It’s a big day here on the blog my friends because I finally get to show you the progress we’ve made on the passthrough between our kitchen and living room. I’m so darn excited to say that the wall of doom is FINNNALLLLLYYYYYY complete. I’m talking done, done. We got nothin’ left to do on this baby. The kitchen side is complete, the living room side is complete, it’s all FINISHED. Hallelujah! It took us longer than I expected, but since we were DIY-ing it all ourselves (with the generous help of my sweet dad) it was just a very sloooooow process with lots of obstacles. And you know how home projects go–there’s always other life stuff going on that slows down the entire project. Anyway, I’ll save you lots of rambling and just say that the wall of doom is ready for it’s big reveal! Now before I get started, let me remind you how it looked when we started this craziness several months ago:
Big and bulky, right? I wanted this wall gone from the first day I laid eyes on it. But since it’s a load bearing wall with tons of important things running through it–like electrical, plumbing, a vent stack, etc–we faced a ton of ridiculous issues with taking the entire wall down. So a passthrough was the best and only solution for us. Here is how it looks now:
I can’t even begin to explain how much this passthrough has changed the entire feel of this space. Not only does it let in a ton of natural light from the living room, but the entire kitchen just feels bigger now. I absolutely love it. And it was totally worth all the headaches and frustration.
Remember when I talked about getting our new refrigerator last week? The one that didn’t work. Well, I’m happy to say we got that one replaced and this one actually works. Whoot!
I looked at lots of different options for open shelving and I actually didn’t even decide on these until just a few days ago. But ultimately we went with these natural wood shelves and black industrial brackets. I really like the combo of the lighter wood, which is pretty close to the color of the beam in the passthrough, along with the black brackets. And you know I had so much fun styling up these shelves. Finally, I have kitchen shelves! I have all of the goodies on the shelves listed below if you’re interested.
Now let me show you how it looks from the living room side. Here’s the before:
And the after:
The last time you saw this wall it was torn apart and in need of drywall and texture work. I was so excited to finish that part up so I could paint and style it. I’ve had this pair of old windows for a while now and I was thrilled to see they fit perfectly on either side of the passthrough. And it feels sooooooo much more open in here now. I know it’s just a passthrough, but I’m seriously amazed at how it transformed this room. And that beam we used is a piece of reclaimed wood from my parent’s house. It was actually the leftover piece from a beam they put in their house over 25 years ago. How cool is that?! (Thanks for saving everything mom and dad!) It worked perfectly in this spot and the history just adds so much sentimental meaning.
Renovating our little 1980’s fixer upper has sure been an adventure so far. This is a huge step forward in our tiny kitchen, yet there is still work to do. Next up is to replace the countertops and hopefully do a farmhouse sink. I just have to remind myself that progress takes time and it can’t all be done at once. Little by little we’ll make it ours and that’s the fun part. Even though it doesn’t always feel so fun when you’re in the middle of it! This wall in particular was a headache from day one and it just went on and on and on. But seeing it finally complete now makes all the frustration worth it. So I’m just going to soak in that feeling for a while. I absolutely love it and it’s definitely one of the projects I am most proud of so far. It ranks right up there with our master bathroom remodel.
Well that’s our big passthrough reveal! Let me know if you have any questions about this project, you know I always love to chat!
Goodies in the post: