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Our First Floor Renovation #Unfiltered | Part 1

 It all begins here.

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Nothing bothers me more than when someone stages a home renovation. By staging I mean, making sure theres absolutely no mess in sight. If you’ve ever changed anything in your house you know even the smallest changes can make the biggest messes (AKA painting a wall). When painting a wall your furniture is most likely in the middle of the room, there’s some sort of drop cloth over the floor, there’s buckets of paint and brushes everywhere. My point is… there’s no such thing as a “perfect” renovation. We’re all human and there’s no point in trying to hide that. And personally, it’s easier to relate when it doesn’t look staged. So without further ado… Welcome to my home!

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I want an open floor plan. I want the living room, dining room, and kitchen all to be open to each other. In order to do that we need to tear down some walls, replace flooring, and make a huge mess in the process. I’m considering volgging the whole process. If you don’t know what vlogging is, I would basically record what we’re doing and what we’re up to and you’d be able to watch everything happen (well not everything because that would take forever to watch). The finished kitchen is all I can picture. In my mind everything looks amazing. Follow our journey so you can see how the final renovation turns out.

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Currently our porch looks a little something like this… yes that’s drywall. I’m not sure why it’s on the porch, we should probably just shove it in the garage or something but that’s where part of the old wall ended up. Oh and incase you wanted to see our disgusting front door… Here you go.

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That screen door is probably the most hideous thing I have ever seen. Don’t worry though folks it will be gone soon (but not soon enough). We’re replacing the front door completely and I could not be more excited. We won’t have a screen door anymore but I won’t really miss having one. We purchased this beautiful new door from Lowes and I think it’s really going to help the overall look of our house (from the outside) tremendously. Our house doesn’t really have the greatest curb appeal… in my opinion it has no curb appeal at all but it’s just too expensive to reface our house.

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I can’t find a link to the door on Lowes (probably because it’s a special order) but I can try to find the name/type if anyone is interested in being front door twins 😉

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Watch your step, and don’t trip over my boyfriends shoes. From here the house just looks like it needs some tidying up. When you take a step further though… 

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Finally, welcome to our mess 🙂 The wall you’re seeing now wasn’t always that color it was actually a beige color which you’ll see on the remaining wall to your left. Don’t you just love that bright red carpet? Don’t worry that will be gone soon, too.

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If you step into our home and look further down the wall you will see this massive gas fireplace. We’re actually trying to get rid of it because it’s way too big for the space, but no one is looking to buy a fireplace in the summer… go figure. And yes, the men in my life really like their Redken shampoo. 

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Oh hey, the fireplace used to be on this wall… obviously. We haven’t gotten around to finish painting this wall yet because there’s a huge hole in the wall where the gas line was and we don’t want to paint it until it’s patched. At least the other two walls look good 🙂

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We’re just going to assume that the new framing in that wall is where the old doorway used to be. After taking a look at the floor we seem to be correct. Don’t you just love the vinyl tiles (can I insert a barfing emoji here)?

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I think the tile still looks better than the carpeting that used to be in the kitchen. Seriously though, who puts carpet in a kitchen? I dropped an egg on the floor… like how do you even clean that up?

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Before I show you the demolition progress from the kitchen I thought I would show you before pictures. I have all the cabinets labeling so I could figure out how the new layout was going to work.

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There used to be a tall pantry right next to the door but we took it out before I got the chance to take a picture. You can get all the details on our blue door in another blog post. Right now it looks horrid with the yellow walls. 

Welcome to our home - Our #unfiltered home renovation Part 1 via sweetasacookie.comThe saved wine bottles are going to be used for something cool that we haven’t thought of yet…  Everything that was in the cabinets that are now not on the wall is on the kitchen island. I can’t wait for my kitchen to be back to normal. 

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Hey look it’s a drive through window in our kitchen 🙂 At least that’s what my boyfriend thinks. He said I can hand him his dinner through the little peep hole. The plan is to next finish tearing out the whole wall and then tear out the wall next to the refrigerator. Then I will almost get the full effect of what our new kitchen will be like. With the refrigerator still there it’s going to be hard to imagine it being completely open but I could not be more excited!

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We starting tearing out the drywall around the chimney just so we knew what we were getting ourselves into. It’s going to need a heavy coat of paint. Later down the road we’ll probably cover it in a nice stone.

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The other side of the kitchen is still the same… just a little messier. When it’s all said and done the cabinets are going to be raised to the ceiling and I’m going to add shelving underneath for more storage. The refrigerator will be moved next to the garage door and the kitchen will be extremely open.

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I plan on adding additional shelving on this wall. I want to be able to store my favorite “showy” kitchen items on these shelves. We already starting building them and I cannot wait until they’re hung. I think we’re hanging four but we won’t know for sure until we figure everything out.

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I guess the chimney will be the centerpiece once it’s all said and done (so it better look nice). 

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 Here’s where our kitchen cabinets ended up. The corner cabinet is going to end up getting hung in the basement or garage for storage since we won’t be needing it anymore. The rest are going to be refinished and stained.

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This wall is the biggest project. Since it’s a load bearing wall it’s a little trickier. We already went and got everything figured out with an engineer and now we’re just waiting to hear back from her so we can call the inspector.  

 

As fun as all of this is I can’t wait for it to be done. Have you ever done some serious home improvement? I’d love to hear your stories!