Well this is a little behind schedule, but that seems to apply to the entire kitchen project. So let's begin, shall we?
Before we moved in, we had a chance to do a few things (mainly prime and paint).
|Look at that pretty blue paint.|
|The blues don't even match.|
|Lovely sliding doors that frequently fell out.|
|Primed - thank goodness.|
|Painted our cardboard color.|
|Stove and dishwasher - both subpar.|
|This was the week of the wedding, moving kitchen stuff in.|
|Extra boxes and our "new to us" fridge.|
|This was an exciting time. Our own kitchen!|
|Mac and Cheese our first Christmas together!|
And then for three years we dealt with the annoying kitchen and focused on the rest of the house, knowing how much of a pain it would be.
|This is the dining room pre-kitchen renovation. Please note the right wall.|
|The awkwardly small walkway from kitchen to dining room.|
|The house came with this odd wall.|
|Last winter we primed it, knowing we'd cut it down eventually.|
|Stairway to the basement.|
This has been our kitchen since we moved in in 2009.
|Trailer sized cabinets? Check.|
|Here's the other side of the weird wall.|
|And the disgusting space above the stairway.|
|Please note moveable dishwasher.|
|Here's the view from the living room into the kitchen.|
After Anya was gone last spring, Stephen started renovations.
|First up: Take down the dining room wall!|
|We loved the immediate effect of extra light.|
|Our makeshift kitchen for three months.|
|Can't say I miss the sliding doors...|
|Look at all that crap!|
|You can see the dining room window from the kitchen now :)|
|Rough, but nice.|
While working on the wall, we found the weirdest hole...after a couple weeks of studying it, we settled on the fact that it must have been the original oven complete with slide-out stove top on bottom. Retro.
|Oddly large hole.|
|Stephen started building up the wall to make it normal.|
|Dust sheets everywhere!|
|My worker bee. He's a champ.|
|This house is sturdy because of Esteban.|
Taking cabinets out was interesting (and smelly), but it opened up the wall to the bathroom so Stephen could finish up a few things. He left the sink in for as long as possible.
|So much electrical work.|
|The stove and fridge were moved to the middle of the room.|
|How jealous are you of this mess?|
|The evil portable dishwasher.|
To be continued...