Kitchen Remodel 2013: The Kitchen Before Pictures

Kitchen Remodel 2013. Or the GREAT kitchen remodel of 2013. Or the we are completely and totally insane for remodeling a kitchen ourselves in like the shortest amount of time to do it but its going to be so so so amazing when we are done 2013.

So without further adieu here are the before pics. Ugly. Old. Outdated. Worn. In desperate need of a total overhaul from the ground up. As far as the quality of these pics are concerned – most are from my iphone. The final pics I will take with my DSLR. And probably a gazilion taken with my phone to post on twitter and instagram and facebook and….

Kitchen Remodel 2013 Before PineappleandCoconut 2 Kitchen Remodel 2013: The Kitchen Before PicturesThis is the view from the dining room. That archway is the view from the sink. Yes wash dishes as you stare at the dining room and hopefully don’t splash out into it. We are moving the sink to a different side of the kitchen and my rangetop will be here. Hole in wall closed up.  Oh and that ugly chandelier is going too.

Kitchen Remodel 2013 Before PineappleandCoconut 3 Kitchen Remodel 2013: The Kitchen Before PicturesWalking towards the kitchen from the dining room. Just look at ALL that natural light coming in from the windows. Food Bloggers dream. ANd this is wintertime light! South facing windows will mean a ton of light all year round. So so so excited about this. Yes that is our measuring tape on the ground. That wall there is being extended 4-6″ so I can have double ovens in my new kitchen.

Kitchen Remodel 2013 Before PineappleandCoconut 4 Kitchen Remodel 2013: The Kitchen Before PicturesLooking at one half of the kitchen. Awful tile counters, old, worn cabinets, peeling laminate floors, weird island shape, and that low soffit. All of it? Going, going, gone. And yes that is my DSLR on the counter. I sort of forgot a memory card for it at home, hence the iphone pics. ha ha


Kitchen Remodel 2013 Before PineappleandCoconut 8 Kitchen Remodel 2013: The Kitchen Before PicturesLooking down from most of the way up the stairs into the kitchen;  again that low soffit, really no point in it. It makes that half of the kitchen darker, and isn’t part of a load bearing wall so really no need for it.

Kitchen Remodel 2013 Before PineappleandCoconut 5 Kitchen Remodel 2013: The Kitchen Before PicturesI just don’t understand a sink overlooking a room of a house. Every house I have lived in , with the exception of one small apartment, has always had the sink facing a window. So we will be swapping the sink and cooking areas for the most part. And adding a garden window above the sink.

Kitchen Remodel 2013 Before PineappleandCoconut 11 Kitchen Remodel 2013: The Kitchen Before PicturesThese cabinets are actually already down and in the garage. They were the only cabinets not falling apart so my husband will use as part of his garage work bench. This will be the future site of my desk/office that will be part of a built in we are making and our refrigerator will be moved down closer to this side than where the space is now for one.

Kitchen Remodel 2013 Before PineappleandCoconut 6 Kitchen Remodel 2013: The Kitchen Before PicturesI can’t get over all this natural light in my new kitchen

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Future site of breakfast nook and other half of kitchen. There is a space to the left of the windows that we will be expanding a few feet to add more cabinets with a wine fridge!

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Now you can see the space here that we will be expanding out a couple feet. There will be cabinets below on this side for extra storage and the kitchen floor will be extended out above it, so they will be like built-ins. And above will be those extra cabinets with the wine fridge. The kitchen isn’t HUGE but its big enough to really make it nice. Its about a 16’6″ by almost 20′ room. One thing is that there is no walk in pantry. BUT we are making one.

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Just down the stairs is a wet bar. Do we need one? Not really. If this was a lot further away from the kitchen maybe we would use it? Its odd use of space under the stairs. So this will be my pantry/appliance storage. Sort of odd being that its down the the few stairs from the kitchen, but I really don’t want take up any space in the kitchen to create a pantry and take away precious cabinet space. So we will convert this into a pantry.

I have been pinning a TON Of ideas for kitchens and other DIY projects for the home and ideas for the other rooms in my house on Pinterest. I designed our kitchen and my husband is doing most of the labor. We are now waiting on permit approvals to move forward. Most are approved just waiting on my garden window plans approval.

I love beachy and coastal inspired looks. Clean, fresh colors, whites and teals. I have ordered some samples of tile for my backsplash and already picked out my wall color. Our cabinets will be white and we have gorgeous dark wood flooring we have on the way as well.

Stay tuned for demolition pics!!

