Kitchen Renovation Series, Part VII – The Reveal
Today is the BIG DAY! Hubby and I have been working since November to get our kitchen makeover finished. Although this space will not be entirely finished until the floors get done, I am so happy to call it finished for now! When we moved into this house I knew that this kitchen would be a major project I wanted to tackle. I can’t even believe the difference! The journey has been so worth it.
In case you missed it or would like more information, here are the articles to the rest of the kitchen renovation series!
So are you ready to see the transformation??
First, let’s visit the BEFORE KITCHEN of doom. Dark, ugly, and outdated. Yes, this picture is from when we moved in but it is the only one I have that shows the full kitchen. And, yes, that is exactly what it looked like.
The Doors That Lead to NoWhere finally got some drapes. The deck will be added this spring but, at least, we have a bit more privacy for now. The floor is still the horrible linoleum that always looks dirty but since we are redoing all the hardwoods on the main floor, we decided it was best to do the tile then. Yes, the FLOOR BUGS ME SO MUCH NOW!! The new light and grey color scheme make it stick out like a foot (and this picture makes it look grey-er than it really is for some reason).
The finished breakfast bar with extension. This was hubby’s focal point. I loved the old bar stool but they were in some desperate need of an update. I attempted to alter some formal dining chair slip covers but without much luck. One day, I will find somewhere to custom make me new covers for these.
Per hubby’s request, the cabinets have not changed. That was one of my compromises. However, in return, I got to do the accessorizing. The new, better fitting fridge is awesome! And even the “Beach Cafe” received a facelift. This picture doesn’t do it justice but it has been distressed painted white and grey. Even with the darker cabinets, the kitchen makeover makes this room much lighter and airy in feeling. Love It! They grey really brought out the richness of the cabinetry that was missing in the yellow/beige outdated scheme.
I will totally take credit for that back splash, though! It’s a tumbled marble tile ….and it’s gorgeous! So many people wanted me to add decorative tiles or color or sparkle to it. But I dug my heels in about keeping it white and plain. And, dang it, I feel vindicated looking at that picture. If you are looking at choosing a backsplash or undergoing a kitchen renovation, learn some tips from the pros.
Remember how we rewired and hid the outlets under the cabinets? So.Much.Better.
Hubby and I did all the tile ourselves and much of it was hand laid because the sheets did not fit together properly or were in awkward spaces. And I love these little vintage canisters of joy.
Although it’s hard to say which part of the kitchen makeover is my favorite, but the open shelves are definitely up there. I had to add at least a little bit of color and sunshine. I store my cookbooks, the family heirloom plant, and a few cute accessories on them. HomeGoods is my bff, ya’ll.
Of course, every kitchen needs a good area for the coffee setup. Above is my menu chalkboard. The Tile Shop has been so generous to us in finding a last bit of tile to cover that back wall. They called every store in the US to find enough for our project, and pulled it together from 4 different stores. I actually intend to put a corkboard there but we want the tile behind it in case we ever change our minds.
So let’s check in on the checklist, shall we?
KITCHEN MAKEOVER RENOVATION CHECKLIST-
Paint Walls and Trim New Counter Tops Extend Island and Add a Breakfast Bar Add Faux Stone to the Breakfast Bar White Tile Backsplash New Faucet and Under-mount Sink New Draperies Open Shelves Adding Door Hardware Replace/ Cover Black Appliances Rewiring Outlets to under Cabinets Paint and Reorganize Pantry
- Corkboard Wall Desk
- New Tile Floor
If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below! Be sure to check out the other parts of this series at the top of this post!