Here are some pictures before and after the remodel of the kitchen area, which included a breakfast nook. This view is from the living room. The room through the door on the left was a bit odd. It could be a sitting room, or a large formal dining, or a second family room. See below how we connected the rooms…
The kitchen had too many dark and dated components.
The original hardware was endearing and porcelain, so we took great care of them and used them in the new design! We like to keep elements that identify original character while bringing the look and feel to a current place.
We decided the front room was too closed off from the kitchen and living room, so we did what all people dread, yet do, in a great remodeling project: we cut through a wall! Here is the before …
And here is the after! We lost some cabinets, but we gained an excellent connection with the other room, plus natural light!
This is the view from the other room. You can see into the kitchen and living room.
The counter tops are poured concrete, which matches the bathroom here . And when we removed the blue backboard, we found the original wood paneling! So we skipped the back splash and left the original charm!
Stained concrete floors throughout the house offer beautiful consistency. This picture also illustrates the wainscoting that connects the living room and kitchen with original wood paneling detail, discussed here.
And with a little sanding and stain, the breakfast nook remained a beautiful corner!
The final product gives respect to the original house design while updating the colors and features of the kitchen.