Monday, June 3, 2013

Let The Home Renovations Begin! Kitchen/Living Room

So the story goes as follows:

End of March-Beginning of April time frame.
In-laws are in town for a visit.
Father-in-Law (FIL) is an electrician who always does small projects for me when he is visiting.

FIL: So what kind of projects are you working on

ME: We are kicking around the idea of making a breakfast bar between the kitchen and living room. Darren (Hubby) says that it is not a load bearing wall so we should be fine to make a breakfast bar here.  But I kinda wonder what it would be like to take the entire wall out.

FIL: Let's find out!

TWO HOURS LATER THE ENTIRE WALL BETWEEN MY KITCHEN AND LIVING ROOM WAS GONE!

Hubby doing some measuring on the living room side

Hubby Directing son

FIL on the kitchen side

Two hours and a lot of dust later!  No wall!!!

Just a big open space...So now what do I do with this? You can see that I had previously painted my cabinets white and green.

I decided I wanted to do decorative bead board as a backing to the cabinets...still green...

Then I painted all the cabinets a beautiful steel grey (Valspar Steel City to be exact) and I used Valspar Pearl Ash on the inside.
I decided to use the bead board on the lower cabinet doors too!

I went bold with Valspar Apple a Day


Still finding a home for everything but decorating coming along beautifully!

This is pretty much where we are at right now.  The exception is that we have a portable island that we have had for many years lined up with the dishwasher lengthwise in the kitchen.  The cabinets to the right will be going into the pantry and I will be adding a small retro kitchen table on that wall. I also still have a ton of painting to do as well as new flooring to install and a couple more can lights to bring balance to the room.  Part two of our kitchen/living room reno will be starting soon!

And I loved the red so much I decided to paint my entry door with it!
 My sweet little grandson Liam!
My house has been in a cloud of dust for what feels like months now!  Oh wait, it has been months!  You know, once one project starts, another is bound to be close behind!