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Sunday
Feb222015

Kitchen Reno: before + after

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted a house update after moving back to Denver 1 1/2 years ago. We hired a contractor for most of the work in the house (majority in the basement) but still tackled a good portion on our own. The contractor was mostly for knocking down walls, building new walls, adding a bathroom, etc.

The view below is from the living room right after entering through the front door. There are 2 bedrooms (one used as my office, one as a guest room) and 1 full bathroom to the left.

(please excuse the awful iPhone “before” photos)

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

We felt the dining room and kitchen were too closed off and wanted to open up the wall a bit.

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

We had a large portion of the wall knocked down to create bar-height seating and to allow more light to enter the dining room from the stairwell.

There was also a door from the kitchen into the stairwell that we had removed because it made no sense.

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

If you enter the kitchen and turn to the left this used to be the view. There was a breakfast nook and a very small pantry in an awkward spot that opened into the oven. That wall had minimal counter space with just a small piece of butcher block (in poor condition) over the dishwasher.

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

We knew we wanted to open up the kitchen by removing the pantry and knocking out the bedroom closet behind the pantry. It was a blank wall on the kitchen side and that bedroom has an entire wall of built in closets, so it wasn’t a big deal to get rid of this smaller closet.

This is how it looked after removing the pantry and bedroom closet. The kitchen gained a ton of space.

Our plan was to add more counter space, move the fridge into the kitchen (it was in the stairwell previously – you’ll see in the next photo), and add more lower cabinets.

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

This was the view looking into the stairwell. This is also where the fridge lived, which was extremely awkward, especially because it was raised 1 foot off the ground over the basement stairwell.

The cabinet against the wall is a very shallow cabinet that I use for spices. The right door actually used to house an ironing board! We removed it in hopes of adding more shelves for spices (this has yet to happen).

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

View from the breakfast nook, which is now my photography corner.

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

And here is the finished look from the dining room into the kitchen. I wasn’t positive I’d like the dark paint but ended up loving it in this room.

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

A closer look through the kitchen doorway.

The cabinets on this side of the kitchen are original with the original hardware on the upper cabinets from 1932!. I am a white cabinet lover.

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

It took us over a year to finally add kitchen shelving, which I am now slightly obsessed with. We bought rough-cut birdseye maple wood at a specialty wood store to use for the shelves. This wood has so much character that we didn’t even end up staining it. Here’s a close-up view after cleaning it up.

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

The wood was really rough when we bought it and took an evening of work to get it into shape to use in the kitchen. Luckily, Chris’s coworker has a wood shop in his garage and offered to help us. There was no way we would have been able to do this on our own. The tools we had to use were pretty intense!

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

The only finish I used on them was a water-based poly with a satin finish. I wanted the shelves to look as natural as possible.

Having the shelves has freed up a lot of cabinet space that was previously taken up by all of these jars.

Filling jars with bulk items is my kind of (functional) decorating.

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

I’ve shown this spot in a few other posts before, but this was the previous breakfast nook that is now my photography space.

This was also the day after making a HUGE prop run for an exciting project I’m working on. It gets a little annoying having all of my backgrounds, surfaces, props, tripod, light bounces, etc. in the kitchen but it’s really the only spot I can take photos so we make it work.

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

When we added new cabinets on this side of the kitchen, we obviously had to add counters. Instead of matching the granite on the other side we went with a solid color quartz that complimented the granite colors (and was far less expensive than matching the current granite).

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

On the other side of the fridge in my photography area is a sort of hidden counter/cabinet space that houses most of our big appliances. It’s so nice to have them out of sight and it also provides me with a convenient space for setting a million different things while I photograph.

I installed all of the backsplash in this area and below our new shelving.

I’m so over tile installation after this house and the last but am happy with how it turned out.

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

Above the appliances are 2 more shelves to house empty jar overflow and my most used cookbooks. It’s very convenient to have these at an arms reach.

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

On the other side of my photography station is this cart that overflows with spices, onions, potatoes, and random small photo props.

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

An iPhone shot of the original kitchen (with granite counters). At some point we’ll have this backsplash tile removed and white tile installed to match the other side. I tried removing the old tile myself but started taking the drywall with it, so we decided to let professionals handle this job.

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

Opposite side (iPhone).

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

The kitchen does get a good amount of light in the morning, but the 2 corner windows are a little challenging to work with for food photography. They’re also high (at counter height) so I am unable to photograph anything below the bottom of the windows. The light gets too muted and dark if I use a lower table. Overhead shots require a step stool for sure.

Kitchen Reno: before + after | edibleperspective.com

The other door is still empty but will hopefully have some shelves soon!

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The kitchen is about 90% done at this point. We are beyond happy with it at this point and hope that we can get it all finished up sometime soon. Which will probably end up being before the next time we move.

Hope you enjoyed this peek into our kitchen and the renovation process it underwent!

Ashley

Thursday
Feb192015

Blood Orange Margaritas

It’s Friday.

Cheers. to. that. 

And don’t worry, I’ll make this real easy for you today.

Blood Orange Margaritas | edibleperspective.com

Your eyes are tired of staring at the computer.

Blood Orange Margaritas | edibleperspective.com

And now they’re blinded from the intense color of these blood orange margaritas.

Blood Orange Margaritas | edibleperspective.com

You can almost taste the weekend.

Blood Orange Margaritas | edibleperspective.com

Just a few more hours…

Blood Orange Margaritas | edibleperspective.com

Print Recipe!

Blood Orange Margarita gluten-free + vegan (if using GF + vegan liquor) // yields 1 margarita

  • 1 - 2 teaspoons agave simple syrup
  • 2 - 2 1/2oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice (strained if desired)
  • 1 1/2oz freshly squeezed lime juice (strained if desired)
  • 1 1/2oz reposado agave tequila (smoother taste over blanco + anejo)
  • splash of grand marnier
  • ice, blood orange slices, salt/sugar for rim

For the agave simple syrup: Stir together 1/2 cup hot water and 1/2 cup raw agave nectar until well combined. Chill in the fridge. Once chilled, keep in a sealed container for about 1 month.

For the salt + sugar rim: In a shallow bowl, mix flaked sea salt and pure cane sugar at a 2:1 ratio (salt : sugar). Add a few drops of blood orange juice and mix with your fingers until combined. Set aside.

For the margarita: Dip the top rim of the glass in water then dip in your salt/sugar mixture (if using). Fill your glass with ice.

Place 1 teaspoon simple syrup, 2oz blood OJ, lime juice, tequila, and grand marnier in a drink shaker. Shake vigorously for a few seconds and pour into an 8-10oz glass filled with ice. Taste and add more syrup, juice, or tequila if desired and stir. Top with an orange garnish and serve!

Notes:

Recipe easily doubles, triples, etc. Can be made a few hours ahead, just be sure to strain the ice before storing in the fridge in a sealed jar.

Blood Orange Margaritas | edibleperspective.com

Hope you love these tangy + bright margaritas! I just cannot get over the fuscia color from the blood oranges. If you try them out I’d love to see a photo on instagram. Tag it #edibleperspective !

Happy weekending!

Ashley