So, without further ado, I give you the kitchen renovation in a series of before, after and sometimes during photos. Enjoy!
And this is the awfulness that it was during:
|This is actually what we started with. That's right, folks. A blank wall. (Well, not blank if you count skinny fake oak trim and painted faux wood paneling).|
Here you can see in to the kitchen - and see our huge mess...
The same angle - note the demo is progressing!
When demolishing the wall - we found the brick chimney hiding behind plaster and a cupboard. We decided to leave it exposed. We still need to do a little more clean up work on the chimney, then we'll seal it with polyurethane to help keep the dust down.
The wall completely removed:
|This is the wall that the hutch is now on. Please note the lovely pale green and pink color combo! Fancy! I have never seen a kitchen with a pink ceiling before - I'm sure she was quite the sight in her prime.|
We found this huge hutch at the same architectural salvage store where we found the majority of our wood trim. It's called ND Millwerk and it is in northwestern Iowa. They have an incredible selection and are incredible people too! The hutch came from a school which was built in 1901 and torn down last year. It's huge and perfect for storing all my china and our miscellaneous pots and pans and dishcloths and towels.
We didn't replace any of the cabinets - I just added some trim pieces and paint. The things we replaced were: the sink - we found this one in our basement (post to come... sometime!); the window and door trim - the whole first floor of the house had been stripped of the original trim; and the counter-tops and back splash. One room had a door frame - which we used for reference when buying replacement woodworking on craigslist and from this amazing store in Paullina, Iowa : MD Millwerks. I also added an easy and affordable subway tile back splash with "Delorean" grey grout.
BEFORE + AFTER
We relocated the stove from next to the kitchen entry (dangerous!) to next to the window. We also moved the refrigerator so that the room would be more open and have more flow.
Moral of the Story: