• 06Feb

    When we bought our house in Sweden in September, we knew the first thing we wanted to do was remodel the kitchen.

    It had a large, freestanding fireplace that kind of blocked the door as you entered.

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    We knew it had to go!  Let me tell you, it was one heavy dog!

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    There was a lovely window that let in a lot of light, but it was so big, that there was no room to put a counter under it.

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    And the sink and stove were right next to each other.  I thought it would be nice move the sink under the window.

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    There was an island and two floor to ceiling cabinets on the left in this photo….

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    …one of which held the oven.

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    And on the opposite wall was a huge refrigerator and huge freezer!  It was all quite cramped.

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    We decided to take it all out!

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    Right down to the bare walls.

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    So that’s what we did!

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    It’s amazing what you uncover in an old house, like an old doorway, layers of old wallpaper and signs of a chimney fire!

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    I loved looking at the old wallpapers, and tried to preserve a little of each.  This is the oldest and original, from 1930 when the house was built.

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    This one, which has orange in it, was next.  It almost looks like old linoleum.

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    There was this rather plain basket weave.

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    My color scheme for the new kitchen is white, gray and red, so imagine my delight when I found this one in those very colors!

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    Tearing out a kitchen is a big job–and we did it in two days–then headed back home.

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    Of course we were anxious to get back and start on the new kitchen, but that had to wait.

     

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