Project Dollhouse - Small Changes in the Kitchen

Monday, January 23, 2012

Are you ready for a Project Dollhouse update?  We've made some progress in the kitchen and I wanted to share the small changes we've made.

Here's where we started.  The kitchen had a functional layout with all wood cabinets that were in pretty good condition, but it was hardly the space I envision preparing meals in each day.  

Nothing dates a kitchen more than those scalloped valances over the sink that are intended to conceal the flourescent light fixture.  We removed the scalloped valance and that unusual structure above the cabinets that housed the wiring for the light over the sink. The window over the sink is new as well. We replaced all of the windows in the house, they were aluminum and in horrible condition.

  The cabinets were sanded, primed, and painted. 

 All of the cabinet hardware has been replaced with pink glass cabinet pulls.  I have a pretty good collection of pink depression glass - most of it has been handed down to us from family members, and I plan to display some of it in my kitchen.
The theme of this renovation has been and continues to be transformation with cosmetic changes. Here's where we are today.

We installed butcher block countertops, and a new white porcelain sink.  The cabinet to the left of the sink has been removed as well as the scalloped wood valance over the sink. We put white subway tile on the backsplash and on the wall where the cabinet to the left of the sink used to be.  
Open shelving will go over the subway tile to the left of the sink, similar to the images below.

 All of the lighting has been replaced with vintage pendants and shades.  I couldn't get a good shot of them in the space, but here's what they look like.
This pendant currently replaces the ceiling fan in the middle of the ceiling
This is the pendant fixture that hangs over the sink.

A few more shots of the current state of the kitchen.

My next post will have the rest of my selections for the kitchen - and it's the fun stuff!  Think wallpaper, fabric and rugs. I hope you can stop by and check it out.  Until then, the next two images are the inspiration kitchens I kept in mind when making my selections.  


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Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said...

Beautiful! You've chosen such classic pieces. It's going to be timeless.

Taylor Greenwalt said...

I cant wait to see it when it is all done. Love all your ideas. The pendent lights are wonderful!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

We are revamping a vacation condo and are doing the kitchen in white with butcher block counter tops and open shelving above just like this! Was working on it all day yesterday :)

kayce hughes said...

It looks so great! I love all of your choices.

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

What a beautiful transformation!! I'm looking forward to seeing the entire room revealed.

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

Great job! I love the choices you have made. The pink drawer pulls are gorgeous. And I really like the idea of wallpaper too! Looking forward to the reveal! :)

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Love the door style! If I had my custom cabinetmaker recreate that it would be pricey because its shapely.

Looking great so far.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Okay, I am LOVING this! The pink handles are awesome! I love pink and had pink in my kitchen in another house and I miss it! I love your countertops too! I want butcher block countertops and of course Ikea is so much more affordable but it only comes in 6 and 8 foot lengths....I need a 9' length for one section....hence the delima! Where did you get yours?

I cannot wait to see more!

Lou Cinda :)

Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

I absolutely love that lighting. Can't wait to see it all done!

Chic Coles said...

Love your lighting.It is always the best to keep the old original lighting.We also really like the way you tiled all the way to the top of the window.Really great job.Keep the photo's coming of the project.

Lissa Pierce said...

Yeah! I have been eagerly awaiting the next update. Love it so far...can't wait to see the rest :)

Splendid Sass said...

Your kitchen looks fabulous! Love what you have done here! You have been very busy.
Hope that you are having a nice week.

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

These may be "small" changes, but boy! What a difference! You selected some beautiful details and the kitchen is going to be gorgeous when it is finished.

Jessica said...

I love those pink glass pulls - never seen anything like that in a kitchen before! So lovely!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Kim, what a difference you have already made! Love the counters and backsplash!

Karena said...

Really beautiful!! I love everything you have done Kim! Bravo!


Art by Karena

Cris Angsten said...

LOVE white subway tile and butcher block countertops! Also think the pink vintage pulls are a great idea - especially seeing as they tie into your Depression glass! Which pattern?
XOXO - Cris

eclectic revisited said...

LOVE the pink glass "hardware"..adds a little flair! and the butcher block counters are a fav!!..looks fabulous...can't wait to see the completed redo!

Anonymous said...

To find discount countertops, take a look at some stone fabrication shops that manufacture stones which come from local quarries. Most probably, the transportation costs of these stones will cost less. Although you did not technically get a discount, you were still able to cut down its cost.

hooper Patterson said...

Soooo fun! I can't wait to see more!!! Give us a hint on the wallpaper and rugs:)
great job!

Unknown said...

The subway tile is in now! I like it a lot. And I love open shelving.

Kendall said...

Looking good! I'm living with a scalloped valance above my sink as well. I cannot WAIT to get rid of it one of these days!