Monday, March 18, 2013

Kitchen Renovation Reveal

Finally. 
This has been a looonng time in the works.  It was almost a year ago that we started destructing in the kitchen in order to renovate!  Better late than never, I say.  In defense, it has been finished for about 6 months, and taking pictures of our efforts wasn’t a top priority in the months after our six-month-old baby’s birth.  (Imagine that!)
We poured a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this renovation.  I have to say, I love it!  It makes me happy to be in the kitchen, which I think is what you should feel when you are in a room in your home. 
To refresh anyone’s memory (including my own), a before:
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And then, because it is fun, a before with reasons why we were remodeling (in case you had any doubts as to our rationale):
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And now, an after (from the same viewpoint):
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Before:
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After:
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After:
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Before:

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After:
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And now I’m just going to throw in a few of my favorite shots from around the kitchen..  We worked soooo hard on this and finished just in the nick of time about a week before our youngest was born.  It was a grueling remodel, but I am so happy with how it turned out. 

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A happy smorgasboard of color:

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I’m writing a post about the specific details of our kitchen but here are a few quick ones.
  • We gutted the entire kitchen to the studs (you can see that here)
  • We had an “in-between kitchen” for about 2 years (we tiled the floor and painted the paneled walls right away and then waited a couple of years before completely remodeling)
  • We would have loved to change the layout significantly but couldn’t due to major plumbing in walls and the location of the powder room right off the kitchen (which we were not willing to sacrifice!)
  • We did most of the work ourselves except for some wiring by our electrician brother-in-law, some of the drywall installation by my carpenter dad and brother, and cabinet retrofitting by my carpenter brother.
  • We went green and re-used cabinets from my in-laws kitchen remodel
  • It took about 4.5 months
  • It cost under $2500 (yay!)
I love it.  It is my favorite room in the house. 
Did I say I loved it???
One more quick picture to finish…
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This sits on the windowsill in our kitchen.  All of this wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for this man.    Thank you honey for all your hard work! 
(And I love that we found Josh wine!)
If you  have any questions about the process you can ask in the comments or email me and I would be happy to answer them.
Blessings,
Liz


Linking to Thrifty Decor Chick, That DIY Party(the DIY Showoff), Sugar Bee Crafts, Get Your Craft On, Hooked on Houses

49 comments:

  1. WOW. My jaw is sitting on the floor right now. This is just NOT the same space!! It is STUNNING! Congratulations!!

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  2. @Kelly @ View Along the Way
    Thanks so much Kelly! If you can't tell, I'm just over the moon about it. :)

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  3. Holy freakin SMOKES!!!!
    This is incredible. Seriously!!! Wow. Magazine quality, fo sho. You guys deserve a round of applause!!!:)

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  4. @MamaH
    Thanks Heather for your kind words! I am so glad to have it all finished. It was quite the project and many times we wondered if we had bitten off more than we could chew. We definitely learned a lot!

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  5. Holy cow!!!! That before kitchen is so... so... painful! I particularly love the drop ceiling. And the lamp. It's insane to think that your gorgeous result started as.... that. LOL. You guys did an AMAZING job - I have been loving bright white/creamy rooms for a while, and this kitchen is such a bright and cheery place to be. The colors for accents you picked are some of my favorite colors and I just love how open it feels now too. Those counters are drool worthy :) Great job!!
    Thanks for sharing all the hard work!!!
    Kim @ Two Ten Designs

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    1. Thanks so much Kim! You are so right, the kitchen was downright ugly before. It reminded me of a cave! So glad it is different now.

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  6. WHOA! Is that the same house?! lol What a beautiful (unbelievable) awesome transformation, Elizabeth! I'm sharing a link back in this week's highlights. Thanks so much for sharing your hard work. :)

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    1. Thanks Roeshel! I know, it is hard to believe it is the same room. When I dug up the before pictures I realized I had forgotten just how bad it used to be.
      You're too sweet to link back! Thank you!

