Before and after pictures from the kitchen

Don't we all just love a good before and after post? I finally get to add to my little collection now that the kitchen counters are done.

Here's what the kitchen looks like in an empty, Walker Square condo:

Isn't that a little sad? Last year, I painted the lame finish on the cabinets (they're wood, but not of the best quality) white and then painted the walls with Benjamin Moore's Secret. I was pretty happy with it, but thought the counters were a bit of an eyesore.

Now that the impala black granite counters are in, I'm really pleased. I think this finally looks like a nice, polished, condo kitchen. Are you ready for the after pictures?

I still love my turquoise accents. In fact, I think they look even better with the black counters.

I went with the double basin sink. The left side is very deep and I can actually lay my favorite skillet and serving dishes down to wash them in it. I had been worried about that. I kept the garbage disposal on the left, since that's where I scrap dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. The sink on the right isn't as deep and I'm using that to drain bottles and cans before putting them in the recycling bin.

The plumbing job wound up taking way longer than expected. Marc's brother-in-law offered to do the work and once he started looking around, it became apparent that it wasn't going to be a quick job. Just as there were problems with how the plumbing in the bathroom was done by the builder (no waterproof backing under the tile, little pieces and connections used instead of properly sized supply lines), there were problems with the kitchen. Two hours and a trip to Martin's Hardware later, things looked much better. Just as my water pressure improved in the bathroom after the plumbing was redone in there, my kitchen faucet is a little more powerful now.

I still have to do some painting, but I'm relieved that the last major project is behind me. Are we ever really done, though? Marc is convinced I'll find something new to set my sights on soon.


  1. Jeannine, it's like night and day! Looks awesome! Congrats congrats! You did so well! And I'm coveting your turquoise Le Creuset french pot. :)

  2. Amazing job! It is hard to believe the change from those boring before pictures! This is so inspiring.

  3. I love it! The turquoise accents look phenomenal in there now! Excellent choices!

  4. Looks great. I looked back at your faucet post and didn't see a brand. What is it?

  5. Your kitchen looks fabulous and so different from the builder-blah before. The turquoise POPS next to the black countertops. Love, love.

  6. It looks so so good. Like seriously, insanely good. You make me want to go paint my kitchen cabinets right this second.

  7. I still think adding that molding to the top of your cabinets was a great choice love how it looks!

  8. GORGEOUS!!! I love the grey with the pops of blue =) I'm loving the blog so far! <3

    Jenn L @ Peas & Crayons

  9. Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! I love the granite you chose. And the sink is perfect, great job woman!

  10. It looks fantastic, Jeannine!! Yay for you!

  11. Wow, I can't believe how much of a difference the granite makes in your space! It looks so much more expensive now!!

  12. WOW! Looks amazing!!!
    Have a pretty day!


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