When we bought Danascara Place, the kitchen was in bad shape. We knew we wanted to “make it work” with the existing cabinets and layout. At first, we called it our “phase 1 makeover” because we anticipated a larger renovation in the near future. But as we progressed, we realized we were doing a lot to make the kitchen a room we could love for many years. We still have dreams of what we could make this room someday by restoring a more original layout (as far as we can determine it), opening up the glass French doors to the side porch (which are still existing on the outside), and rebuilding the butler’s pantry (using the old cupboard faces that are in the basement) – but that will require a full gut remodel and layout changes to make it exactly what we imagine. For the time being, we are more than happy (thrilled really!) with what we have made out of this 1980s builder basic turned abandoned house kitchen with lots of patching and paint, some creative carpentry, new appliances, and special furniture and fabric choices that make it feel cozy and welcoming.