Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kitchen before and today

Hello there! Since we have been picking away at phase two of the kitchen renovation, I thought it would be fun to share some before and in progress pictures with you.


To recap our journey, we gutted the kitchen right after we closed on our house, a couple weeks before we officially moved in. The kitchen was old and in bad shape, so we knew right away we would be starting fresh. I wanted all the messy work out of the way before we moved in if possible. 


After having the tile floor ripped out and oak hardwood floors installed to blend with the original, we ripped out the soffits to see what we were working with. With any small kitchen storage is key, so cabinets would go to the ceiling if possible. I'm ok with getting on a stool to reach items stored on the top shelves that aren't used very often. 



Taking the soffits down created a problem, the heavy plaster ceiling didn't have anything to hold on to and was no longer secure. Having a new drywall ceiling wasn't in our original budget or timeline but with any old home things are going to pop up, or in this case fall down. I was so happy a bunch of mouse poo and icky stuff didn't fall from inside the ceiling. It seems like that always happens on the renovation shows right?!


I was a bit worried about the newly installed floors hiding under those tarps, surprisingly they were fine. We hired the drywall out but unfortunately the guy doing it was very slow. The pressure was on to get the drywall mess done at this point because the new owners of our previous house wanted to move in. They were more than generous to let us stay a couple extra weeks so we could at least clear the dust. 


We also hired an electrician to add pot lights in the ceiling since the only light source was over the sink and kitchen table. Our last kitchen never felt bright enough at night so good lighting was important when able to start from scratch. 



We moved into the house without a finished kitchen, it would be six weeks before we had the time set aside to put it back together. That gave us time to figure out a layout and materials. After reading many reviews and blog posts about Ikea cabinets, we ended up going with the Adel cabinet and wood countertops. I liked the shaker style doors and soft close drawers, and of course the price point is great. 


We used the software available at Ikea to design the space and fit everything in like a puzzle. Our little kitchen never had a dishwasher (for almost 80 years) so that was a must on our list. I used an integrated cabinet door over the dishwasher, it helps with flow since it is such a small space. Too many stainless appliances in a tight space would have been too much. Next time I'll share a picture of that and talk about a mistake I made that set us back a day and our first time tiling a backsplash.


8 comments:

  1. It looks amazing Londen. My daughter's apartment had Ikea cabinets and I was envious!! Ours are custom, but 20+ years old. LOL

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    1. Thank you Lauren, we are slow but getting there๐Ÿ˜‰ Nothing wrong with good quality older cabinets.

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  2. This reminds me so much of our kitchen reno!! I think our houses must be very similar in age. I remember your mantle is a lot like ours. Love your progress! I haven't shared yet on IG but we are moving and I have to say good bye to my yellow house and amazing kitchen. Sad and excited. The new house is 200 years old and needs lots of lovin!! Like another kitchen reno! Sad trombone. This post was some good inspiration, can't wait to see it all done!

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    1. Yes I think they are, ours was built in 1940. How exciting to take on another old home, I know it's bitter sweet to move on after pouring so much love into a house! I can't wait to hear more.

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  3. what a difference- so pretty! love the backsplash and that glorious sink! and i love the black window trim!

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  4. It looks so good! This is giving me the major jones to rip out our 1950's crap kitchen. Not that I needed a push but you're giving me confidence to do it. I love the smaller subway tile backsplash you used. Also, did you use Minwax Dark Walnut on the floors? They're so pretty.

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    1. Thank you!! I love the mini subway tile too, they were very reasonable from lowes. Our kitchen is small so we were able to put it back together pretty quick. After all the messy work was Done we installed cabinets and the counter by working on it for a week while our daughter was in school. I'll check on the stain color for you. I think it was a mix.

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  5. Thank you so much Cassie! The sink is almost as wide as the kitchen ๐Ÿ˜‚

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