If you follow me on Instagram then you may have seen the pictures I posted two weekends ago with the beginning of our kitchen renovation.
We decided to just start. We didn't even have a new stove yet (which is where we knew we wanted to start), but I knew I wanted that piece of wood above the sink to be gone. We removed all the stuff from over the cabinets. I guess a few years ago that was a good look for us, but not anymore. We want to clean it up and simplify things, so down they came.
Here are a few before pics to show you what we started with.
Hubby removed the crown mould (which we will reuse later) and then he removed that apron piece over the sink. Behind the apron was a florescent light fixture which had to come down too. A few years ago he installed rope lights up top and some under-cabinet lights below and connected them all to the same switch. We wanted to remove the rope lights so he had to re-wire the under cabinet lights and re-route the wires behind the now-visible drywall above the window. So, we have some patchy spots that need paint.. but when you're doing a long-term renovation, you have to live with imperfections - and I'm so okay with that.
I really wanted to hang my little chandelier that I had in my house in Lilburn - it had been in a box for 5 years! So he wired and cut a hole for the light to hang from the ceiling - we may have to lower it.. we're just not sure we like it up that high.. thoughts? I know, it's very hard to see in the pic below, but there's another picture further in this post...
The next weekend we went to just "look" at stoves. We really just wanted to get an idea of what was out there. The first place we went was the Sears Outlet, or what folks around here call it - the "scratch and dent" store. At first we didn't see anything close to what we wanted - a 36" stainless gas & electric. But when we told one of the very helpful sales associates what we were looking for she walked us right to it.
It was love at first sight. After hearing about all the discounts we signed on the dotted line and brought her home !!! We are so in love! I never really thought I would be in love with a stove - but I cannot wait to get her installed! Right now she is living in the pink dining room.
So now the fun stuff starts. This is where the BIG changes start happening. We want to remove the old cook top, oven, and microwave. We want to reuse the cabinets and reconfigure the wall where those things live now.. I have pinning kitchen/stainless stoves/range hoods like crazy on Pinterest for inspiration. (you can see the chandelier better in the pic below too)
Once we get all of that out then Hubby will move the gas line and install and big outlet for the new stove. We have a big wish list in this kitchen:
Move gas line/electrical
Install new stove
Reuse cabinets to build new island
New sink (apron front?) & faucet
Install new subway tile backsplash
New counter tops
New hardwood floors throughout kitchen/family room
Whew! That's a lot of work to be done! Thanks for coming along for the ride - stay tuned! (See Part Two here)