The kitchen was divided in half by the peninsula in the photo above. The oak cabinets were nothing exciting, and the appliances were serviceable but ugly.
The parquet flooring was a mess. It bowed, waved, rolled and curled because it was rotten underneath.
You’ve heard quite a bit about our grief with the floor. We used the same slate tile for the kitchen that we used in the entryway (and bathroom), and finished it with the enhancer that considerably darkened the color.
Cabinets are Ikea, naturally. Cabinet handles, backsplash system and shelves also are Ikea.
We replaced both lights, adding a track in the work area and a basic Ikea fixture closer to our dining table.
We closed off the walk-through from the living room to the kitchen in the name of claiming a bit of useable space. We added a massive cabinet to the kitchen side of the new wall (with a bookcase on the living room side).
Still to come: this mess. This is the washer-dryer cubby hole that needs a plumber’s soft touch before we can finish up. Right now it’s holding our leftover paint cans, the tile for the cubby floor, some drywall and Miscellaneous Crap We Have Not Cleaned Up.
(We have an appointment with a plumber Thursday.)