is, it was probably crafted with more love. Our contractor experience was bad, and it left me with such a negative taste, I don't even know how I feel about my kitchen.
I like the extra work space around the sink.
I like all the additional and specialized storage we got.
I like having the soffits out and the ceiling higher.
I like my big buffet serving area.
I like my broom closet!
I like the open space without the peninsula.
I like having a gas stove!
I am thankful,
I am very thankful,
and someday I might even get over the traumatized feeling the ordeal gave me.