Monday, November 7, 2011

Kitchen Remodel—The Beginning

Over two years ago, we sold our house and moved into the house we are currently living in. Our previous home was in a constant state of change and had been completely remodeled. After we had built two nice sheds and a deck surrounding an oak tree and added a pool, after we had touched every surface in the house with either paint or carpet or tile, after we had replaced all the cabinets and moved walls and added walls, after we had added on a master bedroom and master bathroom and walk-in closet, after we had enlarged the kitchen and added a laundry room, when everything was done, that’s when we decided to move. Isn’t that how it always is? Get everything just the way you like it and then you MOVE! It just seemed like the right thing to do, so off we went to our new house and our new life. We haven’t looked back once and are enjoying every minute in our new home HOWEVER…

Yes, you guessed it, we are remodeling AGAIN! Last time we did this, we really didn’t have a way to document our journey, but now we have blogs! What a great way to share what’s going on!

So, this is The Beginning of our kitchen remodel. Our house was built in 1992 and the kitchen reflects that. The only change the previous owners made to the original kitchen was to replace the vinyl flooring in the kitchen with tile. We like the tile; however, the tile wasn’t laid properly and some of the tiles are loose. Also, the tile was laid up to the cabinets and not under them, so there is no way we can keep the tile. So, basically, everything has to go. Please check out the “lovely” wallpaper. Apples, apples everywhere!!! I have never seen so many apples. I think we’ll keep the apple wallpaper. NOT!

Here are some before pictures of the kitchen.
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As you can see, when you’re at the sink, you’re looking into a wall.

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The refrigerator is like “Here I Am”!

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I really don’t need a desk in the kitchen. I have one in our office. Smile  Sorry, Beth.

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This picture was taken after the windows had been replaced, so some of the chair rail is missing in the dining area.  We use this area for our dining room table, since the actual "formal dining room" is our office.

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Here’s a picture that the realtor took of the dining room area to give you a better idea of what it looked like.

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Take note of the opening into the living room. Here’s what it looks like now.

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We are enlarging this opening to let in light and to open the living room to the kitchen.

So, there you go, The Beginning of our kitchen remodel. Stay tuned! There will be much more to come.

Have a great day!


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Alex Quinn 82 said...

My wife and I bought a new house about a year ago and we are in the process of remodeling as well. We will be having our kitchen cabinet refacing done first and then we will probably work on some of the landscaping and yard work. I see that you said you put up two sheds and I was curious to know how you did it. Did you have someone come and install it or did you have a manual to help you put together the shed? Trying to figure out ways on making all these projects on a smaller budget.

ratty daddy dinkdum said...

Hi Alex, First of all, thanks SO much for visiting our blog and ongratulations on buying a new house! It's so much fun making your space your own, isn't it? We hope your projects are going well. Now on to your question about our sheds. Those were built at our previous home by my husband. He used computer home design software to design the sheds. The software we originally used is no longer available, and we are now using Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer 7.0 (there's probably a newer version out). We have used it to design our new kitchen and will be using it to design our new bathrooms. There is a learning curve to using the software, but once you do, it makes remodeling so easy. I'm a very visual person and like that you can "see" your rooms rather than trying to "imagine" what they're going to look like. I can post pictures of our sheds on our blog. Just let me know if you would like to see them. Hope you are having a great day and Happy Remodeling! Denise

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