Wednesday, November 27, 2013

43 Kitchen Overhaul - Before and After

Our D.I.Y. Kitchen Overhaul - Before and After! Wait until you see the difference!
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Before and After

What do you get when you have a hubby who is not afraid to knock down some walls and changes things up a bit...a Beautiful Kitchen/Family Room!  Are you ready to see my Remodeled kitchen? After hours of work...work and more work...it is done!!! What are you waiting for...Come On In!!

Welcome - Hitting the Wall!

We are Floridians so just about EVERYONE enters the house through the garage.  Before the remodel you hit a wall coming in...well a closet door to be exact. NOT the warm southern welcome I want to great guests with!
Now you enter into a wide open space.
Our D.I.Y. Kitchen Overhaul - Before and After! Wait until you see the difference!


As you turned to the left..the white fridge was BOOM - right there blocking the view leaving just a small pathway due to that useless bar.

Now the little bar is gone leaving a more open kitchen.
Our D.I.Y. Kitchen Overhaul - Before and After! Wait until you see the difference!
The window was enlarged so I can gaze out at the pool while doing the dishes!
Our D.I.Y. Kitchen Overhaul - Before and After! Wait until you see the difference!

The stovetop used to be on this wall with the lowest, smallest oven we had EVER seen!

We put the fridge where the oven used to be and added counter space since the cooktop was GONE!
Our D.I.Y. Kitchen Overhaul - Before and After! Wait until you see the difference!

Where the fridge used to be is now my hubby's pride and joy! Our dual fuel GE Monogram which is surrounded by stainless steel counters.  Yep my handy hubby made those too!! (he owns a metal fab shop when he isn't a firefighter) Aren't they beautiful!
Our D.I.Y. Kitchen Overhaul - Before and After! Wait until you see the difference!

The middle walls are now GONE!

Replaced with another sink (I LOVE having two sinks) tons of counter space and a wonderful place I can sit, relax and watch the hubby whip up yummy meals!

Our D.I.Y. Kitchen Overhaul - Before and After! Wait until you see the difference!
The 80's wet bar is gone, depite the pleas from my dear friend Debbie, and the family room and kitchen became our united living space!
Our D.I.Y. Kitchen Overhaul - Before and After! Wait until you see the difference!

Walls Up...
Walls Down...
Our D.I.Y. Kitchen Overhaul - Before and After! Wait until you see the difference!
I remember when we were considering buying this 80's home and I hated the kitchen.  Todd kept saying...she has good bones, the rest I can change.  

I don't think it looks like the same house.  Was it stressful...yes! Did it take hours of back breaking hard work...yes! (my poor husband)

But we love having the satisfaction that We DID THIS!!

I'm ecstatic this is MY Kitchen!! (Todd's actually, but he is happy to let me use it whenever I want!)

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What's Next...Todd is breaking concrete in the Master Bath as I type...
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43 comments:

  1. It looks awesome. Love love love it!!! Bet you will enjoy cooking meals in that beautiful kitchen. I'm dying to remodel ours but I'm dreading the tear-down etc - especially with three kids in the house! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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    1. Thank you Susi! We are loving it! It is so open and clean looking....no more crazy flowered wallpaper and cranberry cabinets! It was a huge undertaking but we love doing stuff like this...next up...Master Bath!
      Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
      xoxo

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  2. Just WOW, Sharon. I am blown away by the reveal! Your kitchen looks amazing!! i am DYING over that cooktop and oven. Love. Fantastic job on the whole thing!
    I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family {and your "Fire Family"!!}. xoxo

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    1. Awww Claire, Thanks!! I really LOVE it too!!
      Our Thanksgiving was lovely...Hope yours was as well!
      xoxo

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  3. I love what you've done with your kitchen! I would love to do dishes while gazing at the pool! You're so blessed to have that! Stopping by from Get Schooled Saturday--have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Carrie! I do love the view from our new kitchen window.
      I'm so glad you stopped by to take a look and I really appreciate you leaving a comment!
      xoxo

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  4. This looks SO good! I love it! It's just beautiful!! I would kill for that kitchen. I'll have to text you a photo of my oven/stove and then you will understand fully ;)

    Hugs! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend!!

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    1. Thank you sweet Gabby! I do LOVE it!! I'm so glad you came and took a look!
      I bet you had a wonderful "unplugged" Thanksgiving! We did but I was still plugged in! : )
      xoxo

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  5. Gorgeous! I love that you knocked out that wall. My kitchen is open like that too, and I LOVE it! It feels roomier and brighter. Everything looks wonderful, how fun :)

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    1. Thanks Bethany! I LOVE a more open plan too! The 80's architects liked lots of walls. We had lattice everywhere too.
      It feels like a different house! I'm a lucky gal!
      xoxo

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  6. Holy BUCKETS what a transformation!!!!!! WOW! I would kill for an island space like that, or space period!! I'm pinning this one to our board! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase.

    Shelly
    minettesmaze.blogspot.com

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    1. Shelly you just made my Monday! I can feel your personality through your comment...Let's be best friends!! : )
      Thank you so much! It was SOOO UGLY before....slightly embarrassing but I'm in heaven now!
      Thanks for the "pin"
      xoxo

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  7. This is a wonderful transformation! Hubby did a great job on that stove area!