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  7. Wow. Your kitchen makeover turned out so good. It is beautiful! I love it! Doesn't even look like the same space at ALL!

    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos
    http://decoratedchaos.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Jennifer!
      It is so much nicer to cook in, that's for sure!

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  8. The kitchen looks fantastic! So clean and fresh.

    And I'll have to check out Josh wine!

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    1. Thanks Amy!
      The wine was from Josh Cellars,and it was really good!

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  9. 4.5 months just can't be conveyed in a single post! i'm sure there was sooo much work that went into such a beautiful transformation.

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    1. You are so right...a lot of work but well worth it in the end!
      Thanks Carissa!

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  10. Oh my. Your kitchen has transformed into a lovely space! So modern and fresh. Great job!

    Smiles,
    Rachael
    The Joyful Thrifter

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    1. Thank you Rachael! It feels like such a happy place now!

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  11. What a difference. Your kitchen is amazingly bright now. I am a total sucker for white cabinetry. Also, your little quite about apples and oranges is hilarious...and oh so true!

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    1. Thanks Kelly!
      I saw that quote and had to incorporate it in there. Yep, so true!

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  12. wow! what an awesome transformation! Love your kitchen!!

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  13. A project founded and fulfilled out of love is the best one of all :)

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    1. Definitely would have to agree with you!

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  14. Very very pretty! I love a white kitchen. You did a great job!

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  15. WOW!!!! More than pretty fabulous... Truly a whole different kitchen.
    Nicely, nicely done!! (stopping by from B/A : )

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  16. Beautiful!! I would smile huge every time I walked into that kitchen!!! Came here from Better After...glad I visited your blog :-)

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    1. Oh it does put a smile on my face :)

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  17. Wow, this is gorgeous! The kitchen looks twice as big now, great job

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    1. It does feel way bigger! Funny how it is the exact same size, but feels much more spacious.

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  18. Here from Better After.... LOVE it!!

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  19. Fantastic! Even if you'd only just painted over all that dark paneling and dark cabinets, it would have been great. But after all your terrific work, this is a masterpiece! Love it!

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  20. Wow, just amazing... It just looks so happy now! And I love that little pop of green rug in front of your sink, can you share where you got it?

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    1. Thanks! I found the rug at HomeGoods...there was no brand on it and it didn't even say what it was made out of, but I think it is a wool flat weave. Sorry to not have a better source!

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  21. Oh my...what an outstanding makeover you have here...I luv all of it!!! Coming by from "May Before and After party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  22. I love your comment on how you feel when you walk in the room! That is how all of the spaces in our house should make us feel. It is so good when you can complete a project that gives you that feeling!

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  23. Looks amazing! I've been looking at quartz but cost is HUGE. Can you share info about the laminate you used?

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    1. Sure Emily!
      We got the laminate at Menards...it is the Formica brand and the color is Perlato Granite. I am very happy with it! It looks very nice and not really fake like some laminate does. It is not HD laminate, but it does have some of the same characteristics as High Def laminate. Hope that helps!

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  24. Where is the green mat from?

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    1. The green mat is from HomeGoods...I got it a few months ago now and there was no brand name on it or anything so I'm sorry I can't give you a more clear source! It is a wool flatweave (I believe) and I love it! I even machine wash it which I believe you are not supposed to do with wool but it comes out great.

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  25. Wow what a great transformation! Where did you buy your blinds?

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    1. I got the blinds at Home Depot. I believe they were the Miranda ones.
      Thanks for visiting!

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  26. WOW!!! This looks amazing.... completely different! I gutted my kitchen too.... what helped me the most was this cabinet measuring guide (https://www.cabinetstogo.com/measuring-guide.html). No more guess work and saves so much time. Hope this can help someone! Great job Elizabeth!

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  27. I love this so much! The colors are exactly what I want for my kitchen. Thank you for sharing!

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  28. Wow, what an amazing transformation! Absolutely gorgeous. Pinned :)

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