a new kitchen, but first the old

When we bought our home we purchased it with the intent to replace the kitchen.  We looked at several homes with beautiful expensive kitchens, but they were not what we would have done.  We had the kitchen designer out during our home inspection last August to begin to draw up plans, but it took many months to finalize plans, determine budget,  purchase appliances, and select light fixtures, flooring, paint, granite, etc.

We began demolition on June 1st.  Below are the before pictures and the many reasons, why the kitchen had to go. . .

  • The cabinets are hung low (notice the lovely bulkhead above them) so that my kitchen aid mixer and coffee maker do not fit underneath.
  • There are only two ugly pendant lights to light the entire kitchen
  • The entire kitchen ran on two electric circuits, so that every time I used the microwave and something else the fuse would blow!
  • There were only three outlets in the entire kitchen, one of them looked like it was in the movie, “A Christmas Story.”
  • Notice the lovely electric (I prefer gas) Hot Point range that does not even have a window in it.
  • The cabinets were at least 50 years old and did not work that well
  • There were two different wood floors in the kitchen, neither in great shape
  • The walls were plaster and had no insulation. My dishes were well chilled in the winter!
  • The only redeeming factor were these beatufiul lead glass built-ins (we saved  glass), but they made the entire kitchen awkward and stuck out too far. 
  • The area under the built ins, was also low and had no outlet, making it a junk collecting space because it could not be effectively used as kitchen work space.

  • There is an eat in space, that we are keeping, but building a bench seat by the window, ditching the mini-blinds and putting in a large TV where the artwork is.
  • There was an awkward “L” shaped counter that stuck out and carved up the entire space, complete with bulk head above (that served no function!)

So far we are surviving the experience of not having a kitchen for a month well.  We have the microwave, fridge and toaster oven in the dining room and we are eating at my mom’s for dinner most nights.  I feel a little off kilter because the kitchen is the hub of the home and where we hang out the most, but  I am thankful for this problem of luxury.  New pictures of the finished kitchen should hopefully be coming at the end of next week. . .


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