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.
>I absolutely love the sink! And the kitchen is now so bright and fun!
I would also love to have that mudroom! A must in our next house – or a big addition!
>Please do a post on how to make the island. I have been begging my husband to make me one! Also can you tell us about your countertops. Were you able to get a deal.
>Thanks everyone for your super sweet comments. I really appreciate it and whole-heartedly encourage you all to go for it if you are thinking about doing a renovation like this. It can seem overwhelming at first, but it is TOTALLY worth it in the end!
And for those of you that posed a questions in your comments, here are some answers:
Tara – You are absolutely right, we keep hats, glove, mittens and some extra shoes in the mudroom baskets. It is so convenient!! And we will probably store flip-flops and beach towels in them during the summer months!
Orange Sugar – I checked out your kitchen makeover and it is wonderful! And you are not alone, either. I think everyone looks back and wishes they had done something differently during a renovation…hindsight is 20/20! Oh, and yes, the microwave is the the island. Best thing we ever did!! Saved sooo much counter space!
Celeste – I would love to do your kitchen. Are you in the New England area??? 🙂
Cherie – I am definitely planning to do a post on building an island, and also one on building a sink base. I just need to find the time to pick my husband's brain about the process (since he did the majority of the work). Come back and visit from time to time to check it out. Also, I did a post earlier in the summer about my countertop choices. If you'd like to read about that process, you can check it out here: (https://simplebeautifulhome.blogspot.com/2010/08/kitchen-planning-countertops.html)
Thanks again everyone for checking out my renovation and a special thanks to Cassity for featuring me!!
>Are you in the New England area? I live in CT.
>Hi Orange Sugar –
Yes, I'm a New Englander. I live on the South Shore in Massachusetts! I feel like there aren't a lot of NE bloggers out there, so its nice to meet a fellow "snowbird"!
Absolutely beautiful! What do you think the cost of the renovation totalled at? I am trying to price out doing something very similar shortly.
I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen anything more amazing! You’re an inspiration for sure! Congrats on a job well done!
That was a major undertaking ,but it turn out wonderful ! Enjoy your labor it’s beautiful, so clean looking with all white ,beautiful tile …..love it !
Thanks for commenting, Mary!
What an inspiration! I hope that when we go to buy our next house that I can have the vision (and endurance to make it happen) like you did.
Thanks for the comment, Jeanette!