To start, Dave tore out the white pantry cabinets... apparently I never took a photo of those directly, but you can see them in these photos- The cabinets on the right are the cabinets in question. They were great for storage and I loved them... but we had a plan to make it even better!
Here are the cabinets from inside the kitchen. You can see how removing them would open up the kitchen a bit!
And "before" pictures of the cabinets and counters
How, you ask, did we manage to do a kitchen remodel while living in the house with two small children? Well, it wasn't easy! We moved the fridge to the dining area, used the dining table as a counter, and folded up the treadmill and put some of the cabinets we removed in that corner and used it as our makeshift kitchen.
I hated not having a kitchen! We ate out a lot, and ate a lot of quick microwave meals on paper plates and plastic utensils. It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, though it did get old! I thought it was going to be more stressful than it was, but we managed ended up being so busy during most of the remodel that it wasn't that hard to keep the boys out of the kitchen and out of Dave's way. The hardest part was when Dave needed my help, since Sam doesn't let me out of his 3 ft radius and he really was not happy when I had to put him down in order to help Dave. He never did accept the safety gate we put up to keep him out of the kitchen... not if I was on one side and he was on the other! There was a lot of this going on (taken with my cell phone)...
... with crocodile tears if I was in there without him! He did enjoy watching Dave work, though.