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Everything But the Kitchen Sink

Although our apartment's previous owner, an avid cook, spent a lot of time (and a pretty penny) designing the kitchen, I couldn't resist the opportunity to give it a mini-makeover. Since the room already had great bones and tons of potential, I knew it would be feasible to execute a fantastic update without breaking the bank.

To give you a better idea of my starting point, here are some listing photos:

Honestly, I was a bit apprehensive about the cherry wood at first. It was really... red. But I learned through research that it is actually considered a luxury wood, and that painting or staining the custom cabinetry would take away from its value. I also learned that cherry wood mellows and deepens as it ages, just like fine wine. And we all know how much I like wine. So I decided to give it a chance :)

It totally looks like one of Dexter's kill rooms right now, but our kitchen is going to be completely transformed when I'm through with it. Stay tuned!

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Reader Comments (8)

so exciting! i feel the same about cherry wood! it's mad red! but i think it's gonna look pretty awesome with your makeover!!!

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

it's so red b/c it's easier to hide the blood stains that way =P

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterreba

@Kathy - Yeah, cherry cabs would not have been my first choice. But they are starting to grow on me! :)
@Reba - LOL I totally thought of you when I wrote that Dexter ref! :D

April 29, 2013 | Registered CommenterJennifer

LOLLLL dexter kill room!!! man.. so troo... remember when no one knew how to work your oven.. -_- look fwd to the "after " pics.

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWoman's other Woman

@WOW - Hahaha I'm STILL trying to figure out some of the features! It's so complex, but I love having all those cool options!

April 29, 2013 | Registered CommenterJennifer

Your kitchen is already really nice as-is! Excited to see what you have planned for it!

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

We have cherry wood cabinets too! The color changes over time. We like it!

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermike

@Ashley - Yup, the previous owner really did a good job! I just wanted to inject my own personal style into the space :)
@Mike - I remember your cabinets being a really nice, dark, rich wood. Can't wait til ours start looking like that too!

April 29, 2013 | Registered CommenterJennifer

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