Things must first be broken before they can be fixed. That sums up a lot of things, from personal life to politics to church strife… to kitchens.

While my blog has been oft neglected over the last several years, I’m going to be sharing the progress on our kitchen renovation over the next several weeks.

We bought this beautiful house in October of 2019.

To say that we love it would be an understatement. We’ve owned 6 houses (not counting apartments or rentals we’ve lived in) in our almost 24 years of marriage so we have certainly arrived at what features we love in a home. This one had everything we wanted.

But the kitchen definitely was where we knew we’d have some big work to do. It has a unique layout, original cabinets, and a range hood that is a perpetual head injury risk for the 5’ 11” and over crowd, which currently sits at 4/6 of us, soon to be 5/6 of us within the year! Oh, you probably haven’t seen any photos of my boys since they were tots. They are decidedly not tots now, and are either adults or hurtling towards adulthood.

Loads of long legs

Here’s what the kitchen looked like when we bought the house.

I love the windows and the shape of the kitchen. But the old cabinets are way passed their prime, the flooring is in terribly beat-up condition, and the long center island makes it difficult to get in and out of the fridge and feels like a mulberry bush one must go-round in order to fetch anything. Suffice it to say, it’s a very impractical layout.

So we are tearing it up. And we should have a fully finished kitchen by early April.

Here’s our demo progress so far. (I say “our” but Shawn is pretty much doing all of it in his time off.)

Farewell, ugly soffit.

Today, he took the oven out. I have plans to reconfigure this cabinet unit as an awesome kitty hotel.

I’ll try to update as we go and I’ll also be doing some catch up posts from thoughts and happenings from the past year or so.

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