Kitchen Tour, Anyone?

The floor’s not swept and there is a lone box of cooking magazines in the corner. You’ll also see my perpetual desk mess in one or two of the following photos, but let’s look past that, shall we? My kitchen is finished and functional!

First, let’s not forget from where we came. Just four months ago, this was the view from my front door. The bookcase on the right (with the missing drop door, ripped off by my children to expose one of my stash piles) is where my new stairway is. The wall with the antique sideboard straight ahead is now gone. The little curved doorway to the kitchen has been busted open.

front door

Now? This is what you see when you walk in my front door.

front door after

Well, the floor usually has randomness strung all over, but still. Yipee!!!

I can’t find a good photo of the opposite direction before, so this will have to do. The wall on the left where my oven is in this before photo is the busted out wall. My oven and sink switched places.

kitchen before

Now? Room with a view! I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to actually see my children wreaking havoc instead of just hearing something from my closed off kitchen and wondering what in the world is going on!

Also? That bar. I nearly cry when they belly up to the bar for a snack or breakfast, and it’s not even tears of frustration from the arguments of who gets to sit at the bar. It’s just so much fun!

looking out

I don’t have a photo, but my lone kitchen window is on the left in the above picture. Right above the box of cooking magazines that I need to part with. Someday we’ll find the perfect little side table with a few drawers, and that’s where we’ll stash all of the cords to all of the phones and things. Someday.

stoveAfter. Ahhhhh. The stove and microwave (new to us, purchased on Craigslist, not white like advertised, long story) are located where the sink used to be. About 2 feet to the right of the stove, just big enough for the dishwasher, is where my old counter ended. True story. Everything to the right of that was dead space, or “Make Do” space. It was hideous, but I’m truly so very thankful for our 7 1/2 years of Making Do.

Joy in all things, right? In times of plenty, and in times of want!

The back wall. If you’re new here, or if you simply want to remember the absurdity of it all, click to see why It Just Didn’t Work. (And please excuse the blurry “ohmygosh, they’re going to tear this apart tomorrow and I don’t have a photo!” photo.)

back wall

The back wall now. My pantry (I have a pantry!!!) is where the old basement stairs were, behind the wall with the black hole to nowhere. Pure craziness.

back wall after

My friend Laura was quite concerned the day I first emailed her a photo of the cabinets on the back wall. “But, where will you put the fridge?! There’s no box for it!”  Ha! We managed. 😉

Those with a keen eye will notice that my fridge is now much too small for that space. I know! It was the only size we could have in the old kitchen because of that ridiculous box. The rest of the appliances will remain mismatched (black dishwasher, “bisque” Craigslist stove and microwave) until we get our feet under us and feel like spending money again, but I did splurge and take advantage of a 1/2 off sale at Sears to get a new, bigger white refrigerator. It should arrive on Monday.

And that’s the kitchen! Nothing fancy (no granite, no hardwood floors) but Oh, so functional. We love it!

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  1. Michelle K says:

    Love it!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  2. Oh joy!!! Thanks for taking us on a tour! What bliss to be able to enjoy your new space now. 🙂

  3. LOVE!!!!!! So happy for you, friend!

  4. Carolyn Hunter says:

    I’ve heard first hand how Great the new kitchen looks!

  5. That’s beautiful! What will you do with all the counter space now? 🙂

    • I don’t know!!! Ha! I know what I will not do. I will NOT clutter it up. I will NOT clutter it up. I will NOT clutter it up… 😉

  6. Very nice! Enjoy!

  7. Hi Amy! Such a pretty, new kitchen! I love the back-splash! Looks like you have a lot of space now! So happy for ya’ll! Blessings from Bama!

  8. Nicole Z. says:

    Your kitchen looks amazing! Enjoy!

  9. Sylvia den Hollander says:

    I’m sure you’ll enjoy the extra space and openness. I love that you saved for all the changes rather than going in to debt for them. The kitchen is lovely and I’m sure you will use it well.

