Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Kitchen Reveal

Today is the day!!! It's reveal day! You guys. I can hardly contain myself. When we bought our house in April the kitchen was the first thing I wanted to rip apart. It was u-g-l-y, you ain't got no alibi, you ugly. Yeah, yeah, you ugly.

Did you just chant that? I bet you did. Don't worry, you can tell me, this is a safe place.

There was pink salmon colored tile, dark brownish pinkish granite, dark oak cabinets and an awkward open space just begging for an island or a table. We budgeted $3500 for this space and I'm pleased to announce we spent $3068. High five for being under budget! I will list everything at the end of the post. But enough of the small talk, you're here for the pictures aren't you?! Of course you are!

Before:




Are you ready for the afters?


 Ahh! Amazing right? I don't say that in a toot my own horn kind of way, I say it in a, wow this was a LOT of work and I am so proud of all it took to get here kind of way. And you guys. Justin did so much of the work in here, I am so impressed with him. To designing the backsplash, creating a custom window sill, making me an island, installing the sink, ugh. That man is the best. This is my dream kitchen. Minus a double oven, but we'll get there. ;) Here is a break down of everything we did:

Removed tile and updated with hardwood (part of the flooring budget, I didn't include it for the kitchen)
Painted cabinets with Home Depot's Behr Alkyd semi-gloss enamel paint in color Coast Guard Gray-$40
Raised cabinets 4 inches & cabinet above microwave 8 inches
Added molding to tops of cabinets for height and more of a custom look-$70
Added new hardware-$120
New granite counters(our biggest splurge)- $2123-$200 we sold old granite for = $1923
Subway tile backsplash in herringbone pattern with dark grout-$180
Farmhouse style sink(Ikea) and new faucet(HomeDepot) (nearly impossible to do in a corner sink, but Justin worked his magic and made it happen because I would cry if he didn't  he loves me. $185 for sink $150 for faucet
Changed out outlets and outlet covers $50
Added window sill and molding$10
New blinds$80
Built a butcher block island-$160
New barstools-$100
Taller baseboards (also not apart of the kitchen budget)
Microwave for over the stove instead of range hood (broke even with the sale of the range hood)



What do you guys think? What's your favorite part? I have to say, I was a little nervous about the gray cabinets. Mainly because we painted them before we got our new counters in so they didn't look too great. I was definitely questioning myself at that point. I even thought if we painted them white we probably could have kept the granite we had and saved even more money. I'm so glad we took the leap though. These cabinets are exactly our style now and I don't know if I would have ever been happy with the old granite. I love everything about this kitchen now and cooking it in (especially with the island) is so much fun, no exaggeration. I cannot wait for the upcoming holidays, preparing meals in here is going to be amazing!

Also, I know everybody and their mother is all about that open concept life, but for a hermit  an introvert like me-a closed off kitchen like this is the dream. Our dining and living room are open to each other, which I love. But when I need to take a minute if we have company, I get to sneak in the kitchen and prepare dinner without anyone looking across the room at me. Another huge plus is that if the kitchen isn't 100% clean and I have unexpected company, they don't really see it. So the space really works well for our wants and needs.

Now that we have this gorgeous kitchen wrapped up, we are on to the next big project we are trying to knock out before the holidays, the fireplace! Wish us luck! Justin might murder me if I think of any more projects. I've decided for Christmas I'm giving him a couple of months off from projects around the house. I'm such a nice wife! :p

One more time, just because I love before and after shots so much:



I can't believe this is my kitchen! Justin is going to have to drag me out of this house if we ever relocate because I'm not sure I'm going to want to leave! :p Happy Tuesday friends! Xo


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17 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful! Love your cabinet color. So glad I stumbled across your blog :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Megan. I'm glad you're here! :)

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  2. Oooo, it's so pretty! Good choice on the herringbone. I LOVE Hudson's little area! And it's perfectly styled.
    But don't let Justin take time off. He'll remember what's it's like to be rested. We can't have that. :p

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    1. Oh I better rethink that plan, I don't want him getting comfortable on me! ;) Thank you!

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  3. Oooo, it's so pretty! Good choice on the herringbone. I LOVE Hudson's little area! And it's perfectly styled.
    But don't let Justin take time off. He'll remember what's it's like to be rested. We can't have that. :p

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  4. THIS is a gorgeous after, and on that budget! How? Great job you two. Such a snazzy looking kitchen now!! Love the pup corner too!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Trina! Gotta save that money for the next project. haha!

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  5. I wish I had half of your talent. You did an amazing job. I'm pretty sure I would never leave the house. Where did you find the farmhouse sink? That is on my wish list for our next house.

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    1. Thank you, Carrie. I am already a homebody so this kind of makes that worse. ha! I found the sink at Ikea!

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  6. OH MY GOD is all I can say. I don't know how you do it. Never in a million years would I have the eye to look at an old kitchen and see it's potential, not to mention would I ever be able to actually put in the work to change it. I always say that I'm going to have to move into a brand new house because I am not fixing anything lol. (We will see how that goes. Someday..) I don't know why, but I think my favorite thing in this kitchen, besides the sink (heart eyes), is that little rectangular window! How adorable is that? I know it was there before, but it was barely noticeable. And the flowers in the window and all the little details are just perfect. I have no idea what you're day job is girl, but quit it lol. I love how in the first pictures of the kitchen there's just like a jar of peanut butter and a coke lol. That made me laugh. Like did you just literally move in??

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    1. Ok, loving that you noticed the peanut butter on the counter. That was actually for Hudson. We had just moved in and he was kind of scared to be in the house still so I brought his peanut butter and a kong to help him feel a little more excited. Lol And thank you so much, you're making me feel like a million bucks right now! Xo

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  7. Unbelievable! It looks absolutely gorgeous, and I am stunned that you could do so much on that budget. It is completely unrecognizable from the before! I think my favorite feature is the herringbone backsplash--or maybe the little window under the cabinets. I love unusual little elements like that :-) Beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you so much, Rachel! You know it's so funny, a lot of people have been commenting on the window! I actually hated it before we started the project, I even wanted to close it off. Gasp! It was so awkward, but Justin created a little window sill and suddenly it was charming. The craziest thing ever! I'm really glad we kept it. Thanks again for the love, friend! Xo

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  8. Gaaaaaaahhhhhhh this is soooo good. So so good.

    I *think* the herringbone tile pattern in my favorite. In fact. I think I need it in our kitchen. Haven't broken that to Ryan yet. Poor soul.

    But I also love the grey you chose. I think it took some guts to do something different, but it is totally amazingly good. And with all the white tile and island and great natural light, it's just perfect.

    Also - love that sink. Love that faucet. Love the hardware.

    Love. It. ALl.

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    1. Oh man, I love it when people get specific about their favorite parts!! It's exciting to hear what people loved. So I totally sprung the herringbone on Justin last minute. I kept going back to it and I didn't feel 100% great about just doing regular subway. He said no at first. :p But I aalllwaayysss get the yes. (Said in my best Barney Stinson voice) In the end he said he couldn't imagine doing anything else because it really is so charming. And it hasn't been overdone yet so thats a total plus. Thank you for your sweet words, I can't wait to see what your new kitchen is going to look like! Big hugs!

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  9. Of course, IKEA. I will have to look next time I'm in a city big enough to have an IKEA in it. Would it be bad if I bought the sink before we build the house? Lol.

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