The kitchen was the first renovation that we tackled, and the most major to date. As I mentioned, in the dining room post, we tore down the wall that was in between the dining room and the kitchen to really open up the space and give us a ton of much needed counter top space. I wish I had more before pictures to show you how truly awful the original kitchen was.
We gutted the old kitchen and replaced everything from the wiring, to the walls, to the floor, and even the back door. The only thing we kept was the fridge! To see my posts about the progress of the kitchen renos, click here. We still have a few things left to do here and there (as always, it seems impossible to completely finish a room)!
See how nice and open it is without a wall there? For additional storage space (cabinet spots were limited) I bought the Belmont Kitchen Island from Crate & Barrel (pictured on the right). It gives me just the additional storage space that I need and is great to house bigger items (like my dutch ovens and baking dishes). Plus, I have a little extra "counter top" space on the top of it.
By getting rid of the wall stove, and putting in a microwave over the range, we added a lot more counter top and cabinet space. Cabinet space is especially essential since we don't have a pantry.
I love the peninsula, it gives me such a large place to prep. This is where I do the majority of my prepping. It is also has an overhang for a counter top bar. We use the counter top bar every day.
We expanded that completely functionless area to create as much storage as possible in the peninsula and added the pendant lights over top of it.
As you can see, we still need to finish off that light switch box. We had to move the wiring that was in the wall that was torn down and add a switch somewhere, this was the best spot for it but I think we are still trying to figure out the best way to finish it off.
I keep the dog food in those two canisters since we have no pantry or place to hide it. I got the canisters from allmodernpet.com.
There you have it! It was one intense and long DIY project but it was well worth it in the end. I think it took us (us being Casey, my dad, and me) about 4 months from the time it was gutted to the time it was up and functional. That was a looong 4 months! The only professional people who worked on it were the people who installed the granite. Everything else was 100% DIY.
Done: new walls, re-wired, painted, new moulding, added light above sink and pendant lights, new granite floors, new cabinets, new appliances, new granite counter top, new sink/faucet/disposal, subway tile back splash, painted walls and ceiling, new window, new vents/switches/outlets, under cabinet lighting, new ceiling light fixture, new back door
To-do: finish off light switch, finish boxing in the cabinets in a few areas, finish off transition between stove and dishwasher, install glass in open cabinets, finished off area below back door, finish off area around the window
Visit the renovations tab to see the rest of our before and after pics! Coming next, before and afters of our finished back patio area!