Today I thought I'd finally show you the before pics of the kitchen and living room in our house.
When you walk in the front door, there is a small entryway that opens right up into the open concept family/living room and kitchen.
Here's a better look at the living room side of things, with the previous owners' belongings.
It is hard to tell but the fireplace is just a plug-in (not included in the sale). Also, the big window behind the sofa is actually a lovely, new bay window. The window treatments don't really show this off though, so we have plans to change that. It looks right onto the street so something is necessary, but we think we can make the room feel bigger and the window more special by changing this up.
Here's the room all empty and ready to be painted. Burgundy can be lovely, just not for us and not in narrow spaces like this one.
Now let's take a better look at the kitchen.
There are lots of drawers, which I think is awesome. I definitely prefer drawers to cupboards. Somehow they keep me more organized. In our old condo kitchen, we had only three small drawers total, so this feels like a huge upgrade.
(You can check out our first home's kitchen right here).
This type of cooktop is not my fave, but we aren't going to change it or anything since it is in good working order. The backsplash, white cabinetry, and butcher block I totally love.
I'll do a post one day on reviving dried out butcher block that has been neglected, and how to care for these countertops. They already look so much better than when we took possession. The photo below is, again, with the sellers' belongings.
Here's a look at the island that separates the kitchen and living room. Ignore the previous owners' belongings in this pic.
Our plans involve adding modern barstools, eventually new industrial pendant lights, accessories like a small rug in front of the sink and possibly a faux roman shade over the window, and lots and lots of paint. For the living room, we bought a brand new couch, and have plans for some nice storage and a gallery wall (oh, and those window treatments I mentioned).
There are also things that are hard to see in the pics that needed finishing. For instance, there are lights under the cabinets but they are not hooked up properly so they don't work. Also, the crown moulding above the cabinets had never had the nail holes filled, hadn't been caulked, and wasn't painted. We've fixed that. The little things somehow make such a big difference, even if they aren't noticeable in an obvious way to other people.
Perhaps the most important thing we'll be doing is cleaning.
The photos don't do the dirtiness of the house justice. I think it probably scared off a lot of potential buyers who couldn't see past the grime (as I mentioned a little while ago, this house was on the market for ages before we bought it). I am sure the previous homeowners were wonderful people who just happened to not excel in the cleaning and organizing department, but it did make it hard to look at the house (versus look at the clutter). To illustrate, here's two photos I happened to snap of some of the stuff we found after moving in.
The fridge and freezer were just plain gross. Look at all that old food! Remember, this is after they had moved out and we had taken possession. You can imagine what else we found in the shed, furnace room, etc. Surprises everywhere!
I gathered up stuff that seemed sentimental (like family photos) or valuable (like video cameras--yes, plural-- jewelry, cash, cheque books, car keys, and gift cards) that were left around and returned them to their realtor to get to them. You can see some of the items gathered in a drawer below (we just corralled everything we found as we cleaned). Stuff that felt like junk, as well as obvious garbage (there was loads of it) we disposed of. Remember, this was not a foreclosure or anything, so this was unexpected. It helps illustrate how poorly the house showed (little effort was put into basic tidying for showings) which I think was a really good thing for us as the purchasers. If you're house hunting, look past the garbage to see potential!
Anyway, back to the tour.
So you can get a sense of layout, through the kitchen (on the opposite side from the living room) is the dining room. I'll show you around there shortly, but for now here's a glimpse of it. It is separate but very much connected, which I love.
And that is our new kitchen and family room. They are actually a big part of why we fell in love with this house. I can't wait to show you how we dress 'em up and organize these spaces!