How can I update an outdated kitchen pass through w/o spending a ton?

Betty Crosby
by Betty Crosby
My 1250 sq foot patio home is only 3 years old but was built with an outdated looking pass through From kitcheb to den. Does anyone have any ideas on how to improve it without having to go to expense of construction?
how can i update an outdated kitchen pass through w o spending a ton
  10 answers
  • 2dogal 2dogal on Sep 18, 2017

    If it's not being used as a pass-through, how about taking off the shelf and framing it? Or again, taking off the shelf and hanging large pictures on either side to hide the hole.

  • Cin21825342 Cin21825342 on Sep 18, 2017

    I'd close it off with wood frame, drywall and joint compound. Then paint the full wall for a unified look.

  • Bonnie Bonnie on Sep 18, 2017

    Some ideas I gathered from searching "pass through" in the Hometalk search box at the top: Cover it with shutters; Hang a stained glass window in it; Display plants in it. There were lots more!

  • A A on Sep 18, 2017

    I don't know if this is a possibility, but have you considered removing the entire wall to open up the kitchen. You would probably be able to fit an island in that area (if you like islands - I'm not a fan).

    If removing the wall is not an option, I'd convert the opening to shelves (open to the kitchen only, drywall the other side) for spices, etc.

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Sep 18, 2017

    I like Bonnie's suggestion about the shutters. Just the shutters alone would look nice if done right.

  • Betty Crosby Betty Crosby on Sep 18, 2017

    Thank you all for your ideas. I am trying to do something without having to hire a contractor and you have given me a couple of ideas I hadn't thought of.

  • Yvonne Procter Yvonne Procter on Sep 19, 2017

    Hang a large mirror with a strong back over the hole on the living rooms side. This will create a 'back' for shelves in the kitchen side. I would recommend using fixtures that make the mirror unable to move to prevent it from being knocked about from the kitchen side. xx

  • Julie Medved Julie Medved on Sep 19, 2017

    We have one and our goal is to take the wall out completely but for now its our coffee/ wine bar. I have also seen a reno show where they made the centre section like a table and put two modern stools there.

  • SandyG SandyG on Sep 20, 2017

    I would put glass shelves with a light bar across the top inside of the opening. Put live plants or some pretty glassware on the shelves.

  • Julie Schroeder Julie Schroeder on Sep 20, 2017

    You could take an old window frame (one with small panes) and frost the glass, put a soft light behind it to make it look like a window for the kitchen or for both sides. Maybe even keep the light on a timer, or a dimmer so that it turns off when the sun sets.

    Could also hang a large TV over the hole, but you would have to frame the opening with studs to support the large size of the tv. Some TVs are really light and thin.

    You could put a medicine cabinet on the living living room side, attaching a large framed print to it for concealed storage for whatever. Then just hang a picture on the opposite side.

    You could use two mirrors, back to back in the size of the opening, use those tension rods to keep it in place and add wood slats or plastic channel guides the ones that hide cables going horizontal while the tension rods are vertical thus framing it like a window. Paint them a matching color. Maybe even cover the tension rods with the plastic channel.

    you can frame it and sheet rock it, just need to make sure your framing leaves room for the sheet rock to be even with the walls.

    Google differnet ideas and see if others have done something similar, pictures always help me figure out what I want to do

    good luck and please post pictures of what you ended up doing please