In looking for a new home we knew we wanted a bigger kitchen, and plenty of space to cook, bake and can all at once if we needed or wanted to! Joe and I get into these moments where we cook and put food by the entire evening. It’s great fun and I love how toasty the house can get from a productive evening of baking squash and canning tomatoes. Our first home had a postage stamp of a kitchen, one person could stand in the middle of it, stretch their arms and nearly or actually touch all the walls around them!
So when we saw our current residence we looked beyond the threadbare floors, walls that made no sense and storm doors placed inside as actual doors!. It was daunting the task we considered undertaking but once we saw what could be and the excitement of making something our own, of improving an old tired house and making it loved once more, that fear went away. The day after we closed on the house, we began our journey into making a new kitchen, here are the before photos! And share your DIY moments in the comments below!
Storm door, and solid wall from this room into the kitchen area.
Another angle of the one of two storm doors, and solid wall. Aren’t those windows amazing?
A view of the kitchen (exterior door on the left) with a doorway into what would become our living room.
A recessed stove between two false walls. Wish I knew why they did this! To the left is the smallest pantry you’ve ever seen, blocking the path to the bathroom!
The sink base, this wall is shared with the room with the storm doors. Later we cut a hole in this thing and let the light shine!
A tiny tiny counter (one of the very few). You can barely see on the left, the doorway into what will become our eating area with those big windows!
The tiny pantry to the left of the stove. When these doors open, the flow of this area halts! This simply had to go!
After about about two weeks we made it to this point in the demolition phase: Walls were coming down, the dumpster we rented had been emptied once already, my hammer was officially lost (and subsequently not found until weeks after we finished) and the kids were restless as we stayed over at a family friend’s house. We started to feel and think “What the hell were we THINKING!”
Years’ worth of wallpaper slapped on top of plaster, which was covered by drywall….yea this took three days of chiseling to get the brick exposed. Whew!!
The plaster walls exposed, with all that wall paper too.
The “hole” we carved into the wall between the kitchen and what would be our dining area.
Those false walls and little pantry….gone!!
Closed off the exterior door, and cleared out the rubble from the demolition.
The old cabinets coming down.
Right before we dive into removing these false walls.
A final view from he exterior door in the kitchen. Nice pile of trash, right?
Yes, next to Joe, barely visible is half of a staircase converted to a poorly designed shelf. It took us a few hours to remove it.
Found an old postcard in the walls, from 1949, and a 1 cent stamp!
With some walls removed, it was time to start on the door.
Fortunately we started to make some progress!! Check out the next few weeks in Part 2, and see Part 3 and Part 4.