Oh I am so excited to finally show you our kitchen reveal! You guys have heard me talk many times about how it took us fifteen months to renovate my grandparents’ 100 year old farm house. It was a tremendous amount of work but we did get the majority of it done and now we’ve been living here for a year in August! I know, I know, you can throw tomatoes at me, I have not yet given you guys the complete home tour. You’ve seen our Master bedroom, closet and bathroom as well as my office but, after that, I’ve been pretty much mute. I promised you last week that my kitchen reveal was imminent because we FINALLY finished the door thresholds and I asked Joe at the time, “Do you think our floors are ever going to be this clean again?” His answer was, “I doubt it.” Because what happened when we put in the door thresholds was that I was forced to clean the floors thoroughly and anyone with dark hardwood floors will tell you that they NEVER look truly clean almost no matter what you do. SO, I got out my camera, did a little staging, and tackled the big photography job for this kitchen reveal. But, first, allow us to take a trip down memory lane 🙂
This shot I took not long after I had finally concluded the majority of the electrical and plumbing throughout, this was the winter/spring of 2015. What a lot of work!! lol hard to believe it’s the same space! Look at that my Grandma’s old Cosco stool just hanging out – it was my constant companion during the renovation and I just gave it a makeover – click here to go check that out.
With the sheet rock finally finished I got everything taped off and Joe took it upon himself to prime and spray paint all of the ceilings and trim before he and I came back and rolled the walls in the paint we chose. This was a choice he and I made in an attempt to make the painting go as fast as physically possible. He primed all of the walls, ceiling and trim in one day (using a borrowed paint sprayer) and then he went back the next day and spray painted the ceilings and all of the trim in white paint. Then we taped off the trim and hand rolled the walls getting the entire house painted in just a couple of days. Then we moved on to the floors:
Here we are, the first picture I took of our floors right after we finished sanding them! I was so excited to get to this point I could barely contain myself. Remember my very first post here on the blog? How to: install an inexpensive wood floor that looks like a million dollars. That’s that very floor there in the fore ground butting up to the original hardwoods! And now the last shot before I finally show you guys the kitchen reveal! Here is my Grandma’s kitchen right before we started our renovation, my grandparents’ built this kitchen when they installed indoor plumbing in the home for the very first time in 1958. They put the bathroom behind the kitchen which we relocated to another part of the house. I can only imagine how exciting it must have been for them: a brand new kitchen AND indoor plumbing! I will be the first to admit that tearing out my grandma’s kitchen was a very hard thing to do and, looking at it now, my heart aches a bit.
Its pretty amazing how much light that back wall brought in when we took out that bathroom and pushed the kitchen all the way back!
Yup, the refrigerator is literally sitting where the tub used to be in the old bathroom! I actually tried saving that old cast iron tub for awhile but eventually gave up and let Joe take a sledge hammer to it. His glea in destroying the tub almost made it worth losing it but I still feel bad that I wasn’t able to do something with it! (We simply didn’t have enough room in our new main floor bathroom and there was no hauling that cast iron beast upstairs!)
I think this might be my favorite view 🙂 You can see the wall we took down in the before pic and replaced with a beam and you can also see the front door that remains the EXACT same door and screened door in both pictures! (Yup they need a new paint job BADLY!) And, of course like it almost always is in the summers, the door was left open so we could get a breeze through the screen 🙂 You can also see in the after picture one of my old rocking chairs and that closet I built to cover up our major eyesore!
