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Kitchen and Family Room: Renovations

We are into day nine of our renovations.. we lost a few days due to the Thanksgiving Holidays... we hopefully have only a few days of work left though.. phew.

Here's a look at what we started with and where we are now..


So, we started with this wall... the wall divided our kitchen and our family room. While both spaces are large I hated the idea of not being able to keep an eye on D.. and with another one on the way.. I think the open space would just make life easier.. and just think about how wonderful it would be to be able to entertain in an open floor plan. This is the view from our kitchen.


Now looking at the same wall from the family room. To the right, the green room is what would be a formal living room. Notice the faux wood pillars along the wall, outdoor lantern lights hang off them.. the walls are a faux textured plaster like pattern.. now the interesting part.. the faux texture was not something that was painted on, instead they are plastic like panels nailed to the wall.. not sure what the owners were thinking.. or maybe this is just the result of the 70's?


Behind me a brick wall with a gas fireplace..


and walah! wall gone. : ) Gone ugly plaster walls and nasty old carpet..


We had a sliding glass door in the family room


and a set of double hung windows in the dining area..


we moved the sliding glass doors to the dining area.. and installed a large picture window in the family room..


and lastly, we widened the narrow doorway connecting our family room to our formal living room.


my brain is over flowing with ideas.. we have been thinking paint colors.. what do you think?

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44 comments:

  1. There is a lot of changes there and it is going in a good direction. The first thing I noticed were sliding doors, probably my most favourite thing in my own appartment;-) About colours I m afraid I can't help much, the paint color chart was my nightmare. I ended going to the paint shop with a napkin in a desired colour;-) Good luck! xx

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    1. thanks.. we were hesitant to begin with.... but the moment that wall went down we knew we made the right decision.

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  2. Wow! That is going to be great when it's finished. What fun...although I know it's a lot of work and time. I wish you a speedy finish. :)

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    1. thank you.. almost done. then we have to paint and then the fun decorating part begins!

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  3. What a job, but lookin good.

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  4. Nice. The space already feels comfortable.

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    1. thanks.. can't wait to start using it.

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  5. Wow, what a difference already! Good luck on the finishing touches!

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  6. I'm sure it's going to be great! :)

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  7. Looks great so far! I love the exposed brick - definitely adds character :)

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    1. Thanks.. we like the brick too though not sure if we'll keep it in it's natural color

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  8. looking great so far! can't wait to see the rest! I would love to knock some walls down in our house too.
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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    1. Getting rid of that wall was a great feeling.

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  9. The changes look fantastic! I love having an open-plan kitchen and family room and you will too. It really does make it easier to work in the kitchen while the kids play.

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    1. thanks... I can't wait to start using it.

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  10. Such amazing renovations! Can't see what else you have planned :)

    xo www.inventedromance.blogspot.ca

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  11. It looks awesome! Great idea to open that spae up, and I love the brick wall!

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    1. thanks.. we liked the brick too.. though may subdue it a bit.

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  12. I really like it.

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  13. Totally makes me want to repaint my place!

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    1. maybe after the wedding and honeymoon :)

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  14. It's looking great, girl! :-)

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  15. I love the brick wall. They always add so much character to a space! Can't wait to see what you have planned.

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    1. thanks.. can't wait to start painting and bring furniture in

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  16. Oh my gosh so many big changes!! Remodeling is always a huge job but so well worth it!!

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  17. Oh wow, what a massive difference! Can't wait to see what ti looks like in the end.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. thanks.. can't wait to start painting and bringing in furniture.

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  18. Hi!
    I really like how your house is changing!
    I'm wainting for how it will look at the end of the works!
    Have a really nice day!

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    1. thanks.. can't wait to get to the end myself

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  19. Good job :)

    www.shareasecretmag.com

    xoxo

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  20. Wow.. looking good.. paint color is going to be fun and the space looks so much more open with the wall gone.

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    1. thanks.. we have gotten it narrowed down to two colors..

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  21. looks like the renovations are going really well:-) x

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  22. Home renovations are exciting! Good luck!

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  23. Home renos are exhausting but also so rewarding. It's fun reading about your new project because we're about to undertake a big one as well here shortly. Same with me...head teaming with ideas! :)

    Found you through my thread on Mom Bloggers Club. :) Good luck with the house!!

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    1. thanks.. and good luck with your project too

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  24. so exciting! what a great project!

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