There’s been a giant change in our kitchen! As in, new-hole-in-the-house type of large! Okay, so actually it’s only a new door. However that’s large, proper??? Our final put up lined all of the images and angles of the new kitchen porch we created outdoors – simply steps away from our cooking space inside. So let’s check out what went down inside.
It’s at all times enjoyable to rewind, so if we take a step again in time, that is the kitchen because it seemed after we purchased this home in Feb of 2020:
We talked about our preliminary updates to the room waaaaay again in this post from May of 2020 (earlier than we moved in). And this one is a more recent kitchen update that particulars the factor about our kitchen that no person may perceive after we moved in (spoiler alert, it was “why didn’t you simply rip out the kitchen and redo it earlier than transferring in?!”). So you’ll be able to learn precisely why right here in that post.
And right here we have now a considerably related shot of the room right now. Once I say that door modified SO MUCH about how we use this kitchen, I actually can’t underscore it sufficient. John grills dinner (rooster, shrimp, burgers, even PIZZA!) about 4 nights per week. Perhaps even 5. Our brother-in-law even stunned him with fancy steaks delivered to the home for his Christmas current and the joy in John’s eyes was palpable. I believe the present of steaks even a yr in the past could be type of a head-scratcher for us (foodies, we aren’t) however this man is ALL IN on the grill. It’s his new favourite device (okay, tied together with his mitre noticed). Additionally I’m decided to bake chocolate chip cookies on the grill, so keep tuned for that experiment…
Right here’s a shot of how the room seemed earlier than the door went in. The cupboards had that shorter run underneath the window, however because of John’s mathy mind we realized we’d solely lose about 18″ of cupboard area after we factored within the area that we acquireed from having free and quick access to the beforehand blocked nook cupboard.
See that area to the best of the dishwasher? That turned a freed up good huge decrease cupboard with a drawer above it (26″ huge)- so we gained that. However we misplaced the little peninsula of cupboards that was once blocking it (which was 44″ huge, therefore J’s calculation that we misplaced 18″ general).
The excellent news is we gained THIS! It could be a stretch to name it a full-service outside kitchen, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly an excellent helpful extension of the kitchen for simple grilling and extra lined seating amongst different issues (like a quicker approach to carry within the groceries).
We additionally added a whole pantry to this kitchen, so we’ve by no means had a lot storage. More on that here, nevertheless it was the opposite factor that modified every thing about how we use this area.
So between this large storage-fest (3 new drawers + 6 new cabinets together with the cupboard over the fridge!) and getting access to that beforehand blocked nook cupboard & drawer, we’re sitting fairly in terms of storage in right here.
The truth is that drawer by the brand new door is totally empty. I’ve been debating what I ought to use it for, nevertheless it truly feels very nice to have room to spare. That was undoubtedly a consider our determination to forgo higher cupboards and simply have two rows of thick wooden cabinets on the again wall of the kitchen for now (with our cute little brass and white sconces up there). Cupboards would permit us to shove much more stuff into this kitchen… however the objective of downsizing and simplifying = type of the alternative of making an attempt to jam stuff you don’t really want right into a smaller area. We actually may improve to true higher cupboards down the road if we discover ourselves thirsty for extra cupboard space, however for now the thought of a wall filled with tile with these chunky wooden floating cabinets sounds nice and capabilities nicely for us.
As for the way we eliminated that cupboard to liberate area so as to add the door, the reply is: as rigorously as attainable, largely with a hammer and a prybar. We simply slowly demo’ed out the outdated stuff, and saved the drawer and door fronts so we may create a drawer and door for the nook cupboard that we have been exposing. There was additionally a bit of flooring lacking underneath the cupboards however we simply have common pine flooring right here, so it wasn’t laborious to trace down and we had the identical professionals who added the doorways “feather them in” (which suggests you don’t simply patch the ground in a rectangle form, you chop the brand new boards all to completely different lengths so it’s not an apparent patch job).
And I simply used the identical Bona flooring end & sealer we used back when we had the floors refinished to match them. Labored like a allure! I simply observed the runner isn’t centered on the door on this image, however that seems like actual life. See how one can’t actually inform the place the outdated flooring finish and the brand new ones start?
Our Hail Mary plan if refinishing the brand new pine didn’t match completely was going to simply be to avoid wasting the flooring within the space of our bed room the place we’re planning so as to add the ensuite rest room and use that to patch this spot later (in order that’s backup plan for anybody if in case you have a spot in your home that has current wooden that matches however could be transformed to tile later down the highway).
And as for the way the cupboard door entrance and drawer entrance got here out that we cobbled collectively from the remaining components of the cupboards that we demo’ed out… we’re SO PLEASED. You really can not see a seam the place we joined two drawer fronts and two doorways to create one wider one among every for this finish cupboard (because of wooden filler, sanding, extra wooden filler, extra sanding, primer and paint).
We truly ordered new cupboards for this again wall that are presently sitting in our bed room (they arrived proper earlier than Burger died and we simply felt too drained and unhappy to take the entire kitchen aside (since new cupboards will result in no sink or dishwasher for some time since we’re additionally including new counter they usually take just a few weeks to template after the cupboards go in, so the room can’t normally come again collectively in a short time). However the plan is to perhaps deal with that in early 2022 if we have now it in us. P.S. Our new cupboard plan is to color them this precise coloration as a result of we’re very hooked up, so don’t fear, the mauve isn’t going wherever.
Oh and within the picture above you’ll be able to see the seam of the entrance piece of the laminate counter the place we needed to prolong it as soon as we uncovered that nook cupboard. It’s actually the one discernible clue that this kitchen was ever something completely different – however as soon as we exchange the cupboards and counters and tile that again wall I believe it’ll really feel prefer it has at all times been this fashion.
Replace: In the event you’d prefer to see this area now, after we totally renovated the cupboards, backsplash, and extra – take a look at our kitchen renovation before & after post. It even features a full finances!
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