What an exciting day- today is the first day of the One Room Challenge and I am participating for the first time, after years of following along. The timing couldn’t be more perfect as we are gutting and restoring this kitchen. here are the “before” and “during” shots. Sadly, most of the items couldn’t be salvaged in this house due to mold, rodent feces, water damage, and lack of upkeep. We are thrilled to get a chance to breath new life into this home, especially the kitchen as it really is the center of our home!
I wanted to open up the kitchen a little bit, but I didn’t want a completely open concept floor plan. Knocking down the wall between the kitchen and the living room would make it feel so much more spacious in here, but we like the separation of living space and cooking space a bit. I like that walls keep the kitchen mess (and smells!) separate, plus this wall makes a really cozy nook on living room side. We opted to just knock down this small section of wall between the kitchen and the dining room. It is a small amount of wall, but it made such a big difference! The line of sight from the kitchen to the living room opened up just the right amount.
We have now fully gutted the kitchen, salvaging the cabinets that were still intact to use in the garage. The appliances that still worked were donated and we are now ready to start piecing the house back together. Below are some mock-ups of the direction we are going. I’m heavily inspired by my families’s houses in Mexico and the cozy, inviting feeling they give. Marrying these colors with the gloomier Pacific Northwest lighting and mood means some finished had to be muted a bit or they would read very dark.
In the next post, I will go through the thoughts behind the design process and how this kitchen will serve our family. I can’t wait to share it all with you and follow along as other people take on rooms in their house!