I’m pretty sure shows like House Hunters and Property Virgins have made it clear that no house is ever perfect, especially a person’s first house. I mean, even if we had unlimited funds, I don’t think I could design a “perfect” house because so many of the things I like are contradictory (love the functionality of a rambler but love the look of a two-story, want a neighborhood where future kids could run around with other friends but also would love to be out in the country with lots of space, you get the idea). Every house has its pros and cons, just as each room does in a home.
Since we are in the process of some serious renovation, I thought I would share with you where we started at in the kitchen. I’m kicking myself for not taking better photos of the house when we first bought it, but I just couldn’t wait to move in and change everything!
Before we get to the lists, let’s remember the layout of our house when we first moved in:
And, here are a couple photos:
The photo above shows the view from the living room/front door. There are cabinets on both side of this door way (although only one side is seen from this angle) and there is a very small open space that makes this kitchen considered an eat-in kitchen, even though that space was definitely not big enough for us, our table, as well as a walkway to the basement stair that were just around the corner.
Pros of Original Kitchen:
- Good work triangle (sink on one side with fridge and stove across from it)
- Lots of light (one normal-sized window above the sink and one huge window in the back of the room)
- No cottage cheese ceilings
- Room to add extra cabinetry (there was a very small eat-in area where cabinets could be added to make the kitchen more functional)
- Cabinets to the ceiling (we love how they look and could use the extra storage)
- Updated flooring (laminate flooring that we don’t love but don’t hate either)
- A floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinet
- A perfectly sized gap between the cabinets on either side of kitchen (some galley kitchens are super tight, so we are glad ours has room to breathe)
- Galley = functional kitchen layout (no running around corners or across a huge room to grab an ingredient)
- Solid wood cabinets (perfect for painting)
- Plaster walls (pro because we could sand and repair when dents were found)
- Gas stove (San is a chef and loves a gas stove)
Cons of Original Kitchen:
- Awkward space between fridge and stove (there was extra space between them but no cabinet)
- No dishwasher
- Plastic sink with scratches
- Cheap, plastic holders and dispensers nailed directly into cabinets (like a paper towel holder and a dixie cup dispenser)
- No fan above stove
- 60 years of grease on everything (especially ceiling and area surrounding stove – due to previous bullet)
- Old formica counters
- Outdated light wood cabinet color
- 60 years of not very thoroughly cleaned cabinets (ew)
- Only two small areas with open counter space that is surrounding the sink
- Trim was replaced with foam trim that won’t stay nailed in
- No eating area that makes sense (the eat-in area is way too small and the dining room wasn’t functional as a dining room)
- Sloped wall in back of kitchen from bump-out
- Cleaning closet that has water issues and isn’t that funcitonal (right next to back door and awkward to get into)
- Plaster walls (con because they were easy to dent and scratch)
- Two layers of wallpaper
- Very outdated large, dirty light fixtures
- Very few outlets, and a few of them don’t have three prongs
- Stairs to basement cut off flow to the rest of the house
- Very plain cabinet fronts
- Outdated (60 years old) hardware
Whew! That’s a long list! Although we had a lot of cons to work with, I must say that there were a lot of pros for a sixty-year-old kitchen. I will reveal that we are almost done with the kitchen part of our renovation, but we will be sharing over the course of many blog posts so you can see how it all went down. Now that we’ve seen the transformation, I’m happy to report that we were able to remedy almost all of the cons! That’s pretty good considering we definitely did not gut the whole thing and start over. We worked with what we had, and even added a few extra bonuses in there! I can’t wait to share over the next few weeks!
Check back on Friday to read about (and see pretty inspiration photos) our plan for the kitchen!
In the meantime, I’m wondering what are the pros and cons of your kitchen?