My husband has been busy in our kitchen lately. We have our laundry area in our kitchen. It used to be housed behind bi-fold doors, but the area isn’t very deep, and couldn’t hold our new washer and dryer as is. We made the decision to keep the machines exposed to the kitchen, since we aren’t looking to impress anyone. We just need the area to be functional for our family. Our kitchen also had a very tight eating area that we never used at one end. That area has become a visible storage mess. We have boxes piled up in it, cluttered bookshelves, a new bathroom vanity in its box, tools and so much more. Our plan is to put up a wall, and door to have storage out of sight. (Hopefully organized too) 😉
Tomorrow is the day we will purchase some materials to get it framed up and hopefully we’ll start working by Tuesday.
I am really excited to have the kitchen completed…besides new flooring. We don’t have the money to get that done just yet, but eventually we will. 🙂
I wish I had taken pictures of what things used to look like. We had a center island which we removed, and placed where our fridge used to be. We had to attach the island to an existing cabinet, and buy a new top that would fit them both. We kept the cabinet that was above the fridge, and built a shelf below it. We moved our fridge into what was our pantry. The fridge fits perfectly. (After hubby did a bit of adjustment by trimming drywall.) Because the fridge isn’t as tall as the pantry doorway he repurposed the shelves and created a deeper shelf to go above the fridge. Right now we have drinks there, but we might change things after the storage room is completed.
We stacked our new washer and dryer to maximize space in our laundry area. This gave us the opportunity to put a cabinet and counter in that area. We purchased a new cabinet, but were able to repurpose the kitchen island top. I thought it might be nice to have a corkboard on the wall for lists, menus, important numers etc. Hubby found one that fits the area, and was inexpensive too. With a few hanging rod brackets, and a board we were able to build a shelf to house all of our laundry chemicals up and out of reach of our little ones, and a perfect place to keep our hangers. What we keep in the cabinet below might change once we have the storage room, but for now it holds soda cans, kitty litter, trash bags etc.
I’m happy with the changes we have made to make our house function better for our family’s needs. We now have a dining area in our kitchen again too. We probably won’t use it as one, instead it will most likely be used as a place to play board games. We are using some old folding chairs around a round table we had in storage. It will look nicer once we find some wood chairs, but function matters more than appearance to us.