As you may have spied from the new dining room photos, the new kitchen now connects to it. Before, the old kitchen was towards the back corner of the house (now the master bedroom) and not in the best location. The new kitchen space was once used for storage, but it is in the heart of the home, has the big double-sided fireplace, and connects to the back porch (a soon to be al fresco dining area), so it seemed like the perfect spot for a new kitchen. Another bonus - it is the biggest room in the house.
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I also completely fell in love with the original beadboard arch in this room. I think it adds so much character to a space where there wasn't a lot of character left.
Not to be a broken record, but by the time we got to finishing out the kitchen, we had basically no money left. Marble countertops, stately range hoods, and custom cabinets were simply not going to happen. We went with Formica faux marble laminate countertops, stock white shaker cabinets, over-sized subway tile backsplash, and lower-end stainless appliances. It gave us the aesthetic we wanted (and durability) at a fraction of the cost of the Pinterest perfect kitchen.
That exposed brick fireplace is double-sided so we were able to uncover the side in the kitchen to create a sculpture-like tower dividing the two rooms. We took down the wall between the kitchen and dining room to make more of an open-concept.
The original beadboard walls had to go because of the termite damage and reframing but we were able to save the beadboard ceilings.