Have you ever dreamt of removing an interior wall or 3 to create an open floorplan?
How about installing that dream antique white kitchen you’ve had in mind forever?
Or maybe both?
Have I got a new series for you!
Welcome to Janette’s Kitchen, a new FJI series!
My dear neighbor and friend Janette lives next door to me. And they’re currently knee deep in massive renovations doing the above mentioned. So I asked Janette if she’d mind sharing her trials and triumphs on her home renovations with you. I’m delighted to report, she was all for it!
You see, Janette has a special place in my heart. She’s just a great neighbor that offers the help of herself and her family whenever we’re in need. She also happens to love cooking and baking which is a total bonus to me because I’d rather not. 🙂 So it’s not unusual to welcome a knock on the door to a special treat from time to time.
Janette was also seen a lot during my own home renovation when the church team came and helped me fix what was broke. She’s the one that nominated me for the spot. Through the chain of events, it’s safe to say she helped make Funky Junk Interiors a reality. How fitting I can document her process for her in return, wouldn’t you say? 🙂
When my own kitchen was being worked on, I knew she desired a new look for her own as well. So nothing pleases me more to see my friend achieve one of her dreams!
So she’s graciously allowed us to be a part of the process so you too can see that making some of your dreams come true is possible and feasible!
I’ll be snooping next door as the process continues, so tune in regularly for current updates!
~ The Before ~
Janette’s kitchen was homey, warm, and immaculately kept, and serviced the family well for many years. But there comes a time when an update is desired, and you can never go wrong with an updated kitchen, especially for resale purposes.
What I love about this reno is that it’s geared for the homeowners, not the next owners. They plan to retire in this home so they desired to do it up right for their own future. Why some just renovate before selling always has me scratching my head. Enjoy it I say!
And with wide open floor plans being implemented these days, the family knew what the value of more visual space could offer. So the plan was to remove ALL the walls on this level and create an open concept floor plan alongside the new kitchen.
The family then shopped until she found what they loved, drew out a plan themselves and got prices. They learned all they could about what parts they could do themselves. Once the deal was sealed, they started the demolition.
Behind the microwave wall is the dining room which will become the main eating area after the wall is removed.
This area will be filled with gorgeous antique white cabinets that extend to the sink area (see above) with a corner mounted gas range and custom hood. NICE.
I’ve always loved this table and chair set! I forgot to ask her if any changes would happen to them. I’d better become a better snoop! 😉
This wall will be removed to open up to the living room and will be replaced with a dark wood kitchen island. Imagine looking over the island and seeing the sunshine pour in through the big picture window instead of looking at this wall. It will be amazing!
Some tweaking will be done to marry the fireplace to the new look as well.
So, ready for a little demo work to start things off with a bang? Sure thing!
Son Zach gets going with the hammer. That first pound is sooo fun. Ask me how I know. 🙂
Family friend and drywall pro Jeremy helped on my own house too. This guy’s gooooood.
Then this wall above…
… became empty. All the cupboards in the kitchen were emptied then brought into the garage.
Want to know how to get rid of unwanted cupboards in relatively good shape fast? Put them on Craigslist for free. Janette received 40+ emails and gave them to the first one. Just. Like. That!
And… here’s how it looked a day later. Or the same night. They work pretty fast next door!
Because the drywall dust is about to explode, everything is also covered up in sheets to keep a handle on the dust situation. It’s easier to take your sheets outside and shake on the odd occasion rather than dust every box.
Look. At. That. Space! Isn’t it amazing?
The attic was pro checked to ensure none of the walls were load bearing, which they weren’t!
It’s just amazing how the light from both sides of the house can now bounce back and forth.
The kitchen island will sit where the fridge currently is.
The living room will keep the carpet, however the eating area around the island and the entire rest of the area will be hardwood flooring.
What you currently see on the floor is laminate. It can’t be reused as it had been glued together during install. (gluing laminate reduces potential water issues which is an awesome idea for a kitchen and bathroom)
The ceiling got outfitted with new 5″ pot lights and may be resprayed with a finer finish. Another consideration is covering the existing drywall with new drywall before finishing to help reduce additional mess. LOVE that idea!
The home owners did all their own demo work, however they are getting some pro work done in certain areas, such as the electrical.
So… where do they do the cooking now? What do you do with a piano you now have no room for? What happens when you have to take down a privacy tree in between two houses (that would be mine and hers!) to allow for a bigger patio? And what will the final choices be for all the kitchen details?
I’ll show you that next time along with some other updates and perhaps throw in a little interview to grasp Janette’s words. We shall see how quickly me hangin’ around ‘gets old.’ 🙂
If you have any questions, feel free to fire away in comments. We’ll address questions in the next post or in comments, so watch for it!
Thanks Janette, for allowing us into your home!
I know your kitchen story will inspire many other gals to keep on dreamin’. 🙂
What’s one big thing that would be on your dream list for your own kitchen?