This post has been a loooooong time coming, and I’m SO excited to finally share the before and after of our kitchen renovation today! Now, where to begin…
When we bought the house, the kitchen wasn’t too rough but it felt a little cramped. After deciding that we didn’t need the tiny dining room next door, the next step was to tear down that wall and open up the kitchen! By combining those two rooms, the kitchen doubled in size and we were able to add in new pantry space and a custom island. Both things that fit our needs much more than a (small) formal dining room.
The renovation was pretty standard, but took ages to complete. Here’s what we did: Tear down the dining room wall, remove popcorn ceilings, paint walls and trim, replace floors, paint cabinets (inside and out), build a custom IKEA island, install new countertops, install tile backsplash, install new light fixtures, and then new appliances. PLUS, we changed out electrical outlets (adding some with a USB port), installed a new disposal, had to rewire some stuff with the lights, replaced the large picture window, cleaned/painted the lazy susan corner cabinet, and cleaned/sealed the horribly stained subfloor. Whew!
BEFORE + DURING THE KITCHEN RENOVATION
AFTER THE RENOVATION
We still have more small projects to do (like finishing the crown molding and installing the pantry cabinet sides) but I’m just so thrilled with how it turned out!
Renovating a house is pretty scary, but renovating a kitchen you haven’t lived in is downright terrifying. It takes a lot of thought and planning to make decisions that both complement the space and also make things flow nicely. For example, our trash and recycling cans are in the lefthand cabinet of our island (the door pulls straight out) and we chose a faucet that could reach all the corners of our extra big sink (so it was easy to clean).
The breakfast nook is one of my favorite parts of our whole renovation. The pendant is from Lighting Connection and we have the light on a dimmer switch – so nice for early in the morning. You can see the breakfast nook immediately when you walk in the front door, and I just love the welcoming view!
KITCHEN SOURCE LIST
Wall paint: Extra White by Sherwin-Williams
Cabinet + trim paint: Extra White (semi gloss) by Sherwin-Williams
Countertops: Honed cararra marble, from Marble Granite World
Laminate flooring: Ashen Oak from Floor & Decor (bonus: it’s totally waterproof!)
More before and after posts to come – we’re wrapping up so many projects!