Classic Kitchen: A Traditional Kitchen Remodel Series | It’s Time

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  • A kitchen makeover without paint - making the best of an 80's or 90's kitchen

    At least I think. I’m finally going to do it, I hope. Since we purchased our home over two years ago, I’ve dreamed of renovating our kitchen. We’ve talked about a light remodel, similar to what we did at our previous home, with new countertops, backsplash, etc. Eventually we decided we’d be far happier by investing in a kitchen that works for us, but I’ve been putting it off because I dread making decisions and having our home torn apart again. Can you relate?

    I’m going to take you along my journey as we plan and renovate. Are you ready?

    As it is now, we’re only using half of our kitchen, but it feels crowded. Baking and cooking with the girls is challenging because they pull 3 chairs from the breakfast room to our tiny island with narrow walkway as I try to assist.

    I created a rough sketch of our current kitchen for you to see…


    See all of that dead space to the right? The previous owners used it as an eat in kitchen, but I found it to be a little too cramped, so we converted the sunroom into a breakfast room and now we have plenty of space to build into.

    We have a traditional style home with lots of doorways and one tiny window in the kitchen. I don’t want to impede on any walkways, but have some goals to make the effort and expense worth it:

    large kitchen island where the kids can sit to cook/bake with me

    wine cooler

    recycling bin

    large window

    more efficient pantry

    storage for the girls’ art supplies

    deeper drawers

    better lighting

    a vent that actually vents

    hidden microwave since I primarily use it to melt butter


    One option is to turn the island and position it in the large opening, but then it would prohibit a flow of traffic from the living room to breakfast room, dining room {which is near the stairs} to the mudroom, etc. I also don’t think it would be aesthetically pleasing as it’s in direct line of site from the living room to breakfast room and vice versa. I want to feel connected with my family. Speaking of connected, if we relocate it there, it would be disconnected from the stove and sink area, losing workspace value.

    follow our kitchen design progress from planning to perfect

    So, I’m considering moving the pantry and refrigerator to the walls adjoining the mudroom. I know, I know, the work triangle. But as it stands now, I have to walk around the island to get to and from it, I think walking directly to the right would be just as easy, not to mention that I usually pull ingredients before I start cooking. I’d love to know, what do you think? Do you think the triangle is still important?

    I have so many things on my mind and I’d love your help! You can follow along with my series of decisions here. I’ll be back next week with my design inspiration!

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