Kitchen Renovation: Stained Wood to Beautiful White
With the recent house crashing post, it got me thinking about my own kitchen renovation. And although I kept you updated on the steps throughout the process, I noticed that I had never done a full start-to-finish post; a true before and after. [GASP] I know, I know. I’m a slacker. I guess I’m still new at this whole blogging thing. Rookie mistake….
So without further ado, here is a quick recap of the full kitchen transformation:
February: Here is what our kitchen looked like on move-in day. Purdy, huh?
March/April: It wasn’t long before we were tearing out the floor, ripping out the faux ceiling beams, pulling up countertops, and knocking down walls (between the kitchen and dining room). We also removed all of the cabinet doors in anticipation of painting (which we decided to do after weeks of pricing out brand-new cabinets at several different stores…..but ultimately, we didn’t want to give up perfectly good all-wood cabinets if we didn’t have to). In lieu of spending $10,000+ on cabinets, we splurged and spent $1,500 to have someone come and professionally paint the cabinets (since they were pine and I was worried that the white wouldn’t cover well). Best decision I ever made. Yes, I could have done it myself, but it saved me SO MUCH time.
Note: the painting package didn’t include the INSIDE of the cabinets, so I decided to paint them myself since I didn’t want to see the yellow walls every time I opened up a cabinet.
May/June: It was already looking SO much better, but we still had a long way to go. We decided to install recessed lighting since our ultimate goal was to brighten up the space. We brought in an electrician for this job, but it was pretty inexpensive considering we installed a total of 7 recessed lights, had them re-wire the lighting over the future island for two pendants and put in place wiring for undercabinet lighting (which we still haven’t done yet….oops). I can’t remember the total cost of this update, but I remember it being very reasonable. Also, during this time, B (and our dads) built the island. I included some of the during shots, but I should really have B do a separate post on how he did this exactly. I was honestly gone for a few hours that day and when I came back it was done. TA-DA! We also decided to have some cabinets built along the entry way wall for extra storage and a future mudroom. In hindsight, I would have definitely had B install them rather than paying a carpenter to do it, but ultimately we wanted to make sure they they would be able to hold a lot of pantry items since we are big Costco people!! Better safe than sorry!
YAY!! The kitchen was officially done. 8 months later, but EXACTLY the way we wanted it (and in the price range we wanted as well)!!! If I had to do it over, I wouldn’t change a thing…..well, except for maybe choosing to get pizza most nights rather than salads when we were ordering takeout. Ugh….maybe we worked off the extra pounds with all the work we did though….haha.
>Holy Cow! That is amazing. The subway tile, the mud room… oh I'm in love 😀
>Love it all! I am wanting to tile my backsplash, but I'm a DIY'er wannabe! Scared to death to start and screw it up 😉
Love the mudroom, too……I'd kill for one! What do you keep in the baskets under the bench seat? I can see it as a great place for hats, gloves, scarves, etc.
>wow!! Absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy it!
>Holy cow! What a transformation! I love the cabinets and the bench!
>Wow! That's gorgeous!! That might be the most amazing kitchen transformation ever. Before compared to After = are you serious??? Way to go!
>I'm speechless… so amazing!
>Beautiful kitchen! You did great. I understand about paying someone to paint. Sometimes it's more about "getting it done" than "doing it yourself". $1500 is a good amount to not have to deal with the mayhem, in my opinion. I just paid someone to paint the trim in my house. Because it took them half the time and I could work on my own business projects.
I really do like to do things myself but life doesn't always allow the inevitable learning time it involves. Kudos!
>Wow–what a transformation, I LOVE it!!!
>Gorgeous! Is the microwave in the island? Wnat an awesome idea! We did a rush kitchen makeover that you can see here: https://orange-sugar.blogspot.com/2011/01/house-kitchen.html. But there are so many things I would have done differently after living with it for awhile.
>I am DROOLING! Good of you to include the timeline, too.
>Amazing! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
>I love it! I just put backsplash in our kitchen and know how much work that already is! great job!!
>What a beautiful renovation, talk about bringing a very dated kitchen into the 21st century! You have excellent taste—would you do my kitchen?
>I love the mudroom area near the large doors. So nice!
>LOVE LOVE LOVE your new kitchen! You guys did an AMAZING job!
>WOW, Shocking and gorgeous! It doesnt even look like the same place! BEAUTIFUL!
>love it!!! my kitchen needs a remodel-aholic like you!!
hope you visit me, am new to this blogging thing, and hope to one day have a site 1/4 as good as yours!
>Oh my gosh! What an incredible difference! it's stunning! I've lived in my house 20 years and I'm still waiting:) I did paint all the cabinets though, and we opened one wall, which made a huge, positive difference, and it was very inexpensive!
>This is terrific. We are currently working on our kitchen but were stuck in "design mode" for a while. It was so hard to make those decisions! Yours came out awesome. ~Lori