Before & After: Our Kitchen

I think you've all heard the story about how I have been wanting the refrigerator, microwave cart and china cabinet flip-flopped. I, unfortunately, was becoming a bit of a nag about it, because I knew it would make the kitchen feel bigger and make it more efficient. Well, Jim didn't see that. I think all he saw was the trouble it was going to take to hook up water on the other side of the kitchen for the water dispenser and ice maker.

How the kitchen was.
Last week, I calmly asked him why he didn't want to move the refrigerator, and he explained he didn't see how it would gain us any space. So I finally found a way to explain it that made sense. I explained that the refrigerator encroached almost three feet into the room from one side, and the wall also encroached almost three feet from the other side of the room. That was six feet of encroachment total. If the refrigerator was moved beside the wall, there would only be three feet of encroachment. Now that he understood, and suddenly he was on board with changing it.

Now, I didn't let that rest too long... Two days later, we got the parts he needed to hook up the water. Then yesterday, it happened!!! Jim moved everything around, and I couldn't be happier!!!

How it looks now!
Once it was finished, Jim looked around and was happy too. Of course, he then had to take credit for the idea and asked me why I insisted the kitchen be the other way for so long!  And you know what? I don't even care, because I so much happier with my kitchen!!

Here are some more before and afters!

See how cramped it was. I couldn't even use that space or really get into those cupboards. I felt closed in, because the refrigerator and the microwave stuck out into the middle of the room taking up all the floor space. It was awful!

Now you can see all the space I have. I can get into the cupboards and the drawers. Jim and I can actually work in the kitchen together.  The pegboard that is leaning against the wall is going to be hung up in that location, so I can hang up my pots and pans. That's what I used for them at my apartment and I loved it!

Do you see how the wall stuck out into the space? That's the wall I told Jim encroached into the room. It made walking around the table difficult. Plus with the table where it was, it was hard to get into the china cabinet.

Now you can see that the wall and the refrigerator take up the same space. It's given us so much room. I can now get into the drawer on the microwave cart more easily. As an added plus, we now have a place to store the leaf for our table! We never had that before!

Another view of my new kitchen!
We noticed this morning that the room was much brighter over by the china cabinet. I think it's because the refrigerator, which has black sides, isn't blocking the light from the window. 

Do you see all the room there is to walk around the table?  I'm loving it.  Jim and I are no longer bumping into each other. Not that bumping into him wasn't pleasant, because I do enjoy being close to him, it's just it was hard to get anything done!  Now it's easy to move around.

Now my next project in the kitchen is to paint those cabinets white! I think that will make a huge difference in making our kitchen look bright and friendly!

So what do you think?  Better, huh?