Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kitchen Update

Hey, guys! Long time, no see. Let me warn you, this post of kind of lengthy, but stick around because I'm listing all of the sources at the end.

For the past three months, my life has been consumed with family, our puppy, and home projects.

I love the process of changing a space and watching it come to life. My husband on the other hand DOES NOT! I'm pretty sure it was the worst three months of his life (kidding, but mostly serious) G didn't even notice...Uhhh why am I doing this again?

I somehow convinced Cody it would be a good idea to build a fireplace surround (more on that later) and update our kitchen.

Here are some pictures from the previous listing of our new home...

It wasn't horrible before, but it wasn't great - there was a lot of space and a lot of potential. Our home was built in 2012, so I reaaaaally didn't want to rip out the cabinets. I looked into refacing them, but the price tag seriously shocked me (it's pretty much the same price as ALL new cabinetry). No, thanks.

Our wants (sources linked):
Quartz Countertops
Brass Hardware - okay so we argued over brass and nickel (BRASS WON 😇)
New flooring - Stay tuned

Wood floors are coming...sometime. We're both a little hesitant with Lucy (our puppy) and the mess she makes when it rains and when she drinks. Just look at that face though 💜

Let's get started.

After living in the house all of a week I came home and decided to start ripping out the half wall on the back of the island - there's no going back now!

FYI: I literally ripped out the entire thing on my own and it felt so BA...but of course the only picture I have is of Cody vacuuming the floor. LAME.

We moved the island back to create some more room while opening the fridge. It left some gaps in the flooring, but we filled them in with some linoleum that was left in the basement #worthit

We're constantly in the kitchen or living room (right next to the kitchen), so I wanted an island we could eat all at (plus one more whenever that day comes 👶). We built out the back side of the island to create a space big enough for four stools. The back of the cabinet wasn't finished so we used a hardboard panel, cut it down to size and secured it with 2x2's to the back of the cabinet (doesn't matter that it doesn't match because #paint). We originally wanted to have a cabinet company build and install the island, but after the $3k quote, we decided we could do it on our own.

Don't ask me why we thought that. We had never built anything in our lives, let alone used a table saw! There was no tutorial for this, so we needed a lot of help from my Dad (just being honest) - thing had to be level! $250 and three days later, we had the exact same island we would've spent $3,000 for! I can dig it.

Also pictured: New pendants and pot lights

Of course I had to obsessively check Pinterest and discover ceiling height cabinets (words of my husband), so we got to work removing the old, puny molding and building those suckers up! Since we were painting the cabinets white, we used MDF (it paints so, so nice). Don't worry about the tops reaching the ceiling, the crown will cover that up. It made such a huge impact and the ceilings feel taller IMO. If you're interested, we followed this tutorial here.

Our house is a cookie cutter home, which means NONE of the windows have molding.

It was another first for us. I wanted chunky molding, but the space was kind of tight...we made it work and used this tutorial. TRIM ALL THE THINGS!

I'm also on a time out from using the miter saw because I may or may not have had close call trying to cut a piece of trim for the fireplace. Something about making sure the blade is at full speed before you try to cut a 2 inch piece of wood, but what do I know? Slowly gaining trust 😁

Next, we moved to the crown molding. Of course I wanted the most difficult crown molding in the entire world (again, Cody's words - I don't know what sources he's citing 😜). I chose the triple crown molding for two reasons: 1. It was thick and 2. It apparently helps hide the unlevel ceiling.

So we got started...folks...why did I think we could do this?!

It took a lot of missed cuts, a lot of curse words, a lot of youtubing and a lot of biting my nails. But he started to get the hang of it and we were on a roll! That corner cabinet was tricky, though.

I don't any tutorials for this because I feel like we read/watched 75483905783927548293 of them and combined techniques from numerous sources.

We hired out the painting and backsplash - because honestly we were both working full time, coming home and working more/hanging out with G and Lucy/going insane. And I will say this, it's the BEST MONEY WE'VE EVER SPENT! I painted the cabinets in our last home and it is no joke.

While Cody was delirious one night, I asked if I could paint the pantry door pink. YOU. GUYS. He said he didn't care! Uhhh, okay, running to the store for paint NOW! So then I painted it the lightest shade of pink approximately 15 minutes later and we now have a pink pantry door 😌

So here's what she looks like now...


Countertops: Cambria Brittanica | Tile: Home Depot | Cabinet Pulls: Lew's Hardware | FaucetDelta Trinsic (Flange & DisposalPendants: Schoolhouse Electric | Counter Stools: Wayfair Ceramic Bowls & Jars: Bloomingville (here and here| Rug: Vintage (similar hereCheeseboards: TJ Maxx (similar here and here| Hand Towel: Target | Utensil Holder: Target | Succulent: Target (similar here) | Paper Towel Holder: Target | Candle Holder: Target (similar here


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