The BEFORE – Photos from the staged townhouse, our first and only visit before we put in an offer. If you haven’t heard or wouldn’t have heard, houses are flying off the market here in British Columbia, Canada. The phrase you snooze you lose is super applicable here. No inspection. Just BUY IT HUURRRY BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE OH YOU MISsed it. Fortunately, I’m pretty sure God stepped in and said “Chill. I got this” and then we did get this. Notice the slight blurriness? I knew I wanted this townhouse and I was a little frantic about it all.
Not too big, not too small, but overwhelmingly oak. DISCLAIMER: I hope you will forgive me and my desire to change the oak. It’s just me and my preference. I promise I am not making any commentary on anyone who has, or loves oak. (Men mostly – I see it all the live-long day in the kitchen design biz).
There is a great program offered by Home Depot called Renuit in Canada, I’m sure that there’s an equivalent everywhere now-a-days. They come look at the kitchen and or bathrooms. They remove and toss your old doors and drawer fronts. They show you door samples and a witty, charming, fantastical rep (I’m positive they ALL are these things) will tell you the cost. They can add height, pots and pan drawers, glass doors, crownmould, Islands, lazy Susan’s (or as my middle peanut used to say: Silly Sally’s) under valance lighting, soft close hinges etc., etc., etc. Et Voila! New kitchen, better meals because you want to be in that room longer, quicker clean up because you want to be in that room longer, happier family because you want to be in that room longer….ok I went too far there, but you get my drift. The best part is, it’s a third of the cost of a new kitchen AND it can be done in as quickly as a day. I am not lying. Because they are not ripping your kitchen apart and out, they just bust a move. You need to pick your own hardware, but they put them on the cabs no charge. Renuit even has a interactive website where you can see what the cabs you like look like in a kitchen. Even if you don’t live here, you can marvel at the process and then find the equivalent in your area.
So without further adieu, welcome to my new kitchen:
You may not be able to tell by the pictures, but the bottoms are a dark gray and they are beveled exactly like the uppers. On the exposed ends of both the upper cabinet run and the lower run, we added what they call plant on doors. It’s the same door as everywhere else, but without the hardware.
The countertop was changed from a beige laminate to a white quartz that has a little gray and taupey veining here and there. Undermount super deep rectangular sink. And we actually kept the faucet from the previous owner. You could tell they had changed it for a bit of a quick update.
Hubs and I did all the tile work in here, I will go through that in another post because trust me when I tell you it was quite the adventure of it’s own.
I DO hope you love it, but I’ll still like you even if you don’t.