If you have been out of the country or planning a wedding or been generally busy with your own life or if this is your first time here….
…let me Reader’s Digest the past few weeks.
We moved to Texas. You can read about the move here.
We bought my childhood home. You can read about it here.
I asked for opinions on paint and you helped and were incredible and amazing and we changed the color of the house after 75 years. You can see the exterior before and after and the new paint color here.
That is A LOT.
I know. I get it. I understand. I am almost tired just typing it all.
I was going to rest and press pause and pour a glass of sweet tea on the new back porch.
The kitchen patiently explained to me that it needed to be renovated.
Here are the kitchen plans and where we are in the kitchen progress.
I thought it might be easier to start with a before drawing.
This is where we started.
When I was growing up here, the kitchen was one large room with a table on the wall next to the hallway.
Somewhere along the way, part of the kitchen was carved out to create a butler’s pantry. I love the idea of the butler’s pantry, but it didn’t really leave anywhere to eat in the kitchen. There was a large kitchen island with seating, but it’s limited. There were also cabinets along the wall with open shelving next to the sink. The refrigerator was on the wall between the kitchen and the butler’s pantry. Adjacent to the kitchen was a large downstairs bath with a tub that had open doors at each end.
Here were the goals for the renovation:
1. A place to eat in the kitchen
2. A place to put the refrigerator
3. New upper cabinets for storage
Keeping those goals in mind, here is the new footprint for the kitchen.
The wall was removed.
We re-used the cabinets from the butler’s pantry in the kitchen. The lower cabinets were used to construct the bar. The upper cabinets (which have glass fronts) are moving to the wall with the sink. The gray hutch from Thistlewood will go on the far wall. The bar will have seating for four stools and there’s also room for a small table placed against the wall instead of the hutch if I want to change things up a little bit. We are also keeping the seating on the end of the island.
The refrigerator moved across the room to a space carved out from the bathroom. We took out the tub and added a shower and used part of the space for a new pantry area.
Here are pictures of the progress.
Here’s the angle looking to the staircase.
You can see the wall is removed and that far wall is where the hutch will go.
The swinging door leads to the dining room.
Here’s another angle looking into the family room.
See the cabinet on the floor with the glass front?
Those are the cabinets from the butler’s pantry going on either side of the sink and the stove. Right now the interior of the cabinets are painted turquoise (the color of the island). All the cabinets are being painted white.
Here’s an idea of what the bar will look like.
These cabinets will actually be farther apart and have a small shelf unit built between them to extend the bar.
Plywood will go on the back side and the countertops will extend over the back of the cabinets for extra seating.
Here are close-ups of the walls where the upper cabinets go.
There will be one on either side of the sink and one on the other side of the stove.
The current countertops are butcher block (you can see the example here).
The starfish came with the house—free of charge. 🙂
Here’s the before and after new area for the refrigerator.
It has drywall right now.
There will be molding that matches the doorways around the opening.
Here’s the before where they removed the wall.
See that stenciling?
That is vintage my mom.
She almost cried when she saw it. I think she stenciled that when I was in high school. The wallpaper on the ceiling was from the butler’s pantry area.
And when they removed the wall, they found this flooring.
The kitchen has wood floors now, but this is the original linoleum.
Can you even?
I almost hugged it when I saw it. We have an amazing relationship–this floor and I. This is the floor I ate breakfast on every morning. The book I just wrote, So Close To Amazing, starts off with me sitting at a table in this kitchen, right here, right where the wall was torn down, right on these exact floors with these words:
“I still remember the exact minute I decided I was going to be amazing.
It was the Sunday morning I debuted my very own fashion masterpiece.
I tromped downstairs for breakfast, valiantly trying to tame my
Flock-of-Seagulls hair. With remnants of yesterday’s blue eyeshadow
still dotting my eyelids, I walked into the room wearing a Shaun
Cassidy T-shirt, sweatpants, and a bright orange scrunchie.
I was sixteen and ready to take on the world and a few ancillary
planets. Plopping into the nearest chair, I rubbed the sleep (along
with bits of eyeshadow) from my eyes and poured myself a bowl of
the breakfast of champions: Lucky Charms. Crunch went the hearts
and stars and tiny marshmallows, when suddenly, mid-spoonful, my
eyes burst open in delight.
Today was Sunday.
Today was church.
Today was the day I planned to introduce the perfect outfit to my
little corner of Texas.”
(You can read the rest of the story and the first chapter for FREE here)
PS I’ll be back with finishes and paint colors and light fixtures and bar stools.
I think you may be surprised.
It’s kind of farmhouse—but sprinkled with karianne.
I’ll give you a hint. Here are the countertops. 🙂