My Dream Kitchen has come to Life

Posted on June 10, 2016

How does one go to this:

From This:

Answer: A lot of work and living around a construction zone for 2 months (I washed dishes in a small bathroom sink for about 2 weeks and I’d do it again in a heartbeat!)

When we were moving from Romania, my husband had come here first to look for houses and his priority was a pool so he got a house with a pool…. and a pretty crappy kitchen. He assured me that if we got a house with a pool and a terrible kitchen that we could renovate and it would be the perfect kitchen that I had visualized. After years of watching Fixer Upper and Flip or Flop I knew I could handle this task (and have fun with it!)

It took a few months to get rolling but by March we were ready to dig in and hunker down for the long haul towards completion.

First to go was the wall between the kitchen and the dining room:

Our idea was to eliminate the formal dining room. Since we plan on having about as many visitors as we did in Romania (translation, about 5) we figured we didn’t need a stuffy old formal dining room for the two times a year you host a big family get together. We enlarged the kitchen area and made the eat in kitchen area larger for our dining room table to fit. Eliminating the wall allowed back wall of the house to become almost a full wall of windows. The light is fantastic!

Then we lost our sink and dishwasher  for two weeks. (cue sad music).

We were able to persevere and we slowly began to see a light at the end of the tunnel

As the days went by things really came together and started to look like the kitchen I had envisioned (and pinned a million pins on Pinterest).  We are now almost complete (just  a few touches to be done). I’m sure my contractor is about ready to be done with us at this point. We are thrilled with the results.

So this was my first foray into design that involved removing walls and breaking up all sorts of things (most of my prior design was to figure out which pillows to put on the couch and which photos to hang on the wall) and I must say that I’m pretty proud of the results. I’m not quite ready to hang another shingle on my home for another home business but if you need any design ideas for your own space…. please don’t hesitate to ask. I have tons of ideas and there’s nothing I love more than spending other people’s money to make thatdream a reality!

I will leave you with some parting advice:

Design Tip #1: Always design a room to match your pets! (or design the space and go out to get a pet that matches)

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