Thursday, March 10, 2016

Kitchen Renovation Reveal!

For any of you who know me in person and have stepped foot into our chaotic Trenches at one time or another, you already know that we live in a typical New England colonial-style home. When we bought the house back in 2001 (when I was 4 months pregnant with Eldest), it definitely had room for improvement, but Hubby and I were sold on the neighborhood and the 4-season sunroom. At that time, we didn't even really CARE about the kitchen. It wasn't a priority.

(Linoleum flooring, cheap cabinets, laminate countertops with NO space.)

Slowly, over time and while raising 3 children, improvements were made to the Trenches. We (and by we, I mean Hubby's father) finished the basement for us. (We now have 3 separate rooms down there: currently Eldest's bedroom, a main kid hangout room with the NEW XBox, and another smaller room with the OLD Xbox.) (Ridiculous, I know.) We put on a new roof. Hubby's dad built us a bigger backyard deck. The old playroom was converted into an office once the boys no longer played with toys (*sob*) We have painted, inside and out, multiple times. Yet, over all the years, our poor galley kitchen remained the same. Narrow, cheap-ass, inefficient, and severely lacking counter space.

By the fall of 2015, we decided that we reallllllly needed to redesign the kitchen. That it was (beyond) time.  And so, the process began. We used a designer at our local hardware store to come and assess what we had to work with (answer: not much). He spent 4 hours with his laptop and a laser, measuring and designing to come up with a new floorplan, which would involve moving our back door from the current kitchen into the current dining room (which was done between the week of Christmas and New Years), among many other things.

Let me just stop here before going any further to say that we are BEYOND LUCKY. Hubby's father is a phenomenal carpenter. He acted as general contractor and did EVERYTHING on this renovation except for the plumbing, electricity, painting and tiling, which we contracted out. But it wasn't just the kitchen. He also put up crown moulding throughout the entire first floor and completely rebuilt our fireplace mantle from scratch! AND he installed new acacia hardwood floors on the first floor. His work is absolutely meticulous. Here, let me show you:

(Old view from dining room into kitchen)
(Like our fake dog? Poor Snowflake looks taxidermied here!)
(All appliances are GE Profile in slate color.)

(Old view from living room into kitchen - that was our old back door into garage.)

(I think the fridge and stove in the living room added a nice decorative touch.)
(Counter chairs are from Jordan's Furniture.)

(Backsplash is slate tile. I got the idea from Pinterest.)

(Old view from kitchen into living room - you can see a corner of the old fireplace mantle)

(All Most hands on deck!)
(Look at that gorgeous mantle and the new floor!)
(Floors are acacia wood from Lumber Liquidators.)
 (Other side of living room.)

(Entire living room view from kitchen.)
(View of office as dumping ground for all the things.)
(Desk and bookcase from IKEA.)
So we are finally...almost...done!
[Still to come - I have a dining room chandelier and a kitchen island light fixture that need to be hung by our electrician. I just ordered this hall tree for the back door entrance. And I still need to pick out window treatments for the office and dining room windows - but my least favorite task in the world is curtain shopping...] 
Are you renovating a kitchen? Got any questions? Hit me up for my tips and tricks for what I've learned over the past few months of living with a refrigerator in the living room and moving everything from room to room in order to put down hardwood floors. Been there, done that, and couldn't be happier with the results!!!!

After all, this renovation was almost FIFTEEN YEARS (OMG) in the making! Whew.

1 comment:

GotoTom said...

You did a very nice remodel.



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