Kitchen makeover | The before

Kitchen before entryway

We’re kicking off the New Year with a series on Melissa’s kitchen renovation.

Tune in every week to see the space evolve from outdated to timeless.

Everything but the kitchen (sink and all)

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then ours was in need of a triple bypass. When we first toured our house two years ago, I have to admit I was unimpressed. The house had good bones, the right amount of bedrooms, and a really big backyard. The kitchen, however, was a bit of a downer. It’s pretty much the first thing you see when you walk through the front door, it was hard to see past the cramped layout and outdated finishes. But, in the ever-competitive Bay Area housing market, the homes at the top of our list were either too small for our growing family or completely out of our financial reach. When our bid on another house fell through (the seller’s agent told us not to bother, since our max bid at well over asking was so far below what others were offering), our realtor urged us to rethink this house. The owners would like the idea of selling to a young family and besides, she said, the house was below much of the comps in the area. We submitted our offer and crossed our fingers, fully expecting a bidding war. Miraculously, we got a call three hours later that the house was ours.

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