The Countdown has Begun

Tomorrow morning we demo the kitchen. WOOT!

A few updates to the space have been made over the past 3 years. At closing, the floors were covered with a light wood-like laminate, there was no dishwasher, and the upper counter had a bar overhang.

Here’s the very (VERY!) beginning “Before’s



dining room

The laminate was ripped up and the floors were refinished before we even moved in. A dishwasher was purchased ASAP. It’s a Bosch and I still love it. The 30 minute quick wash comes in particularly handy for parties & holidays.

We have a dishwasher!!!

The island never made sense to me.


The bar height top was cut out so only the overhang was bar height. At counter height, a cracked piece of green marble was held up by some 2×4’s. There was no storage whatsoever and – oh yeah! – the marble was broken!

Within the first few weeks of owning the property, we added some rolling storage bins so there would be at least some under the counter storage.

kitchen storage

The overhang & bins stayed like that for about a year, until late one evening in July 2010, I couldn’t take that stupid counter with the stupid overhang (which I kept running into because it intruded on the dining room table) anymore. So I took it off.

kitchen island before

island sans bar

I found a large piece of butcher block on craigslist and cut it to fit the entire top of the island with no overhang.


The piece was large enough to add a second shelf and still have room for the rolling bins.


And this is how it’s looked for the last 2 years. In that time, I’ve learned a few things.

  1. The general layout works. Sometimes you have to really live in a space before moving things around. It gives you time to discover how you use the space and how it could work better for you.
  2. The bar height island is too high for me. At a generous 5’3″, I feel like I’m chopping at boob height when I try to work over there. It hides the kitchen mess when you’re sitting at the table but practicality would indicate it really should be lower.
  3. 4 upper cabinets are not nearly enough. Duh. I didn’t need to live with it to tell you that but it will make me appreciate the new storage the new cabinets will bring.
  4. The “Nook” (below) could be utilized much better. Right now it’s kind of a waste of space and catch all for papers I should file but haven’t.


Last night was spent cleaning things out in preparation of DEMO DAY. (rharrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!)



A makeshift kitchen has been set up right inside the living room, so hopefully I won’t starve.


And why yessssss, that is my new fridge (still wrapped in it’s protective blue plastic).

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7 Responses to The Countdown has Begun

  1. katie says:

    exciting!!! good luck!!

    i have a feeling that your before/after is going to kind of dramatic 🙂

    love the new fridge!

  2. I’m looking forward to seeing the new kitchen, and a less pain inducing color scheme.

  3. KMLiving says:

    Will be wonderful to have this ugly kitchen exist only in pictures…. looking forward to seeing what the demo reveals and hoping it’s nothing MAJOR!

  4. mea3126 says:

    I’m excited to see what wall color you go with! Will you match the living room to have it flow or another neutral to separate the space?

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