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    1. Thank you Carol...he is a Keeper...that's for sure!
      xoxo

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  8. That is truly an amazing transformation Sharon, it doesn't even look like the same house!! I am still jealous of that stove...what a dream to cook with! :)

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    1. The stove is heavenly! I'm a lucky gal with that bad boy!

      I agree it was awful before...when I look at the before pics I can't believe we lived here like that...
      By the way...you are welcome over and cook with me anytime!
      xoxo

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  9. Oh my gosh! what a handy Hubby! Great job you guys! Great vision and design! Wow!
    Love it....
    Nancy

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    1. I appreciate that Nancy! Yep he is a Keeper!!!
      xoxo

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  10. let me see if I have this right...your husband works one job and runs a business, remodels your house and cooks your meals? uhhhh, is he for sale???

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    1. Thank you for saying that...it reminds me of how lucky I am. I'm sure the hubby will be a BIG fan of your comment as well!
      You are so sweet for taking the time to comment! Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!
      Have a great weekend!
      xoxo

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing your remodeling projects at last weeks Saturday Spotlight on Angels Homestead. I'm in love with your stove and cooking area!

    Hope to see you again soon!

    April

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    1. Thank you April! The stove is beautiful...I must admit it is the centerpiece of the kitchen!
      I love linking up with you...thanks for hosting!
      xoxo

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  12. What an amazing transformation! I love your new range!

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  13. Love the stainless steel details. I'm looking to have a stainless steel counter in our new kitchen. How does one find a good local metal fabricator? What questions should I ask? How should I search? Thanks for this incredible post. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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    1. I really love the stainless too! It is very pricey...that is why we choose just to surround the oven with it.
      Google local stainless steel counter top manufacturers. Make sure you see a portfolio of their work. I'll ask the hubby what questions to ask.
      Thanks for taking a look!
      xoxo

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  14. This is GORGEOUS!!! I came across your blog because I, too, will be an empty nester soon! So glad to have found you!

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    1. I'm so glad you found me Angela. It is a new chapter but if approached in the right way...very enjoyable!
      Love connecting with other "empty nesters"
      Thanks for visiting! Hope to see you back again soon!
      xoxo

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  15. Beautiful! You have one seriously talented hubby...wish I had "met" you before I (and my hubby) leave Jax next week for other parts of Florida.

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    1. Thank you...I do think he is a "keeper! :)
      I wish that I could have met you too...where in Florida are you headed?
      Happy Holidays!
      xoxo

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  16. What a gorgeous kitchen! Love the openness and the large window, all of it. I'm glad I saw this over at Best of the Weekend link party, my son just left for college too and we're empty nesting it over here on the west coast so I'm going to have to stay a little bit and explore. :) Sharon

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    1. Thank you Sharon...Welcome! Always glad to meet another empty nester! (and we share the same name!!) New stage of life but now that I have adjusted...I'm having a lot of fun!!
      So glad you found me! Where is your son attending college?
      My girls both graduated from FSU (Go NOLES...sorry thinking about the big championship game on Monday!)
      Have a great weekend!
      xoxo

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  17. Nice job! It's always kind of ironic that by the time you can afford to do these kinds of things, the kids are gone. We're doing a much smaller version of this, but we had already downsized our house too...

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    1. That is the TRUTH!! The girls tease us about how much nicer the house has gotten in our "Empty Nest" phase!
      I can't wait to check out your blog!
      Thank you for taking the time to comment!
      xoxo

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  18. That is beautiful! Your hubby sure has some mad skills. My hubs and I were crazy enough to build our own house!

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    1. He really does Heidi! I'm a lucky gal! We couldn't afford to do as much if we had to pay someone else to do it!
      Wow! I've always wanted to build our house...choosing everything...but that is NOT in the cards for us. I bet it was stressful but amazing when finished!
      xoxo

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  19. What a gorgeous reno! congrats, this kitchen is to die for! http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com/

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    1. Thank you so much Angela! It really is a dream to cook in!!
      Thank you for taking the time to check it out!
      xoxo

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  20. What an awesome kitchen update Sharon! It's super inviting now! Thanks for sharing at the DIY Sunday Showcase! Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you Therese! I look forward to linking up to your party and appreciate you hosting!
      I appreciate you taking the time to check it out and letting me know what you thought!
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      xoxo

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  21. Amazing transformation Sharon! I joined the Link Up at DearCreatives and saw your post link there - so glad I did! You and your husband did a fantastic job on your new space. Your new kitchen and living area are a dream, and no doubt so much more enjoyable now. My husband and I just went through the same thing. We're in our "empty nest" home now, too - a rancher that I really don't like - so my "consolation prize" was creating my "dream" kitchen! The first thing we did was take down several walls and open up the floorplan, just as you did. I must blog about it once I've got those last few projects done. Thanks for sharing this inspiring post!

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    1. I'd LOVE to see what you guys have done!!
      The builders of the 80's sure loved their walls...it is amazing how much more inviting an open plan is!
      Thank you for leaving me this great feedback that made my day!
      xoxo

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  22. I can only imagine how delightful it feels to step foot into this space each day! It turned out fantastic, so fresh, open and clean! Oh, and I have no clue how you get any dishes done looking at that pool each day!

    xo!

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