Sunday, August 5, 2012

Kitchen Remodel Tour

I love our house.  It fits us and it is home to us.  Although, I don't exactly love the late 80s decor that came with it.  It has an amazing layout, and little details that I just leaded glass windows above doorways, double master walk-in closets, and library-type office with a wall of bookshelves that I have always wanted.  Yet, there are somethings that I have not always loved in the year and a half that we have lived in this house.  Like...the pink countertops with wood trim in the kitchen, accented beautifully with the baby blue backsplash.  I guess I have just never appreciated the true beauty of this color combination.  To add to that gorgeous combination, the oak, oak, oak just swallowed the entire room.  Little by little we are going through our house and making it our own.

In the spring, we said goodbye to the gorgeous pink and blue kitchen and put granite on the counters.  We were able to add a belle to the island to add seating (I still need barstools though!)  We also added the farmhouse sink that I have wanted for years, a handmade crackle glaze subway tile backsplash, cabinet door pulls, new appliances, and lighting with Edison-style light bulbs.  This week, we finally painted all of the trim and doors white and added the wall color.  The pictures don't translate the bright springy feeling of the room with this paint color...

Here is the before and after...

Here are some more before pictures... (Well, not completely before - because we had already replaced the brass lighting, appliances, and added door pulls.)

This sink was honestly the worst sink I have ever had...  Out of four houses...the very worst.

Oak, oak, oak!!!

Baby blue and pink.  Is it a boy or a girl kitchen?

So...we ripped them out.  Here it is the night before the granite was installed.

Here it is today.  The cabinets look different in pictures day versus night.  This is natural light.

Our doors and trim are no longer oak...three coats of white paint later.

You can see my new accessories that I got for my birthday from Bella Patina.  An awesome old window to display the kids' art work. up-cycled door that we can write family or celebratory messages on.  I need to get some practice writing on that chalkboard!  It is a lot harder than I thought it would be!

Hi Wilson!  He snuck in this picture - so I just had to include it!

Close up of the backsplash.

The white trim makes such a big difference.  So much lighter and more airy.

Love my sink and backsplash.  It looks even better with a white window, instead of oak.

We still have some decisions to make about the cabinets.  Distressed white...distressed black...glaze stain to dark finish...or leave them.  What do you think?


  1. Oh my gosh it looks so good!!! Can't wait to see it in person tomorrow! Great job you guys!!

  2. Love it! I'd go white or have them a gray! I'm seeing that a lot and I love it.

    1. What a great idea, Maggie! I'll really have to think about that one!! Something I hadn't really considered! You are giving me more options though - and more confusion! :)


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