As part of our “get the house ready for baby” campaign, my husband and I decided to take on a project we’d been thinking about for awhile: remodeling our kitchen. Ben loves to cook, and I wanted the baby to be able to hang out in the kitchen with him while he spends time in there, but our old kitchen was just too small, too dark, too outdated…. In fact, it was my least favorite room in the house.
Here are a few “before” shots:
Off the back of the kitchen, behind that tower of cabinets, was a ridiculous dividing wall that created a “laundry hallway” (where we usually put trash) and a tiny breakfast nook:
Both were too small to really be functional. So, after a whole lot of weighing our options, in the end we decided to take out that dividing wall and make the kitchen/laundry room/breakfast nook into one giant space. We also wanted the kitchen to open more freely into the dining room, without destroying the general structure and flow of our home (which was built in 1928, long before the days of “open concept” living). So I drew up some designs, and we hired a fantastic contractor — George Brunson of Brunson Restoration and Remodeling — and he took it from there! They started demo in January and we had a finished kitchen just a little more than two months later. Lest you think the whole ordeal was glamorous, here are some photos of the renovation process:
There were definitely times when I thought I was crazy to have undertaken a project of this magnitude while I was pregnant — when our whole house had random furniture strewn about and we were covered in dust and could only eat microwave dinners off of paper plates, for instance — but now that we have the finished product, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that it was all worth it! Here’s how the kitchen looks now!
Can you even believe it?? Everything is so white and bright and open — exactly the opposite of the way things were before, and I absolutely love it! Here are a few more detail shots:
The kitchen has gone from being my least favorite to my most favorite room in the house. I sit on the bench in the seating area and hang out with Ben while he cooks, we eat a fabulous dinner and then clean up together — so much better than eating in front of the TV and just dumping our dishes in the sink, like we always used to do. It’s such a happy, functional room now, I can’t wait for the baby to hang out in it with us!
Just for fun, I put together a few more “before and after” comparisons that really show the remarkable differences in the space — “befores” on the left, “afters” on the right:
So the kitchen is now open for business! And ready for baby…