Here is a before picture.
We also switched out the granite-look lavender laminate countertops for granite. For me this was about function. I wanted stone, in order to place hot items on it. I knew going from stone in the condo to laminate would end up in some melted plastic countertops. And you can just imagine how beautiful lavender laminate was.
Another huge change was ditching the fluorescent box light. Originally we just switched it to some track lighting, then when we redid the family room ceiling, we added can lighting to the kitchen as well. Once again, this was about function and use. Good lighting in a kitchen that lacks much natural light was a must for me for cooking.
(Katie, do you spy SS's contribution to the fridge?)
I chose gray cabinets because I was concerned that with the light walls, floor, and countertops, white cabinets would disappear and my kitchen would become a sea of beige. The gray is River Gorge Gray by Benjamin Moore. Honestly, at first I was worried about it. It is very green gray, and changes in different light. Now? I love it. It has totally grown on me, and I love how it changes depending on the time of day.
Adding hardware made an incredible difference to the cabinets, which just did not fit the house or my aesthetics at all. I used hardware from Home Depot's Martha Stewart line.
I love my cheerful little eating area. Ha, with broken closet door and all. The closet houses grill stuff, vacuum, and appliance. A pantry is next to it.
Ignore the towel that Buddy dragged into the kitchen from the mudroom, please.
My favorite part of the kitchen is all my artwork. Dell Harper loves to point at the dog paintings and say "DOG! DOG! DOG!", until I take her over the pet the paintings. It's very cute, but also a bit nerve inducing depending on what she is eating. We do a lot of air-petting.
So if I was on Cribs* I would conclude this post by saying "And this is where the magic happens!" However, I spend a ton of time in this kitchen, and I just love it. Although, Morgan grumbles because when the dishwasher is open you can't walk past, a galley kitchen is the ideal shape for cooking. By yourself.
*Is Cribs still on? I wish it would be. What an amazing television show.