Future plans for an open concept kitchen and living room

Planning an open concept living room and kitchen

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shaw Floors. The opinions and text are all mine.

Currently I am in the midst of phase one of my kitchen renovation. Where I am installing butcher block counters, painting my cabinets and removing and adding a new backsplash. So why is this only phase one? Because the second phase involves knocking down walls, adding hardwood floors and refinishing the old hardwoods in the house.

The second phase is going to take more planning and also saving. I love the idea of having a project to save for and look forward to. Everytime someone new comes over to the house I explain my plans and I love seeing the excitement in their eyes when they see my vision.

Current Floor Plan

Currently there is a wall that divides my house basically in half this is the wall between the living room and the kitchen. It is a bit difficult to entertain because when my guests are in the living room you cannot interact or even hear them from in the kitchen. Lucky for me this wall is not load bearing because it runs in the same direction as my support beams.

Kitchen before

So what is stopping me from picking up that sledge hammer like every renovation show on tv? I want to live with my current kitchen, just slightly prettier with paint and new counters, and see how the kitchen functions. I also want continuous hardwoods to run throughout the house. I do not want the rooms divided by different flooring.

Dining room and the wall

So this is THE wall. This blue monstrosity, it's really not that bad but I cannot wait for it to come down. When I bought the house I thought knock down a wall thats easy but it's the after math you have to think of. Everything really dominos into a few projects.

Living Room Wall

Removing the wall and living with it isn't really plausable because when you remove a wall you will be missing a patch of flooring where the wall was. What I am most excited about is looking for new flooring and matching my old flooring to it when it's being refinished. I have turned to Shaw floors for inspiration.


I really like the idea of veering away from my honey colored flooring and going for more of a weathered look or a darker to mid range stain. My style is very eclectic and some time leans towards the farmhouse style.

weathered floors

I think a weathered stained floor is a great blend between my style and something that has resale value for when I sell my house, hopefully for not another 5-10 years. I don't want to go to dark with the floors since I do have pets and hair/fur tends to show up more on those. I also think this style flooring will go well with my current furniture or they type of furniture I am thinking of in the future. Like the big farm house table that I want to fit right in the center of where the wall is now. I cannot wait to have a large dining table and be finally able to host Thanksgiving or another holiday.

Open Concept Floor Plan

Since I showed you what my current floor plan is I want to show you how I envision the new layout to be, in another year or two. The center wall will come down and with that I will close off part of the hall way and kitchen making a pantry. Currently I do not have much of a pantry nor a coat closet so this additional storage would also be a major plus. Make sure you follow along the next month or two to see the progress I am making on phase 1 of the renovations and I will keep you posted with any future progress on the open concept floor plan.

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Planning for an open concept kitchen and living room

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shaw Floors. The opinions and text are all mine.