Our kitchen and great room renovation project took a little under two months, and boy does it feel great to wake up every morning and NOT walk into a construction site. Of course, we still have a to-do list a mile long, but we can definitely call this project done. And we are so, so happy with how it turned out.
I wanted to do a before/after post about our renovation, but realized I didn’t really take a lot of pictures of our house before the walls came down. I had just started this blog with my friend and we were focusing on things like cooking and gardening. My husband and I were already into the reno project when I decided it would be nice to add updates on our house progress to Peachy Hill, as well. This means I have a lot of pictures of the house in mid-construction disarray, but not many of how we were living before.
Here you are looking from the kitchen (through the studs of the wall that was removed) into the dining room and beyond that to the living room where you’ll see my envious mountain of laundry on the couch. (Note: Does it EVER end?!) I have lots of shots of us living in our house before which kind of show what it looks like, but they are not photos dedicated to showing the rooms. And, if I’m honest, in our family photos at least one person is usually in their underwear.
I did, however, manage to find the realtor shots from before we purchased it. Which will make the before and afters even more crazy, since it’s completely different stuff.
Here is a shot of the kitchen before:
(I also have a separate post dedicated to talking about the kitchen, along with a budget breakdown.) Here is another before of the other side of the kitchen:
This is the dining room before we moved in. I think that wood + brass light fixture is in our garage still if anyone is interested!
And here’s what it looks like now:
And here is the dining room looking toward the kitchen from another angle:
This is the living room before:
Here is a detail shot of our bay windows. (Learn how I made these super cheap window cushions and curtains out of shower curtains here.)
This is looking into the living room.
And back out of it.
Again, here is what it looked like mid-renovation looking from the kitchen into the living room. Yes, we lived like this for two months.
And what that same view looks like now:
This was mid-renovation looking from the living room into the kitchen after the first wall was removed. (Please excuse the diaper model lounging in the chair.)
And the same view now:
What a difference tearing out a couple of walls can make, huh? We love the new open concept feel. I swear even doing irksome chores like the dishes are a little less monotonous and painful because I can simultaneously have a conversation, watch television, or talk to my kiddos. If you’re thinking about going for an open concept, I highly recommend it!