We bought our Craftsman home in 2010, she was 102 years old then.
There were two rooms that needed renovation started on before we moved in, one was the (not so) master bathroom and the other was the kitchen.
This kitchen gave new definition to the term- old school. Check out those tiny cabinets!
We lived for nearly 4 months on a construction site (in our home) to get these two rooms livable. Plastic draped over everything with construction materials and dust everywhere.
The kitchen was small. These old homes have awesome living and dining rooms but the private areas are often tiny compared to modern counterparts.
We were fortunate that there was a small butlers pantry between the kitchen and the dining room, so down came the wall dividing the two and our little kitchen gained five more feet in width.
When it came time to choose cabinetry and countertops, I confess it was a rush job. I was sick to death of the mess and wanted to move things along as quickly as possible. So I made big decisions literally in minutes. Bad idea.
I had lived in a house for nearly 17 years with white cabinets and I thought I wanted the opposite. Good grief was I wrong. White cabinets might show smudges and spaghetti sauce over time but dark cabinets show every spec of dirt and have to be dusted every few days. Major pain in the butt.
Between then and now we renovated three other turn of the century homes and a few ‘newer’ properties. So needless to say, our home renovation got pushed aside.
Fast forward to 2018. I decided that this was the year I was going to finish the renovation on my kitchen, even if it took all year. And I was going to paint those dark cabinets once and for all.
It’s a pretty lofty goal, I admit, it’s going to be a ton of work. But if we never start, we can never be finished. Amiright? So, dangit, we startin’! Lol
I will update the blog regularly with all baby step changes we make throughout the year.
Wish us luck! :-)
What projects are you determined to finish this year? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.