When we first looked at this house, it was a short sale and then just a few days later, went into foreclosure. My husband and I had to put on our beer goggles to see how good this house COULD look because it was pretty rough from sitting vacant for two years! The kitchen was going to have to be a complete gut job and we knew that we were going to have to do a DIY kitchen remodel. Thank goodness we were able to see past the ugly, because now our home is a true reflection of us and MY style…bwhahaha!!
Before our DIY Kitchen Remodel
The kitchen does not appear to be “too bad,” but it was! It was so dysfunctional that I can’t even begin to tell you, how frustrating it was the first year to cook in there! Down the center of the kitchen was an island? thing that had a connecting bar on the other side that dropped down several inches and ran the entire length of the island. SO only toddlers could eat at because it was so low! I bought swivel barstools so that we could “utilize it,” but even with them lowered all the way down, an adults knees would hit the counter. AND don’t even get me started if one of my kids were to fall off of the stool…they could go right through the sliding glass door! I almost forgot! We also had only ONE outlet in the kitchen. How do you cook with ONE outlet?!
As soon as we moved into our fixer upper, we cut an opening in our hallway for another entrance into the kitchen. There was no access to the kitchen, besides walking all the way down the hall (over 50 ft. long) to enter near the dining/living room. So crazy!! This opening added better flow to the house and was very needed!
Pretty quickly we removed the cabinets above the island because they hung so low! Our ceilings are only 8ft. and with a soffit AND cabinets, it made them a huge eyesore/hazard. See my lovely bar with the little sink that wouldn’t work?! I know you are jealous! The bi-fold doors was where our hot water heater and main electrical box were housed. Before we moved in, we had a tankless hot water heater installed in our attic and the panel moved to the new pantry. That emptied that little area where we temporarily put some wire shelving in the closet to hold our drinking glasses.
How do you like my coffee bar?! ha! We had to replace the stove shortly after we moved in because the one that came with the house was original. Hmmm…nearly 50 years old. I think someone got their money out of that one!
I tried to make the kitchen look “okay” until we were able to tackle our DIY kitchen remodel, but peeling one layer of wallpaper off just revealed another! Oh well, I liked the blue one better anyway…
Now the good stuff!
My husband wanted to attempt a “Chip Gaines” and jump through a wall…I don’t have a picture of the after. I will spare him the embarrassment!
The sliding glass doors and windows that flanked both sides were removed, for the new cabinet layout!
FINALLY!!! A clean slate!
Now my kitchen cabinets line the walls and my kitchen sink will be under the new window. Can you believe the amount of cabinets that I have now versus before?!
We added this peninsula and on the other side we have an overhang to put barstools under! This actually shortened the length of the kitchen so that we could have a bigger dining space. With 5 kids we needed more room for a 7ft. farmhouse table.
My husband, Gary, laid the old laminate countertops on the new cabinets so that we could still use our kitchen until the new countertops were ready. I wish I could say this was a short few weeks later, but we lived like this for many months. Life in a fixer upper!!
Now for the pretty pictures…
DIY Kitchen Remodel
The only two things we hired out for our DIY kitchen remodel, was the plumbing and staining of the cabinets. We are hardcore DIY’ers, but I just couldn’t wrap my head around staining all those cabinets! They are stained in Sherwin Williams Rustic Gray.
The pantry door is a DIY that we whipped up and I painted yellow. I applied dark wax to tone down the yellow, but I love the contrast against the gray cabinetry. Sometimes being different is OK!
The refrigerator is where the old hot water heater used to be and adjacent to the opening that we cut into the hallway! It all makes sense now… Please excuse my dust bunnies on my pendants. It is the one place I always forget to dust!!
Here is my peninsula that is used daily by two little girls! The countertops are Cambria Quartz in Torquay (they resemble marble without the upkeep).
I love an apron front sink, but it wasn’t in the cards for this house! I do love my HUGE sink that we can pile all of our dishes in and not stack to the side of the sink when it is full. Sacrifices people! haha!
If you have any questions about our remodel, don’t hesitate to ask! Learn from our mistakes! LOL
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