dalbrough's Adel White Kitchen is packed with custom touches that really make this room shine.
When we purchased our home 9 years ago I really didn't like the tiny 11 X 12 odd shaped space with three door ways in it kitchen as I spent more and more time in that space I actually grew to literally hate it. After flip flopping trying to decide if we were going to put an addition on to give us more space we decided with a ton of help from everyone here at IkeaFans that due to our personal situation with my Mom and so much on the go we would just renovate the space we had. It being a very small space lots of planning and once again much help from everyone here we are now utilizing the space to the absolute best use of every square inch and it is now the little kitchen that could and did……and I love it – I really love it.
I can also say that this wonderful space would not have been possible without the wonderful help from so many on the IkeaFans site. I learned so much and was a great place to go to at 3am when struggling with an issue. This being our second kitchen we were still stumped a few times and so thankful to have another few sets of eyes look over my planning and so thankful this site was available. A huge special Thank You to those of you who held my hand during the thick of things and enabled me to have such a wonderful space in my house and I have special space in my heart for my new IkeaFans friends.
It is amazing how what I thought I wanted when I wrote my mission statement morphed into what we have now and to be honest with you I am 100% happy with every decision we made and every change we made from our initial mission statement.
Here is some blurry photos of the “before” and was in the process of the clearing out for the demo....
In March 2006 I posted my mission statement which went like this…..I want my kitchen to function well with enough space that two people can prepare dinners without always asking the helper to move. I want it to look rustic, vintage in a country upscale traditional way. I want to feel organized when I walk into it. I want to be proud of my kitchen and have our friends say WOW when they walk in. I do not want to be embarrassed about this space in my house. I want to be able to entertain and prepare scrumpish meals for my friends in my new space. I would like to have a place to sit and pay bills or sit and read a cookbook or when we are entertaining a friend can sit and chat with me while I cook. I want to be able to easily access my pots / cookie sheets without having to get on my hands and knees with a flashlight like I do now in the black hole (also known as my bottom cupboards) I want to be able to store all of my cookbooks in a cupboard and easily accessible. I want to have a place where I can put bills and kids school forms and homework without having it on the kitchen counter because I have no space for it. I want my kitchen to be control central of our entire house and it function very well using clever storage ideas. I want to be able to recycle and keep it hidden.
Some info about our project:
We did ALL of the work ourselves and shopped very frugally. We went with the high/low – save/splurge mentality – saving where we could and splurging on the items that would truly make a difference to this space.
We have an old plaster house and had decided to take out a small wall - you can see it above next to the stove - that being said we ended up taking all the plaster walls down and re-drywalling which was not a part of the initial plan and sub flooring as they were really not straight and found some serious issues behind the walls – in hindsight it was the best choice and decision but it sure delayed our progress but once again – in the end was for the best.
We installed a ton of new lighting – pot lights, under and in cabinet lighting and a gorgeous school house style light fixture over the sink. We also installed new flooring which is now throughout the house and have started replacing all the doors and door trim / molding.
We got all new appliances and a gorgeous granite counter. We have yet to do the backsplash but have purchased it and will be doing it after snowmobile season is over
Knobs and pulls are from Lee Valley, faucet – home depot – sink – Domsjo – blind corner cabinet blum hardware came from Home Depot – drawer rail for cookie sheet pull out came from Lee Valley.
We did do a few customs touches – a pull out space that was the creation from the need to have the sink centered under the window and having extra space.
We also put in a blind corner cabinet as I don’t like the corner cabinets available.
We also put in a home made with cover panels wine rack over the fridge.
The dogs favorite drawer:
My spice drawer
All in all I am a happy girl.
I can honestly say it has improved the quality of my life because I can actually enjoy cooking again in this space and so proud of it.
Read the whole thread here: The little kitchen that could and did……my finished dream Adel White kitchen project!!