Embracing the whole cute small house with character idea my parents Mark and Lori, moved from a bland, large newer home into a small cottage style house built in 1933. Since my Mom and Dad are accomplished do-it-yourselfers trading in a finished low maintenance home for an older house that needed to be completely redone wasn’t out of their league. Now that it’s just my youngest sister Gloria (love ya Glo!) and their three year old yorkie-poo Carlos (best dog ever!) at home with them they did not need as much room and were yearning for a house with soul. To say that this house needed a facelift is an understatement, we’re talking a full head to toe nip and tuck operation here. But this is why I love old houses, a couple swings of the hammer and she’s ready for the ball!
The first issue with the kitchen was the layout, lots of wasted space. Second, everything was basically falling apart, countertop cracked, dishwasher barely worked, and on and on. Here’s a lovely picture of Cinderella before her prince charming…
We put together a layout that would provide more storage and open up the space. Then my parents started shopping around for the best value on cabinets, appliances, countertops, etc. They divied up the work between professionals (plumbing, electrical, installing cabinets) and themselves (painting, trim, installing tile). I love how the new space is floaded with light and lets you see more of the dining and living room. They planned a simple color pallet so colorful accents could jazz it up at a whim.
I love the concrete countertops and modern hardware…
My Dad, aka master tile installer put up the back splash, he throws a mean trowel!
My sweet little Bram helps define scale and proportion, the perfect model in my eyes!
I’ve lived though a couple kitchen renovations with my folks and they do a great job. It’s never fun to wash dishes in your bathtub or eat out of a microwave for extended periods but it was worth it!
Cabinets: Meridian, Appliances: KitchenAid, Flooring: Lumber Liquidators, Sink: Elklay,Trim Paint: Benjamin Moore White Dove, Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore Timid White, Tile: Lowes