It’s been awhile since my last blog post. There are a few reasons for that. There was a span of like 2 weeks or so where I completely removed myself from all things social media, including this blog. It was a good refresh but I missed a lot of events so I decided to jump back on. I’m still trying to limit my time spent on social media but as for this blog, I love having a place to document bits of our life with words and photos. I struggle with this blog. There are times where I just shut it down and make it completely private and then times where I send a link to my mom with a project or house update. I love this outlet because I can add words AND photos in one central place. I tried scrapbooking and it’s not for me. I tried journaling but every time I write something, I wish I could print out a certain photo and put it into the journal. This blog is a great outlet for me to journal and add photos, two things I love doing.
So back to this post. The other reason I haven’t posted in awhile is due to the fact we are deep into our kitchen/whole house renovation. We moved into our house around Thanksgiving 2016 and haven’t touched a thing. We haven’t even painted, which is the simplest of things we could have done. Fast forward to March 1 and Andy had emergency back surgery. All plans of a kitchen renovation were going to be put on hold. Two weeks later, Lowe’s was having a kitchen cabinet sale that was too good to pass up. A couple of group texts later to my brothers, BIL and father, we decided to start our kitchen renovation and enlist the help of those willing. So before we get into all the details of where we are today with the remodel, I have to provide some before photos. Because you can’t fully appreciate a transformation without some before pictures.
This is our kitchen when we moved in. The front door is on the other side of the wall that is to the left of the dishwasher. It was just a big brown goodness. The nice thing though is that the previous homeowner updated all the appliances prior to putting the house on the market so that is going to save us some money!
There is an opening to the dining room to the right of the refrigerator. The dining room is open to the living room, which spans the length of the kitchen and dining room on the opposite side.This is the only before pictures I have of the living room. The room is very long. When we moved in, we used the dining room as the toy room and put our kitchen table in front of the fireplace. On the opposite side of the table and fireplace we have our living room with our temporary TV stand we DIY’d upon moving in.
So there’s a recap of what we had to work with. The first step to this reno project is creating a layout, which includes taking down walls. The kitchen was very built-in and surrounded by 3 walls so we called up two different contractors and a structural engineer to come and verify that all the walls could come down. More on that in the next post.
In case you missed it, here is our kitchen inspiration and how we chose cabinets.