Sunday, December 12, 2010

Eat-in Kitchen

The original kitchen was big enough to have two separate eating areas if needed. However there was no real designated space for a table and we felt that we really wanted a "breakfast area". We made sure to design our kitchen with this in mind.
Also when we purchased the house we inherited a large pine table and two matching benches. It was made for my grandmother who wanted to be able to have everyone fit around her kitchen table. We loved the look of the table, it reminded us of so many of the reclaimed wood tables you see in trendy furniture stores. We also loved the fact that it was free.
So we wanted to design our eating area with this table in mind.
Finally we wanted to take advantage of the great views around our house. We knew our eating area needed to be bright and airy with lots of windows.
With these ideas in mind our eat-in kitchen took shape.
Here is the progress in action.

We did not like the original layout of the eating area. It was right beside the main door, no windows and the laundry room was the only view to be had.

So we gutted everything down to the bare bones. Added allot of windows, a separate mudroom entrance and moved the laundry room to the basement.

The old floors were fixed. There was a giant hole right in the corner, but luckily we had
the foresight to remove the flooring in the area for the mudroom very carefully. We were going to put down slate and knew that the floor in that section could be relocated to this corner.

The finished product is better than we could have imagined. My dad made all the window mouldings to match the old part of the house. The floors were sanded and came out this beautiful blond colour. The old table fit perfectly in it's new spot, and we bought a pair of modern white acrylic chairs to update the look.

I have a feeling we will be spending most of our time around this table. My grandmother would be so happy :)

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