Well, it's safe to say we are DONE with big indoor renovations like this for awhile. We have basically redone our entire house in the past two years of living here and are completely over living in a construction zone. So far we have gutted and completely redone the basement, the electrical, the plumbing, the front yard, the fence, the front porch, the back yard, the side yards, working on the fireplace now, etc. etc. Our poor little house was in rough shape, but then again, it was also in great shape for being built in 1915.
Nevertheless, we are very happy with our kitchen. We (and by we, I mean my husband - Caleb) did everything ourselves and are really into having a nice kitchen. I can't say we have every had one as nice as this before! It was completely gutted down to the horse hair in the walls...and now, this!
We really wanted to keep it clean and tried our hardest to stay away from going "too modern." Although most of the items in our kitchen are not from the early 1900s, we really wanted to make it feel as close to that vibe as possible, while still keeping the modern amenities.
A large portion of the materials were reclaimed, which saved us a lot. Caleb and I were pretty adamant about having the cabinet doors be flush with the cabinet frames (a super cool trait found in old homes), but getting cabinets like that can cost thousands. So, we made them ourselves! Another bargain... our floors! We found the wooden floor slats at a reclaim store for $130. They matched the floors in the rest of our house perfectly, just needed a sanding and stain. Boom!
Another unique thing we did was build a small wall to cover the hood above the stove. We REALLY hate seeing the hood in kitchens, and most times they look silly, so we came up with our own idea.
I'd say the kitchen is about 90% complete. It is most definitely usable, but there are a few things that still need to be done to complete it, asestheticly and functionally.
Things we have left to do...
- Get more organizational things for inside the cabinets
- Finish caulking
- Style the open shelves
- Find and hang artwork
- Repaint a few of the cabinets because the tannin is starting to show
- Add inside hardware to above the fridge cabinet so it stays closed
...the list goes on and on. We may never get to it all, but that's okay. This renovation is 10000% better than what it was. We are so happy it is complete!
Are you guys ready to see the before? It was ROUGH. I have to admit, I was a little nervous to share these photos, but I figured if you saw the before, you be able to appreciate the after much more with us. :)
Okay, so these first round of photos were what it looked like when we first visited the house/bought the house/the day we moved in. Our move in day was a bit of a jumbled mess (a story for another day), so it's hard to say exactly when these photos were taken. And YES, that is the fridge out on the sun porch!
Before we even moved into the house we set aside two weeks to clean and paint the entire inside of the house white. We moved the fridge INTO the kitchen, added a dishwasher and then, we had this. We used this kitchen for longer than I would like to admit, but hey, now we can appreciate our new kitchen even more! :)
I can't say I miss anything. Oh, and that red sink. Yes, we had a red sink.
We had a roof over our head and plenty of food to eat, so that I am thankful for. Did I mentioned I am so glad we redid the kitchen?! :) We started at the end of April 2018 and finished in the middle of July 2018. We had hoped to finish in a month, but I have just been so sick since January, I wasn't able to help at all with anything like we had planned. Oh well, life goes on! Thanks for following along. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out!