Create Family Unity – Rip out your Kitchen!

For 4 years, we’ve entertained in a very small, dilapidated kitchen.
We’ve had problems with our oven, our stove at one time had only one workable burner, the original 30+ cabinets were starting to fall a part, the vinyl floor was peeling, and the list goes on and on.
Our plan was to remodel right away, but … like many people, it took us 4 years to get started.
With the help of friends, my husband and family doing the demolition, and my Dad drawing up the plans – it’s finally coming together.
Summertime has been perfect – because the kids are a part of the project.
I love to see my daughter at work (soon after, she did wear a hard hat and glasses!)
And my sons working together.
It may take us time to complete what we started, but we’ll get there.
It’s not going to stop us from entertaining, like when 35 people came for 4th of July, and Balcony Girls summer fun is up and coming, and the high school youth group comes next month. Plus I’m sure we’ll have numerous dinner parties, where our friends will all contribute and we just make it work!
What I really love about a family project is that unity, and that we can all take ownership of what’s accomplished. Even in a mess …
Oh, but it doesn’t come naturally for teens to get in there and help.  Yes, our kids are a HUGE help, but it takes many talks, family meetings, and direction pulling the family together to tell them the plan, vision, and what their jobs are to be! (Like this picture of Paul talking to the kids … )
Do you have a MESSY project going on in your home, where the whole family is working together?

(Top photo: early stages of gutting – it looks a LOT different now!)

40 comments on “Create Family Unity – Rip out your Kitchen!”

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  2. Hi Sandy! I don't know HOW I found your blog, but we started a kitchen remodel, too right around the same time, ours won't be bigger, just all new and we're done with our part and now are waiting for the countertop guy to come…and that has taken longer than the whole remodel! The only other thing we hired out was a man to do a knockdown (texture) on the ceiling so we didn't have to rip the plaster ceiling down. And it's so funny, because we have a makeshift kitchen in our garage, too! I am excited to watch your kitchen come together!

  3. so excited for you Sandy, I am just thrilled to picture you in your new kitchen and all the joy it will bring you and so many others…Cant' wait for an online tour!

  4. Yay!~ I know you've been wanting this for a long time… I can't wait to see the finished project!!!

  5. Hi, Sandy,
    It warms my heart to see families working together on the heart of the home. We have three boys and have built two homes ourselves and I know what you mean by meny family talks.

  6. Awww, yes, I can so relate! Our kitchen project is nearly done. After a year of cardtables and laundry bins to store dishes, we are finally back to just about normal. The island countertop was defective and had to be taken out — so we are waiting for another one. Then — done! Whew!

    You will love your new kitchen! It looks like everyone is having fun!

  7. I'm always living with a mess like that. We always seem to be remodeling – wherever we live.

  8. Sounds like a fun family activity and what a blessing that new kitchen will be to you, friends and guests in the future!

    Can't wait to see the progress!


  9. I have a dream of buying an old farmhouse and restoring it together as a family. This looks like hard work but fun too. It will make a memory that you will talk about for years to come! Can't wait to see it finished!!!!!

  10. This is so encouraging. We bought an older home that's been in various stages of remodeling since we moved in…With no end in sight. For awhile we didn't have anyone over. Now we have started having company anyway. They don't care! Remodeling a slow process, but it's nice to be able to share our home without everything being perfect.

  11. This is so exciting for you and your family, and no one is more deserving! Thanks for sharing the process with us, especially the pictures!

  12. Wanna come and re-do my ugly 70's kitchen?? Problem is, I don't have the family help to take on this kind of project..sigh:(
    Cannot wait to see the end results!

  13. I am prevent by local authorities from attempting any further "improvement projects" because I am rather a helpful menace:) But I am glad to see you all are up to it! Great good luck!

  14. I'm so happy for you to have your kitchen redone! Congratulations! Can't wait to see the finished project – and I love that it's not stopping you from entertaining.

  15. just clicking around this morning,
    and wanted to say how much joy I felt seeing the picture of your husband talking to the teens.
    It just felt so right, must be good vibes you give off as I scanned through a bit.
    I have 5 kids , ages 11- 20, and getting them in on a project is not easy.
    There is just something about it though…

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