A New Old House

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus.

Life has been my usual crazy with two kids in two different schools in two different towns (neither the one in which we are currently living, by the way), on two completely different schedules.

I’m spending an unbelievably excessive portion of my day in my car.

And since I last posted we closed on a house and made the decision to renovate the kitchen before we moved in as long as we were already in the apartment and almost all of our belongings were in storage.

The house is a late 1920s Dutch Colonial that is fairly traditional and classic in style.  However, the kitchen must have last been renovated in the early 80s.  Which when I type that it doesn’t sound that old to me, until I realize that was close to 35 years ago.  And off the kitchen, was once an attached garage that was converted to a family room.

They both needed a little love and a lot of work.

Spacious kitchen opens to large family room


Not dysfunctional, by any means, but dark, dated and a laundry list of things that could be improved upon.  Additionally, both the kitchen and family room floors were so uneven there was a differential of close to two inches in places.

So here’s what we decided we wanted to do:

*new cabinets & countertops, including adding a peninsula between the kitchen and family room just big enough for The Cuties to sit at stools and a dropped baking counter next to the refrigerator.

*new lighting – decorative fixtures over the peninsula and sink, add recessed lighting throughout the kitchen and remove the fluorescent lights.

*remove the bump out and header to make a smoother transition between the two rooms

*find space for a pantry as none existed

*new appliances

*replace flooring in both rooms with white oak to match the rest of the house and even everything up (the kitchen floors were red oak)

*remove the popcorn ceiling in the kitchen

*paint walls & trim in both rooms

That being said, I’m quite certain I have set some sort of world record for making decisions and choices for a renovation as everything was picked out in about a week’s time in order to work with our contractors’ schedules.  I had quite the tote bag of samples I carried from place to place (note to self:  in the future, one might not want to make a countertop selection early on if planning to carry a piece of marble around all week!).

Kitchen Remodel

This gives you a sneak peek at where we’re headed.  Brighter and lighter, traditional with a bit of modern, and in general a space that makes us all enjoy cooking and baking together.

It only took a few hours to look like this:


And then a few days to get to this point:


And then insulation {after this year’s winter that wasn’t such a hard sell!}, a new ceiling and walls!


The past week has been amazing to watch as cabinets, counter tops and tile were all delivered and installed.  I am mesmerized by the skill and artistry of master crafts people.  Today I stood and watched tile artisans for hours.

And of course, we fell prey to the most dangerous words in home renovation:

While we’re at it, why don’t we also….

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5 Responses to A New Old House

  1. It looks wonderful. I can’t wait to see the “after”!

  2. Can’t wait to see the finished kitchen!

  3. Suzanne says:

    So glad to see you are posting!!! Welcome home!

  4. msumissa says:

    Well thank goodness you are back! I missed you!

  5. Pia says:

    We are just starting the process of renovating our kitchen/dining as well. Thinking of similar colors (which cabinet, dark gray counter). Do you have any “after” photos yet?

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