Hi!! First of all, thank YOU for reading this. It is so fun for me to pour words on to a page, it is extra fun to know people are reading it. I have been wanting to write this post for a LONG time, but let’s be honest…whenever I thought about taking our kitchen “after” pictures, our kitchen was dirty.
So I finally cleaned AND remembered to take pictures. So here goes! James and I bought our first home in February 2017. We were specifically looking for a home to renovate/update. After being bought out by investors (with cash) a handful of times, we decided to look more on the side of a livable house that we could update pieces of instead of a full home renovation.
Here we are, our first home. The cutest little light blue house in our favorite town.
We dreamed of what we could do. Or really, I dreamed and James shared realistic goals of what could happen. We started with the most homeowner thing possible, we painted. All 3 bedrooms, the hallway, and dining room. We went with Sherwin Williams, ‘Agreeable Gray.’ This color is so beautiful and neutral we just kept it throughout our home. Later, we ended up painting the living room with Sherwin Williams, ‘Alabaster White.’
During the time before the big kitchen reno, James took off the white shutters and hand-crafted wood-stained shutters that I am still drooling over.
After about 7 months of living in our home, we (James) decided it was time to take out the wall between the kitchen and living space.
For the next 5 months, our kitchen was under construction. Did we have our annual Halloween party during this time? YES. Did we have a sink, dishwasher, or countertops during this time? NO. But we did make memories during this time that we will remember for a lifetime. Remember when we had to wash our dishes in the bathroom sink? Okay, maybe we don’t want to remember that - but what an amazing feeling for James. To walk in to our kitchen/living room space and see he tore it down and built it back up with his own hands. I am so so proud of him.
Okay here’s the breakdown of what we did in order:
Removed the wall and cabinets that separated kitchen and living space
Removed tile floor and rest of cabinets
Took out fan and added can lights
Moved laundry room to the basement
Added hardwoods to the kitchen (shout out to the previous homeowners who left us the rest of the hardwoods in the basement to use!)
Added wood beams (this was one of my FAVORITE parts. We actually went to a lumber yard and picked it out.
It took 3 grown men to put the wood beams in because they were just a hair too tight to fit. This was a very nerve-racking part of the beam process. Shout out to Ben and Jared!!
Not so fun fact: James had JUST finished putting in the hardwoods and hooked up our fridge to the other side of the kitchen. He thought he had hooked up the waterline correctly, but we woke up the next morning to a flooded kitchen. Thankfully, it didn’t warp the floors like we thought, but it was an interesting day. Self-renovations are no joke.
Added all new cabinets with island, handles, knobs, and granite countertops
Added faux shiplap as an accent wall
Single basin sink and faucet
Closed in old laundry space to create pantry ad added old pantry door from a job site James was on.
Added two pendant lights over our island
Herringbone tile backsplash
Took out microwave and added a hood vent. (James then framed it in 2x4s and I painted it white to create the shiplap “look.”
James made wood-stained floating shelves
BEFORE & AFTERS
annnnndd there you have it. The biggest project we’ve ever done. You want to know what’s happening currently? I am on our (new) couch - PRAISE - and James is working on our basement. Maybe I won’t wait a year to show it to you guys once it’s completed.