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We bought this smaller home, 1250 sq feet, in WV. The 2nd and 3rd pictures are the before shots. The LR and kitchen were all one space with a vaulted ceiling. I hated it. It had some stinky Berber carpeting and the countertops and cabinets were made out of old hardwood floors. I designed a wall (will be posting pics of the living room changes in another post) to separate the 2 rooms. The opening going into the master bdrm was closed off to give me more wall space in the kitchen. If I had not done that, the width would have been only 8 feet instead of the now 11. I used Ikea cabinets and bought 4 of their "bookcases" which look more like china cabinets to me, for storing china, as well as my pantry goods. Since they are not super deep, it helps with the open look. I have the open shelves which I love. Now when I cook, everyone just grabs their plate off the shelf, then opening the drawer right below to grab their silverware. It is still not finished. Some custom cutting still needs to be done with the glass tiles, then grouting. I have ordered a custom made clock that is 30" round for above the left shelves where the open space is. It is aqua and beige, On the right side, I had a door installed to bring more light into the kitchen and a bigger kitchen window, that still needs to be finished with mudding, etc. I have more decorating touches that need to be done, but I am very happy with how it is going on a limited budget.