At one point I planned to completely rip everything out and put in all new cabinets and floors. I even went as far as mapping out the cupboards I would need on the Ikea Kitchen Planner and purchasing them as I found them in the as-is section (these eventually got used in my laundry room). We knew it was going to be a big job. Also (this might make me seem like a hoarder) it was a way for me to be able to use the apron-front farm sink and antique gas stove that I have stored in the garage that I love so much. But you really only notice how terrible the kitchen is once you're actually using it to cook so if we needed to sell without renovating it, it wasn't going to be a big deal. And now that we've decided to finish up the pending house renovations as quickly and inexpensively as possible, we're going to try to make the best of the original cupboards and layout.
Anyway, I know you're just here for the pictures...
|This is the same are as the picture above, but from standing in the kitchen. That cabinet was originally in the laundry room and holds things that I still need to either get rid of, display or find a home for. It wont be staying there.|
|Basically the same view - to show the whole trap door, how terribly orange the floor is and how badly I need a pantry.|
|Still in that same little area - the "broom closet" soon to be "pantry" and the only closet in the entire house, obviously very well organized... You can see into the laundry room to the left, and trap door on the right.|
|And coming around the corner, that window faces west. (I've removed the switch covers in preparation for painting.) The pipe behind Ella is from the hot water heater in the cellar below, nothing can be done about it.|
|The bottom half of the walls is paneling that is supposed to look like tile, it has been painted white but it's filthy and is scratching off to reveal all it's 1970's beige and yellow glory.|
|Here's a better look at most of the south wall.|
|Looking east now, that's the plant shelf I put in when doing the laundry room last week.|
|And to come full circle - the square wall to the left of the fridge with my to-do list is the "broom closet".|
|A close-up of the counters. They have "gold" specks in them straight from the 50's... Unfortunately they've accumulated burns and stains since then too. This is as clean as it gets, it's supposed to be white.|
And now that I think about it, I only have 9 days to have this kitchen project done for Easter. To make it even better, I have plans for parts of 5 of those days. What am I thinking?!