We completed our new kitchen about a year ago. Was a major undertaken but sure came out nice and the best thing is the wife is super joyed :banana:
This kitchen is higher end assemble yourself which I tweeked as I was assembling them for long life.It's Spiced Maple shaker with Granit looking Laminte tops, brick stile tile backsplashes. The Island top is Plyboo which is Laminated Bamboo plywood stained and polyurethaned. The mantle area above the Hood Fan was custom made by myself as well as the feet under the Island.
The sink area is new, the wall used to be where the arch is and we bumped it out 28" x 10' since the soffit overhang was 4' this seemed logical and we are very happy we did this also behind the stove is a 5x7 walk in pantry. We are overjoyed and really enjoying the new Kitchen.
I have a fairly ugly kitchen. Back in the 80s, my father and a now late friend built custom cabinets out of oak. I need to get more pictures, but the kitchen is a mess.
I don't have before pics, but when we first moved in, the stove was against the same wall as the sink, there were no cabinets on the left wall-- but there was a wood stove for heating. My father and friend built the bookcase under the load-bearing beam and there are upper cabinets above all of the cabinets. The stove is now against an oak mini-wall on the peninsula (and the upper cabinets are double-sided). The angled cabinet on the upper right has turntable shelves. I was too lazy to draw the chairs in.
The potato bin was custom made by our late friend and is also made of oak. There is a pot rack collecting dust above it. The microwave sits where the original refrigerator was, but for some reason my mother didn't want it there. We have an upright freezer. We have two fridges because we never took out the old one when we moved in the new one and we use both (my brother pretty much has one fridge all to himself bc he eats more than everyone else & when we shared a fridge, he would steal my food and milk).
The curtain over the sink has since been ruined because my brother knocked over a bucket of paint, knocking the lid off and it sprayed everywhere and he just left it without cleaning it and I discovered the mess about 20 minutes later.
The original parquet floor was ruined by water damage and the paint.
Here is a rough sketch of the layout of my kitchen. It is not to scale and I probably messed up the proportions quite a bit. All of the gray objects are not built-in and can be moved. It's an awkward layout. I was too lazy to draw in chairs and small appliances as well as scratching posts, pet food dishes, trash cans, etc.
The color in the first few photos is washed out. Poor quality photo of the cabinet and trim over the window above the sink:
Back in the 80s my father bought 1,000 board feet of oak lumber and he used some of it to make cabinets. These are pictures from several years ago, the layout has changed a bit. The refrigerator here is now next to the shelves and there is another fridge in it's place. We took the middle leaf out of the table and moved it to the right.
In the hallway behind you can see the lacquer and mother-of-pearl panels from Vietnam. The leaf painting is something I made in high school. The piece of furniture to the left of the painting is an old record player / entertainment center that a friend gave us.
View from the front room doorway:
View from over near the kitchen sink:
View from the hallway that leads to the laundry room-- you can see the living room on the other side. You cant really see it, but on the underside of the upper cabinets over the peninsula, there are little racks that fold downward to hold spices or cookbooks or whatever. There are two (one on each side of the stove).