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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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