Ok, so my kitchen was actually clean and I thought I should get some photos. I like how I forgot to unplug my kitchen appliances so you get lots of views of their nice cords...classy.
We moved the large lanterns we had over the bar and went back to the recessed lights because they just competed too much with the open shelving. We are going to use one over the kitchen table and put the other one somewhere else.
We finally got our counter stools from overstock and I am loving them. They are really sturdy, which is nice since we have small kids, and they were already assembled when we bought them.
We finally got our awesome rough sawn lumber shelving outgassed and in the house. For some reason they show up really yellow in these pictures but they are more of a brownish in person. I absolutely love them!
I have been looking around for cafe curtains but they are apparently really hard to find these days. Instead of ordering some, I used some scrap drop cloth from my kitchen chair re-covering project and just attached them to the cafe rod with clips and left the ends frayed. They actually look really cute.
I absolutely love the fridge cabinet my husband built. Not only does it make the fridge feel smaller, it gives me lots of space to cram stuff I don't use much in and behind my baskets. I am still trying to figure out what I want to put on the range hood shelf. I think I am going to make a greenery wreath out of some clippings from a bush we have outside. Hmmm....we'll see how that goes.
We don't have nearly as much counter space in this house as the last, so we knew we couldn't put all of our appliances on the countertop. However, the microwave just seemed too bulky for the cabinets. I felt like a better solution was to keep it on the counter and create a shelf for the toaster oven since it would blend in a little easier with the cabinets. My husband put in a new outlet there when he installed the lower shelving. I think it was definitely the right choice and it's been really functional.
We should have the kitchen table and chairs done within the next few days and I will be able to post pictures of the eat-in side of our kitchen. Just for fun, here's another before and after: