Ready to remodel your kitchen with kids?
I have three children, five and under, and recently finished remodeling our kitchen. That’s right! For six weeks, we cooked dinner on a hot plate and ate breakfast in the playroom. The main floor pretty much looked like a college dorm room. Remodeling the kitchen with kids is possible.
Because guess what?
I am still alive to blog about it. – Yahoo!!!
As we were in the thick of things, I jotted down what worked and how to share these kitchen remodeling tips with you.
Renovations can be chaotic and messy, and I am here to help you prepare.
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1. Find someone you enjoy working with.
I am not saying you have to hire out. If you use a contractor, use someone that will stick with a timeline and is also efficient.
For us, we needed to hire out and make sure we hired the right person for our chaotic household.
I met with only a couple of designers. From there, I made my final decision and moved forward with ease and trust that she had our kitchen renovation under control.
This kitchen renovation may be a lot longer if you use someone who doesn’t have a solid game plan from the get-go. Go with who you think will be able to execute your kitchen renovation best.
Keep in mind. You may have other workers entering your home when you are not there. You want to hire a contractor that will have trustworthy help. I like to know that you can trust your main designer and the painter, cabinet, and appliance installer as well.
2. Leave your house.
I wish I could take credit for this plan, but it actually fell right into my lap.
I had been working with our kitchen designer for some time, and it just so happened that my in-laws invited us out of town during the second week of the demo.
This was perfect timing for our kitchen renovation.
As we were away, cabinets got installed, and they refinished floors. – All without little people running in and out of the kitchen. It seems like the more we said, don’t go in the kitchen, the more they had to get in there.
Did you also know that you cannot walk on floors 3-4 days after finishing? Being out of the house for this was key.
By the time we returned, the contractor had completed the puzzle’s main pieces, and the kids were finally allowed to walk back in without danger.
3. Find essentials that will keep your cooking streamline to your habits.
I do not use a microwave. Gasp, I know this is not the norm. I knew that I didn’t want to spend money on purchasing one. I wanted to carry on as normal without changing my routine.
We also have a peanut allergy in the house, so eating out for the next couple of weeks was not an option.
We created a game plan to eat at home during the kitchen remodel.
I knew there are plenty of tools available to continue carrying on how we typically prepare food.
My essentials were a stovetop, a toaster that would also heat frozen food, and a way to heat water.
You can find most of these kitchen items on:
- Facebook selling groups
- Neighbors that also went through a kitchen renovation
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4. Ask if you can keep the fridge in the kitchen.
We redid some of our floors and had weeks where kids could not be in the kitchen. Since we were away for one of them, this was completely manageable.
A quick tip: Make sure anyone that moves your fridge also levels your fridge in the new location.
Since the fridge remained in the kitchen area, it was easier for me to set up a cooking zone in the dining room.
5. Use Tape for new kitchen table ideas.
We also used tape to mark the table or anything else we were looking at placing in the kitchen. This was a great way to gauge sizing.
6. Clear out a room, and add your kitchen table.
You know our mornings run on Breakfast Invitations.
I needed a parking place where they could sit down and still remember that things are moving right along, just like normal.
Try this simple toddler activity with all the kitchen supplies you take from the drawers!
Things were far from normal.
This leads me right into tip number seven!
RELATED: Our playroom also got a mini makeover. See what’s new here.
7. Let things go when remodeling your kitchen with kids.
Okay, Elsa. We hear you. I am 98% sure that Let it Go was written as a secret message to us parents.
Let. It. Go.
Let it go that crumbs are now on your playroom carpet.
Don’t fret over toys surrounding your children are distracting them from your Breakfast Invitation.
Let it go that you are washing dishes in the bathroom sink with lukewarm water.
In the end, you have a new chapter to dive into with your family. We are all much happier in our new space, and looking back, I recall maybe 2% of what may have felt like 110% of a problem then.
Now, who wants to see the kitchen?
Here is our kitchen before we began the remodel. The middle island was difficult to get around as we prepped meals and gathered together.
Photo credit: Anna Rumiantseva
Quick links to what’s inside the kitchen remodel.
- Tile: Walker-Zanger
- Counters: White Quartz
- Faucet: Kohler Tournant®
- Stove: KitchenAid commercial-style oven
- Refrigerator: Kitchenaid Counter-depth refrigerator
- Sink: Farmhouse Sink
- Cabinets: Color Moonstone
- Rug: I found one similar at the outlet; here is what is in stock now
- Kitchen Island: French Bistro Black Kitchen Island
- Side wooden table: Home Goods
- Vent Hood: Zephyr
- Ceiling Light: Home Depot