We have plans to basically remodel or rework everything in the house but we are now working on Kitchen Changes. We have been working slowly trying not to spend any money. Lately, we have been transforming the kitchen. Now, I know that I have a rather decent sized kitchen but I am such a food storage addict that it seems totally dinky-small to me. I am constantly thinking about new ways to organize my stuff so that I can store more. Another funny thing about me is that I don’t like to have stuff on the counters. pretty much at all. I don’t mind cute containers of flour and sugar, but really I don’t like anything else, although, out of necessity I do have more stuff on there. But anyway…
We’ve moved a lot of things around in the kitchen (here are the before’s). We don’t want to pay for new cabinets, besides the ones we have aren’t that bad. They are plain but we have been moving them up and down a little to give it some sense of variety. Also, I am planning on painting them white and adding crown molding. Because of our self imposed budgetary confinements we have had to get a little creative.
When we ripped out the wall between the living room and kitchen we had to move the fridge to a new location, so, Justin actually cut two of our old cabinets (in the picture to the right of the oven) in half completely. Then he rebuilt the sides and moved the halves onto opposite edges of the kitchen.
Next, now I know this may scare a few people, so sorry if it does, but I do believe in strong cleaners so I am okay with it. Luckily, the cabinets in the bathrooms actually match the kitchen cabinets. Justin ripped apart the master bath cabinet and saved the face and doors ( we are replacing it with two sinks in the future). After that he rebuilt the most wonderful above the fridge cabinet! (in the pictures, the part where the drawers were will be covered with crown, just FYI) It is huge and I love it! We are actually going to have to do the same thing with the cabinets above the microwave and sink. We realized that in order to wrap the crown around all levels of the cabinets we need to have the higher ones brought out (or else the crown would block the doors from opening all the way). The good thing about this is it will add a little more storage space and honestly, in my mind, every inch counts.
More Kitchen Changes
The other thing we have finished in the kitchen is putting a pocket door leading into the laundry room which is a total miracle space saver for a house our size. We put up some shelves and brought a chest in to go under them (since we have no room for it anywhere else, and I won’t get rid of it).
We now have new lighting over the table. It used to be a ceiling fan in the middle of the kitchen, weird. (We recycled the fan by repainting it, replacing the glass and putting it in our bedroom). I scraped and sanded the ceiling so that we no longer have the yucky popcorn texture. That is such a back-breaking job! I am so glad it is over!
***A funny little Justin Kmetzsch family fact- We look back through the pictures of our remodeling projects and get sick over thinking about how much work it took to get our house looking nice, BUT it is so rewarding we just keep putting ourselves through it willingly, I guess it just shows we’re CRAZY)
Future Kitchen Changes
In the near future, we are planning on moving the dishwasher to the left-hand side of the sink, because if anyone is cooking, you can’t do any dishes, or you’ll trip and fall over the open dishwasher (very bad design). When we move the washer we will install a new sink, faucet, and garbage disposal. Also centering the sink with the window it is off right now and is really annoying. We are planning on putting in wood floors so we have to raise the base cabinets about a half-inch, (which will happen when we start to move around the dishwasher. Then new countertops, under-cabinet lighting and paint and about a million other things.
The other thing we have finished in the kitchen is putting a pocket door leading into the laundry room which is a total miracle space saver for a house our size. Other than that we put up some shelves and brought a chest in to go under them (since we have no room for it anywhere else, and I won’t get rid of it).
Kitchen Changes – Progress Photos
View of cabinets, to the right of oven, these are the ones that Justin cut in half.
a picture of the wall and this shows where the fridge used to be.
Before the lights were installed.
This shows the wall gone and the new pocket door that we moved to the right.
Also, some of the wall colors. The plan is that the cabinets will be white.