Our Kitchen Remodel – Phase 1

If you’ve read this blog before, you may remember that we have been remodeling our 60-year old house for the entire (almost) 7 years we’ve lived here. You can read other remodeling stories and reveals here, here and here.

One of the projects I’ve been dreading is what we’re undertaking right now – the kitchen. Kitchens are kinda necessary. Especially when you’ve got kids. So we are doing this kitchen remodel in phases to minimize the impact on all of us. We need appliances, obvi.

When we bought our house, the kitchen was a mess. It needed a total gut. Much like the rest of the house:

Why yes, those cabinets are made of wood paneling. Thanks for asking.

Why yes, those cabinets are made of wood paneling. Thanks for asking.

Since we had to remodel every single room in our house, we did a quickie kitchen remodel. We replaced the cabinets and counters, the flooring and backsplash. We re-painted, got a new sink, and that’s about it. Got a super old stove from my in-laws and of course installed a dishwasher. We went the cheap route, knowing that in the near future we’d do the kitchen remodel we wanted.

 

Hooray! We just bought an ugly kitchen. Closing day 2007.

Hooray! We just bought an ugly kitchen. Closing day 2007.

So for the last 7 years, this is what our kitchen has looked like. Not bad. Not great. Not an ideal layout.

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So that’s why we decided to do this:

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We opened up the wall between the kitchen and the living room. Open concept, baby! Well, mostly. It’s going to be more of a pass-thru.

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We had to build some soffiting (when I say we, I mean my husband). That bare drywall used to be a window, but we wanted a place for a stove/hood/microwave, so this was the logical place for us to create our kitchen “triangle.” The window had to go, but the extra light from ripping out the wall leading to the living room makes up for it.

So this is the state of our kitchen right now. There’s a laundry basket waiting to be taken downstairs and there are dishes on the counter. This is real life and this is us living through yet another remodeling project. Good thing we’re used to it. And stay tuned.

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