Alright, here it is! The final reveal of our kitchen renovation. All in all it took almost a year for us to complete the DIY reno from start to finish (oh and in that year we worked and had a baby), but we couldn’t be happier with the result and we do feel a sense of pride having done it ourselves (ok, with lots of help from family too!) Our kitchen has officially left the orange1960s vibe behind, and has been transformed to a modern, chic space.
Caution: the before & after photos are shocking.
I drew the color inspiration from Emily Henderson’s kitchen (one of my favorite designers!) It took a bit of convincing to get Matt on board with blue for the lower cabinets (I understand, color in a kitchen is scary for some!) but he trusted me and we love the color combination of the deep blue on the bottom, and a crisp white on top. And YES folks, those are the same cabinets as the before photo….sort of (read on…)
You’ll notice in the kitchen renovation that the floors got a major overhaul from the 1960s faux cobblestone linoleum (ew) to fabulous hardwood hickory in ‘butterscotch’ tone (the lightest tone). I love the variation and rustic feel it brings to the modern updated kitchen. Oh and that cute white vase show below for kitchen utensils? It’s from Magnolia Market (don’t you just love Fixer Upper!) and is one of the fabulous gifts from our fun Christmas Exchange, our favorite things (read more on how that works here).
You may have noticed that we also extended the counters out beyond where the original footprint used to be in our kitchen renovation project. We added the cabinet to the left of the fridge (which really makes the fridge more a “part of the kitchen” vs. hanging out alone in left field like it was before), and added to the left of the butcher block counter, which allows us a pull out garbage drawer (best. thing. ever.)
The cabinet doors got a lovely facelift in this kitchen renovation. You can see that we added a 1/4″ thick, 2″ wide frame outline to each cabinet door, giving them a shaker style look, but still using the original (real wood) cabinets (hence saving a LOT of money). I will do a post more on this later because it really is amazing how much just a small border and some paint completely transform cabinet doors. The doors of course also got some stylish new hardware (we bought the hardware off Craigslist, but needed a few additional pieces that we matched from Amazon here). You will also notice in the before and after photos that we took down the ugly scallop detail above the sink connecting our upper cabinets and replaced it with a straight piece of wood (amazing how much that scalloping dates a space!)
And oh the bar, how I love the bar! (It may be my favorite component of our kitchen renovation). My dad made us this butcher block (yes MADE, he’s so talented) and I love how it compliments our new hickory floors. We sit here all the time, often you can find Matt working on his laptop while I cook in the evenings, or me working on my laptop during the day and watching Vera in the living room. (Or Lewis enjoying the barstools as you can see below. He doesn’t get much fame these days with Vera so I figured I’d give him his spotlight on this post). Of course the opposite side of the bar in the kitchen allows us for AMAZING counter space and lots of outlets (is there ever such thing as too many outlet?! I think not).
Yay for pretty appliances! (see you never again, Jenn-Air) We had purchased the fridge in the ‘before’ photo (the old one died on us), but this dual oven 5 burner gas range is brand spankin’ new and we love love love it. If you recall we also moved the location of the stove (kitchen layout plans here). The refrigerator and stove are part of the Frigidaire Gallery Series.
I am also nerdily excited that my microwave is tucked away and hidden in the nook in the base cabinets (a high priority in my kitchen renovation plans). The shelf also does double duty to store my cookbooks, and the large drawer under the microwave (large like hugely deep), stores all our pots and pans. (You can see our dishwasher is our last appliance to update eventually, but it’s still kickin’ and tucked away so it doesn’t bother me too much). We also love our gray upholstered barstools with nailhead detail from Target.
And our backsplash! Ah I just love it. We went with gray glass subway tiles laid in a classic brick pattern. I love that the gray tiles bring in the gray from our quartz countertop. The countertop really resembles marble but is a great durable material, quartz (these countertops were installed a few days before Vera was born, oh kitchen renovation timing). We ordered our range hood off Amazon (see it here).
I love walking into this kitchen every day (real life: it’s never this clean, you should have seen the living room and dining room filled with all the clutter I took away for the photos). But clutter or not, it has made leaps and bounds of change for the better, both function-wise, and aesthetically.
A few future additions/projects/tweaks to the kitchen include lighting above the sink, a possible window treatment, upgraded dishwasher, and maybe pendant lighting over the bar.
One more before and after side-by-side, just to remind us of how far the kitchen has come and to instill belief that there really can be potential and life in old spaces to make them new.