Opening Up about Open Concept Living: Our Kitchen Plans

Ever since we knocked out our half wall I’ve had a metric crap ton of questions dropped on me about what our plans are to merge the two rooms.

Are we going to leave them two different colors?

Are we going to continue the board & batten into the living room?

Are we going to get new flooring to fix the gap?

Are we going to leave the chandelier red?

Are we going to fix the swing of the chandelier so it actually hangs over the table?

A LONG time ago, when I had virtually no readers, I talked about my “dreams” for the kitchen, which assesses the bulk of the inquiries.  But I thought it would be fun to re-hash, now that we’ve actually started the demo and people actually read my words. ^_^

As you remember, the living room, dining room, and kitchen were 3 very separate rooms.  Each was very small in its defined regard.  Aaron & I didn’t want our first renovation to be the kitchen.  We wanted to live in our house for at least 6 months to a year to figure out what we really needed out of a renovation to make the kitchen reach its highest functional possibility.

We both came to the conclusion that to use the space the most effectively, we would need to turn it into an open concept.

I rendered a side by side plan of what it was, and we we plan on doing.  It really isn’t THAT big of a deal.

Floor plan renovation for open concept

We have waste-of-a-space coat closet, and the dinky-est pantry.

Small kitchen open concept plan

The pantry and coat closet will be removed, and turned into bar-height counter space, and you’ll be able to stand where I took this picture, and see the front door.

Please have sympathy for me and my art skillz.  To make it worse, my stylus has grown legs and is leading a game of hide-and-seek.  So, yeah, my kindergarten nephew could have done a better job.  He’s too busy making macaroni necklaces.  You’ll just have to do with my scribble scrabble.

Small kitchen open concept plan

A new, space-effective pantry/closet will be build on this side of the dining room.

Since we will be building a pantry, the current board and batten will come done like London Bridge.  We have plans to redo board and batten throughout the rest of the dining room and living room at 2/3 wall height.

Small kitchen open concept plan

The cabinetry is really old.  It doesn’t look like a grandma, but it isn’t the strongest.  We will be replacing all the cabinets, uppers and lowers.  Since we will be adding counter space, the counters will be replaced.  (I know it will break your heart when the laminate faux butcher block is gone).   IF we can find a good deal on appliances, we would like to replace those as well.  I’m dreaming of a gas stove 🙂

Once all the construction is done, new flooring will be installed.

(I caught these two snuggling while I was taking pictures.  It’s pathetic how much I need to take them to get their hurr did.  Their vision is obstructed!)

Small kitchen open concept plan

There are things we are going to DIY, and things we will hire professionals for.  When it comes to kitchens, I REALLY don’t want to mess up.  It’s the heart of the home.  And it’s important to me that it turns out right.

This is a project that won’t happen in a few weeks, like on HGTV.  It is something we will work on as we go.  I can’t put a definite time stamp on it.  I wouldn’t want to curse myself.

If you look at my Pinterest Kitchen board, you’ll see I have a love for white country kitchens.  Not like, hospital white like I see on other blogs.  I like white, wood, and mint green, and marble.

I saw this kitchen on BHG, and I love the design of it.  It caught my eye because it is a VERY similar layout to my kitchen.

Small Kitchen Concept


That’s the plan.  I haven’t narrowed down the decorative touches yet.  I know we’ll get a new light fixture for the dining table.  I know we’ll repaint the kitchen, dining, and living room the same color.  But I can’t tell you exactly what it will be, because I don’t know.

I hope that answers your question on what we plan on doing now that the half wall has left the building.

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  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    I think it’s going to be beautiful. And I’m excited to see it get started!

    • Kenz

      Thanks! I’m really excited too. It’s gonna be ballin

  • Bethany @ The Sepia Puppy

    I want that old chandie if you’re ditching it! lol

    • Kenz

      K I’ll package it up and send it your way!

  • I am super excited to watch this happen– I LOVE LOVE LOVE my open concept downstairs. I don’t think I could live in a house with hallways after having one without them. It’s going to be gorgeous 🙂

    • Kenz

      I am right there with you. I don’t know if I could live in a closed off house. I like the open-ness 🙂

  • yay–I’m so excited! One of the saddest things about our floor plan is that the half bath in the center hall makes it nearly impossible (without enormous amounts of money) to open the kitchen up to the den. Boxy! So I will just live vicariously through your open kitchen 🙂

    • Kenz

      Curse that half bath! Your house is full to the top with character though! And your rooms are big, so it’s okay 🙂

  • eranfaraway

    I am so thrilled to see how you settle on all the details! I think it’s wise to have an overall vision, but also don’t settle on all the details from the get go. As the character of your space evolves I imagine some of your design decisions will too!

    • Kenz

      It seems like that is always what happens! I’m pretty excited to start working on it. We’re going to need to choose cabinet color and style pretty soon, so that will be the first major tone-setting factor of the design plan

  • Vanlun

    Hi, Kenz
    What a great plan. I am so happy for you two and how much better it will look once you are done. Way to go girl.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Vanessa! We’re excited to get our hands dirty and start making a mess 🙂

  • Jen @ theyellowbrickcottage

    That is awesome! I’m totally in love with your inspiration kitchen and the other ones on your Pinterest board, too! You have great taste!

    • Kenz

      Oh thanks Miss Jen! It’s going to be interesting to see how it pulls together. Hopefully it doesn’t look like garbage!

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    Ooooooo I love those plans. You know what I love almost as much as before and after shots? floor plan drawings! Yup… just love them. I was clicking on yours and sat with my nose one inch from the screen so I didn’t miss a thing. LOVE your plan!! Love!!!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Katja! I’m really really excited to be diving into it. I feel like I’ve been trying to be “patient” with our kitchen the past year. But I am SO over it 🙂

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  • Tricia SimplicityInTheSouth

    You picked an incredible inspiration picture! I love your plans and can’t wait to see how it comes along. I get to live vicariously through your remodel since we can’t afford to do ours this year. 🙂

    • Kenz

      Thanks Tricia. I am so excited. I’ve been waiting almost a year and half to do it. 🙂

  • Wow, your plans look fun & fearless! And I love the inspiration photo. Can’t wait to see how it all works out. I saw you at BYB & I’m just popping by to say hello. It was great to meet you & I’m happy to be following on Google+.

    Warmly, Michelle
    Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust

    • Kenz

      Hi Michelle! Thanks for stopping by. It was so fun to meet you. I’m following you back on g+ Thanks for following along on my wild adventure.