It’s ohhhhhhh so close to being done and I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally share some updated photos! You see, when we bought our house nearly three years ago, we knew we’d be working to restore it for many years to come. We knew that we would be doing the bulk of the work ourselves and I can’t even begin to count the hours that my husband has spent on our house……he really is the best! I think that when we looked beyond this horrible wallpaper with it’s gold glitter, we were able to see the charm in the house and that after all, is what I always dreamed about. It’s not a huge home (I think we’re around 1,700 feet), but we live in every single room in this house and I think that’s what is most important…….that we use every single room and don’t have rooms that get used once or twice a year for special occasions! So let me start from the beginning!! This is the kitchen on the day that we closed with it’s very old stove that we thankfully replaced that very same day! I decided that I could live with having this kitchen for a year while Dan painted the outside of the house, but I couldn’t live with cooking on that stove!!
Just a quick note that I took all of these photos with my point and shoot…..I always think it’s important to point that out!
The whole sink layout was a complete NIGHTMARE!!! There was no place to efficiently wash and dry the dishes which I obviously had to do each night by hand and to make things even more fun, the sink was super small so it filled up rather quickly! The layout itself was an issue as well since the space between those cabinets we had to walk through to get to the dining room and back door was rather narrow! When we initially bought the house, our first intention was to just knock down the wall where the fridge was and then keep the other wall of cabinets for a couple of years but once we started with the demo, we soon realized that we might as well keep going!
This was the dining room……very, very small and although cute, it would never function as a separate room as we needed it too. And though it pains me to say it, we decided to do away with the china cabinet and enlarge the bathroom and laundry room. The need for a larger bathroom, WITH A SINK, far outweighed the charm of the cabinet so it had to go…..though I did save the glass doors for a possible project!
So once the temps began to fall, Dan moved indoors and we started the process! Like I said…..kitchen sink was a disaster!!!
What ended up being the moving force behind redoing the whole kitchen sooner than we had planned was this leak that was coming from the exhaust pipes that go up through the roof. Lets just say that this part of the remodel with a toddler running around the house was loads of fun!!
This was my major contribution to the remodel…….taking up the flooring. Dan was able to pull up most of the layers, but there were several layers that were stuck to the hardwood floors which we were trying with all of our might to restore. We were lucky that in the end there were no major problems with the wood other than a small burn mark in the middle of the floor which I only thought added to the charm!
Eventually the wall came down between the two rooms and the light flowed in. Just looking at these photos is bringing back so many memories!!!
We decided to go with Merillat Kona stained cabinets and we went for the extra feature of having the soft closing system so that the drawers can’t be slammed……such a nice feature!! We decided to get granite tile for the short-term which I don’t particularly like, but I’m happy in the end that we did this because now I know that I don’t want black granite……it’s SOOOO hard to keep clean and you can see everything! So in a couple of years we’re going to go solid and probably go with a tannish colored granite. I was originally thinking soapstone, but I don’t think that it’ll go with the cabinets but I guess we’ll see when we’re ready to replace it!
So, after almost two years and thousands and thousands of dollars later, we’re almost done…..though not completely! We have new windows (just 5 more to go for the whole house and we’ll be done…..who knew buying new windows costs as much as a new car!!), new cabinets, new restored floors, new appliances, new paint, etc, etc, etc. We’re still working on the molding and sanding down and re-painting the original wood doors, but we’re almost there! The door to the bathroom used to be on the right, but we moved it over since that’s where the new sink is…..pics of that room coming soon as well…though I don’t have before pics (or at least I don’t think I do!) This is one of my favorite parts of the house!
That original heating grate was what is in the photo up above that was underneath all of that linoleum! It was a great find considering we needed to move a heating duct that was in the middle of the kitchen anyways!
FINALLY……finally a place to eat, with light and new windows that we can open and listen to the river in the evening! Notice the burn mark in the middle of the floor…..not sure how it got there, but I actually like it!
My style tends to be all over the board, but in general, I like old things, whether it be from the 40′s-60′s or from the 1800′s. I still need to put things up on the walls, but for now I’m just enjoying the beauty of my kitchen!! Other than finishing up the crown molding the only other thing we need to do is purchase a couple more cabinets for those nooks you see on the left. This was the only part of the process that we didn’t plan out well. The light switches and thermostat need to be there, and we had intended on just adding custom shelves, but the more we thought about it the more we realized that the extra pantry space might be nice! We’re going to keep the little nook above the fridge and maybe add some lighting, but we’ll see on that (haven’t told Dan that yet!) We were originally going to paint the basement door with chalkboard paint, but I made the quick decision to paint it ivory like the rest of the trim last weekend and I’m glad I did because the black paint on it made the area dark!
We also need to add a custom shelf to the side of the microwave to cover it up as well as add the crown molding to the top of the cabinets that we purchased. We’ll probably also add molding to the bottom of the cabinets as well since we added under cabinet lighting! Oh and I almost forgot that we need to purchase a piece of old barnwood for the top of the ledge above the sink……all about the finishing details now!
So not completely done, but pretty close! It’s hard to imagine that this has been in the making for two years now! We repainted the living room as well and had some work done on the ceiling and still need to do some touching up in there too and then finish off the bathroom and then the first floor will be completely done! This summer we have the garage and the stairs off of the back porch on the to do list! It’s a never ending list when you’re restoring an old home and I’m lucky that I have such a wonderful husband that puts so much time every week in this place. What was once a house, is now a home.