I feel like I can finally show you guys what our kitchen has looked like for the past month or so since we’re finally continuing the kitchen renovation as of today! I can hear saws running now as they cut our countertops to fit the space. It’s been too depressing to post these pictures until now, since we had to actually use the kitchen you see below every day.If you remember, the countertops we were originally going to use were from Ikea. Butcherblock to be exact. And it never occurred to us that they would be out of stock when we went to buy them (Doh! Rookie mistake. Lesson learned.). So then we decided to upgrade to nicer butcherblock made of walnut from Lumber Liquidators since we would have to wait the same amount of time for both. Well, then Lumber Liquidators totally failed to deliver, had no idea when they would be able to deliver our product (that we had already paid for) and after two weeks of getting nowhere, I was too tired of dealing with them and not having a kitchen, so we cancelled the order and went back to the Ikea countertops. They won’t be nearly as pretty as walnut, but! We were able to save over $1,000 by going with Ikea which was nice.
That’s plywood resting on our cabinets, just so we had a place to set things down. For the first week or so, we didn’t even have a refrigerator. Then we got all the appliances, but the stove and dishwasher had to be installed by my contractors since we moved the placement around and new gas and water lines had to be run. So those have been chilling in my dining area since they arrived a few weeks ago. And the sink we’re using has to rest on the countertops, so we couldn’t have that installed either until the countertops came in.
Also, in case you’re wondering, we didn’t install the cabinet drawers or fronts during that time because we didn’t want them to get dinged when the renovations continued. And we didn’t unpack anything because we knew we’d have to repack it anyway, plus without a sink, stove, or dishwasher, there wasn’t much we could do in the way of cooking. So we used paper plates (the horror!!) and gained weight from eating basically junk instead of real food, cooked fresh every day. Not pretty, not healthy, not a way I’d like to live.
We managed to make do with a small toaster oven (I never want to see another frozen pizza for the rest of my life) and a coffee maker my parents let us borrow (we only use french press, but with no stove to boil water, it was useless). Thank goodness for that coffee maker! It’s the little things, folks.
By the way, I know it sounds SO obnoxious to complain about these things since people all around the world and even in our own cities live much, much worse off. These are first world problems, I get that. But it has still kind of sucked to live in transition for the past month and not feel settled.
Just to see how far we’ve come, here is what the kitchen and dining area looked like when we moved in:
As soon as we tore that wall down, the space instantly felt larger.Also, removing the upper cabinets has made it feel more spacious. My dad built us shelves to use instead. We’ll see how it goes losing a lot of storage space since only pretty things can be displayed up top, but I think it will be worth it.Now we are able to have conversations between the kitchen and dining area more easily, and even in to the living room since we knocked down a wall there too.Painting everything white has made such a difference too! All the wood trim really broke up the space. And we changed out all the vent covers to be white also so they disappear a little.
So that’s where we’re at! What do you guys think? I’ll be sure to post more as we move along, now that it seems we are actually moving along. :)