There are so many elements here that I’ve shared along the way on the blog that completes this kitchen reveal! My kitchen sink base I made from scratch to fit that old cast iron sink that I found in a shed and fell in love with. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I showed you guys my $5 garage sale desk that became our coffee station and, of course, one of the most popular posts I have ever written, my red kitchen island I built out an old radio stand of my great grandpa’s. The red wood shed door (over there to the right of the stove) I built out of an old window screen and even wrote a tutorial on how I stenciled “wood shed” on the screen. There are some things I haven’t had a chance to tell you about though, those glass cabinet doors are not perfect if you look close, in fact they are WONKY and that’s because they’ve never been cabinet doors and they were never built to be cabinet doors and they’re really old! They’re windows! In fact, I have a picture of my cabinet doors before in their old life 🙂
When we converted the old wood shed (yup, that was actually a wood shed that we made into living space during the renovation) we took out those windows. SO I had those three pretty and very old windows stashed (along with all the others in the house that we were able to salvage) and from day one I really thought I would be able to use some of them for our kitchen. When I tackled our kitchen cabinets (yup I built almost all of them and I was not being brave lol I was terrified the whole time I was gonna screw them up!) I took my tape measure out to the garage and held my breath. I needed THREE matching windows that would fit the cupboards I had just built. Honestly, in the beginning, I wasn’t sure where they had come from I always just thought “old windows out of the house” I had no idea they were the wood shed windows until I started looking close at that very picture. (Fifteen months is a long time and most of the windows we took out in the first month of renovation and I built our kitchen literally the month we moved in so I just plain forgot!) No, they are not perfect and they will never be “straight” but, honestly, that’s what I love about them 🙂 Another one of our most popular posts here at Grandma’s House DIY was about how our oak kitchen counter tops looked like a hill billy after a bad fight. And I am so pleased to report that after I fixed our DIY oak kitchen counters they have really held up well over the passed few months! Anyway, back to the kitchen reveal!
We purchased all of our LG appliances “new” at a scratch and dent seller and we absolutely LOVE them. We got them for HALF their new cost and were able to get far nicer appliances then Joe and I ever dreamed of and never could have afforded otherwise. If you notice you can see the dings on them and the refrigerator door handles are really bent. All of it can be fixed but, at least for now, Joe and I just don’t have the extra money to spend on something cosmetic like that. My grandparents’ made our paper towel holder and I had always planned on having an open shelf above the sink for a place to hang it. The light above our sink was the yard light hanging off the pole for about thirty years before it came down and I had it replaced with a modern light. I also have an old yard light above our master bathroom sink too and I’ve got plans on writing a blog post about them someday, I love them. I also really love our magnetic knife rack and, so far anyway, we’re both happy with the back splash I chose and installed with liquid nails. I purchased it off of Amazon. It comes in 2×4 foot sheets and at only $17 per sheet, you really can’t beat it and it cuts with a pair of scissors and I like that it looks like old tin ceiling tiles 🙂 I wish I had went ahead and put it behind the stove too because it looks a little naked in the pictures but, honestly, on a day to day basis, I never even notice it. When Joe and I installed those two glass exterior doors (one on either side of the kitchen) I was given more then a few odd looks from my family members. No one doubts that choice now though, the kitchen flows right out on to our deck from two different places and the glass doors let in so much light! I’m currently working on getting screen doors on those doors as we speak and, of course, I’ll tell you guys all about it when I do get them done 🙂
I think of our kitchen as a working man’s kitchen – it doesn’t feel new nor does it feel fragile or breakable in any way. It’s tough like the 100 year old house we put it in. I know this is not everyone’s brand of kitchen – there are even some people out there who will hate this kitchen… I’ve hesitated in writing this post because I know this to be true. There is nothing that’s truly “new” feeling here, I didn’t mean for it to end up looking like an old country kitchen but I am glad that it did. I mentioned to my husband my hesitation and that man (bless his heart) took me in his arms and said, “It is beautiful, baby, I love it – you love it. That’s all that matters.” He’s right of course, there was not a single decision made here considering “resale value” this is going to be our forever home so it is truly a kitchen designed just for us. There is SO much storage! Because I built everything I was able to plan down to the smallest spoon where everything would go and just what we needed. Our pantry remains one of the coolest things in the kitchen – every time I pull it out I can’t believe how much stuff it stores. In the end, even if we had had the money to hire someone else to build this kitchen I’m actually glad that we didn’t, I’m glad we built every last thing. As beautiful as the master bedroom and other places of the house turned out it is true what the say: the kitchen is the heart of the home and I am more proud of this portion of our home then any other aspect.
Thank you all so much for coming by to see our kitchen reveal and for all of your support!