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Before and After // The Kitchen // Farmhouse Kitchen Renovation

If you remember my last post about the kitchen demo here - you will recall how we changed a lot of the layout of the kitchen.  We've had it this new way for a few months now, and we love it.

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:
(It's so much brighter and more open!)

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. 

The counter-tops are made from 100-year-old pine from a barn my husband and his father tore down in the 1990s.  It's had many reincarnations (from bookshelf to desk to record holder) and is now a lovely counter.



The farmhouse table is one that I built myself!  After looking for what seemed like forever, I just decided to build one.  We found the legs off of craigslist - they used to be a buffet (I think) and were the perfect height for a counter-height work table. 


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. 


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