I had planned to post about our kitchen remodel months ago but I am just know getting around to it. Such is life, right?!?! This was a SUPER delayed gratification post and something that took 8 years from start to finish. To be honest...we have to be careful with our choices as we remodel because we don't want to "price ourselves out of the neighborhood" but still wanted to enjoy our finished product. ;) Mark and I purchased our home in 2008 planning to live here 5-8 years. Ha ha! Well, it's 2016 and we are about to hit the 8 year mark. We don't have plans to move any time soon. We love this house the home we have created! Don't get me wrong...are there days we want to move? Yes! Do I have things I don't like about this house? Yes! But for the most part when we sit down on the couch at the end of the day we are content...we are home. That's what it's all about, right?!?! With that said though. it's a small house. It's less than 900 sq. feet and there are 4 of us plus with 2 dogs that are about 100 lbs. each. ;/ We try really hard to not have clutter...we don't have many things that we don't use on a regular basis. This really helps with space and organization! People have made comments before about me not keeping anything or that I don't have much in my house, etc, etc- for the most part that's true...because we don't have the space for it. As I share our kitchen I will share a few tips that have worked for us living in a house with a small kitchen.
*1st tip- I am totally one of those people that don't like to have anything on my counters. When we were first married I asked Mark to put the coffee pot back in the box each morning after he used it. LOL! He did it too!!! I still can't believe it! When my counter is clean it makes me breath better...for real. Let's be honest...if something doesn't have a place...do you really need it?
In the 2 above pictures: the one on the left is before we moved in and the one on the right was our "band-aid" fix. We painted the counter tops, put the stick down tiles over the yellow floor, upgraded the appliances, painted cabinets, and purchased new cabinet hardware. When we decided it was time for the "real" remodel the process took about a year from start to finish. We had the counter tops installed from Lowes. We had a local contractor paint the cabinets. We paid a friend, who builds homes, help with the back splash and tiling the floor. Though the "demo day" (hear my inner Chip Gaines coming out?) floor was a terrible project. I spent 3 days on my hands and knees melting and pulling up 2 layers of flooring. It was miserable, sticky, and did I mention back breaking!?!?! Like FOR REAL- thank the Lord I know a good Chiropractor. ;)
The picture above it spotless. I wish I could say it looks this way all the time. But below is the way I like to keep the kitchen looking...next to the coffee pot are the iPads. It's sort of the command station where we charge everything. We don't take our phone into our bedroom at night so before we go to bed at spot is overloaded with electronics and cords. LOL! Right in the middle are the dogs beds. ;( I am not a fan of these but this is where the dogs spend time when we are gone and at night. I currently don't have a better spot because the dogs aren't allowed in our bedrooms. There are usually a few dishes in the sink as well...just being honest! ;)
*2nd tip- the little command station, we have an plug in with USB ports as well outlets. It's a lot like THIS ONE. It's perfect to be able to charge it all at once and the cords can be hidden behind the coffee pot. This has to happen because we don't have a home office or a convenient area to put the electronics.
Below: When we moved in the previous owners had an old double oven and the microwave was sitting on the counter. We know that didn't last long! Mark's uncle built this sofet around the refrigerator and we purchased a new microwave and oven.
*Another tip- keeping the front of a refrigerator clear makes things look cleaner. Use the inside of a cabinet for those "special" things that need to be displayed or hanged. On the side of the refrigerator I do have my calendar and a few invites/needed paperwork since again, we don't have an office space.
Below: As you can see I don't have a lot a cabinet space so I have to make the best use of what I do have...We have Corelle dishes as well as kids bowls and plates from IKEA. Again, every thing has a place. Mark and I collect the Starbucks "You are Here" mugs from places we have traveled and have quite the collection. ;) The black basket looking thing is paper napkins. I try to have fun ones each season. I get them when I find them on sale, at the $1, or even during the occasional IKEA trip. It keeps us from using so many paper towels and makes dinner a little more fun! LOL!
My pantry looks bare...don't worry Mom we have food. ;) Since we have a small space I only buy what we eat and I plan our meals 2 weeks at a time. I still have to make small trips to the store but I only do "big" trips two times a month. I mentioned last post we are eating very clean and such so we have a repeating list and it consists of LOTS of fresh fruits and veggies, hence the reason the pantry looks bare. As far as snacks go I only buy what can fit into the containers. We also have a little set of hooks for our keys inside the pantry area.
With the door closed...someday we will get a new track and be able to hang 2 doors...
As you go down the stairs we (and when I say we I mean my dad) cut into the back of the closet in our living room and made an extra storage area for my pots, pans, etc. He finished it off with trim and shelves and it still looks nice from the other side. It's a perfect idea for someone who needs more space...use empty space between walls!
Above: this picture was taken on the landing in the stairwell...as you can see on the left we haven't finished the stairs yet. Slow and steady right?!!?!? ;) Well, there you have it...our kitchen. It's nothing fancy but it's clean and does it's job. It's perfect for us and our house!