We bought our house knowing it was a fixer. Well, I tried spinning it as a cosmetic project, but B knew the truth. This beast needs WORK. We both agreed we should live in the house for 6-12 months before doing any work so we’d know what our priorities were. Buuuuuuuuuut, after less than two weeks of cooking in my kitchen, I KNEW what my priorities were.
And so…. The kitchen is happening! As in, my house is literally covered with sawdust and extension cords and power saws.
To no one’s surprise, I was clearly overly optimistic about how much living in a construction zone would suck. Brent was not. He’s had a vague “I told you so” attitude ever since the construction started. He was right. It’s miserable. But I feel like now that the old kitchen is gone and we can start bringing in the new stuff, it’s easier to get excited.
To refresh your memory, here’s what the kitchen looked like. This is the view of the north wall, facing the front of the house.
Please note the stained, cracked linoleum floors, and the crooked, plywood mint green cabinets. Also, who paints their kitchen poop brown? Ugh. Man, I swear I love our new, old house, but I HATED this kitchen. Really. Zero regrets about trashing it.
So, after two weeks of (other peoples’) work, here’s what that same view looks like.
I have seen the light! And it’s coming from our wall of windows in the dining room! And I can see from the kitchen into the playroom! So obvious we trashed the old floor, and had new fir floors installed to match the rest of the first floor. There is no stain on them, because they will eventually match the rest of the main floor, which still has the original (116 year old!) fir floors. That black pipe sticking up in the middle is the plumbing for the sink and dishwasher in the new island. Our new gas stove will be under that big rectangular opening. The stove has a downdraft so that we could avoid a hood. Giant metal hoods are generally not my jam. And i wanted to avoid too many “modern” looking elements in the new kitchen.
That doorway opening you see on the right is my walk in pantry, and no changes are being made there, because I looooooove it. But right now it’s covered in tools and sawdust.
Here’s the old view of the west wall.
A lot of things to note here. The dishwasher didn’t really fit because it was too deep for the shallow cabinets and counters. That sort of thing just happens when your kitchen predates dishwashers’ existence. Also, the shallow two basin sink is a big turd. Hate it. Oh, and see how the window kind of disappears behind the sink? It’s actually being covered by the sink and cabinets! Sad. The window is actually the only thing in this picture staying. And I kind of hand to fight for it!
Here’s the current view.
So all the way to the left was a weird built-in plywood unfinished desk area. We ripped it out and that little cove area will now be a closet! Brilliant because our parking pad is in the back of the house, so we frequently enter and exit from the sliding glass doors in the kitchen. Okay, and see that wood at the bottom of the window? That’s just covering up more of the window, so we’re taking that all off, revealing the whole window, and there will be a built-in window seat there. I think it’s going to be so adorable, and that quaint idea sold me on the particular designer we chose for the kitchen. I can’t wait to see it!
So we already ordered our cabinets, which are fairly traditional white, with inset drawers and doors, which matches the era of the house. And we just chose a slightly marble-looking white quartz counter.
It’s a lot of white, but I like a white kitchen, and Brent vetoed many of my other ideas. (I begged for teal cabinets!) He did promise I could throw whatever color I want on to the walls since those are easier to change.
Other details we’ve hammered out are the lighting fixtures. There will be recessed lighting, but we also have 12 foot ceilings and we need some detail, so for above the island we’re doing two reproductions of Victorian era lights that we have in other rooms in the house.
The shades will be different and the finish will be antiqued, but you get the idea. And we’ll have a simple single pendant above the window seat.
I think all we have left to choose is the cabinet hardware, and then I just have to impatiently wait until it’s complete! Our contractor double promised me it would be done before Christmas, so I’m sure we’ll survive until then.
In the meantime, we’re super fortunate to have a mother-in-law suite in the basement. So we’ve been using that kitchen.
I DO NOT LOVE IT. But I’m happy we have it. We’ haven’t even ordered out pizza or gone out to eat since construction has started. It’s fully functional, just dark and small. And basementy. I also helped out our future selves by making a bunch of soups and meatballs and such for the freezer before construction started, so that helps on nights when I’m sick of basement cooking. Tonight we had chicken sweet potato chili from the freezer. Thanks past Victoria.