I know this post, and the ones to come, are a little different then the ‘healthy living’ posts I usually post. Our old is part of our lifestyle though and the kitchen is where you usually find me, so I thought it would be fun to bring you along on Our Old House Kitchen Remodel – The Adventure Begins.
This is one of those moments where I want to say ‘Pinch me‘, because I can’t believe we are finally here.
Where is here? Here is that moment in time where we are FINALLY going to start our kitchen remodel. And not just the look at things and dream about what we want it to look like kind of starting.
No, this is it. This is game time. Holes are being punched in walls, counter tops are being picked out, and appliances are being bought.
Our Old House Kitchen Remodel has officially begun!
The Adventure Begins
We have lived in our amazing home for over 5 years now. Each year containing at least one new project.
Bathroom remodels, garden makeovers, and even new garage doors. Yet one project has been patiently taking a back seat. Not because we didn’t want to do it. We just knew it was going to be the most expensive project thus far, so we made sure we gave ourselves time to save up and make sure we knew exactly what we wanted.
So now it begins. The Kitchen Remodel Adventure.
I call it adventure because I know if I don’t go into this with the right attitude, I’m totally going to stress out. I need to look at every step as something fun. Whether it’s talking about how many electrical plugs I want where or what color I want the walls… each step has got to be approached as a fun adventure.
No matter how boring or frustrating they may be.
The Before Shots
Ok. So this is what the kitchen looks like now.
Yes, I totally agree… it is not a horrible looking kitchen at all. I am very blessed. Everything works and I have just enough room for all my kitchen gadgets and goodies. Yet there is more going on then what you can see in this picture.
Inside those cute cabinets are broken drawers, deteriorating particle board, and broken bottoms. They have definitely held up for quite awhile, but I sense they are slowly deciding to die a slow, splintery death.
The tile counter-top is chipping and has gunk in crevices I just can’t dig out anymore. The floor.. Oh boy, this floor is – from what I can see- is number three or four of a collection of linoleum that has just been laid on top of each other.
I could go on and on.. but you get the drift.
Those Windows… Those Beautiful Big Windows
I have a love hate relationship with these windows. Leaning a lot more to the love side of course, but there are those moments.
Like when you have to clean them. Each and every square of them. Every 100 squares. Inside and out. That’s 200 squares.. and a lot of window cleaner.
But even though they can be a pain to clean and they take up a good bid of space… there is now way in the world I could take these out.
I’m not sure if they are original, but I do know they are really old. They still work.. sliding back and forth.. and they bring so much wonderful light into the kitchen. They will be cleaned up and hopefully repaired in some paces, but they are definitely staying.
The Pantry and The Breakfast Nook
Beyond the galley style kitchen we have, we also have a cute pantry and breakfast nook area. I love both of them.
The pantry is filled not only with foods and kitchen gadgets, but it also stores all my favorite cookbooks. You can often find me sitting on the little stool in there, with a cookbook in hand, searching for new recipes.
To the right is what I call our Breakfast Nook. This is my favorite place to sit in the morning. I can enjoy a warm cup of oatmeal, a hot cup of coffee, and watch the birds out the beautiful windows.
The total square footage of the kitchen, pantry, and breakfast nook isn’t all that much. Yet it works just right for us. We aren’t planning on adding or taking away any square footage and I’m happy about that. A wall may disappear and a new layout may come about, but all in all, I’m trying to stay with the character and story of the house.
So What’s the Plan?
Well, as of right now there is no final plan. We have a pretty good idea of what we want to do, but since we are not the original owners of the home and do not have a lot of paperwork on it, we have to see what’s behind some of these walls.
I’m still picking out flooring, I think I found the counter-top I like, and I definitely know what cabinets I want, so that’s a start. I’ve been pinning all kinds of ideas on Pinterest, but trying not to go too crazy.
It’s going to be adventure for sure.
Oh, But Wait… The Stove!!
I almost forgot to tell you about the stove!! OOOO MMMYYY! The stove!
If my budget for this kitchen was unending, I would definitely be finding some old, vintage stove that has been re-purposed and looks amazing. But, I do have a budget and that’s OK. With a little research I was able to find a stove that I really liked. The only trick was going to be actually finding one I could look at and check out.
The stove I found wasn’t a regular name brand stove. And as I quickly learned one weekend appliance shopping, wasn’t going to be easily found. My husband and I stopped by numerous places trying to find just the right stove.
We were looking for a dual fuel, 36 inch stove that had a little bit of character to it. Should be easy right? No, not at all. After about 6 stops I was about to give up, but my ever so resilient husband said lets try one more store before we go home.
Reluctantly I agreed. We got out of the car, I walked into the store, and once again, informed the salesman what I was looking for. He looked at me funny and then said.. “I’m not sure if this is type of stove you are looking for, but let me show you what I have in the back.”
Friends… I about fell over!
THIS IS MY STOVE!! This is the one I pinned, circled, and had been looking for!! And yes, I almost shed a tear when I saw it. This is the Verona stove I wanted for my kitchen! Isn’t it beautiful. And you know what.. I got it!!
All stainless steel, 5 burners, gorgeous burgundy, dual fuel, 36 inches of Italian cooking greatness! Bellissimo!
I’m a little excited.. can you tell?
How About You?
Have you ever done a kitchen remodel/renovation? Leave me a comment and let me know how it went. Any suggestions or things to look out for? Any helpful hints or cool ideas? I’d love to read them.
Stay tuned.. I’ll be back with more later.