Once upon a time there was a house. In this house there was a little kitchen.
One day a (*cough* overly-ambitious) couple purchased the home with very big ideas.
While they loved the “personality” of the home, they wanted to make some changes.
They did some crazy things, like sacrificing the hall closet, in hopes of creating a bigger kitchen.
And after a very long search, found the right tool for the job.
And they all lived happily ever after…
I love looking at this series of photos! When I am feeling down-and-out about all the work we have to do in this house, reminders of how far we have come are very encouraging.
My mom is here this week and she is helping me “fiddle” with decorative items.
I love “fiddling”. Moving this vase here. This book there. This chair there. Fiddling makes a house a home.
We’re still working on that space above the fridge.
Still no cabinet doors… They are patiently awaiting me in the basement…
I’m not sure I can express how much space we gained by knocking out the closet. It’s hard to believe we were originally looking at refrigerator’s that would fit where the chalkboard is now.
In regards to the hall closet, it was pretty weak. It was hardly a hanger-deep. I don’t regret it one bit. (We have a coat rack anyways and will keep extra winter coats in an upstairs closet.)
By knocking down the wall, removing the door and molding, rewiring the electricity and moving the water line (all thanks to Moose. I just bought him ice cream sandwiches.) we had a new fridge spot! Then installing new molding and the back paneling, caulking the nail holes and painting (hey! I did that one!) we have a new recessed fridge.
It was a mighty big pain, but worth the effort.
Notes on buying a new refrigerator:
It’s not fun. We probably went to go look at refrigerators 25 times. (Hello! They don’t sell those on the clearance rack at Marshall’s. It’s got to be a well-thought-out decision.)
We needed it to be a counter-depth fridge and wanted it to be stainless steel and preferentially the french door/freezer bottom set up. We also didn’t want the ice-maker on the front door. We didn’t want cheap-o handles and we wanted nice sliding drawers inside. Oh, and if the sides were gray instead of black that would be great too.
That’s not a laundry-list of requests now, is it?
We looked at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Sear’s, Sear’s Outlet, Best Buy, Online stores… so on and on and on.
We found this Kitchen Aid model that was NOT listed as a counter-depth fridge, but the actual size specifications were counter depth (tricky, tricky!). And (shocker!) it met all of our requirements.
To get the most bang for the buck, we purchased it from Lowe’s. However, we had them price-match to the Best Buy’s listing price for the same fridge and then (after lots of smiles) were able to use a 10% off coupon as well. Plus, since it’s a new energy star appliance there is a $50 government rebate.
It took three weeks to finally get here (and we bought a random fridge on Craig’s List for $40 in the mean-time) but we L-O-V-E it.
Don’t get too excited. We still need to re-drywall the entire back. When you’re standing in our hallway you are staring at the back of the refrigerator.
But we celebrate the little victories!