Kitchen Renovation Reveal

k1 beforeOh my goodness you guys, for a 3000 sq. ft. house this kitchen was truly just an after thought.  It was SO underwhelming when we first walked into this space.  Not to mention the dingy vinyl flooring and outdated wallpaper.  We lived here for about 3 months without a kitchen, going out to eat and/or using our faithful BBQ on the back patio.  We are meeting with an Architect this week to see about possibly building our next home (much smaller than this one) to live in while we continue to flip other houses.  We have lived through so many construction zones that we’re ready to just retreat at the end of the day to a home that doesn’t need any work.  Yeah!!!  We LOVE what we do, we just don’t want to live in it while we do it!!! Haha!!!k3 beforeHere’s a view of the other side.  There was no counter space at all next to the stove.  That had to be really inconvenient while cooking in this kitchen over the years.k5 beforeReally take not of this wall.  Basically just a walking path to the “mother-in-law” suit/4th bedroom, 3rd bathroom and laundry.  We made a drastic change here!k7 before  swing doorThe swing door leads to the formal dining room.  Some people in the area have kept these doors for nostalgia but they have more ornate hardware and prettier doors.  I felt it was more important to remove it to add more light into the kitchen and for better flow.  I don’t like to be closed off in any room.  The more open the better!!!kitchen rightWhoa… this what I’m talking about!  Open, bright and clean kitchen with loads of storage and counter space!  White shaker style cabinetry reaching to the ceiling.  Brand new stainless steel appliances including an apron sink.  Large subway tile back splash and granite counter top. We continued with the same laminate flooring through the kitchen which ground the space.Kitchen 6On this side of the kitchen, we removed the large cabinet to the right of the stove and added prep space on either side.  You can see here how removing the swing door already adds so much more light into the kitchen from the large bay window in the dining room.Kitchen 1We covered up the wall paper by adding new custom wood trim work throughout the entire kitchen.  A fairly simple DIY project, just takes time.   We also removed the ceiling fan and had our electrician add can lights with bright white light bulbs.  WOW…what a difference!!!kitchen leftMy hubs built the range hood.  I was really excited about this.  It adds another custom eliminate to the room and also another place to DECORATE!  A great spot for a wreath, sign, picture, holiday decor, etc… or just leave it plain.  You can’t go wrong!  We discovered during demo that that there was a gas line behind the original electric oven.  We quickly canceled our order for an electric range and purchased a gas range!  What a GREAT find!!!message boardSo…this little snack shack was tricky.  When we ordered the end cabinet, it was suppose to come uncut (meaning, no pre-hole cut for the microwave).  Unfortunately, the notes were never read.  It came with a giant hole big enough for a built-in oven.  We had to figure out a way to fill the gap and make it truly one-of-a-kind.  I came up with the message board idea and the hubs got busy to make it happen!  He amazes me every day with his talents!Kitchen 5A little touch of Fall.  But, we’re having a hard time staying away for the M&M’s.  We are already on our second bag. Haha!dave building pantryRemember the blank wall leading to the hallway? Well, the laundry room in this house is huge so we thought why not steal a little space out of it and build a true pantry for the kitchen!20170513_152443Here’s Dave framing up the new wall in the laundry room.  Originally my plan was to put a built-in bench in this nook, but a pantry is a better use of this space.20170515_145946We used shiplap on both sides of the new wall.Kitchen NookAnd here it is today!  The vintage door came out of a cabin we deconstructed on Spirit Lake in Idaho.  I just thorough cleaned and waxed the door before we hung it.  I’m happy it found a new home, but sad that I’ll be leaving it behind.  We removed the old chandelier and added this wooden industrial candle ceiling pendant light with rustic metal finishes I found on Amazon.  The table was another DIY project.  We picked up the base for just $20.  Built the round table top and then painted and distressed the entire thing.  The chairs were found at a local vintage retail shop ranging from $15 – $20 each.  I only repainted the one on the left because it was bright red.  I used layers of chalk paint in brown, off white and gray, then wet distressed it.  You can still see bits of red in a couple of spots if you look closely. doorI added the “Pantry” sign at the last minute before listing our house.  I’m hiding all the food items on the lower shelves and just displaying the pretty items where you can see through the window.  Smiles!!!kitchen lThere is so much more I could tell you about just in the kitchen are alone, but I have to cut it off somewhere.  I’ll come back in another post to give more details and sources soon!!!

OK…so what do you think?  Did we do good?  Stay tuned for another room and tour tomorrow!!!

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