The Finished Kitchen Pass Through 

Ta Dah!  We are FINALLY finished with the last major project for now at 8th and M. By major I mean time-consuming, mess making, frustrating, or expensive.  This one only ticked off the first three boxes.  The pass through has completely changed the feel of the house.  It was also the hardest project that we personally (As in, no handy man or other assistance) took on and finished.  This project felt worse than the bathroom gut and remodel but we had help on that one.  Our son and friends gutted the place, and we hired a plumber to get it up to code.

When we bought the house and you opened the door, this was the view.  A solid wall directly in front of you that closed off the kitchen from the rest of the house.  The first post about this project is HERE.


It changed to this view for about a month.

And now,  this is what you see when you open the front door.

I know, right?  Wowsers.

The photo below shows the big opening but is missing the transition at the floor.  That got put in before we left so hopefully some of the pictures show it.

It is my second favorite thing about the house.  The floors still are holding the top spot.

We turned this $50.00 hunk of beech butcher block from IKEA into this beautiful pass through/ counter height bar.  We still had almost two feel of butcher block left over so I am thinking that a cutting board is in my future.


It has the same stain as the floor, Minwax Jacobean and three coats of oil based polyurethane in a satin finish.  I drove up three nights after work to sand, steel wool, and re-poly so that we could finish this weekend on this last big project.

The cabinets that are below the butcher block on the inside are really wall cabinets so they are only 12 inches deep.  They are repurposed from ReStore and were $10.00  Solid wood cabinets that will provide additional storage and support the counter top.  Win win.

We are still trying to figure out what to do with that open space where the cabinet ends.  Our initial thought was to  put in shelving but we are now thinking that a trash can might hide out there.  The plug will allow for electrical like crock pots on the counter.

I have had the cast iron shelf brackets in our last three homes.  They fit the shelf perfectly and will provide solid support for the overhang.  The counter top is screwed into the cabinet and a liberal amount of construction adhesive is holding it down.

I whitewashed the ship lap walls and love them.

The view inside the  kitchen looking out now is a lot different.  You can now see out and have more light in the space.

The fridge we got off Facebook from a friend is really big and awesome ( water, ice maker, side by side) but it will keep us from putting in an island that I thought would fit.  That scrape on the side of the fridge?  Well, when you get a 36 inch fridge though a 32 inch door there can be collateral damage.  Thankfully no one fell off the porch and that it is nothing that a little appliance paint can’t fix.

Here is an updated shot with the door knobs fixed and installed.

It is so great to see them in place.

So the reason that I cannot show more of the room is… well the photo below is the elephant in the room.  In order for us to keep up with our stuff I have set up a tool station in the living room.  If we need something it is either here or in the one room we are not touching right now. ( More on that room another day.)  I did have a mini meltdown before the pictures because it took me 45 minutes to clean the kitchen well enough to photograph.  It is all put away, thrown away, or moved to storage now so all is right with my little corner of the planet.  Oh and yes that is a leaf blower you see below, and yes at times I have used it in the house (don’t ask) but mostly it is to keep the sawdust on the front porch from making it inside.

We still have projects to do but they are ones that will not be as physically difficult.  Did you notice that the door to the hallway still doesn’t have a knob?  I do.  Every. Time. I. Look. At. It.  But, we are making progress.

The total cost of the project was right at $200.00 including the paint, new switches and outlets, the cabinet, the butcher block, wiring, caulk, additional lumber etc.


Thank you all for following along on our journey.




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