Hello? Is anyone out there? Sorry for the radio silence. I’ve been busy at the new house. But I thought I would pop in to show you guys some “before” photos of our new digs and what our plans are to make it fabulous.
The house is in exactly the kind of condition I wanted. Bare bones (good, solid bones), but outdated as hell. Perfect! When we were looking at houses I hated seeing a home with renovated kitchens and bathrooms because I knew I would just go in and rip it all out anyway. Plus, the cost of the house is usually a bit higher when thousands of dollars have been spent updating it. We needed something untouched and we found it. This kitchen is pretty much original to the 1958 house.The kitchen, as you can tell, is going to be gutted completely so we can start from scratch. It’s by far the biggest project that we’re undertaking, but the most important. And when I say “we” I really mean the contractors we’re hiring to do it. At first Parker and I thought we would be DIYers but then we woke up and realized that’s crazy. We’ll do some stuff ourselves (my dad and I are going to build the open shelving, Parker and I will assemble the Ikea cabinets, I’ll take care of all painting) but leave the rest to the professionals who will do a good job. Here’s what’s happening in this room:
Remove that wall and open it up to the dining area. Overhang extra wide counter top and add stools for bar seating.
Replace Light fixture in dining area, remove light fixture in kitchen and add 4 recessed lights, plus three pendant lights over bar.
Remove upper cabinets and replace with white open shelving. White subway tile back splash (just up to the first shelf, but oh how I would love to cover up to the ceiling!), butcher block counter tops from Ikea, and white base cabinets, also from Ikea.
All new appliances in all new configurations. Right now the refrigerator totally blocks off the space and makes one corner a dark hole that’s awkward and unusable. We’ll move it to the back wall, put the stove where the fridge is now, and move the dishwasher to the other side of the sink. Oh yeah and we’re getting a new sink and faucet.
And you’ve already seen my retro hex tile for the floor.
Here are some more pictures of this space in the before stage.
The space is small (we don’t even have a pantry!) but I’ve got some ideas to make it work, even without having upper cabinets to shove stuff in. The shelves will need to be organized and neat looking, which has scared a lot of people that I’ve told, but it will also open the space up a lot. And Ikea has great space saving solutions that we’ll be taking advantage of.You can really see in this picture how important it is to remove that wall and open it up to the rest of the dining area. I don’t want to be relegated to a lonely life in my small kitchen all by myself. I want it to be a big, open space that allows people to talk between the kitchen, dining and living rooms. We’re opening up the space a lot by removing this wall and wall that leads in to the living room.
So what do you guys think? It’s going to be a totally different space in here, can you picture it? I’m imagining a bright and cheery open space with friends propped up at the counter sipping wine while I cook, and the husbands hanging out in the living room. Which I will show you tomorrow! Big plans for that room too.