Remember what it used to look like?
Click on the pictures to enlarge them and get a better look. The vintage green lamp on the far right is an Etsy purchase. I painted the bronze metal frame white because the bronze was just too dull.
The hickory butcher block countertops were the last big project and built by Nephew (in the picture).
Aren't they gorgeous? He bought the rough lumber and turned them into this.
Lovely edges mimic the simple concrete countertop edge.
He also made the window seat top.
And a new sill for the window above the stove.
The view from the living room. Sorry about the crookedness of some of the pictures. For some reason, I tend to lean the camera to the left when I take pictures. I'm trying to correct that.
When the sink is in the island, there are a few things that have to be done differently because there are no walls to put electricity into. Our solution was to run the electricity under the house and under the base of the cabinets and put electrical outlets in each end of the cabinet. There is also a GFI plug in the sink base to plug in the disposal and dishwasher. I was thinking that we'd have to put the disposal switch under the sink also, but Tom came up with the idea of a button (like this) on the sink. Aside from his engineering feats that kept the house from completely caving in under all the weight from the concrete, the disposal button was his best design contribution to this kitchen. I didn't even know they existed. But, we had an extra hole in the kitchen sink and it worked out perfectly.
Flea market vintage pendants.
Ideally, I'd have liked the crown moulding on the pantry cabinet and above the refrigerator to touch the ceiling, but with the old ceiling being so uneven, it didn't make sense to try to do it that way. Huge amounts of caulk would have been involved.
Another view from the living room.