It’s a slow progress, but we are definitely in the “putting it all backtogether” phase of our complete kitchen renovation.
Since Nate and I both work 40 hours a week, with him commuting an additional 20 hours a week, we don’t put in many work hours on the house during the week. To be honest, we love working on the house, but we love our family time with Charlie much, much more. Plus, we are trying to stay sane during this process. Luckily for us, we have very supportive families and the best friends in the world that have all been helping out. We definitely wouldn’t be as far along as we are without them.
My dad and I are building the cabinets. Custom cabinets were out of the budget, stock ones we could only get in oak and that just wouldn't work for the look. So building them was the only decision. It's been a challenge, but I love it! They will have inset shaker panel style doors. I wanted the cabinets to look like we had used just the base of an old stepback cupboard and repurposed it to fit our gas cooktop, so I designed them so that there will only be doors, no drawers. To keep the look cohesive all of the cabinets will have the same “only doors” look. I have plans to use old wood tool boxes or milk bottle racks for holding utensils, etc. on the shelves inside the cabinets or in our island’s many cubbies.
The electrical work was all finished up last night. I got to play with the double wall ovens - I didn't even bake in them, but just getting to hear the beeps and feel the heat has me dreaming of Thanksgiving dinners and cookie baking marathons.
We still have quite a bit left to do, but we are getting there. Here are some pictures of where we are at now and descriptions of the pictures.
The view of the kitchen from the main entry off of the greenhouse. The cooktop will go in the cabinets along the knee wall, looking into the dining room. (That is the wall we took out the day we closed on the house.) I had to do a mock up of the island with a couple folding chairs.
This is the view from the back porch door entry. The goal is for the fridge and the wall ovens to look more built in. We are still working on those cabinets and all of the doors. The beadboard ceiling that is visible is original to the house, this part of the kitchen used to be an old porch. We plan on keeping it and just painting it. We will be adding a wood plank ceiling in the higher portion of the kitchen as well.
The view of the kitchen from the dining room. See the giant beam we put in with my Uncle's help. It fit perfectly on the first try. This side will all be drywalled, except for the far right part - my dad is making us a built in shelf that will be very shallow, only about 4 inches deep. There is another built in shelf like this in what will be our office.
My farmsink!!! All I can say is, I think this deserves a post of it's own, so that will be coming.
Another view of The Sink.