OUR FIXER UPPER | KITCHEN RENOVATION

Our fixer upper kitchen renovation

Thank you guys so much for all of the encouraging words you’ve shared regarding our living room update. Seeing all of the before and after pictures made everything very surreal for Alex and I. We still can’t believe that we bought our first home, and are raising three little ones in it!!

We have been working our way through multiple renovation projects, and last month, we tackled the kitchen.

So here is Our fixer upper kitchen renovation

 The existing kitchen was not my kitchen of choice.  However, it was fully functional so we opted to live in it for a few months before we made any changes.

Our fixer upper kitchen renovation

before:

 

during:

Cabinets: We kept the original hardwood cabinets. They were intact and replacing them would have put us over our budget. Instead, we opted for removing a few of the cabinets and repurposed a nearby closet as pantry/storage.  We removed the cabinets that were above the stove, sanded, updated and painted the remaining cabinet doors. I initially wanted dark cabinets like the ones here, but convincing Alex to go that dark was not possible. We compromised for this charcoal color on all the bottom cabinets, white for the uppers and chose dark knobs for the doors.

Appliances: we kept the refrigerator, sink and stovetop. Initially, we wanted to rearrange the kitchen layout but rearranging the water and electric would have been too much work.  Oven- The original 1960’s hipster oven was a hazard! The first time I turned it on, it burned my shoulder. So, with kids around, we knew it had to go.  We visited the As-Is section at Ikea, and found this oven for half the price!!! Alex and my dad had to rearrange the existing space to fit the new, bigger and non-hazardous oven and now it sits proudly by our kitchen entrance. Dishwasher- We removed both the nonworking 1970s dishwasher and garbage compactor and left both spaces open.  Currently, we have a stool for Grace where the dishwasher once lived and use it for when she wants to “help cook.” We’re hoping to install a butcher block/ cart that can function as extra storage similar to this one. Extractor- The kitchen sits right in the center of the house with no exterior windows, making it very difficult to get rid of smells.  We removed the revolving extractor that sat above the stovetop and purchase the smallest hood extractor we could find. We ran into some wiring complications, but my handy hubby was able to maneuver his way around it. We also had to hire someone to help us open up the roof portion of the extractor.

Floors: Our lovely kitchen had brown/tan linoleum tiles that we wanted to replace. Originally, we were trying to save the Terrazzo floor’s that were under the tiles, but after removing the linoleum, we realized the Terrazzo was stained pretty badly. Alex rented a machine and spent a chunk of time trying to restore the floors with no success. It was a lost cause that resulted in Carrera tiles! We opted for arranging the tiles in a diagonal pattern and really love the way they turned out.

Lighting: The kitchen had a drop-down ceiling with four fluorescent lights. Initially, we wanted to completely raise the ceiling along with the cabinets, but once again the budget did not permit. We opted for removing the fluorescent lights and adding track lighting. We left the space open to add height to the kitchen. Alex added spotlight to the little space that connects the dining hall with the back of the family room and we’re hoping to add lighting above the sink.
Backsplash/ countertops:  the countertops (which also doubled as the backsplash) were put in by the previous owner and although they are made up of a really good material and are supposed to be one of the most durable tops, we weren’t thrilled about their color. Changing the countertops was not an option for us, so we left them. We removed the backsplash that was originally there and added subway tile to the entire west wall.

after:

 

Our fixer upper kitchen renovation

Our fixer upper kitchen renovation

Our fixer upper kitchen renovation

Our fixer upper kitchen renovation

Our fixer upper kitchen renovation

Our fixer upper kitchen renovation

Our fixer upper kitchen renovation

Our fixer upper kitchen renovation

Our fixer upper kitchen renovation Our fixer upper kitchen renovation

Our fixer upper kitchen renovation

This is my favorite little nook in our kitchen. It highlights the backsplash, our daily use olive oil and balsamic vinegar and our little salt cup (that used to be a candle)

Our fixer upper kitchen renovation

Our fixer upper kitchen renovation

Where our floors meet… and the cutest little red toenails!

Our fixer upper kitchen renovation

Our fixer upper kitchen renovation

And… that’s a wrap my friends.  Thank you for visiting our home.

This is still a work in progress and we’d love to hear your ideas as to how we can continue to spruce this room up.  Also, have you renovated a room in your home? I’d love to see it! Tag us on Instagram or Facebook!