So she’s a bit of a fixer upper. That’s a minor thing.

So she’s a bit of a fixer upper. That’s a minor thing.

I’m trying my hardest to channel my inner Joanna Gaines, but holy cow, I struggle with the whole ‘future vision’ idea. For now, we’re focusing on renovating the main part of the house, which includes two bedrooms, a bathroom, the living and dining rooms, and the disaster zone more commonly known as the kitchen.

Let’s try a little bit of a home tour, shall we?

Please note all representations in the above map are drawn to Theresa scale and therefore may not be completely accurate. Ahem. This floor plan gives an idea of where all of the rooms are and the darker inset lines represent openings/doorways. I mentioned that the house was built in 1903. The house has undergone a serious of renovations and additions in the last 115 years, and the concept of ‘flow’ wasn’t totally considered, so you’ll see that the house is a little sectioned off.

When we bought the house, we were fully aware of the fact that the kitchen needed some surgical intervention. Here’s the patient:


We were going into this purchase under the knowledge that the kitchen had been last renovated in the late 1980s. I figured it couldn’t be too bad right?! That’s when I was made after all:)

We soon found this surprise though!


June 28, 1971. That’s when the cabinets were manufactured. Just a few years before the late eighties. Insert face palm here. We did learn during our home inspection that the only appliance that was in good working condition was the cooktop, so we knew that the appliances were a lost cause.


Jordan and I got to work on dismantling the kitchen. First things first – we took down the kitchen island. Yes, I was allowed to use power tools. I have my very own drill now:


The plan was to reuse as much of the kitchen as possible, so we started removing the cabinets that we didn’t want to incorporate in our reworked design. This is how the kitchen looked at the end of demo day 1.

On demo day 2, I begged for removal of the soffit. Jordan cut a tiny piece to see if there was any wiring or pipes housed in there, and when he found out they were empty…


Adios soffit! The kitchen looked so much bigger already!


So this is where I’ll leave you. Two days of demo done. For those of you who watch Fixer Upper, you know what’s coming next. The dreaded call from my very own Chip saying that there’s an unexpected surprise.

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