A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

A (Momentarily) Clean Kitchen

About a week ago I thoroughly cleaned the kitchen so I thought I better take some pictures to remind myself how nice it can look (and give me incentive to keep it that way!). I thought they turned out pretty well so I thought I’d share them with you.

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First up is the overall view from the back door. It has come a long, long way since we first moved in and if you’ve never seen those photos, I just added a new Kitchen Before/After page (in two parts, no less!) for your reading pleasure, or check out the Kitchen category page.

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If we turn to the right, here is where the fridge, pantry and a couple of triangular cabinets used to sit. Instead of sticking out over 2-1/2 feet, these cabinets are only a foot deep and really help with traffic flow. The cabinets hold lesser used items like casserole dishes. Underneath the cabinets I have a couple of roll-out baskets where I store cans of cat food in one and onions, garlic and extra canned goods in the other.

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This is kind of our “drinks” station: coffee, wine (alas, the IKEA wine rack seems to be empty!) and fizzy water. The Boos kitchen cart stashes under the overhang of the counter.

I still love, love, LOVE the paint color in here, Benjamin Moore’s Wasabi (AF-430). The ceiling color is Thunder (AF-685). I think I’m going to repaint our master bathroom in Thunder because the gray I originally chose for it is too blue and this one seems more neutral.

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Now, looking to the left where most of the cabinets are located. The soffit over the range hood and surrounding the window are hiding bathroom plumbing from the attic remodel. The plumbing is only in a small fraction of the space, but we had the contractor build it this way to look like more of an intentional design element. It would have looked weird otherwise, stopping mid-ceiling (I don’t think I ever posted about that; I’ll have to go back and find those photos).

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Another view. Building the soffit around the window like this allowed us to hang the double pot rack, hiding the hooks and wood support from the ceiling and also install a lighting strip which uses Xenon bulbs and small halogen spotlights.

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Now looking the opposite direction toward the back door. I’m so happy with the painted cabinets and our decision to go with black.

bungalow kitchenHere is the new location for the pantry and fridge by the back door — it makes much more sense here. With our new layout using existing cabinets it left us about a foot of extra space, so we installed coat hooks to hang often-used jackets since this is the door we use most. We thought about making this space a skinny broom closet as another option but went with “mini-mudroom” instead.


  1. southsideandy on August 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Pot rack in front of the window — yes! That’s exactly what I’ve wanted to do forever! Did you DIY that, or buy it somewhere, and if you wouldn’t mind sharing, I’d be much appreciative! It’s a backburner idea, but one that I’ve put off because of a lack of ideas even…

    Thanks! And, of course, the kitchen looks magnificent…

    • denise on August 31, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Hey southsideandy, thanks! I’m pretty sure we bought them at Crate and Barrel but I don’t see it on their site anymore (looks like you can get it through Amazon, or directly from the manufacturer. It’s this item, made by J.K. Adams. Works great!

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