The Kitchen During

Our kitchen remodel was not just about having a prettier kitchen. We wanted to solve some real problems. The main thing that drove me crazy was having the sink across the room from the stove – with a doorway/line of traffic between them. It seemed that every time I took a pot of boiling pasta across the room from the stove to the sink, my youngest would come cartwheeling through the doorway at that exact moment. Or I would have to carry dripping wet vegetables across the wood floor from the sink to prep and cook them by the stove. And then the trash was in another corner of the room – more dripping across the floor to throw out food prep trash. I wiped up the floor a lot. The traffic pattern through the room also meant that everyone was always in my way as I cooked. That may have made me a little bit grouchy sometimes.

We removed most of the wall between the kitchen and dining room.  The prep area and the peninsula were relocated against the inside wall of the house. These changes redirected traffic to the outside wall of the house, away from the prep area. Now the fridge, sink, stove, dishwasher, and trash/recycling are on the same side of the room. Much easier! This switch allowed us to add 15″ deep tall pantry cabinets for storage on the outside wall, and also add another patio door out to the deck. More light! More storage! And everyone out of my way! Win-win-win!

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Removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room.

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Wall removed, new patio door installed where small kitchen window used to be. The large picture window on the right replaced the cantilevered garden window. The new window allows much better views of the yard!

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New cabinets installed. Coming soon – the (almost completely) finished product!

The Kitchen Before

Our new kitchen is the subject of my next post. Here are the before pictures to give you an idea of what we started with. The cabinets are original to the house, circa 1979. They had been painted white – I believe they were originally a dark walnut color. I forgot to take photos of the insides before my husband gleefully ripped them off the wall, but the inside shelves were all severely sagging. I was convinced that the shelves would give way in the middle of the night and send all our dishes crashing onto the floor. I may have actually prayed for this to happen so we could get a new kitchen years before we actually did, but no such luck.

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