Guess you’re wondering where I have been… well, it’s probably easier to show you-
There is an apartment over my workshop on our property. This is what it looked like shortly after we moved in. It kind of became a dumping ground for everything we weren’t sure what to do with since no one was living in it. The kitchen was plenty functional but pretty dated looking.
A long-time friend of my husband’s was remodeling his kitchen and asked if I would like any of their cabinets…Yes please! Taking those started the remodel process.
My parents came to visit at Thanksgiving and I decided that was a good time to take out the kitchen. My sweet father was all in. Look how cute he is:
We got all those cabinets out and a few months later I had time to work on it for real. I had a friend come and help me figure out a layout and install everything. I didn’t really measure when I took the base cabinets, just grabbed what looked good so there was some configuring, but I lucked out and only had to revise a little bit.
I should mention I decided to flip flop the stove and refrigerator. I had someone come and move the 220 outlet for the stove so I could do that.
Once the cabinets were in and tight, I grabbed a paint sprayer and went to town. I knew I was going to change the flooring so I didn’t have to do as much masking as I would have otherwise.
It was sure easier than taping it all off and using a roller like I usually do.
Once that was done and set, I went to town with faux shiplap.
Then I painted it.
I had a friend come help install the butcher block countertops (those things are heavy y’all) and the sink.
For the shelves, I just used 2x12s and stained them for the rustic look.
It’s starting to look like something…
I went shopping in the clearance sections of everywhere and found some decor that worked really well with the space. I had an old screen door I added decorative metal and a white board to and used to to cover the laundry area. I found an unfinished smaller dining table online at a great price and painted and stained it to fit the space perfectly.
Now, it looks like this:
So what do you think? Can you see my little cardinal friend in the window? He came and helped me clean and get ready for our first Airbnb guests.
In case you can’t remember after all that, here is a comparison for you:
So far it has been a great experience and I am so excited about the people we will meet! If you want to follow along on the experience, The Goat Loft has an Instagram account. The link to the listing is here.
I’ll be honest, this was over a year in the making. It was worth it though. Going slowly I was able to really spend less than I would have if I had a deadline and I got to take my time on decisions. I love the way it turned out and wish it was large enough for all of us to move in.
Happy Summer everyone!