Happy Monday friends! I’m soooooo excited for this post today because I get to share an update on our kitchen remodel. You guys, the pass-through is DONE. Eeeeek!! Cue all the jazz hands. If you read this post you saw how many obstacles we were running into when we initially started this project about a month ago. So many in fact that I started referring to this as the “wall of doom”. Yeah, it was that bad. Apparently this wall between the kitchen and our living room is like THE king of all walls in our home. It has a HVAC fresh air return, important electrical things, and tons of other issues that I won’t bore you with. Long story short, this wall is a pretty big deal. But despite all the issues, we were able to create a large pass-through that I am absolutely tickled pink about. It’s made such a big difference in our small kitchen. Here’s a little reminder of where we left off in my last update:
We removed all of the kitchen cabinets and the microwave, then the drywall between the studs. Doing this exposed a few issues we had to deal with–like discovering the HVAC fresh air return was located in the middle of the passthrough area. We ended up rerouting that over to the side of the wall and out through one of the lower cabinets, but that hiccup took a bit of time to deal with.
Next up was relocating electrical boxes, removing the tile backsplash, adding a header in the passthrough spot, and adding new drywall. Here’s how it looked before the studs came down…I’ll be honest, removing those was a little scary!
Ta-da! Studs are gone and the header with all its supporting boards are in place. Then the tile backsplash came down. I was sooooooo happy to see it go. Removing that old tile was a bit tricky–it pretty much took the drywall and all with it when it came down, as you can see in the photo above.
No more tile, thank goodness! New drywall went up and we were ready for the next step.
We tossed around a few ideas for this wall and it ultimately came down to two choices: new backsplash or beadboard. I was really pushing hard for beadboard for a few reasons: 1) It has an undeniable farmhouse feel, which you know I love. 2) It’s way more affordable than tile. 3) It’s much easier to install than tile and MUCH faster. It was really no contest for me–beadboard was the clear choice. Thankfully I was able to convince my hubby too!
And up it goes!
Eeeek! I’m so happy with how it looks. We framed out the passthrough, but left the header exposed–I wanted that rustic wood to get some attention too. Pretty big difference, right?!! Here’s a little reminder of how it all looked before:
We have more texture work to do on the back wall (obviously) but just look how it opens up this space from the living room. I used to absolutely hate this giant, closed off wall the way it was before. And I rarely ever shared it here on the blog. But now this area has a whole new feel. I LOVE it.
The kitchen side now:
And from the side:
I’m so thrilled with how this pass through turned out and I’m just grateful we were able to pull it off. This project has been on our t0-do list from the day we moved in almost two years ago. And honestly, I really didn’t think it would happen–especially once we opened up the wall and saw how many issues we’d have to overcome. We obviously still have a ways to go–we need to paint, add more trim, etc. But I’m already in love with how this is looking now. And I think the beadboard was such a great choice. It really saved us a lot of time and money, which is awesome. The next step will be to add open shelves on either side of the passthrough and finish out the back wall. I’m really hoping my next update on this project will be the full reveal of this wall all pretty and fancy.
I’d love to hear what you think of our pass through and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!