This old kitchen has seen some serious change over the years. Come see how my old house kitchen remodel is going thus far.
We moved into our home at the end of May. The plan had always been to remodel the kitchen but it would have to wait until next year because kitchen remodels are expensive! Unfortunately, there were different plans in store for us. Here's our old house kitchen remodel update!
The kitchen wasn't horrible, but not my favorite. By the looks of it, this old house kitchen has had some serious remodeling working done over the last 140 years. The only thing left from 1880 (that I can tell) is the old brick chimney in the corner (not pictured).
Around August, I was digging around in my cooking utensil drawer and to my great horror, I found MOUSE POOP!!!!! Not just one dropping.....MANY!
I'm trying to put into words here how that made me feel but it's sounding really dramatic. All my life I have been conditioned to hate mice and this absolutely took me over the edge. I felt violated. I even shed a few tears.
We did what most would do. Cleaned out all of the drawers and thought we found the source of where the mice were coming in, and put down traps and bait. We had a "clean" month, but low and behold, I found mouse poop in my drawers again. I couldn't take it. This would not fly. We decided the mice must be getting in somewhere we couldn't see, maybe behind the cabinet. The only way to find out was to rip out our cabinets. So, that's what we did!
I called up my trusty sidekick and she drove all the way from Missouri to Michigan to help me!
Here are some photos of the very therapeutic/terrifying teardown!
Your eyes are not deceiving you. Right there, under our cabinets are 2 giant holes straight into the crawlspace which is a dirt floor...complete with mouse tunnels. HORRIFYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The correct measures were taken to seal up the tunnels and holes and I am happy to report that we are currently mouse free! Ready for some transformation photos?
Here's where we are at this exact moment in time. Yes, I know there is haze on the tile...such is life when you are tired and mid remodel. The good news is it wipes right off. Anyone want to come help me?
What has been done?
We have all three walls tiled, new lower cabinets, white concrete countertops, a new sink, new to us gas stovetop, a newly painted white ceiling, and a vintage barn pendant light/ 4 new recessed lights!
The countertops and tile deserve a post of their own, so stay tuned for those links! For now, countertops were made with the Z Counterform System and tile is by Jefferey Court Home Depot line. Both are hyperlinked so click away to check them out!
What's to come?
There is still so much to do in this kitchen that it almost gives me a headache to think about. I'm very pleased though with the progress thus far. We will be adding arches to both doorways coming into this kitchen and building open shelving as our upper cabinets.
All in all, the main goals for this kitchen have been met thus far. Number one, take care of the mice. Number two, make this small kitchen open and more functional. Check and check!!