A little while ago, I mentioned our delight in finding an original vaulted ceiling in Shelly once the dropped panels were removed. (Naturally, there were also other things to remove, such as mouse nests and a dead bird and general yuck from having a hole in the roof)
Kitchen Ceiling, Before: Dropped ceiling, evidence of hole in roof, and less-than-pretty cabinets
Since we decided that from now on, Mike would take the official “Before and After” photos, I am now free to take my quirky snaps of whatever catches my interest each day. More fun for me, but a little tough for you, as we don’t have consistent views for the ‘During’ pictures. You’ll have to use your imagination a bit as you try to gage our kitchen progress.
Glad to say that the appliances were FreeCycled to good homes. Some of the cabinets were adopted, as well (although many did not survive the extraction process)
I know that decorating styles change over the years. But I still don’t understand the trend of dropped ceilings. I can only assume that it came of a desire to be more energy-conscious, and decrease the volume of air that needed to be conditioned. Because, let’s admit it, those panels just are NOT attractive.
Kitchen, Before: at some point, a wall with doorway and pass-through was added. Decreased sight lines, a dropped ceiling, and dark cabinets made the room feel very cramped.
Can you believe what a difference there is already? Cutting down that wall to bar-height made a huge improvement right off the bat.
Ripping out the dropped ceiling was a must. The height of the original ceiling is at least 16 feet!
Once the drywall is finished, the floor can be installed. I am still leaning towards ceramic, but I may get a bit bolder with the design than I usually do. This house has strong contemporary lines, and can handle a more modern pattern. I just have to remember that I am not creating this kitchen for me, but for a family I haven’t met yet. So I don’t want to get too personal in my choices.
Kitchen, During: The new appliances will go back where the originals were, but the kitchen will feel twice the size. Wow, what a ceiling!
We found a lot of flimsy walls in the house that had been added over the years, creating small, dark compartments. It looks like poor Shelly had been used as a rooming house, with as many small bedrooms as could be crammed into it.
It has been a hoot to see the transformation back to the original bright and open floorplan. Luckily, the partition walls were added over the hardwood floors, and not recessed into them. So besides the usual wear-and-tear, there is little damage to the floors. Double jackpot!
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