Kitchen : Before and Middle

As I mentioned in my first post about the house we began remodeling pretty much as soon as we signed the paperwork and got the keys. I thought it would be fun to share some progress photos, and the prefect room to start in is the kitchen because it's had the most changes so far.
Before we began demolition, the front door opened into a small hallway and a pocket door going into the kitchen. The wall continued around the corner with another pocket door, both of which really chopped up the space. I don't know about you guys, but pocket doors always seem to be such a pain in the butt. I'm not sure why anyone would want even one, much less two! But I guess when our place was built in the 60's they were all the rage (or something like that haha). Aside from that, it completely closed off the kitchen making it feel so much smaller and the entry way so dark and uninviting. With that in mind, the wall and doors were the first things to go. 
My dad has been helping us some which is great because there are certain things my little chicken arms can't do like holding wooden beams above my head for extended periods of time. However, I would like to point out that I am able to help a little more since going to the gym and working on my arm fitness. 
I'm so in love with how it looks so far, and I can only imagine how much better it will look once we close the ceiling back up haha. Of course, I've been spending countless hours pinning kitchens onto Pinterest boards. There are so many amazing kitchens out there, hopefully I will be able to transform our little kitchen into something as adorable as some of my favorite finds below.
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You can't tell me those kitchens aren't some of the most beautiful kitchens you have ever seen. Ugh, I'm seriously drooling over these. I know we can make ours just as cute, it just might be a little while before we get there.

x's and o's


  1. Renovations are always so exciting! Looks like you are off to a good start and that's awesome your dad is helping out too.

    Also -I really like those open shelves in your inspiration pictures!

  2. I looooove floating shelves in lieu of closed cabinets. Although I think I'd need to keep at least one cabinet for all of my mismatched plastic tupperware ;)

  3. They really are fun. There is nothing like taking a hammer to a wall haha.

    Those open shelves are my dream! I absolutely love them!

  4. Floating shelves are seriously the best! But I am right there with you on needing at least one cabinet to hide all of my mismatched stuff haha!

  5. That first photo!! That's like my dream kitchen- I love the exposed shelves and all that white. I feel like you can breathe easy there, and not feel too cluttered or bogged down. Good luck with the renovating, that's so exciting :D

    xo marlen
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  6. Those are great. I can tell you like open shelving ;) I think its great it makes you have to maintain organization a haha which can be good and bad. I really like the white cabinets in all those pinterest photos.

  7. wow, good on you!! Look forward to seeing the end result :)

  8. Oh wow looks so much more open now! It definitely has great potential to turn into a cute kitchen :D

  9. How fun to see the progress- I'm sure you guys will have an amazing space, even better than the ones on Pinterest. I really love that white oven! I'm impressed that you are getting right to work, we haven't done most of the things we planned on 6 years ago :)

  10. Love the white cabinets + wood countertops combo! We don't currently have open shelves in our kitchen and although it is useful to hide the not so pretty stuff I really wish we had at least one part of the kitchen with them so I could get creative decorating (and to have an excuse to buy pretty utensils) :)

  11. I'm jumping on this train a little late... but holy cow, yes!
    My husband and I are hoping to buy a house and slowly transform it into our perfection too. So, totally, officially following along.

    AND YES. You have stellar design taste. I love the white, wood counter tops and open shelves. Can't wait to see what you do with the place!


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