Saturday, March 2, 2013

Kitchen Makeover: Before

Well, it's finally happening, we're starting on the kitchen.
I've shown pictures of the kitchen before, but today I'm showing you in depth how tragic the kitchen really is.
Let me remind you that this house was built in 1965, and hasn't been changed since.  I know some of you love that mid-century modern look, but me, not so much.
 When we moved in we had all matching brown appliances, the stove, oven, and dishwasher. Since then we have replaced all of those appliances.  We first replaced the ovens because the old ones didn't really work, basically burning everything.  Next, a friend of a friend was updating their kitchen, so we took the stove top and the hood off their hands for a mere $75.00.  Most recently we bought a new dishwasher.  We do still have the original sink, but I have a new one ready to be installed.
 Here we go:
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This is the view from the family room.  I would LOVE to remove the wall between the kitchen and family room, because it would totally open up the space.  While that is still a goal, we aren't prepared for the expense right now.  That sucker is load bearing.  What you can't tell from the picture above is that the wall is straight across where the mmirror is, but then it takes a 45 degree angle where the door way is, so it's not just as easy as taking out the wall, there will need to be major engineering involved.  (I don't want my house to fall down.  This wall holds up the 2nd floor.)
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As you walk in to the kitchen, this is the bar to the right.  It has a built in desk, which as you can see has become the crap catcher.  We have a first floor mother-in-law's suite that we are using as an office.  We have a desk for the hubs and a desk for me so we really have no need for one in the kitchen.  We are going to raise it up, so that it is one continuous bar, and then my goal is to put a beverage fridge underneath and have maybe a small book shelf for cook books.
Notice the big old fashioned radio looking thing, which has an Ipod dock in front of it.  Our house has an intercom system.  Right now it doesn't work, but if we can find someone to fix it, it would be pretty cool because we could play music at the main location and it would be piped throughout the house.  1965 surround sound?  We're still figuring it out.
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This is what you see across from the bar/desk combo.  We have a nice eating area, but my plan is to extend the penisula so that there is a bar.  My girls love to help in the kitchen, but they are always under foot.  If I can get stools for the other side, they will be able to help and be out of my way.
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Here I'm standing in front of the fridge, so you can see the kitchen from the opposite direction.  We are planning to take out the upper bank of cabinets to open up the kitchen.
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I still haven't sheetrocked the opening over the stove.  In my dining room post, I showed you the hole that I sheetrocked.  This is the other side of that hole.

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I know the layout of our house if sort of confusing.  But behind where I am standing in the above pictures is a hall that leads to the front room and the dining room.
If I can ever figure out how, I will try to draw up a floor plan.  It's a typical 60's style house where you could come through the front door, socialize in the front room, eat in the dining room and never see the mess of the family room and kitchen.  Sorry, I know I'm not painting a very good picture.
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The plan is to paint the paneling behind the table BM Chantilly Lace white, and then I am planning to paint the cabinets black.  Not sure what color black yet.

 I really wanted to do quartz counters, but the $5000 price tag just isn't in the budget right now.  We can put down new laminate for $500, so that is a major difference and it will still make the kitchen look 1000 times better!!
Demolition starts tomorrow...I will post later with the plans for the kitchen.  I already have laminate picked out, purchased a sink and have a plan for paint.

I'm sure it will take me forever to paint, but I'll try to update you as I go!
What do you think?  Any suggestions?

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Shelley {Crazy Wonderful} said...

How exciting!!! I cannot wait to see the change once those cabinets have been removed. It's going to be amazing!

Rasonda @ Lake Cottage Dreams said...

Good luck! I am renovating my kitchen right using Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations. After using it isnt horrible but I recommend checking out the "Young House Love" blog and their tips on cabinet painting. If you want more advice email me. Also, check out this post on faux marble that looks gorgeous from Home Depot.. close to the price of regular laminate but looks real.

Mariel said...

What a great tutorial! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at ‘Or so she says …’ Hope to see you there!

the cape on the corner said...

those are some great plans!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Wow, I can't wait to see what you'll do with this kitchen! I'll suscribe to be sure not to miss your updates!

Stef said...

I love this! My husband and I always like to shout out how we'd tear down this or that wall to open up kitchens when we're watching HGTV (or when we used to house hunt). I can't wait to see the after!

Sherry said...

How exciting! Show us the after!

Homer Collins said...

I must agree with you that your kitchen deserves a makeover. Have you started with it yet or are you already done with the entire thing? If you are, could you share with us the finish product? By the way, if I it's not yet too late, I say, Mahogany Brown would be a good option for the paint.

Homer Collins

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