Here's a photo of our kitchen from when the old owner still lived here. I know it's not my style at all, but can you tell from this photo how warm the house felt? They really loved it well, spent so many happy years here and raised their sweet family. The house has good memories, I know.
My husband had the genius idea to break that wall down (the one with the stove on it) and enlarge the kitchen into the dining room. You may remember we've already relocated the dining room to our huge front room/living room/library. (We really don't know what to call it anymore!) The old dining room was pretty small, especially when we tried to have more than six people at the table, so this was a natural solution.
So here are my own personal DIY Show stars, all ready to break some stuff, whether by hammer or by...sword.
Starting to look like we're making progress...
And now it's really serious.
And this is about where we are now. We had to rip out some pretty unbelievable soffits above the cabinets. They just weighed the whole room down. Unfortunately they also contained quite a bit of wiring, plumbing, and HVAC. Of course!
Now we are in the phase where we try to rework or reroute all of the stuff that used to hide in the soffits, so that our walls can be regular height and our new cabinets can reach all the way to our 8-foot ceilings. To be honest, this is the part that is hardest for me mentally. I don't have the skill to do any of the work, and even when it gets done, it really hasn't made the kitchen look any prettier. I just have to keep telling myself the ugly has to happen before the pretty can come!
One more thing to do...repair the floor where the old wall and cabinets came down.
The bane of our kitchen are these plumbing pipes. Trying to figure out some way to get them hidden in the walls. They stick out almost 12 inches and used to be hidden in those soffits. Hmmm... awaiting professional plumber!
We are working with a kitchen design company to create the new layout. I initially thought I would DIY, but I can't tell you how helpful it has been to have a professional involved. I'm still selecting all the colors and finishes and design elements, but having someone measure things and tell me what kind of clearance we need around the island, where to put the dishwasher, work triangle, etc. has been SO much better. We want to live here for many, many years, and I want to do this kitchen once and do it right!
And when things feel really slow-moving or frustrating, I just come back to my computer screen and stare at the photo that has inspired my remodel. Photo quality is blurry, I am sorry!, but it's from an old Southern Living article a few years ago. Ahhh...
You'll be hearing about this kitchen a lot, and I hope to pass along any tips I can about how to make it happen without losing my mind, or breaking the bank!