The kitchen will never be a fancy-schmancy gourmet kitchen; however, we can do what we can with our small budget and Paul's amazing skills as a carpenter and handyman to make it nice. The trick here is that it must be done in stages to accommodate the budget and our time. Plus the inconvenience of having the kitchen torn up all at once. That would be great in a way (git-r-done!), but then you are without any portion of your kitchen for weeks. So, below, I will describe our phases of getting this done.
When we first moved in, we made some inexpensive changes just to make the kitchen semi-functional, such as removing the absurd "island" (which was simply some homemade knotty pine wall cabinets set on the floor with a piece of plywood on top - yuck!), and getting some decent base cabinets for the south wall. We dealt with part of the knotty pine in late 2012, when we did a partial remodel of the kitchen (see here). I realized I never posted the photo of the "dolling up" that Paul did when he adjusted the level of the middle upper cabinet to make it more reachable. Here are some photos of that:
Paul moved the center cabinet down, then added trim to fill in the gap above, and then below for symmetry.
Here is a full shot, showing the old metallic base cabinet and the dread-dishwasher-that-died below.
So, here are the phases (a √ indicates completion):
- Make it livable (completed in 1988): remove "island", place south wall base cabinets and cheap countertop) √
- 2012: North wall gutting, insulating, windows, wallboard, and upper cabinets, west wall uppers √
- Knotty pine removal, wallboard, and electrical for east and south walls, keep existing base cabinets and cheap countertop
- New base cabinets for north and west walls (including a blind corner cabinet with pull-out hardware for easy access), new sink (buh-bye old metallic monstrosity), built-in 18" dishwasher, adjustment of stove on north wall to accommodate new bases, new countertop
- New upper cabinets and countertop for east and south walls
- Knotty pine removal and electrical for last portion of south wall (no cabinets here)
I will keep you apprised of our progress. I am so excited to move on to another (two!) phases. Although not complete, the new placement of cabinets and stove will supply more storage and counter space, making meal prep so much more enjoyable. Plus the aesthetic of prettiness, so long lacking from our kitchen. I feel blessed!