Week of Kitchen Renovations: Before and After Pics

To wrap up my week of kitchen renovations, I wanted to highlight some overall before and after pics of our kitchen and dining room. It’s still hard to imagine that we lived with our old kitchen for two full years before the renovation started. I sometimes can’t even remember what it used to look like. To me, that means our renovation was a success. We definitely had sleepless nights debating what to do, what we could afford, and various other discussions about the renovation. But at the end of the day, it was worth every penny and every ounce of stress before and during the renovation process.

So without further ado, here are the before and after pics…

This is the view coming in the back entry of our condo. We use this entry 95% of the time, so this is what Hubby and I come home to every day. Before (on demo-day) and After:

Most people who don’t live in the condo would enter the kitchen through the hallway towards to front of the condo. You can see the fridge over in the dining area in these pics. Here are those before (one from move-in day and one from demo-day) and afters:

Here are the before and afters from the sink area:

Looking towards the stove area from the dining room (again the first before is from move-in day and the second before is from demo-day):

And last but not least the dining room:

We still have a couple unfinished projects that we’d like to get done for the kitchen to really feel completely done, but it feels good to be at the point we are. I’ll be sure to post any of these projects as we finish them.

Check out my Week of Kitchen Renovations here.

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19 Responses to “Week of Kitchen Renovations: Spice Rack”

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    Jennifer — January 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I LOVE those spice jars! And the storage for it. I wonder if we could do something like that in our kitchen….

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    Julie Q — January 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Before I read the sprinkles comment, I was uber eager to find out what spices you were rocking over the sink! Great idea 🙂

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    Jeanette — January 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Love the idea! What a great use of the space. Thank you for sharing.

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    Cathy — January 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    your spices were the first thing I noticed when you started showing pics. I love it! I sort mine in alphabetical order, so it’s a little easier for me to find them.

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    Jen — January 7, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I wanted to alphabetize, but Hubby isn’t the most organized person so I’m not sure how long they would stay organized since he does most of the cooking in the house.

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    carrie1 — January 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    What a great idea! Yesterday when I was looking at the pictures I thought it was tile. (thats the blonde in me) =)

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    Laura — January 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I love it! That is such a neat idea.

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    Ingrid — January 7, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I LOVE it! I’m intending to “revamp” my kitchen this spring and add a back splash but wasn’t certain what other changes I might want to add. I’m going to show this to my honey and keep this in mind. Thanks!

    Oh, and Happy New Year!

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    ~ Kristie — January 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Your renovation posts have me dreaming of updating our kitchen. I absolutely LOVE the backsplash and shelf!

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    Sheltie Girl — January 7, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    This is a fabulous idea. I love how you color coordinated the different spices across the shelf. It’s very practical and gives your kitchen a very stylish presentation.

    Natalie @ gluten a go go

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    Katie — January 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I love that idea! I looks so great with all of the different colors of the spices and sprinkles. And talk about handy, they are so easy to reach!

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    mamakrystal — January 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Love your kitchen posts…the spice & sprinkles jars are what stands out to me..aside from the backsplash. You have such a cutesy kitchen!!!

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    nutmegnanny — January 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Oh my! I love love love love it!!! I just sent and IM to my boyfriend that said “I want to do this in our kitchen”…haha.

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    Megan — January 7, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    That is a gorgeous display of spices… I would love to do something like that!

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    lifeandkitchen — January 7, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I love that idea! The spices add such good color to your kitchen (and extra space, i would guess!).

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    Michelle Rago — January 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Thank you ahead of time for building this in my kitchen when I get my own place.

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    Amanda — January 9, 2010 at 3:36 am

    From all your renovation posts…the spice jars are my favorite. I can’t believe there are 60! I wish I could figure out some place to do that!

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    kermiefrg — January 25, 2010 at 1:58 am

    I love your spice display! It must be so convenient to have everything right there whenever you need it. AND it looks fabulous in the room!

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    SpiceRack — April 18, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Spice Rack
    I’m amazed on the way you created your own spice rack. It really complements your kitchen design, much more it helps in organizing various spices.

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