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