November 11, 2013

River Drive Project: Before Photos of the Kitchen and Demo

I'm not kiddin, when I tell you that watching a hammer bust through a wall makes me all happy and excited like it's Christmas morning! It just does.  It maybe kind of funny to get so invested in a home that is not even your own, but it becomes your baby.  Or you become the babysitter and get to give the kid back at the end.  Either way it's a win win!  

Yesterday I shared the Before Photos of the Family Room, which you can check out Here.

Today we are on to the KITCHEN.

Here are the Before Pics I took of the kitchen space...

I guess I should start by telling you that this is not a total demo on the kitchen.  There are parts of the kitchen that are getting demolished and then other parts are just getting all new updates.

The tile, counters, back splash, and upper left cabinets above sink are coming out.

The cabinet to the left will be staying, but the upper doors will come off to give it an open shelf feel across the top. 

 The bump out above the oven and the door way is getting taken back up to match the rest of the ceiling in the space.

No more botanical tile back splash. 

No more old tile counters. 

 The wall to the right is also getting bumped out to allow for more kitchen space and open shelving in that area.

 The stove will come down and the existing cabinet will be cut down and a new cabinet will be added to the left of the stove to make way for a trash receptacle.

Wall paper will come down throughout the house and main areas will all be White.  Colors will come in with accent pieces and lighting.  Turquoise is going to be the main accent color.  

And Finally the tile floor is gone to make way for the new flooring throughout the family room and kitchen.


Underneath the tile was this old linoleum flooring. 


The tile was taken off the top of the laminate counters.  The laminate counters will come up too so that new counters can go down. 

Here is the area where all of the existing back splash was, but when tile and walls are that old, a lot of the time, the wall likes to come along with tile.  A new piece of drywall and it will be good as new. 

This is the area that will get pushed out into the hallway to make more space in the kitchen.  The cabinet will get extended. All in all, we are off to a great start!

 A view from the family room towards the kitchen and hallway.

Thanks for Checking out the River Drive Project!

Check in tomorrow for a Design Board Package that I created for the Living Room at my client Jen's House and don't miss this Friday for the chance to enter a really great Giveaway!  Giveaway Hint: It will warm your toes?

If you are in the Hampton Roads and Richmond area of Va and would like a consultation to begin transforming a room or rooms in your home, I'd love to chat with you.  You can reach me at

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  1. I can't wait to see it finished,

  2. There is a lot of work involved but will be worth it to update the spaces. I look forward to seeing it completed and the before and afters.