Well I just arrived at my hotel in Atlanta and tomorrow starts my second Haven Conference. I can’t wait to hang out with all the awesome DIY bloggers I met last year — and meet a ton of new ones! But I promised myself that I would show you where I’m at with the kitchen renovation before I step foot out of this hotel room.
Actually, I told myself I couldn’t go to Haven unless I finished the kitchen. Which worked out well. I made a big push to get a few things finished this week and the kitchen is looking pretty darn good if I do say so myself. I will go back and give you details on how I made everything and stuff like that, but for now, you can just enjoy some pictures.
I snapped these pictures as I was running out the door for the airport, so don’t mind the stuff laying around. It’s been such a long time since I showed you the progress, I figured forget all the junk and just take the damn pictures.
Note the hole in the ceiling, which will eventually be some fabulous lighting solution. And the lack of toe kicks. I working on it. So far I have unwrapped the wood from the giant cardboard container. You’ll see it peeking into the dining room.
It was a complete gut job. I’m pretty sure everything is new except for the window. Everything else is new: the floor, appliances, Barker cabinets, half-wall turned eating area, french doors, lighting sink, concrete countertop, wood soffit, etc, etc. I did all the work myself, except for moving the plumbing and electrical, which were handled by professionals, and my husband helped with the demo.
This is where the half wall once stood. We tore it down when we were working on the family room renovation. (Post HERE) I used IKEA cabinets and built this new sitting area. It’s still missing one knob. Doh!
View from entrance hall into kitchen and out back door. Family room on the left. I built that step in this post. Yes, that’s my giant miter saw on the back porch. We cleaned the porch up in June, because I had been using it as my workshop, but we still haven’t set up a proper work area in the garage… So the saw had to go back on the porch. It works. My kids are phased in the least when I cut some wood while they’re eating dinner.
View from the family room where you can see the dining room beyond the kitchen. There used to be a wall there, which you can see coming down in this post. FYI – the magnet board will be covered with a door.
That island is obviously temporary. Those are two of the old kitchen cabinets. Some were moved to the shed but most were tossed out for bulk trash because they were just that bad!
Here’s more of the “refrigerator wall,” as we call it. Clearly I haven’t made up my mind about the molding on top. These are Barker Cabinets which come Ready to Assemble (RTA). Dude, it was a pain in the butt. I will write at least one post dedicated entirely to the cabinet buying process.
Look you can see my teal suitcase all ready to go by the front door this morning. Yes, I match my luggage to my kitchen cabinets. Don’t you??? And do you store your tools in your dining room? All the cool people do!
Well I’m off to mingle…
Read all about the family room and kitchen renovations below: