Kitchen Reno: Part 1

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Morning, y'all!  I promised a few pics of our home, kitchen, renovation project earlier this week, and I'm here today to deliver.  My kitchen is an approximately 12' x 12' space, which, other than a coat of paint and a few minor fixes, is the same space we've been living in for the last nearly 13 years.  I never dreamed it would still look like this today, when we moved in way back then; but life hasn't been very kind to us, and we've continually had to filter our finances into other places.  Even today, this whole remodel is stretching us daily; but we never quit dreaming along the way and are thrilled to see what's taking place, even if we're still having to make a few concessions.  With that said, let's kick things off with a sort of 360 of what we're working with.
You can get a peek of our bedroom in the background through that hallway.  Further to the left is a linen closet, Adina and Kaden's room, and our full bath.
That arch is just to the right or our bedroom.  It leads to the living room, and immediately to the right of that framed print is the staircase to where all my papercraft magic happens in the loft.
Ezekiel's bedroom is enclosed in those blue walls in the background here.  He has a secondary entrance, behind that closed door, from the library; and the staircase to the basement is straight across from the open door, behind the pantry.
Now, how about we get a little up-close-and-personal with those cupboards.  I totally would've painted them years ago, but I thought they'd be gone within the first year of our living here.
They're crumbling inside; and really scrubbing them on the outside takes the finish right off.  Grrr!  Oh, and the bottoms fall out of at least half my drawers.  The counter-tops leave much to be desired.  Fortunately, though, you can't see the wear and tear too badly in these pics.  The little one isn't even attached to anything and lifts right off.  I do really love my stove, though ;).
Now, about that sink... Aaah!  I hate drop-in sinks!  They are just pure silliness, not to mention that mine has never been completely coated with enamel, and the hard water has done a number on the faucet we replaced years ago.  I don't remember if that sprayer ever worked.
The window has to stay that size; however, it is getting replaced with a newer model that actually opens.  It's one of our big-ticket items still out on order.  I didn't even take away our drying rack, loaded with dishes, for these pics.  It's ALWAYS there.  The new kitchen will have a dishwasher.  Somebody pinch me!
The sliding doors are staying.  In my dreams, they'd be replaced with French doors.  That's one of our concessions and a pretty easy fix when the budget does allow for such.  The trim, however, is getting updated to match the rest of the house.  Our sweet bunny lives here by the backdoor; and she's ever so happy there, coming and going as she pleases.
Her favorite spot is right here on the rug with her kennel behind her.
I love my kitchen table.  It's not going anywhere...
but the popcorn ceiling and outdated fan above it have got to go.  Oh, and that light bulb isn't burnt out.  You just have to fiddle with it and fiddle with it AND fiddle with it to get it to turn on.
The floor beneath is leaving, too.  Woot!  Woot!
I designed and my hubby built this shelf for me just a few months ago.  I then painted, distressed, and coated it with polyurethane before adding those fun hooks.  It's coming right back into the new kitchen.  I LOVE it!
I know my command center isn't very pretty; but being a homeschool family means a lot of paperwork.  This method works for us; so, it's coming back.  However, the microwave is being relocated to above the stove; and I'm still looking for a colorful cupboard to house our everyday school curriculum.  I thought that I had found one but was super disappointed with its construction; so, it was returned.  The current drawers, seen above, are useless.  I just had them lying around not being used and needed a home for our current microwave, which I've had since my college days.  My hubby has fixed it numerous times, but it's still kicking.
This cupboard houses more pantry staples than I ever thought it could possibly hold.  It's built into the wall and staying simply because it's functional and doesn't take up any square footage.  It is getting a coat of white paint and a bit of a redesign, however.  Stay tuned.  Oh, and the rooster is going.  He dates the look a bit AND got broken during the messy, construction phase, which I'm thrilled to say is now behind us.
Our time-out chair will probably find a new home.  Ezekiel responded better to being sent to his room to get his act together.  Kaden is a screamer, so we prefer him behind a closed door during his time-outs; and while it worked like a charm with Adina, she has outgrown it.  Needless to say, it isn't getting much use nowadays.
We took off the doors to this cabinet above the fridge.  It gave me easier access to my cookbooks.  The vintage, picnic basket holds all of my gorp and Chex mix ingredients, as well as anything I want my family to forget we have in the kitchen (i.e. M&M's); but it's on to bigger and better things, as it is being replaced with a refrigerator depth cabinet.  That soffit is going bye-bye, too.  Just imagine all the storage we're going to gain in that space.
There's the low-down, friends; and just so that I don't completely overwhelm you with pics, I'll pop back in tomorrow to share the disaster that became of this place over the last couple of weeks.  Until then, thanks so much for visiting.  Have a blessed day!


Lisa Elton said...

I'm sure a lot of love, laughter and happiness happens in your little kitchen Jinny! Can't wait to see your new and improved version!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I cannot wait to see how you are transforming this space!! I feel you on how life gets in the way of being able to get things done around the house! :)