When my Mom passed, she left her home to me and my siblings. We were fortunate enough to have the means at that time to buy off their shares and now Mom’s home is ours.
Although that was a huge blessing it was also a very big challenge. We had renters in the home for the past several years and it was a mess!! And let’s face it, my mom and I did not share the same taste in style and decor…sorry Mom!!
Due to our own circumstances, we only had a little less than a month after the tenants left out to get our new home into move in condition.
It was kind of like flipping a house in 21 days, everything had to be demo’d and replaced!
So I’m going to share with you a room each month and what we did to renovate our entire new home to our Industrial Farmhouse decor…in 3 weeks!!
First Room~~ The Kitchen
The heart of any home. And we really wanted to get it right. Purple cabinets, ugly granite and a very outdated layout faced us, and it just screamed “Tear me out!” Doug had bad knees and was restricted in how much he could lift and carry, and we were short of help. This was the demo we were dreading. Then, our son Josh came up with the brillent idea of advertising on Craigslist “FREE KITCHEN ” ~~ One catch, you had to come and remove the entire kitchen and haul away yourself.
Well it worked!!
This incredible couple answered the ad and spent 8 hrs carefully removing everything trying not to damage anything…bless their hearts. They had just purchased a house and taken out their kitchen. They were planning on purchasing cabinets when they saw our ad. They were so happy and so were we!!!!!
Now we had an empty shell to plan and design our new kitchen…
If you notice part of the wall is also removed on the right.
This was a load bearing wall so we left the structural beams in and I’m so glad we did.
Doug and I decided to take out a portion of the wall on two sides to give the kitchen a real open feeling. We had the support posts finished off with Mill Work and they look awesome.
After researching options, we ended up getting our kitchen cabinets from Ikea and It was an adventure!!
Doug and his sister and her husband spent several days putting them together. Now installing was a riot, actually at the time we weren’t laughing much. The only instructions was a video of a little Swedish couple giving the instructions. NO words, just watching them work. They were very attractive but we didn’t understand it at all! Great entertainment though.
We finally ended up looking up instructions on YouTube. Once we did that things started to really move along.
Doug then added whitewashed brick backslash and we decided to keep the brick going to my desk area. We decided to use butcher block counter tops just to get us by until we saved up for Soap Stone. But the wood was so warm and rich that we decided to keep them. I may get Soap Stone in the future but I’ve really liked my counters so far. I just keep it treated with Food Safe Mineral Oil.
We also took out the wonderful florescent light fixture and finished it out with crown molding and canned lighting. Really gave the kitchen the illusion of being larger.
Oh and I got a Farm Sink…that was a must! One thing we didn’t do that I wish we would have, was add a Vent Hood. We didn’t think we had the room but I think we could have worked that out.
The Wood floors were put in professionally but that’s it.
Then it’s just accessorizing..The island I’ve talked about before. I really use it as a prep station for cooking and baking. The grand kids use it to eat on and to do their homework.
And my desk area…It’s turned out to be a great work space for me. We found the perfect size desk and we refinished it to match the cabinets. I’m so glad we cut out this space. I can listen to TV while I’m working or just be a part when we’re entertaining. It’s really given this tiny kitchen an open feeling.
Because we took the peninsula out of the kitchen, it allowed me to get a massive dining room table. We found this Antique 9 ft table and hutch at an antique store in Temecula for under $1000 for both!! They were originally from France, a turn of the century barn table and hutch… such a find!
Looking from the Living Room you can see how open it now feels…Taking out the two small portions of wall I think really made a huge difference!
So as small as it is..I love my kitchen. Three weeks was tough and the kitchen was the hardest part of the Reno. That’s why I shared it first. Because we did all the work we saved a great amount of money. It was probably 1/3 the cost of hiring a contractor and we did a great job …I think.
So don’t be intimidated…just do your homework and one tip. Do Not follow the little Swedish people on the Ikea instructions…