I'll be posting the details of this project over several posts, this post being Part 1, but first I want to share a little back story of how this crazy 18 month renovation came about. So fix yourself a cup of tea, cozy back into your chair and take yourself back to October 2011.
|My kitchen in my previous home, a 1937 cape, original to the home - SWEET!|
|Only 10 ft x 10 ft - A place for everything and everything in its place!|
Then one night in October 2011 my husband came home in the middle of his graveyard shift with news that, after 32 years, his plant was closing in December. But happily by mid-November the new owner of the company offered him a transfer, then after nearly a year of house hunting we finally settled on a home in our new location. And when I say "settled" I do mean SETTLED! There were no 1937 capes to be had here, let me tell ya!
PART 1: Ranch Home Renovation - Kitchen
|My kitchen - BEFORE|
|My kitchen - BEFORE|
After months of house hunting we ended up purchasing our little rancher under budget but with great potential and in a great location. Thus began the biggest renovation project we have ever endeavored.
I was homesick as could be for my former home and my consolation was going to be creating my dream kitchen.
|My "dream" kitchen - AFTER (scroll back up for the BEFORE!)|
|My "dream" kitchen AFTER (scroll back up for the BEFORE)|
Our home is your typical long narrow rancher with a hallway running right down the middle from bedrooms on one end to the family room on the other. There was a wide foyer that led to the hallway, then you had to turn either left or right.
|Floorplan showing walls removed (red) and walls added (green)|
So to open up the space we removed (red lines) the hallway wall at the kitchen, which increased our space by 42 inches. Then we closed off (green lines) the doorway leading to a small dining room and placed our fridge there. There was a formal living room just off the foyer, which is now our new much larger dining room. We also removed walls here to open up that space.
|Have to go through a little ugly to get to the pretty!|
|New life for old cabinets! (Ugh! Please ignore the "black hole" under the sink, I forgot to paint and re-install the grate!)|
So once the bulkheads were gone we just painted and remounted our old 36 inch cabinet boxes about 6 inches from the ceiling and had crown molding installed. The upper cabinets were given new doors and there was now room for a few additional cabinets as well. The old sink and several of the lower cabinets and countertop were moved out to the garage for my new pottery studio.
Raising the cabinets allowed for space below to install shelves supported by iron brackets. Papa Crane and I made the shelves ourselves from white laminated shelving material we purchased from a local home improvement store.
We finished the edges of the shelves with lattice strips which created a recess underneath for lighting. We also installed the beadboard backsplash - but that's about the extent of our expertise when it comes to carpentry. Well, except we did make the island, too, which we'd done before and really isn't difficult. I'm going to save the details on that for a future post.
Our countertops are walnut and were made by a local artisan. I really really wanted marble, but by the time I got to this stage it just wasn't in the budget. The walnut was actually very economical - surprisingly much much less expensive than a lot of other options.
|This Blueberry Cake is to die for! I ate 2 pieces when it came out of the oven this morning - contact me for the recipe!|
And besides, I didn't want anything glamorous for my kitchen - I wanted a homey space that would feel warm and cozy - a place where my guests would feel welcome to have a little sit down and enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of homemade blueberry cake. I do believe the wood countertops do a good job toward that end!
|New open floor plan with kitchen/family room combo.|
So here you can see a view of the other end of the space where the family room is located. Removing the half wall between the two rooms made a huge difference!
That's all for now, but I'll be posting more photos and details on my renovation soon, including how we made the island and the butler's pantry.
I hope you've enjoyed this little tour of my new kitchen and have learned a thing or two. Please feel free to email me with any questions, or just comment below and I'll be more than happy to respond!