Thoughts for Thursday: Kitchen Renovation Update

Hi everyone I'm back!  I never meant to be gone so long but it really was nice to step away for awhile and take a break.   Life has been moving a break neck speed these days and truly can't believe it's October! Matthew will be two in only one month, we start our first floor renovation on November 1st, and Christmas is a little over 11 weeks away (insert a whole bunch of emojis here).

After months of back and forth with the builder, kitchen designer, and interior designer I finally have renovation updates to share!  If you're new here we are currently working with a design build firm for a first floor renovation which involves a complete kitchen gut and overhaul,  making our sun room (3 season room) an official part of the house that can be used all year, new flooring throughout the whole first floor, stairs, and upstairs hallway.  New doors, baseboards, trim, moulding, wainscoting throughout first floor.

Our current kitchen details can be found in this post here.   Our plan is to rip out the wall between the kitchen and dining room to create a more open concept feel to the house.  Then we're going to rip down the wall where the coats are below and turn that into cabinets.  Behind that is my current laundry room which will be moved the basement and that will be turned into a mudroom.  

This wall of cabinets will become our pantry and mini bar area with our wine fridge and coffee station.

This wall next to the kitchen entrance has these very narrow thin cabinets that pretty much serve no purpose and we can't keep them if we want seating at the island so we're ripping these out and replacing with decorative wainscoting.

Here is our finalized kitchen layout. These are not the best pictures as I had to take them with my phone at the designers office but you get the idea!

 The sink is staying in it's current location below the window and the cabinets and appliances will flank it on each side extending from the bay window in our eat in kitchen to the bay window in our dining room.  We will have a 42in refrigerator on the far left and wall ovens on the far right.  Each upper cabinet will be a 36in cabinet and on the lower to the left will be our dishwasher and to the right will be the pull out trash and recycling.   We are going to panel the refrigerator and dishwasher since they will be on our main focal wall.  

The island will be 10 feet long and will hold our cooktop.  We decided to go with a 36in induction cooktop. We have still not made the final decision on the island side where the stools will go but we don't think it will be corbels we think we'll do more of a solid base like this.

The drawing below is the other side of the kitchen and where our current coat rack is and door to the laundry room.
The door to the laundry room is getting moved to the other side of the wall and the wall is getting torn down for our pantry and bar area cabinets.   We plan to put our wine fridge here and use glass cabinets on the top for wine glasses and coffee mugs.

As I mentioned we are ripping out the thin cabinets and putting decorative wainscoting up.  We will have two furniture like pantries on that wall that will flank either side of the island to make a more cohesive kitchen look. It can be hard to explain on paper but the examples shown at our designers office make a lot of sense.  

We are going with white shaker style cabinets on our main cabinets and still deciding what color island we want.  We just can't decide between navy or gray. I want navy but Kyle thinks it's too trendy and is leaning toward a gray.

Next week I will be back with appliance, hardware, and flooring updates!

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  1. OMG, gal!!! Look how gorgeous that design looks. I'm getting so darn excited for you guys!! You're kitchen is going to be HUGE!! with lots of storage space which will be so nice. Can't wait to see the final product!

  2. So stinking exciting! So fun to grab a house with so much potential. Can't wait to see the finished product!

  3. So exciting! looks like it is going to be gorgeous!

    xx, Elise

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  5. Wow! It looks like it will be an amazing transformation.

  6. Wow this is a huge change! So exciting!! I can't wait to see how this comes out!!

  7. How exciting!!! When we bought our current house I was looking for a bright white kitchen like you're planning - I got white cabinets and black granite, so I'm halfway there, lol

  8. Love the specs on the new kitchen!

  9. Ooohhh the drawings look awesome!! I can't wait to see the finished product :)

  10. It's going to be amazing!!! Can't wait to follow along on this as we are just starting to talk about completely redoing our kitchen, too!

  11. This remodel will be amazing can't wait to see the result.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  12. I love it! It will be so beautiful when it is all finished! It must be so exciting to pick all the finishes!

  13. Your kitchen is going to look amazing! We are remodeling ours in the next few years nd it's overwhelming but this gives me inspiration!

  14. I cannot wait to see it all!! So exciting! It's going to be gorgeous!!

  15. It is going to look so amazing! I am so excited for you guys!!!

  16. I am so excited to follow along with your progress on this kitchen! I am the type of person who can look at different home layouts on Pinterest, etc. and decide what I want, but it's much harder for me to figure out how I would renovate a space like you've outlined above. Your new plans look amazing - can't wait to see more!

  17. The design looks AMAZING!! Can't wait to read about all the progress. Not that my opinion matters but like the grey for the island.



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