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  1. New homes are so exciting! and I am nosey and love peeking…yours looks like it has great potential…can’t wait to see the after shots!
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    • Thanks Fiona! We are taking pics of every step and will even do some tutorials. My husband is doing most of the work, even building the cabinets! It will be a long project but so worth it!

  2. How FUN! I can absolutely see the potential here. I’m especially looking forward to seeing your walkin pantry/appliance storage. I have an obsession with them. I think I’ll just live vicariously through you, as I’m still stuck in my apartment kitchen that gets ZERO natural light. I have to move anything I want to photograph to another room, which is a real pain.
    Have fun and share lots of pics!
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    • I am so excited for all of it. The pantry will be interesting given the angle of the ceiling it will have being under the stairs but it has enough room I think I can make the most of it for storage.

  3. I totally agree… why would someone put a sink facing the dining room? While your guests eat you can wash dishes and, what, watch them be happy?
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  4. I can not wait to see the finished product! I am sure it will be amazing!
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  5. Good luck with the remodel! We finished our kitchen remodel in the fall and it was well worth it! Since we’ve remodeled two houses over the past 30 years, most of the work we did ourselves, we did contract this kitchen remodel out. Lots of ups and downs with that, but it was all worth it! You’re going to love your new kitchen. Love all of the natural light! Looking forward to seeing the process. I posted some kitchen remodel posts on my site if you’re interested.
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  6. I know the renovation process itself isn’t very much fun (i.e. living without a kitchen) but it is going to look fantastic once everything is done. I can’t wait to see the after pictures! :)
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  7. lil_minster says:

    That kitchen totally reminds me of our original kitchen – same exact cabinets, white tile counters…I’m guessing the house was built in the early 90’s like mine. We remodeled ours about 3 years ago and I’m still in love with it. Good luck with the remodel. Oh and that soffit – KILLS ME! LOL

    • Yup a 90s build. SO many houses here look like this one. Tile counters KILL me. SO ugly! I would love to see your kitchen. Yeah that soffit? It had to go

      • lil_minster says:

        Can you send me your email and I’ll email pics to you? I tried sending you a message on your ‘Contact me’ section but I can’t get the captcha thingy to work!

  8. Very exciting. Looking forward to seeing those before/after pics right next to each other to see how dramatic the change is. You weren’t kidding about pinning a TON of ideas on Pinterest. Didn’t know if you would be interested in checking out some of our kitchens for some additional inspiration… however, I’m wondering if you have too much inspiration from all of those pics! LOL. If you do, let me know what you think! Thanks!

  9. In my townhome my sink had a lookthrough into the dining room, but I could also see into the living room and the tv, so that’s why I liked it. :) I couldn’t have had a kitchen sink with a window because most of the wall with the windows was taken up by sliding doors to my deck. I think it all depends on the layout of the house.
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    • I think sliding doors to a deck are awesome! Our new house doesn’t have a deck or patio off the kitchen – its on its own level. We will eventually make a deck and have french doors off the kitchen. And the original sink was facing the dining room and formal living. Not the family room where my kids would most likely always be so really the location wasn’t great. I have seen many layouts with the sinks facing a living room rather than on a wall with a window. I just love having a garden window above my sink

  10. This is incredible. I can’t wait to see how it goes. I am addicted to DIY shows and remodel shows and real estate shows. Hooray for you. The light is awesome!

  11. Wow, if that’s outdated, I don’t even want to show you my kitchen! We still have carpet in there. Ick. Sounds like you have some great plans though!
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    • Carpet in a kitchen?? That is so weird!! we have carpet in the master bathroom and it will get torn out. There was a lot of damage up close with our kitchen, the cabinets were all own down, lots of cracks in the tile counters, and we discovered once they were torn out that they were in even worse condition. So yeah, they needed to go

  12. Oh how exciting to renovate a kitchen. I wish ours had more natural light like yours. I think I have the same cupboards, floor tile and counter tile that you do. I can’t wait to see your project! Hope your weekend was great!
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  13. Shanna, I am so happy to have read this post just prior to Valentine’s Day. Your hubs! LOVE HIM! He is total awesomeness for doing the whole DIY thang for the toughest room in the house for a remodel…all for the love of his life and to make her dreams come true. Bless his heart now and forevs! Can’t wait to read thru this series of posts. And, heck yeah! What’s the deal with that dang soffit? And, the tile countertops? Kitchen sink window into dining room? Yeah. All. Gotta. Go. Kitchen looked like a cave, LOL! I’m already eager to see how bright, sunny and open your new kitchen will be! So proud and happy for you both to take this design and remodel project head on! Best of luck for a smoooooth remodel! xo
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