Monday, February 2, 2015

Virginia Remodel, Kitchen

Last week I shared one of our remodeling projects, the laundry room/den.  This week I thought I'd share some more before and after shots....this time the kitchen.
Before moving into our new house, we decided this all had to go.  Not that it was so dysfunctional (only 2 burners on the stove worked).  Not because the linoleum was curled.  Not because the drawers that did open, dropped out when you opened them.  Not even because the refrigerator lived in front of a window, and a giant 3 foot long lamp hung in the walkway from the garage/laundry area.  No, it was because of the smell of mildew and 20 year old grease was Everywhere.  Ugh.  But we saw potential....


So, we ripped out the cabinets, hauled the stove away, sold the fridge and dishwasher, then tore down the wall behind the stove to combine the kitchen and dining room.  Four months later, we no longer had a smallish formal dining room, and a cramped smelly kitchen.  And I think it works much better.
After all the workers left, this is how it looked.
Sharing with Rubbish by Roan.

Until next time......

                  ~~Karen~~

26 comments:

  1. I cannot imagine putting a fridge in front of a window! Love how it looks now.

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    1. I couldn't either, but the only other place for it was where the a huge chandelier that he scavenged from a church was hanging. The previous owner had shutters on all the windows that he apparently kept shut....guess he preferred the dark.

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  2. The remodel is nice, but I like to before kitchen. I couldn't see 20 years of grease everywhere. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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    1. Yeah Tom, it was kinda gross smelling, and quite sticky. The dishwasher and fridge had leaked for quite awhile, and there was a healthy community of mold growth behind the cabinets.

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  3. I love your new kitchen!! We need to redo ours. I like your new open look! Awesome.

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    1. Thanks, Terri. You have a nice kitchen, too, and you do fabulous things there :)

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  4. Wow! You must be good at envisioning, planning, selections, working hard and also being patient. Your home must really reflect you and your husband now.

    Hurray for Virginians -- I'm also transplanted to VA from the midwest.
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    1. Oh that's so nice of you to say, but I really can't take the credit. There were only two choices of layout for this space due to the window and door placement, so there weren't many choices to be made. We hired a contractor to replace the flooring and put in the cabinets and counters. We chose the colors, hardware, and the light fixtures.....and we did choose to take the dining room's window out and replace it with a french door so we could access the backyard....strangely, something unusual for these houses around here. Huzzah for fellow midwesterns :) So glad you stopped by.

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  5. What a big difference hard work and tender care can do. Looks very nice.

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  6. A great makeover, come and do mine sometime haha.

    Diana

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  7. You did a great job! It's beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Marie. I'm glad you like it :)

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  8. Looks great. I think you made a good decision. Congratulations!

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  9. What a beautiful remodel - that's fantastic!!!

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  10. It's terrible to live through a remodel but always a joy when you see the end result. Your new kitchen is grand.

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