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.
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!
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!
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.
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,