When we first looked at our new house, we thought we loved the kitchen. The cabinets looked in great shape and they go all the way to the ceiling making them look custom. In fact, everyone who has seen the house since we bought it has thought the cabinets are great.
|Kitchen on the day we took possession.|
The cooktop is okay, but the oven is so not in a good place at all. It was completely outside of the work triangle. Imagine trying to cook dinner with guests in the kitchen! Impossible!! The refrigerator blocked the kitchen off and made it feel closed in, and the dishwasher was in a corner which made it impossible to open one of the drawers unless the dishwasher was open. There were some definite problems.
|Kitchen on the day it was being inspected before closing.|
Then we found out the cabinets truly are custom, and we couldn't just reconfigure them to fit our appliances. They are all one piece! Seriously, those very top cabinets are open with no dividers all the way around the cabinets. We'd have to cobble them up, and we knew that's exactly what it would look like--a cobbled mess. So, onto plan B, which was to replace all the cabinets.
I have to admit, when Jim suggested starting from scratch with all new cabinets, I was very excited. In fact, I even posted it about it, but I could tell you what was actually going on, because I didn't want to jinx anything.
|Plan for new kitchen.|
A funny story... When I told Mary, who is the trustee of her parents estate and who we bought the house from, that we were tearing out the kitchen and replacing the cabinets, she laughed and told me that her mother hated those cabinets. Her dad loved them and insisted that they be refaced in the 1980s even though her mom wanted to replace them.
|We're thinking about putting banquette seating in our corner breakfast area.|
There are a few more surprises... For instance, I'm sure most of you are expecting me to have white painted cabinets, because you know how much I love white kitchens. But that's not happening. I'm actually going to have yellow cabinets!
I can't wait to show you how it turns out!
The wall between the living and dining room is opened up.
New floors installed throughout.
Updated paint and color schemes.
New curtains for the family room.
So you've seen the kitchen space the way it is now... Any suggestions or ideas you want to share?
Share you thoughts!!! I love hearing your ideas!