Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Kitchen

We are starting to discuss our kitchen remodel. This is our dated little kitchen.
It is actually not little but that back corner is the only counter space in the entire kitchen! 

When we are ready we will have a designer come in to finalize our ideas. We need more counters which I also want to work as eat at space. 

Most likely there will either be a large eat at island in the center of the room or an L shaped eat at counter that would start near the fridge and run along side the stove.

The current configuration of the stove, dishwasher and fridge works well but we will have the bottom counters there rebuilt as well since they are yucky.

The upper counters are beautiful and solid wood. Not like the materials used today! The dark stain feels really dated and does not show off the wood's beauty.

So the cabinets below the sink are our experimental ones since we aren't keeping them. This little door was stripped bare. I can't believe how much lighter it is! 

Next we will try staining it. I want the cabinets to be light and bright while showing off their grain!
So the cabinets will be step one and we will address the rest at a later date. This may take us forever because it is slightly too cold in our basement for the stripper and stain so we are not sure what we will accomplish over the winter.

Cabinet space is plentiful. This cabinet below is floor to ceiling and holds all our cookware and more.
I forgot to take a before photo of it before removing the doors that match the rest of the cabinets. I have given it a fresh coat of paint inside. 

The right side was apparently a coat closet at one time. Jim had the brilliant idea of hanging our pots from the bar! I just need to put a free standing shelf unit in there to utilize the middle part of the space.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of our before kitchen. The remodeling will include just about everything. 
  • refinishing the cabinets 
  • having new cabinets built 
  • installing granite or the like counter tops 
  • new appliances 
  • tiling the floor
  • and the little stuff like the back splash, ceiling fan, etc.
The half bath is right next to that cabinet above which we plan on updating at the same time, but that is an easy fix in comparison!

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val


  1. that is not much counter space for all the cooking you guys do! have fun redesigning and creating the perfect space in your kitchen!

  2. This sounds like a fun project, and if you're like me and spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I know you want it just perfect.
    I have to say though, that I absolutely LOVE the brick as it is!
    Happy Sunday to you, Val!

  3. Val, I can't believe that is all the counter space you have? Wow, that is tiny! Especially for all the cooking you do! I think your ideas are brilliant! Can't wait to see everything finished! I love the brick too! Big Hugs and I hope you're having a great weekend!

  4. Lovely and fun project. I can't wait to see the final result!:)
    happy Sunday val!

  5. Exciting! Looking forward (in due course) to your "after" photos!

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  7. That is a big but exciting project! You can never have too many work surfaces in the kitchen :)
    We live in a small cottage, so our kitchen space is rather cozy, but it's all built-ins to maximize space plus a little nook for a table for two.

  8. That is not a lot of counter space! I would find that difficult to work with. Sounds like you have got some great ideas though. Happy modelling!

  9. Val, I did a kitchen remodel last year to update and I'm so pleased. It's expensive but so worth it. I still have to do the backsplash and add table & chairs. But everything else is in place. Are you on Facebook? I would love to be personal friends with you. I'll leave my link below.

  10. Now this is one I am really looking forward to, Val. I want/need to remodel my kitchen as well, all I already did year before last was painting the cabinets and counters white, added a new counter top, a cheap one, bad decision, lol, it already looked worn out, anyhow, I have no idea what to do with my kitchen and that's why I am really excited to see what you'll come up with. I might steal your ideas, lol.
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  11. Looks like you've got a nice base to start with and a good idea of what you do want. Best of luck moving forward. We're currently working on ours as well, and I CANNOT WAIT to have a fully functioning kitchen again!

  12. It has a lot of potential already, I know it'll look AMAZING when it's done! I wish you smooth sailing with the renovation craziness!

  13. Wow, there is literally no counter space in your kitchen and it is super dated. I like the design ideas: big island and L shaped counter. Sounds very modern. Well, it sounds like you have a lot of work ahead of you. It will be worth it when you have the finished product. Imagine cooking in your beautiful new space.


Thank you for stopping by! I love reading visitor comments! ~Val