UPDATED: We finished the kitchen! Check out the before and after [here].
Hello all! I’ve been quiet on here this week. We are knee deep in our big renovation project. Read below for my thoughts on our progress and plans thus far!
I am glad to say that the kitchen is well under way to being semi-functional and livable. There is still a ton of work to do. However, I am finally able to see my vision become a reality. There were so many unplanned updates that we had to do, that the idea of taking on this project seemed a little overwhelming throughout the planning process.
Originally, we were planning to keep the 1970’s custom cabinetry, updating with new hardware and professional paint. However, when we moved in we quickly realized that 75% of the cabinets were severely worn beyond repair. Additionally, to simply connect a dishwasher, it had to be fed through broken countertops to be plugged in. We knew this would be the biggest indoor project but we didn’t fully understand how much until we lived in the space.
The one small change that has made all the difference is finally being able to move the refrigerator where it belongs. Previously, we had to plug it into what we now have as a dining room area. Once we removed the cheap (non-original) cabinets, we were able to remove all the “reclaimed” pallet wood, replace sheet rock, and create an actual space for the fridge to be fully functional. And it has made a HUGE difference in functionality.
The kitchen is a left-handed kitchen and I am a right handed cook. This has been a challenge. Try moving absolutely everything from the one side you are use to using to the other. Difficult, huh? This has been my constant battle when attempting to cook meals. So, we are making some slight moves in the kitchen to add function for righties everywhere! And it will make all the difference.
Next, the pantry is literally in the hallway… this has been challenging for organization and just functionality as far as if I need anything quickly, I have to walk about 20 feet away and hope I can get to the ingredient in time. This too will be fixed by adding an actual pantry in the actual kitchen. The current pantry will be getting a much needed face lift and act as what it likely was intended as—a coat closet.
A sneak peek at a few behind the scenes inspiration pieces… and a secret project in the beginning stages!
My advice for you is, when designing a space focus on not just what will be “pretty,” but what will be functional for you and your family. How can you increase functionality and efficiency? How can you make life easier, cleaner, and less stressful? My goal is that every room will be functional for our family’s needs.
As always, thank you for reading! I am so encouraged by your kind messages, likes, shares, and follows. Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, or my Facebook page for more up to date coverage of our process. Have a great weekend, friends!