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Gutted Kitchen Remodel With Lots of New Lighting

19 July 2011

Gutted Kitchen Remodel With Lots of New Lighting
submitted by Balancing Home

Well clearly the biggest change from when we bought our house until now was the kitchen. We started with something that looked like this:

Yikes! Right? Well we did almost all the work on our own (with the help of family). We gutted the kitchen and even knocked down the wall all on our own. For some time we lived like this:

Oh boy! Obviously some rewiring was necessary. We added can lights, pendant lights and under-cabinet lighting so an electrician was a must. Enter our friends in orange. Turns out the Home Depot employee helping us out could also direct us to an electrician who was super affordable. Thanks to our plaster walls a lot of patching was necessary as well. 

Did I mention it always gets worse before it gets better? As you can see it is a blank slate at this point. We have done all the work ourselves except for the electric work. My husband did work along side the electrician to help lower the cost. Through this entire fiasco I was pregnant. Nothing like piling on the stress....and you thought this was a blog about balance! 

Gotta love the closed eyes! Did you happen to catch the slate floors? Well they weren't grouted yet when my husband spilled an entire bucket of water. That is what happens when you work on a project at four in the morning. My husband dubbed the kitchen floor "the floor from he**". That bucket of water caused bending and buckling which required this patch job:

After all the demolition, electric work, patching, rerouting of duct work and tiling we were ready to drop in the cabinets. The cabinets were made by a family friend and my husband (hey, I was pregnant) worked along side him to install. When they were done we had this:

The dishwasher obviously still needed to be installed along with the kitchen faucet, etc. We were able to get a new full sized dishwasher with the new layout. We bought a new sink, faucet and over-the-range microwave. Unfortunately we couldn't afford a new fridge, but we left enough space for the one of our dreams for that "someday" when it does fit in the budget. We also stuck with the same stove. It doesn't have the look I want, but it works and we aren't made of money. After all that we welcomed a baby boy and a kitchen almost simultaneously. Voila!

The shelving/wine rack houses venting that needed to be rerouted upstairs and that was our creative way of working around the venting. Life gives you lemons you make lemonade...or shelves and a wine rack, but whatever. The peninsula dividing the kitchen from the dining room (remember that use to be a wall) has a china cabinet with lighting on the dining room side, open shelving on the end and a spot for two stools on the kitchen side. The counter tops are HD laminate and were made by our cabinet maker. Some day I would love to get a stone counter top and tile the back splash....someday.

Well the previous owners and their kitchen table squished up in this corner. Now that we had the open concept with the kitchen stools at the peninsula and the dining room table just on the other side of the peninsula a table didn't feel necessary. We added seating and storage with a built in window seat. It is the perfect place to hang out with the cook and the storage is great for large items you don't use often. The cushion was made by my mother-in-law (home economics teacher). It is foam, wrapped in batting with a cover sewn on.

I knew I had to go with glass fronts for my dish storage. With a Fiestaware collection like that how could I not? FYI...my mother-in-law is the collector, I just reap the benefits. The cabinets are illuminated inside and the glass shelving allows the light to flow through the cabinet. We also put in under cabinet lighting. Check out the pull out garbage (best kept out of sight).

Nothing too exciting over here. The butcher block was salvaged from the kitchen and refinished. The above the range microwave is new. Not the kind of thing you want to install twice, which is why we replaced it with the remodel.

The best part of the whole remodel is how it opened our house up. This is a view from the kitchen. This makes keeping taps on the kids and socializing/hosting so much easier. Phase one is definitely where we made most of our changes in our kitchen. But as we lived with it we made some tweaks to make it work better, or just because we needed to change things up or felt like having some fun!

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Anonymous,  July 19, 2011 at 5:28 PM  

what an amazing transformation! i love reading about your tricks for saving money...and what a remodel it is. it looks so amazing, you don't even notice that the upgrades you mention for down the road are missing! love, love, love that green color too :)

Korrie@RedHenHome July 19, 2011 at 6:14 PM  

This is a beautiful remodel! I love your glass-front cabinets to show off your dishes, and I love the open shelving on the peninsula. Gorgeous!

Prudently Painted Vintage July 19, 2011 at 6:16 PM  

This is just GORGEOUS! Great job! I love that every space is really usable and nothing is wasted. LOVE!

spgregory July 19, 2011 at 6:27 PM  

I love the way the peninsula's design looks like it was part of the original home design. It doesn't look like the wall was ever there. Beautiful!

queenbeemama July 19, 2011 at 9:56 PM  

Great job on the remodel! How do you like your slate tile in your kitchen? My sister-in-law had it in one of her houses and I loved it. I keep thinking that might be what we do. We have a few things left to do on our kitchen remodel (upper cabinets, flooring, counters & lighting). We are doing things as we have the money. Its been a little over a year now since our dishwasher leaked causing the 'someday we will do it' remodel to happen sooner than later.

Megan July 19, 2011 at 10:49 PM  

Queenbeemama- Thanks! We do like the slate, but it is definitely taste specific. It was difficult to install because they don't all come the same thickness, etc. It is the kind of material that has inherent imperfections, so you if you like perfect it is not a good choice. It holds up to anything and hides everything. Honestly, we never clean our kitchen floor (gross, I know) because it doesn't show a mess. We run the vacuum over it all the time, but scrub it rarely.

Michelle July 19, 2011 at 11:18 PM  

This is a fantastic remodel!! It is so open and airy and bright feeling!!! I love the glass doors to really showcase your fiesta ware!! The peninsula.. awesome as well as the shelves and such in there!! Definitely a job well done!!! I love the slate floor in there. Yes, it does vary from tile to tile as for thickness.. even texture to some degree. People I used to clean for had it. It was a little tricky to mop because of that. But, it is still a great floor to have!

Stacy July 20, 2011 at 9:33 AM  

OMG!! What a difference! I love the extra storage and functionality that the peninsula and the window seat add to the space. All that hard work really paid off. We have three children, and during every pregnancy have ourselves up to our necks in remodeling projects with only weeks 'til our due date. Nothing like a good deadline to get the work done. I've come to recognize it as the "nesting" instinct within me. My husband dreads it! Lol! But I've gotta say, each one of my children has been greeted by a beautifully spruced up, clean, and fresh home upon leaving the hospital. =)

-Stacy @ The Precious Little Things In Life

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