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Kitchen Remodel Begins

And we are finally ready to start sharing the step-by-steps of the Kitchen remodel. I am so excited!

Since the use of our kitchen is heavily used for business (Valentina’s Corner), we knew that the kitchen would be our largest and most time-consuming remodel and biggest expense. The remaining projects will be budget-friendly and we will try to share all of the links to the items we used in case you need inspiration.

Original Kitchen Layout-

When we first saw the home, we absolutely fell in love with everything but the kitchen. It was so small and we didn’t really have room to expand.

So, we decided to take down the wall between the dining room and kitchen and make that one big kitchen.

Here are the before pictures of the original home:

First Setback-

We took out the old cabinets and when we opened the wall, we realized we had a problem. There was electrical, plumbing and heating running to the second floor that needed to be rerouted. Bummer!

Though most of the remodel Tim (hubby) is doing himself, we have gotten help from friends and family. They came out and helped reroute everything and add a support beam where the wall was.

There was a large pantry that we took down as well.

Support Beam-

They placed temporary walls to support the house as they added a beam in the center. Once the beam was secure, we were able to take down the walls and look at this, one large room.

Lighting and electrical-

Next up we wired all of the lights and electrical. 

We then put in the drywall.

We had someone then come out and professionally transition the ceiling design so you couldn’t see the division between the two rooms.


Flooring went in next, we are using the same flooring on the entire first level. I fell in love with the flooring at like the 10th store we stopped at (btw I hate shopping so going and choosing all of these things was an absolute nightmare, Amazon for the rest of the shopping). We wanted something that wasn’t shiny, easy to take of, waterproof and affordable. With 7 kiddos, this flooring is going to be seeing some rough times! Ha.


My brother helped my hubby install the cabinets and the islands. Tim then custom-designed the side panels on both islands. I was a little nervous about how it would turn out but I think it looks beautiful.

SemBro Designs-

Huge thank you to our friends at SemBro Design for helping us create such a beautiful design!

Well, friends, this is the first part of the Kitchen Remodel. It is a wild transformation and so much work!

Next week we will share the final reveal. I cannot wait for us to move and organize the kitchen – that will be so fun.


Tim & Valentina

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  1. Hello! Congratulations on your lovely new home, what a blessing! Did SemBro Design build your kitchen cabinets in addition to designing them? We are planning on remodeling our kitchen in the near future, and live in Medina county not far from Cleveland, and are on the look out for referrals.
    I’ve enjoyed your food blog and Biblical posts! May God bless you and your family.

    1. Katherine, thank you kindly! It sure is such a blessing. So nice to have local friends on here, HUGE WELCOME.
      We had SemBro design and customize our kitchen and we installed it (they install as well). They are a family-owned company and were amazing to work with (my husband goes on mission trips with them).
      If you contact the Cleveland branch and ask for Vitaly, tell him Valentina sent you, they are offering up to 25% for our online family. 🙂

  2. Oh it looks so beautiful!!! What a great transformation! I love how everything’s turning out, the floors, island and the cabinets!
    We’re thinking to do some remodeling in our house and still debating if we should repaint our current cabinets (we have light brown cabinets from early 90s..) or get the new ones.
    Thank you so much for sharing about your remodeling journey! I sure love reading all your posts and getting some wonderful ideas from you, Valentina 🙂
    God’s blessings to you and your beautiful family!

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Luda. I’ll show you in a few upcoming posts some of the areas where we just painted over instead of replacing the cabinets, maybe it will help you make a decision:). Thank you for being a part of our online family. We so appreciate having you here and the comments – they mean so much. <3

  3. Valentina, it’s going to be a beautiful kitchen! What kind of flooring did you get? Do you have the brand/color name? We are planning to build and I’m also looking for something durable and love the look of yours. ? thank you for sharing!

    1. First off, congratulations on your build, how exciting!
      In my next post, I’ll share all of our details about the kitchen. 🙂
      Thank you for being a part of our online family.

      1. Wow Valentina! What a beautiful transformation! Congrats on the new house. Can’t wait to see it all done!

        1. It’s hard to believe that this is the same space but it is. Though it was a big project, I’m so happy with the way it turned out. 🙂