Sunday, May 10, 2015

Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel


Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel

Back in May 2014, we moved into our house built in 1859.  Unfortunately, the kitchen was a 1950's eye sore and didn't match the rest of the beautiful house.  We decided the boring, flat cabinets and drop panel ceiling had to go!  Boy...did we find a hot mess hiding under it but the history of the house was revealed!

We did everything in the kitchen ourselves, with the exception of refinishing the floors.  They have survived this long...we didn't want to destroy them!

Including all new appliances we remodeled the kitchen for under $5,000!  
Before

A lot had to happen in this kitchen to make it functional again!  4 layers of ceiling had to come down...a drop ceiling, leftover ceiling tiles, oil cloth and the lath and plaster.  Whew!  

And here it is...Almost all finished...
We just couldn't wait to show it off!

After
The floors were buried under 5 layers of linoleum and inlaid hardwood floors were found!  


We torn down the upper cabinets and replaced them with open shelves.  The lower cabinets were used but we added wood to the fronts and replaced the hardware.  We also added the two smaller cabinets next to the stove.  Since they are different we decided to feature them in red.  




The color of kitchen was determined by the original color we found on some oilcloth from the original walls.  We fell in love with the color immediately!




We still have a few more projects to work to work on, so stay tuned for the railroad cart island, the pantry with a few unique twists and a surprise stairway to nowhere turned into something fun!

 

So...what happened to the floors?  Many moons ago, the floors that were hiding were covered up.  After 5 layers of linoleum and underlayment were taken up...this is what we found!   Beautiful inlaid hardwood floors that match one of the bedrooms on the main floor.  In the background you can see the other amazing inlaid patterns in the dining room and living room.    The only thing we didn't do in the kitchen was refinish the floors.  With the top nailed floors, we didn't want to take the chance of ruining them with sanding.  
It all paid off!


How could you ever cover up this amazing woodwork!

The picture below shows the one main stain on the floor.  I guess after 150 years, there is plenty of character in this floor.  We believe they had a linoleum "Rug" in this area and it must have gotten wet under it.  We found some odd, large patterned linoleum in this area when tearing up the floors.


 

Here is a sneak peek at our next project...the island made from a factory cart we found.  Scott is building a beautiful top for it.  Watch for the reveal, coming soon!





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8 comments:

  1. This is amazing!!!!! I am in love with all the little details.

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    1. Thank you! More details are coming in the next week. Thanks for visiting.

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  2. Wow. What a lot of work. And it paid off. It looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

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  3. You seem to have kept the character of your home but brought it up to date and fresh. The floors are a piece of art.

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  4. How did you get the 5 layers of linoleum up? We are currently remodeling an old house and want to keep the oak floors but are having a hard time getting the old flooring up.

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    1. Several of the layers came up pretty easily. Some were stapled down...to overkill! It was painstaking getting the staples out. Then we came to glue like stuff that had the paper backing from the last layer. We had to boil water, then soak a washcloth in it and lay it on the glue...Then scrap. It was gooey and a long process but soooo worth it!

      What are you seeing...is yours glued, stapled or what?

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    2. Several of the layers came up pretty easily. Some were stapled down...to overkill! It was painstaking getting the staples out. Then we came to glue like stuff that had the paper backing from the last layer. We had to boil water, then soak a washcloth in it and lay it on the glue...Then scrap. It was gooey and a long process but soooo worth it!

      What are you seeing...is yours glued, stapled or what?

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