    • I’m preparing a post on that topic, because I don’t want people to get the wrong idea. Long story short, the money IS in our savings, but we only paid about 1/2 of it in cash. We were advised to leave the other 1/2 in savings/mutual funds so that 1) we’d have a cushion if we needed it (ie. don’t wipe out the savings completely) and 2) it is interest bearing and may be making more than a loan is costing. So anyway, we did take a loan for part of it, but if we needed to we could pull the money out of our account to pay the loan tomorrow. Clear as mud? Ha! I’ll write more later.

  10. Congratulations! I’m so glad that all the years of make do have finally paid off for you guys! We are about to embark on our own make do period to achieve our own goal (living in a bus with three kids to save to build a house) and it’s so encouraging to see success stories like this!

  11. Thanks for sharing your newly updated kitchen. I am in LOVE with your tile backsplash! Do you mind if I ask what kind of tile and where you purchased it from? We are going to redo some of our kitchen here in the next few weeks. We are also going with laminte counters to save money but I just love your backsplash. It adds such a nice touch.

  12. Michelle says:

    The kitchen is beautiful and so open . I can see why you are thrilled.


  13. Yay for a wonderful new kitchen! Enjoy!!

  14. Oh Wow!! Thanks for sharing the photos! It looks amazing! So happy for you and your family!

  15. I’m sooo happy for you!! Big hugs!!

  16. What a difference!! Love it!!!

  17. Amy, your kitchen is beautiful! I am so happy for you. Your contentment in making do has always been an inspiration to me as we spent the first 7 years of our marriage in “less than spectacular” rentals. We bought a house about 18 months ago and was blessed with a completely remodeled kitchen which was a dream come true for both of us! I know you will love that kitchen and prepare many yummy family meals in it!

  18. So lovely!!! And so very functional! A great investment and one you can enjoy for, oh, about 20+ years or so….LOL! It looks great.

    • That Loooooonnnnggg term investment is what kept me focused on a simple, neutral, functional design. This needs to work for MANY years. 😉

  19. What a thrill for you! So nice. I’m glad that you were able to get a new kitchen along with your new basement.

    We need to hear (and see) more of that new basement!

  20. Ya know, even without a box, your kitchen looks great. 😉

    But what I’m really thinking is: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So excited for you!

  21. Beautiful!!! Congratulations 🙂

  22. Yay for a functional and beautiful kitchen! I’m so glad that you have such a great space to cook in 🙂

  23. Oh Amy, two nights ago I dreamed I went to visit you. You were wearing a nice lilac dress (yes, at home, during the day). You had renovated several rooms in the house besides the kitchen (you had a big new dining room where you used to have the back porch) but I was sort of puzzled by some of the weird decorating choices you had made. The worst was what you had done to your beautiful new wood cabinets–in an effort to keep up with current kitchen trends and only a few weeks after installing them, you had painted them white! I was horrified.

    You also had a new baby girl with whom you weren’t very careful and you held her upside down. I really had to wonder what had happened to you.

    • Bahahaha! Are you pregnant again, because that totally sounds like a pregnancy dream!!! Cracking up over here.

      Just read your comment to Lance, and he said, “Is she pregnant? That sounds like a crazy pregnancy dream!”

      (Okay, seriously. I typed my response and then read this to him and he said the SAME THING. Hahaha!)

      • Sorry, it’s all you this time. Guess it’s good you didn’t sell me your Chicco car seat, huh? And wasn’t that, what, several babies ago? : )

        My baby has to learn to do a little more sleeping and a lot less eating at night before I’m ready to brave the first trimester again. But oh, I love this little girlie so much I think I’d like to have about a dozen more little people.

  24. So happy for you! Partly because I can very much relate! I have been using my new kitchen for a little over a year. I’m still thankful for it every single day. It just feels so easy and works well. We lived in a very old house with a very old kitchen for close to fourteen years. I’ve always been very thankful we had a home, but I also did my share of complaining about my old kitchen. I know I wouldn’t be nearly as thankful or appreciative for the kitchen I have now if I wouldn’t have had my old one. So, I’m grateful for that!

    I haven’t been making very many “blog rounds” for quite a while, so it was fun to pop in and see your new kitchen and a few of your happenings! Blessings!!

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