We actually lost counter and cabinet space by moving from an apartment into this house! We had to compensate by using things like a a utility cart to store pantry items (no pantry closet in this late 1980's house!). Half of the kitchen was empty (previous owners used it as an eat-in-kitchen), so we shifted some things around, and moved the fridge to the opposite wall to open up the very cluttered part of the kitchen. The ugly wallpaper went next, and we painted the kitchen in mango color. Loud, yes - but at least it distracted from the hideous cabinets, old appliances and the stained countertops!
Here's what we lived with until the kitchen remodeling began about a week ago (practically 4 years to the day since we bought the house):
We were loosely planning to start the remodeling in the beginning of 2007, but the old dishwasher and the fridge died right when the GE appliance store was having a 10% sale in August of 2006. So the 6+ month planning started.
In this blog, I will try to keep the remodeling progress updated as we go through the demolition and installation. Perhaps in a separate blog I will capture all the work that went into planning, but for now I will focus on the actual progress!