Before we decided to demolish our kitchen, we talked with multiple professionals about the possibilities of a large scale project (knocking down walls, soffits, redoing electrical, plumbing, etc).
While I appreciate the help of every single one of them, it’s so hard to get a feel for how something will look until you actually have all the walls down. So, I needed some inspiration.
Our inspiration for this project came from two main people: Jon Peters and Linn from the Darbin Orvar channel. They both post weekly videos on YouTube about home projects, woodworking, creating, and more. Check out their channels, you won’t be disappointed!
I then started with rough sketches of what I wanted.
You know how when you start a project thinking it’s going to be simple, then it turns out to be the most complicated thing ever? I didn’t want that to happen. I can only handle a mess for so long. With us and the two pups living here while the renovation is going on, I didn’t want to create a bigger mess than we had to.
So, we went with plan B. Use the space we have and create something magical.
Did someone say magical? I have so many ideas, I feel like I should be the Fairy Godmother of DIY projects. While this may seem like an awesome thing, it sometimes is frustrating or overwhelming.
Why? Well, once I think I have the best idea ever we start creating it. As things start happening, more ideas start coming to me. This can be a good thing, but sometimes it is not. It can lead to taking something down or apart and redoing it, and/or extra steps in the process.
Alas, I have already done this with our kitchen project. People always say, it must look worse before it can look better – boy do I hope that is true.
Truthfully though, if I didn’t have more ideas on how to make it better along the way, i’d be worried. There are SO many possibilities and sometimes you can’t see them until you start tearing stuff apart.
On the wall to the right of this photo we had cabinets, a microwave and tile.
And now we don’t. We have a mess.
We started by taking down all of the cabinets above the oven. I was SO in love, that I wanted to take down more. At this point, I am sure Bryn was having a mild panic attack. Take down more cabinets?
Yep. Say goodbye to this one. This was attached to everything possible, and probably took us a good 20 minutes to remove.
And also the small cabinet above the fridge. Goodbye, my friend.
Since the tile removal made a complete mess, we had to remove the entire section of the wall. This was fun, to say the least.
It’s SO much more open and I love it. I have endless ideas for this space and I can’t wait to see how it ends up. Stay tuned.
As far as the other walls go, the shiplap installation is moving right along. And I still love it.
How much longer until we have a beautiful kitchen again? I’m not sure. Our goal is to finish it by Christmas. We still have a long way to go!
Stay tuned for more updates.