Kitchen Renovation: Part 1

In our first three months of owning this house, we’ve made a ton of progress with renovations! It’s been a lot of behind-the-scenes work (like new plumbing, electrical and attic repairs), so I haven’t updated the blog in a bit because it didn’t seem like the most interesting topic…

Now that the ‘bones’ of the house have been addressed, we’re ready to start our first major project: the kitchen! Let’s start with the before photos…

This kitchen is technically an eat-in kitchen, but I was desperate for more counter space and brought in a folding table as a temporary solution. The kitchen is certainly usable, but it’s very dated and the cupboards are falling apart. We believe it is original to the house, which was built in 1971.

In the new kitchen design, we’ve eliminated the eat-in kitchen area to make room for a kitchen that is twice the size of the existing layout. The other big change we’re making, is changing the exterior two irregular-sized window to one large picture window. 

Here’s a look at our new layout:

We placed the order for our new kitchen last weekend, and now that the wheels are in motion I couldn’t be more excited! We decided to use Ikea for our kitchen, and have been waiting for their kitchen sale (on right now). With the purchase of the kitchen and three appliances, we received 20% back in Ikea gift cards. These gift cards are being used for a really fun dining room project that we will be tackling after the kitchen is done.

We have three more weeks until our kitchen is delivered (which was our choice by the way – you can get Ikea kitchens delivered within days), so in the meantime I’m finalizing the finishing touches. Here’s a look at my palette so far:

Once we demo the old kitchen and start building, I’ll update the blog with a progress post! :)