New Reno Series! Get to Know Graeme, Rebekah & Their Kitchen Project

New Reno Series! Get to Know Graeme, Rebekah & Their Kitchen Project

Renovation Diary
Aug 15, 2016
(Image credit: Graeme + Rebekah Molloy )

Name: Graeme & Rebekah Molloy
Type of Project: Kitchen Remodel
Location: Chautauqua Park, Des Moines, Iowa
Type of building: 1920 Tudor

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Welcome back to another Reno Diaries series! This time around we head to Iowa to follow Graeme & Rebekah as they renovate their outdated kitchen. Join them on their journey to a dishwasher, complete with old-house problems, scheduling snafus and charming Pinterest finds!

This is looking from the dining room into the kitchen. The large wall will be removed, and the doorway to the right will be closed and create the new home for the refrigerator.
(Image credit: Graeme + Rebekah Molloy )

From Rebekah & Graeme:

When we initially moved into our home we knew the kitchen was something we would need to tackle at some point. With multiple doorways creating a difficult space, a small footprint and a lackluster aesthetic, we went back and forth with different design ideas for SEVERAL years before saving for and deciding on a plan. And even THAT plan has changed 3 times once we started talking to our contractor. Bless his little cotton socks for dealing with us!

We're so excited to expand the room and create a more cohesive space that will work well for entertaining!

Oh. And to finally have a dishwasher. We're pretty excited about that.

Here is looking directly into the wall that will be removed as well as the doorway that will be closed for more counter space. And look at that awkward gap in between the stove and wall!
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The biggest problem is the size of the room. My husband loves to cook, and I love to drink and watch him cook...and we have a difficult time doing this together without being in each other's way. Add our dog, and any guests, and it is a nightmare. We decided to remedy this by knocking down the entire wall that separates our kitchen and dining room, essentially doubling the space. We are also closing off one of the entrances to the room to create more cabinet/counter space.

This wall will soon have cabinets, a lazy susan (which I am way more excited about that I should be) and a wrap around counter to maximize the usage of the space!
(Image credit: Graeme + Rebekah Molloy )
We absolutely adore our built in cabinets but had a difficult time re-working them into the new concept. The countertops are at a much lower height than the average counters today (which made it super annoying for Graeme to hunch over to wash dishes) This created a ripple effect trying to integrate newer cabinets with the old, so we decided to go with all newer cabinetry.
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Storage and counter space is hugely lacking as well. We made the most over the years by utilizing a kitchen cart (which i love and will still try to incorporate into the new design) but ANY food prep has always taken up every bit of counter space we have. It is complete chaos anytime we try to cook for anyone besides ourselves.

I am so excited to separate the refrigerator and stove to get about 6 feet of usable counter space in between them!
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With the refrigerator moved we hope to open up this awkward area that leads to the side door and basement. The refrigerator creates a big wall where it is, and with cabinetry and the stove I think it will feel a bit more open and inviting into the kitchen!
(Image credit: Graeme + Rebekah Molloy )
(Image credit: Graeme + Rebekah Molloy )

Our stove area is one hot mess and probably the most annoying area in the room. Since since there is zero ventilation in the room, our plaster walls have absorbed everyday wear and tear and splatters. No matter how much I scrub, it won't get fully clean. It is completely disgusting to me and I hate having guests in that room.

Looking from the dining room into the kitchen.
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Another view of the dining room.
(Image credit: Graeme + Rebekah Molloy )
(Image credit: Graeme + Rebekah Molloy )

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