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Home Renovation Update #13 – Kitchen Renovation Part 1

Come along with us as we renovate our 75-year-old home! This home renovation update is part 1 of the kitchen renovation.

Home Renovation Update

Before I begin part one of this kitchen renovation, I want to share some exciting news with you.

We looked at a house last week and we all fell in love with it. After a few days of talking about it, we decided to put in an offer. The seller counteroffered, so we countered right back.

And they accepted!!

Now we just have to wait to make sure the loan goes through and everything else works out. I’m so excited and so nervous all at the same time!

Prayers and good vibes are very much appreciated!

And after that little piece of excitement, I’ll move on to the kitchen renovation.

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Kitchen Renovation Part 1

If you’ve missed any of our home renovation updates and would like to catch up, click here.

Last week I shared our latest bathroom update and today I’m going to share the kitchen renovation. I’m only going to share the before pictures and the kitchen renovation process this week so I don’t overwhelm you with photos. Next week I’ll share the after photos.

Our kitchen is not 100% complete yet, but there are only a few more things left to do. One of those is new flooring, and that’s pretty expensive right now.

So we’re holding off on that and just working on other things around the house that we can do without spending a lot of extra money.

I have to admit – the before pictures of my kitchen are embarrassing. I’m pretty sure the cabinets were the original cabinets that were built with the house. They were so outdated and quite a few layers of paint on them.

Brace yourself – these are pretty bad. And my kitchen is super super tiny!

stove area
Old kitchen 2

I had no doors under the sink, but I had made a little curtain to go across to hide the mess. The bottom of the cabinet had actually sunk on the right side, making it very difficult to keep anything under there without it falling over.

fridge area

The fridge kind of stuck out like a sore thumb along the wall with no cabinets.

Fridge area

Since I had no counter space what-so-ever, my poor microwave was stored in the small dining area. And you could see it from the couch in the living room. Ugh!

home renovation kitchen door

Finally, there’s the back door. Honestly, it was my favorite thing about the kitchen. I love the design!

I’m sure after that hot mess you’re ready to see it being torn apart. I know I was!

We started the kitchen renovation by tearing out all of the cabinets above the sink as well as the sink. The floor underneath was pretty disgusting. And so was the wall!

step 1 - kitchen renovation

Next, we removed the cabinets from the stove side and scooted the stove over to the door. We left one cabinet floating around so we’d have something to put all our tools on.

Then we started tearing down the walls.

step 2
kitchen renovation step 3

After the walls were removed on that side, we scooted the fridge over and moved the stove back so we could start tearing down the walls on the other side.

step 1

Once all the walls were removed we started tearing up the floor.

The floor underneath was a vinyl rug and I have to admit that I actually kind of liked it!

old floor

Just look at that pattern and those colors!

old floor pattern

Unfortunately, it doesn’t exactly match the theme we were going with, so it had to come up.

I’m kicking myself for not saving some of it to make something with. Maybe cutting out the squares and cleaning them up to put in a frame or something?

The best ideas come to me after the pieces are sent to the dumpster, of course.

There was tile under the vinyl rug and since it was a 12’x12′ size tile that was more than likely made in the ’40s, we were concerned it might be asbestos. We put up plastic to block off the kitchen from the rest of the house, ventilated the area, and suited up.

preparing for asbestos
step 9 kitchen renovation

The tile was removed and then we realized we were also going to have to replace the subfloor, too. So we had to tear up the entire floor.

I didn’t take a picture of that part for some reason. I guess I was over the kitchen renovation by that point. Taking up that floor was a lot of hard work! Mostly because I was just so nervous about the possible asbestos tiles.

That’s all for this week! I’ll see you next week for part 2 of our kitchen renovation!

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Michelle

Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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57 Comments

  1. Congratulations!

    1. Thank you!

  2. Congrats on your offer being accepted! πŸ™πŸ» for the rest of the process.

    1. Thank you so much for the much-needed prayers!!

  3. I’m excited for y’all!!!

    1. Thank you!! I’m excited and nervous!! Prayin’ like crazy. haha!

  4. Wow! I wish you all the best πŸ€—πŸ₯°πŸ‘

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ˜€

  5. Congratulations on your new home! Can’t wait to see the after pics of your kitchen.

    1. Thank you so much!!
      I can’t wait to show them next week. It’s such a big difference!

  6. Congrats. Hope everything goes through. Yay πŸ‘πŸΌ

    1. Thank you so much!! I’m so excited and so nervous! LOL! I’m trying not to let myself get too excited yet, though. πŸ˜€

      1. Oh! I understand, I would be the same.

  7. Cool!. Keep it coming and kudos this you both. πŸ€—

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  8. Great news about the offer! Ripping out that old kitchen must have been so satisfying x

    1. Thank you so much!
      Yes, it definetely was. It was a hot mess! πŸ˜€

  9. Congrats on the purchase of your new home. I am looking forward to seeing the renovated kitchen!

    1. Thank you!
      I can’t wait to share the update next week. πŸ™‚

  10. Wow. I am so excited to see the end result. It’s amazing how a kitchen renovation can completely change the feel of your home.

