Renovation by: Katy
Location: Decatur, GA
We bought our 1958 ranch style home last year and right away knew we wanted to completely overhaul the kitchen. Everything except the appliances were original to the house and there was a wall that closed the small space in, making it feel even smaller. The configuration of the appliances made matters worse, with the fridge blocking one corner of the kitchen, and the overhead cabinets, though great for storage, closed in the space and made the usable counter space feel significantly smaller.
We ripped everything out and removed that one wall, opening the kitchen to the dining and living areas. We knew we didn't want to add upper cabinets and instead opted for open shelving on just one wall to keep the space as open as possible.
Our lower cabinets are IKEA, and because IKEA has such great storage and organization solutions within their cabinets, space for all of our food, dishes, and all of our other "stuff" has never been an issue. We also learned to live with less, so that has helped too. Our countertops and sink are also from IKEA and my dad custom built the open shelves for us. The lighting was all wrong too, so we opted to have can lights installed and remove the hanging fixture.
We didn't try to DIY very much of this kitchen and instead hired everything out with the exception of assembling the IKEA cabinets, staining/sealing our countertops, and painting. All together, the entire renovation including labor, supplies, and appliances, cost about $10,800 and was worth every penny, frustration, and months of delays. :)
More info about the project at: All Sorts of Pretty
Re-edited from a post originally published 12.4.14-NT
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