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:
And then, because it is fun, a before with reasons why we were remodeling (in case you had any doubts as to our rationale):
And now, an after (from the same viewpoint):
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.
A happy smorgasboard of color:
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…
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.
Linking to Thrifty Decor Chick, That DIY Party(the DIY Showoff), Sugar Bee Crafts, Get Your Craft On, Hooked on Houses