    1. Thank you! It was such a mess so I’m so glad to see it go. You’re right! It does feel completely different now. πŸ™‚

  11. Wow! Hard at work!

    1. Yes! It was such a mess that it had to go! πŸ˜€

      1. πŸ’ͺ πŸ’ͺ πŸ’ͺ

  12. How exciting,Michelle!! I’m sending out prayers that all goes well and you get the home of your new dream!! Can’t wait to see what you do with your kitchen Reno!! ❀️

    1. Thank you for your prayers!! It’s such a stressful process with all the wait and see. Ugh!!
      Thanks! I can’t wait to share the update next week! πŸ™‚

  13. I really do admire how hard you and your husband work, and I can’t wait to see the after pictures. I hope the new home offer works out, too. You have lots going on, and it’s exciting. God bless!

    1. Thank you! I can’t wait to share the update next week. It looks so much better!
      I hope the home offer works out, too. It’s so stressful with all the waiting. It is exciting, though! And I’m starting to get so nervous!

      1. Can’t wait to see and hear!

  14. Can’t wait to see how it will look after the renovation!

    1. I can’t wait to share the update next week! πŸ˜€ I hope you’re doing well!

  15. Congratulations on the new home. Praying that all goes well! … Oh my goodness, the kitchen sure was a job. And being small probably made it that much harder because you had less room to work with when you need to move appliances around. Can’t wait to see the after pictures! This is like reading a novel. LOL.

    1. Thank you for your prayers!! They’re very much appreciated and needed! πŸ™‚
      You’re exactly right! It’s such a small kitchen that there was no room to work. Super frustrating!
      haha!! I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

  16. Great news, Michelle! I just know everything will be fine πŸ™‚ We did a kitchen project a bit like that about 20 years ago, but thankfully without the asbestos. That house was built in 1911 – you’ll see some ‘after’ pics in my post tomorrow.

    1. Thank you so much!
      Oh wow!! That’s a really old house! I can’t wait to see the pictures. πŸ™‚

  17. Oh wow so excited for you, Congratulations, wishing you all the very best!!!
    I’m looking forward too see what you’ve done with the kitchen, you guys are really amazing. xoxo

    1. Thank you so much! I’m excited and really nervous for some reason!
      I can’t wait to share the update next week. Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  18. Amber Page says:

    Congrats!! I love renovations, I cannot wait to see the end!

    Amber | The Unpredicted Page | https://theunpredictedpage.com

    1. Thank you! I can’t wait to share the update next week. πŸ™‚

  19. Congrats on the new house and good luck on finishing all the renovations.

    1. Thank you! I’m hoping we can get done with them all over the next few months. With all the ice we’ve been getting lately we can’t do anything!

      1. I understand that. We are still buried under snow and ice and with all the cold the snow isn’t going anywhere

  20. I am ridiculously excited for you and your family, Michelle! Congratulations on your counteroffer being accepted!! That is wonderful news. I pray that the rest of the process is smooth and painless for all involved.

    You two had your hands full with this bathroom renovation because of all the unforeseen challenges. You and I both know how that goes! We just have to kind of go with the flow and let the rest go. Otherwise we will go absolutely crazy! I am betting the change in your kitchen is going to be stunning. Looking forward to seeing it!

    Sending my love to you. So thankful to hear you found a place you love! β™₯

    1. Thank you so much for your prayers! They’re much needed right now! I’m so excited and so nervous all at the same time. I’m trying not to get too excited just in case it doesn’t happen. πŸ˜€

      Bathroom’s are definitely a pain to renovate and I wouldn’t recommend it. HAHA! And I’m sure you know that it’s not easy in an old house with walls and floors that aren’t level. Who built these things? LOL

      Hugs and love! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! We’re stuck down here in all the ice. Yuck!

  21. Congratulations how exciting!

    1. Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  22. Ahhhh I’m ready for part 2!!!!

    1. LOL!! It’s coming up! πŸ™‚

  23. Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to read and see part 2!!

    1. I can’t wait to share it soon! πŸ™‚

  24. Congratulations on the new home! Are you fixing this one up to sell, or are you renting it out?

    1. Thank you! We’re fixing it up to sell. We talked about renting it out but we really don’t want to deal with that. πŸ™‚

      1. I don’t blame you . . . if you get the wrong tenants it can be a real headache. πŸ™‚ All the best with it.

  25. Everything will be fine and it will go amazing πŸ‘

    1. Thank you so much for the support and encouragement! πŸ˜€

  26. I can’t wait to see what you are going to do with it next. Meanwhile your family has to eat. Yikes!

    1. I can’t wait to share it!
      It was definitely a challenge cooking meals. I had no counter so I had to do everything right on the stove. And I had to sit my toaster in the living room! haha!!

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