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Our Kitchen Makeover Update!

Oh hey you! I hope you are having a lovely October! Last I left you, I was diving into the One Room Challenge with a plan to rid my kitchen of it’s long despised baloney countertops and give this space a budget refresh, and while the those plans are still intact, the project has taken a dramatic turn!

You may recall the wild card of that whole One Room Challenge was the flooring situation on our entire first floor: really badly worn out hardwoods in our living room, dining room and family room, sad 80s tile in our foyer and 2 layers of vinyl flooring and subfloors in our kitchen.Hardwood flooring before refinishing.

The long and short of it all is that once we got some quotes on having our floors all redone, it seemed kind of silly to invest in beautiful new floors and keep our falling-apart kitchen. If we replaced the cabinets in a year or two, we’d have to contend with potentially having to patch our brand new floors, and pretty much everyone we talked to, family, friends and contractors, advised us to just suck it up and do the whole thing at once.

So the new plan, at verrrrry long last: we’re going all in with a kitchen remodel! I know. We’re nuts. Read on.

How we’re going to try and swing this with our two-kids-in-college budget….

We’re keeping the same layout.  Instead of blowing out the entire wall between our kitchen and dining room as we had originally planned and adding a ton more cabinetry, we’ll be keeping the kitchen footprint pretty much the same, except for enlarging the doorway on the back wall. We won’t get the huge island of our dreams, but we will be adding a counter overhang for seating, something we have really missed having with this house.

We’re keeping the same appliance locations. This saves a boatload on plumbing and electrical costs associated with moving appliances in a kitchen layout. We will be flipping the position of the fridge with the cabinet next to it so the fridge doesn’t open into the doorway and cause a dinner time traffic jam anymore (as it has done EVERY NIGHT FOR EIGHT YEARS!) but that’s a pretty easy move. The microwave location will also move to make way for a vent and pretty hood over the range!

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We’re demoing and DIYing whatever we can. Mark is going to help me rip out the cabinets and countertops, and we’ll get some help ripping out the offending floors and installing new subfloors. Then the big one – we’re going to install the prefinished hardwoods ourselves. This one project is going to have such a huge impact on our entire house, I can’t wait to get going with it! Now to decide on a color……so many options!

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What we’ll be hiring out…..

Ripping out the 2 layers of vinyl flooring and 80s tile. The building and installation of the cabinets, some finish carpentry, the countertop install, appliance installs, electrical work and plumbing.

The timeframe…..

Well, clearly I’m a One Room Challenge dropout this round!!! Call me crazy but we’re looking to bang this kitchen reno out before Christmas, which does not leave a lot of time. Like at all. HA!

I’ll be sharing how we’re expediting the process, all the decisions that are going into the renovation, and our weekly progress as if I was doing the ORC, because otherwise it will be 2022 and I’ll still be dragging this project out!

 


 

We’ve had quite a month in our family – between Mark and I we lost four beloved family members: Mark’s great uncle, 5 days shy of his 100th birthday and still cracking jokes (the inspiration for this table!); two of my uncles, both who had a profound impact on the lives on my brothers and I after our dad died when we were little; and our brother in law, who fought a hard battle with lymphoma this last year and who leaves behind a young family. It’s hard to even find the words to write about it all, and as much as I try to leave sorrows at the door when I come here – knowing that for many of you, reading blogs is a welcome diversion from harder things as well – I wanted to fill you in on my long absence.

I love this little place to daydream and learn and share and create. I’m glad you’re here and can’t wait to mull over with you the progression of this kitchen, and other fun pursuits as we head into the holiday season!

Wishing you LOVE and PEACE today, 

OUR DIY-TO-DREAMY KITCHEN | One Room Challenge Week One
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Jessica

Monday 5th of November 2018

I just saw the last bit of your post. I’m so very sorry that you have lost such dear people to you. Sending all my love.

Lisa

Tuesday 6th of November 2018

Jessica you are so sweet, thank you so much. I've missed you!!! Hope you're coming back to your blog! I am trying to get back to mine on a regular basis but it's been one thing after another. I've been thinking of you!

Jessica

Monday 5th of November 2018

Lisa I am so happy for you!!!! I know you will make it amazing and I am going to love following along.

Lisa

Tuesday 6th of November 2018

Thank you my friend! It's a wonderful distraction and I'm loving the process!

Trish

Monday 5th of November 2018

I am so sorry for your family losses. Prayers for peace set in your heart.

Lisa

Tuesday 6th of November 2018

Thank you for your kind words Trish! I appreciate that so much!

Tara @ Lehman lane

Friday 2nd of November 2018

Best of luck with your kitchen remodel Lisa! It is going to look amazing and you can totally do it on a budget!!! Also, I am so sorry for your loss of close family members. I lost a dear friend of 15 years to cancer this fall and had to step away from blogging for a short time as well. There are really no words but just wanted to say I am sorry. -Tara

Lisa

Tuesday 6th of November 2018

Oh Tara - I am sorry for your loss as well! It's hard to come back to writing about all things house and home when our hearts are banged up, isn't it? Sending lots of love to you.

Shelley | Crazy Wonderful

Thursday 1st of November 2018

Lisa, I am so sorry to hear of your losses, what a difficult month. One is hard enough, but four?! Keeping your entire family in my prayers. How exciting about the kitchen!! It’s going to be amazing!

Lisa

Tuesday 6th of November 2018

Thank you so much Shelley! The kitchen is definitely a fun diversion, so many little details to attend to! I don't know how you built a whole house from scratch!