Because I was super excited and wasn't thinking clearly, and because it was a relatively plain wall in the first place, I have no before shots. So we'll pretend this is an awesome rendering of what the space used to look like. I think it's pretty true to life.
This is an old house and the floor plan had the kitchen separated so much from the living area. Because of the renovations we did when we first moved in, there was no where to sit in there, so it tended to be uncomfortable communicating with the person doing the cooking (Eric). Enough talking. Here's the after:
I'll take some pics with a different lens so you can get a better overview idea at some point. But it's WAY more open, no? And there's a place to sit to converse with the person in the kitchen (Eric)! And there's a new place for us to collect crap!
For the counter we ended up going with reclaimed wood. I LOVE it. It has so much character.
Nezzie liked to hang out up there as a puppy.
Now she likes to hang out up there to read the paper and drink her coffee in the morning.
So, what do you think? Have you ever wanted to tear down a wall? I highly recommend it, even if you pay someone to do it for you.