This post is dedicated to our complete kitchen gut. We completely stripped it down all the way to the studs and bare floors. This was a HUGE project, MASSIVE even. It took weeks-months to complete. We washed our dishes in the bathroom sink/tub for MONTHS straight. We lived without a dishwasher, stove, microwave, and had minimal access to our fridge. It was hard, tough, exhausting, but in the end so incredibly worth it. This kind of renovation requires you to mentally and emotionally prepare to live completely out of your comfort zone for as long as the project takes to complete.
The kitchen was a step by step process. I am also prefacing these photos with a few facts as there's been a few questions as to why we would redo this kitchen as opposed to upgrading it to make it work for us.
- The cabinets had a roach infestation. Every time you opened a cabinet, roaches came out. Could we have fixed this with a pest control? Sure! We tried. Didn't work.
- The cabinets had water rot/mold/moisture. Most, if not all, we're damaged and had the most horrendous smell. Our middle son is allergic to mold so that was the easiest final decision for this kitchen renovation.
- The layout was not functional for the space. The kitchen is long and very narrow. The layout was begging to be changed.
- The ceiling soffits were filled with live wire that WASN'T grounded. That is a huge electrical fire waiting to happen. They had to go.
The overall aesthetic makes me weak in the knees...as in nauseous. I mean that blue stain is something else!
Here are the photos of our process/progress. They go in order from right when we moved in, through each step of our kitchen renovation. **We did attempt to sand down the cabinets and paint them white at the beginning of this renovation, however it just still wasn't going to work!
That's part one of our kitchen gut post. Another thing we wish we could've saved in the kitchen, we're the hardwood floors. However, we weren't able to! Sigh! So many tears, blood, and sweat have been shed in this kitchen renovation. It's hands down one of the projects that makes us most proud. We tackled this OURSELVES. That is a HUGE accomplishment.
Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! This is the most viewed page on our entire blog! Could be for the cringe worthy photos ;). Stay tuned for updated progress photos on part one of our kitchen renovation!