As you saw in the Before Pictures, none of the kitchen was going to stay. It wasn’t original and even the floor has to be replaced. The kitchen is very small but the space was so misused previously we could easily see how we could change it up to make it amazing!
I very much need a kitchen that is as functional as possible. I also wanted to add in a little country element and a little eclectic element. Previously the kitchen was dark brown with dark red curtains and it looked like a little cave.
The view from the dining room. As I mentioned in the before pictures, we tore out the existing pantry which had an awkward door into the dining room and we completely redid the room, added wire shelving and moved the door onto the other wall to extend the kitchen. What we did was actually make the pantry about 2 feet longer than it was and make the opening to the kitchen smaller so we had another wall in order to add more cupboards and make the kitchen feel even larger.
Moving into the kitchen you can see the new wall, before there was nothing here at all, we decided to extend the pantry out 2 feet to be able to put cupboards along this wall.
And yes, my fridge is tiny! The fridge ended up being quite the dilemma. Most fridges stick out a good 30 inches or more from the wall. We just didn’t have that kind of space and needed a fridge that went out no more than 26 inches. Doesn’t sound like a big difference but when the cabinets only come out 24 inches, it is! So we found this small “apartment” fridge that would fit. It’s working for us for now and I was actually given a free fridge by a neighbor to keep in the garage so we will have more space for eggs and other overflow.
My hubby built the shelf on this wall and the enamel containers are from Ikea. I’m not sure what I’m going to use them for yet but I’m sure I’ll come up with something! (By the way, the paint color in here is Water Mark)
We couldn’t afford anything more than the cheapest cupboards so we bought them and custom stained them and added custom trim to make them look much better than they were. Now no one else has these cabinets, they are custom just for my little kitchen!
This is the west wall in the kitchen with the new cabinets and yes a farmhouse sink!!
I actually bought another sink and thought about it for a long time before we decided this kitchen had to have a farmhouse sink. I found this sink for a good price and the store we actually bought it from ended up messing up our order for the sink and the counter tops so we got an even better price. We had to wait a really long time for it all to come it but I appreciated saving the money! I’ll admit that I splurged a little on the faucet (not really I guess compared to the price of a decent faucet) but I love it because it looks great with the sink! For the window I’m going to make a little cafe curtain for the winter and a curtain with a little more coverage for the summer to keep the heat out.
Oh yes, these lights! I picked out some beautiful but boring pendant lights that would have looked great but then I found these Mason Jar Pendant lights and just could not hold myself back! The other lights went back to the store and these were installed. I just love them, they add such a personal touch and they are so me!
Here’s the half wall on the east side of the house. If you remember from before, this wall had the stove and a full size fridge on it and they stuck out into the walkway. Since we moved the fridge over we put a pantry like cupboard here and a new stove that was a floor model and we got a great bargain on. We had to install new gas lines in the entire house including the kitchen because they were crimped and bent and really quite scary and unsafe.
We love our new kitchen! It’s custom and different and perfect for us. I know you might think I’m crazy but I do not like anyone else in my kitchen so the size and the fact that it’s separate from the dining/living area is perfect for me. It’s bright and light and has so much space! Many of the cupboards and drawers are still empty because I just don’t have that much kitchen stuff. I’m going to fill them with other things though because if they don’t get filled with something constructive than they tend to fill up with a mess.
Well believe it or not we only have 2 rooms left in our series, the master bedroom and the dining room/kitchen! There are 2 more rooms in our house (the 2nd bedroom and the mudroom) but they aren’t renovated yet and still need quite a bit of work but I’ll be posting about them too when they are finished.
Farmhouse Renovation Part 1: Moving On
Farmhouse Renovation Part 2: Getting Started
Renovating the Farmhouse Bathroom: Before Pictures
Renovating the Farmhouse Bathroom: After Pictures
Renovating the Farmhouse Landing: Before Pictures
Renovating the Farmhouse Landing: After Pictures
Renovating the Farmhouse Kitchen: Before Pictures
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