Our finished kitchen

Friday, July 9, 2021

 Remember back when I was 800 years pregnant and the nesting hormones told me to paint my kitchen? 

You all thought I was crazy (I probably was) but looking back I am so glad I did it. As hard as it was painting anything at 37 weeks pregnant, it has been way harder to do *anything* home related with our little bug in tow. She's a curious and busy little bee and wants to be in on all the action, so getting anything done around her is a challenge and has to be relegated to nap time. And if she even catches word that you're planning on doing something during nap time... game over! No naps that day haha. 

Earlier this summer we did the final touches on our 3 years in the making kitchen renovation, and I am so excited to share the photos with you! We did all of this DIY (except the floors and counters) and I am really proud of what it looks like now. 

To be fair, we started with really great bones. The cabinets were not my style, but they were brand new and in really good condition. We had a flat back of drywall to tile against, and a nice floor plan with lots of storage to work with. Cosmetic updates were really all it needed! 

The biggest change was wayyyy back in 2018 when we turned the downstairs coat closet into a pantry, and that has served us so well and was absolutely worth doing! 

This is what it looked like after we painted the cabinets before Heidi was born last June. I have a whole post about that process, here. 

For my birthday this March, I asked Spenser to tile a backsplash for me as my present. He took a weekend to get it done and did an AMAZING job. The previous owner of our home had used some extra acrylic shower surround as a backsplash and had covered all of the outlets up with it, so it was really not functional nor was it really that attractive. We really wanted to put in a true backsplash, so when Spenser volunteered I jumped! I am so lucky to have such a handy and helpful husband! He actually really enjoyed the process too (mostly) so it was a win win. We were in the throws of new baby life, so I didn't write down much about this process to share with you guys, but happy to answer any questions about DIY tiling any time! 

Here is what the kitchen looked like after he installed the backsplash. We did a white subway tile with a grey grout. If we were to do it again, we would have done a smaller grout line, but we really are happy with how it turned out! 

Still, the kitchen felt unfinished to us. We sat on it for another four months, but this June, we decided we wanted to replace the counter tops. By this point, we had started considering the idea of moving in the next 18months to 2 years, and knew it would a) help with resale and b) be something we would genuinely enjoy for as long as we lived in this home! I contacted my go-to counter top guy, and he installed beautiful carrera quartz counter tops for us for a steal! For any locals I am more than happy to share his contact info. He is so well priced and can install anything! 

As soon as the new counters were in, we fell in love! The bright white counters finally got rid of the sandy yellow color that reflected off of everything in the kitchen from the formerly yellow counters. We replaced 4 bathrooms and a kitchen of that ugly yellow color and I have no regrets. 

This kitchen has come such a long way without any changes to the layout, and we are so proud of what it looks like now! That said, I'd like to never have to do another kitchen renovation again, please! 

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