Dear Crissy

Kitchen renovation update

As we inch closer and closer to the official start of summer, we’re also inching closer and closer to finally having the kitchen of our dreams. Of course, in the meantime, we don’t have a kitchen AT ALL, and with two toddlers, this whole kitchen renovation process has been… a challenge.

In case you missed my first kitchen renovation post, you’ll want to catch-up, and see the kitchen renovation before photos. You can also find out what we found entombed within those 1954-built walls—you might be surprised!

Kitchen Renovation Update

Here’s a little recap of our progress since my last post. Be sure to put on your work boots, safety glasses, and a respirator, it’s going to get a little funky in here.

First off, can I get three cheers for insulation and fresh drywall? It was a relief just to see our kitchen renovation reach this phase. I felt immediately inspired when I could finally see a (more or less) clean slate.

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The next step was removing the flooring in preparation for our new hardwood. My husband counted five layers of flooring including the laminate that was our top layer. About two minutes after this shot was taken, Zach and I both put on respirators. The dust and odor that was kicked up during this process was unreal.

I don’t think I’ve ever smelled anything so bad in my life!

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Some of the previous flooring was pretty interesting.

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I particularly loved this flooring. The gold squares actually glittered in the sunlight. Just imagine how bright and sparkly this flooring would have been in its heyday! The new flooring we chose isn’t quite as… festive.

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We also did a little painting this week. With the kitchen cabinets taking up so much of our wall space, we won’t have a ton of visible painted area.

Because our main goal with this kitchen remodel is to create a brighter and more inviting space, we chose a very light color—it’s Olympic and it’s called Heavy Cream.

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This photo gives you a little idea of how the paint looks on the walls. Of course, the photo is a bit misleading. This color is VERY light and subtle in person.

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After ripping up all the old flooring, Zach spend quite a bit of time putting down new sub-flooring and trying to get the floor level. One of the challenges of trying to renovate an older home, at least in the case of this home, is that nothing is square, level, or plumb. NOTHING. This adds hours of extra work at every turn.

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Finally, the plywood was down, and as level as possible given what we had to work with. Zach actually finished this part just minutes before the hardwood installers arrived. Cutting it close, as always!

I wanted to save better photos of our new hardwood for later in the reveal, but, I did snap a shot with my iPhone. We got a gunstock oak hardwood flooring, and we could not be happier with it. It’s just incredible the way this hardwood flooring makes our kitchen feel.

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I can’t believe that our kitchen renovation is finally starting to come together. Very soon, our new cabinets will be here, and after that, our new LG appliances will be delivered. It’s HAPPENING, and I am so, so, so excited.

If you were building the kitchen of your dreams, what kind of flooring would you choose? What about a paint color?

LG will be sponsoring upcoming posts that feature their products, however, I was not paid for this particular mention—just wanted to let you know!

    23 Comments on “Kitchen renovation update”

  1. I can’t wait to tackle our kitchen in the next couple of years, well, pay our contractor to tackle it. My hubs and I re-did our kitchen in our house and it was so much work – and lots of take out. Never again. I can’t wait to see the finished kitchen.

  2. Our remodel starts on Tuesday. I am both excited and scared as I set up a temporary kitchen in the basement. There will be lots of microwave, slow cooker and take out for the next 5-6 weeks. I will be following closely so I know what to expect next. Love your choice of flooring.

  3. I totally love the feel of a clean slate with home remodeling! I can’t wait to see the finished – and all the in-between – posts!

  4. Coming along very nicely. When do you think you will finish?

  5. It’s going to be so nice when it’s done. Can’t wait for the final reveal!

  6. Your floor is beautiful! I love the oak myself, I have bamboo and don’t really like it. I love the color you chose to paint the kitchen also. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

  7. Looking good. Love the festive ‘before’ flooring.

  8. Floors look beautiful!! I can’t wait to see the kitchen finished.

  9. You are getting there! It is looking great so far. Hardwoods are the only way to go. Love them!

  10. How exciting!! We went through a kitchen remodel when I was pregnant with my first and was so excited to finally have it done. Now it’s my favorite room in the house!

  11. I love hardwood flooring, but I think if I could choose I would have cork in the kitchen. I am madly in love with the color of the wood you chose. I would want it in the rest of my house! (Besides bathrooms)

  12. I think everything looks great and good job

  13. Wow, that is an amazing transformation so far! I can’t wait to see the final reveal! I love the Honey color! I also feel like my kitchen needs a facelift and a brighter and lighter color is definitely what I would choose!

    I love the hardwood flooring. I would probably go with a hardwood flooring as well. I hate laminate. But not sure what color I’d pick.

  14. Dear Crissy,

    That is quite a process!! on the kitchen renovation. You had two linoleum floorings and quite modern back in the 50’s, especially black white specs with jewel tone squares!! :)

  15. That is so exciting! We desperately need new floors in our kitchen. They are old & not in great condition. I love the look that you chose for yours & I cannot wait to see more!

  16. LOVE the floors! I so have been thinking about doing this to my kitchen. Well, I’ve been thinking about it for years but haven’t had the courage to start it yet. Can’t wait to see the final product!

  17. The floor is gorgeous, and I love the paint color you picked. You are so blessed to have Zach being able to do so much of the kitchen makeover. I can not wait to see it when it is done!!

  18. That old tile is 80s fantastic. Glad you documented it, it deserved its last hoorah ;) Love your choice of paint and the floor is beautiful. Anticipation! :)

  19. I’d definitely go with wood flooring, but as for the color, that would take a lot of thought and samples!

  20. Does this mean there is a lot of take out food going on??

  21. Looks great! I can’t wait to see the reveal. How exciting for you all!!

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