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jseakoi
Remodeling Old, Small Kitchen
jseakoi

We just purchased an older home built in the mid 60's. We are wanting to do some renovating in the kitchen but wanted to get others' ideas about how to update a small kitchen. We are planning on getting new stainless steel appliances, installing new countertops, new sink, new flooring, painting the cabinets, and installing new hardware on them.

We are also considering taking out the upper half of the kitchen sink wall and creating a bar. This would open the kitchen up to the dining room on the other side. However, doing this would take out a lot of cabinets in an already small kitchen.

Any ideas? Here is a link to some pictures of the kitchen. https://goo.gl/photos/SxzkDKBDrRuhh5xPA

Lynne
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Lynne

Is that a clothes dryer? Is the washing machine in there too? If so, could they relocated somewhere else? That would maybe give you enough space for a full height pantry to make up for some of the storage you'll loose.

dj1
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dj1

1. I would look for a way to move the washing machine out of the kitchen. By doing so, you can gain some valuable cabinet space. If there's a dryer, where is it?

2. The area above the sink is way too crowded, not an ideal situation. I can't imagine washing dishes in the sink and bump my head into the wall cabinet. The trouble is that whatever else you plan to do (opening the wall), is not going to be an improvement in this area.

3. The opening to the room with the brown floor causes you to lose a lot of potential cabinet and counter space. What exactly is there in that room and is this the only access to it?

4. A new counter top (consider granite) with a new sink will be an improvement.

5. Install GFI's around the sink.

6. What to do with the cabinets? paint them? go with light colors. New hardware? that would be an improvement.

Let us know how you're doing.

jseakoi
Re: Remodeling Old, Small Kitchen
jseakoi

1. I would look for a way to move the washing machine out of the kitchen. By doing so, you can gain some valuable cabinet space. If there's a dryer, where is it?

Sorry, yes, I forgot to mention that we are, in fact, relocating the washer into another room. There is no existing dryer (they were an older couple who still hung their clothes outside to dry). We are relocating both of them into a separate utility room.

2. The area above the sink is way too crowded, not an ideal situation. I can't imagine washing dishes in the sink and bump my head into the wall cabinet. The trouble is that whatever else you plan to do (opening the wall), is not going to be an improvement in this area.

We are thinking of doing something like this (with nice countertops, wood flooring, etc) : https://goo.gl/photos/94jT8Po9ZMHCg7yb6

3. The opening to the room with the brown floor causes you to lose a lot of potential cabinet and counter space. What exactly is there in that room and is this the only access to it?

This is not the only way to access that room. It is currently a big addition room that they added on. We eventually want to do something with this room but for our budget now, we can't do much with it. We do not want to close it off as it offers quick access to the backyard and utility room.

4. A new counter top (consider granite) with a new sink will be an improvement.

Yes, we are doing a quartz countertop, new sink, painting the remaining cabinets, new hardware, and new flooring.

5. Install GFI's around the sink.

Yes.

6. What to do with the cabinets? paint them? go with light colors. New hardware? that would be an improvement.

Yes, we are painting them a light blue/grey color and wood flooring will continue into the kitchen from the dining. New hardware as well.

Let us know how you're doing.

ordjen
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ordjen

Seems like the cabinets to be removed over the sink could be repurposed to fill in the hole when the washing machine is moved. They could also be moved to that rear hall, so as to make the appearance having continuity with common cabinets. Stackiing washer and dryer would conserve floor space.

I like my quartz counters. just about indistructible. Also have read articles recently saying the granite is somewhat falling from favor. It would not surprise me if stainless also falls from favor in the future.

Re: Remodeling Old, Small Kitchen

From what I've seen, everything you listed as far as appliances, counter tops, sink, flooring, new paint and hardware will totally transform that kitchen. A lighter color scheme can also make a small kitchen appear larger. Good luck!

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