The budget kitchen renovation began in May and took about six weeks to complete. We chose to do the demo ourselves and hire a local contractor prep the space for Ikea to then come in and do the cabinet install. We purchased SEKTION bases with LAXARBY fronts. Prepping the space took several weeks. The crew sanded the swirly pattern off our ceiling, patched walls, moved plumbing and electric, added pot lights and pendant lighting; painted walls, hung wall paper and patched the hardwood floors where needed. The cabinets were installed in two days!
Whew, that’s done…..So for the new design I’m thinking “un-kitchen” and prefer it not to scream KITCHEN…..more dining room-ish, 1.) because we have eliminated the existing dining room and 2.) this is the first room one sees upon entering the front door, better to sort of ease oneself into the kitchen.
Love this vignette. I made the shelf using a marble mantle which came from a former abode, and a pair of brass candlesticks I’ve had for ages.
Not seeing a stove or refrigerator upon entering achieves the “dining room” feel. The range isn’t visible until one is standing in the kitchen. Eliminating upper cabinets also helped.
By removing the wall (where you see the fridge) we opened up the space and created a galley arrangement. Because I spend much of my time in the kitchen cooking for the fam, the new layout functions much better.
I re-purposed a piece of furniture from the former dining room and created a charging/drop station. We typically enter the house through the back entrance and this has helped greatly with organization! Each family member has been designated a drawer in which to drop mail, school papers, charge phones and other devices. It works like a charm!!
Some strategically placed hooks on back stairs have also helped with organization.
I placed the refrigerator and microwave on the opposite wall and surrounded them with cabinets which function as a pantry.
Another view……….Oh, BTW, I’m actually in the process of increasing the size of the island. Once the project was complete, I realized the island was not wide enough, sooooooooo, yesterday off to Floor and Decor I went and purchased another contractor grade piece of oak butcher block. (photos to follow when complete)
And then as we move around the room, we’re back to the front entrance. As part of the reno, this passage way was made a bit wider to make the kitchen more inviting as one enters the house.
The table and frame are family pieces and the artwork was painted by my son and I when he was a toddler.
I hope you enjoyed this post and found some inspiration. I would love to hear your comments or questions!