September 1, 2014

OUR KITCHEN REMODEL : BEFORE + AFTER

I'm gonna try to do a new home tour here, room by room. Very little rooms are done at this point but, with the help of craigslist, I am getting there. Baby steppin'.

Our kitchen is my favorite room in the house. I adore it. I love to cook, and bake, and entertain, and it's where we spend much of our days. It is truly better than I could have even imagined. Because we remodeled with a rehab loan (read more here), I literally got to pick out all the things for the kitchen, which is insane, yes. I let my husband pick the appliances, since I am such a giver, and I told him I will take reign of the rest of the house, I mean kitchen. What?

I know that white is all the rage and I, maybe, had one little anxiety attack that I chose the wrong color cabinets, before they were installed. BUT THEN THEY WERE INSTALLED and the hallelujah chorus did their thing.

The truth is, I am a white cabinet lover. It's clean and crisp and modern, and all the things I love. But the other thing is: I am a dirty person with four kids. Do I need to say more? I had white cabinets at our first house and I am fully loving-embracing-celebrating my new wood cabinets. I made the right decision here, that is for sure. The cabinets are warm and classic and beautiful and make this kitchen what it is.

Some may some I like pinterest a little bit. Of all the dreamy kitchens I ever pinned, one always stuck out in my mind. I told my husband this, please. Kiss kiss. And he loves me even more after laying all that subway tile. Dontcha, babe?

But, first, behold our kitchen before, in all her glory:




So long, evergreen countertops.

See ya later, fluorescent light and bulk head that is hiding the venting for our new range.

Completely gutted:



Annnnnnd. After:






What dirty floors?


















Dimmers. I love dimmers and was high maintenance in requesting these in every room of our house, I know. But guess who's thanking me for them now? Ahem.


Bless this glorious USB port that is in our actual outlet. I mean, bless it. Love, the girl who can't ever find her charger.


My favorite part of the kitchen are those little handprints.


We put the microwave down above one of the cabinet drawers. Best decision. 




Speaking of cabinet drawers. Heaven on earth.



We refinished the floors by sanding them, staining them a medium brown, and they have a satin poly finish. They are the original red oak flooring from our beloved 1942 house. The kitchen cabinets are a natural cherry with a brown glaze. I chose a bright white Corian solid surface countertops and traditional white subway tile with charcoal grout.

Our contractor custom made the shelving to match the cabinets and hung them with a stainless steel square tube, hung from the ceiling. He also made the fridge enclosure and installed under shelf lighting. This lighting is stellar, you guys. It is a continuous led flexible tape with a peel and stick back, on a dimmer switch, of course.


We added in recessed lighting, a farmhouse sink, and all our appliances are all from Lowes.

And there it is! The first official glimpse into this place we love calling home.

15 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, your kitchen is stunning! I am a huge fan of white, too (and Pinterest, haha) and love how Pinterest-y your kitchen turned out. I always love a good kitchen makeover and this one did no disappoint. Great work! I can only imagine how long/hard you guys had to work. :)

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  2. Your kitchen is absolutely dreamy!

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  3. this is a dream. the usb port?! genius.

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  4. it looks amazing, i love the open shelving and the subway tile! just gorgeous!

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  5. gorgeous kitchen! may I ask what color you painted the non-tiled adjoining walls? I have similar color wood in our kitchen and am torn between a million shades of white! haha help! lol

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  6. So beautiful! I love the backsplash, the shelf full of mason jars, and the fully visible dishes! I am nowhere near owning a home and being able to do this but I can't wait for when that time comes for me! Also, where did you get the patterned bowls?

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  7. Gorgeous! I love the subway tile backsplash! You guys did a fabulous job!

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  8. this is beyond gorgeous Danielle! Great job! love all the open shelving! and i love the color of your cabinets!

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  9. Your kitchen is gorgeous! AND, you are one of my favorite pinners. ;)

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  10. Holy GORGEOUS! You are also one of my favorite pinners. Sorry for stalking you on pinterest.
    :)

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  11. I've been dying over the whole kitchen since you posted pics on IG. I would love to have your shelving. My kitchen has no overhead storage.

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