Oh my gosh guys, today is the freakin’ day! Finally, our Kitchen Reveal with Dark Cabinets and Open Shelving. I’m so excited to show you the whole thing!! You know what else? Today marks the 40th time I’ve posted about our kitchen. There are 39 posts that are linked at the bottom of this post that host all the DIYs, design boards; you name it! 39 posts?! Crazy, right?!
The backstory of our kitchen renovation in a nutshell is this… We decided that we were going to lightly update the kitchen about three years ago. Lightly meaning, take down wallpaper, paint, add new lighting… you know, that type of thing. Well, we did a few of those things and then started tacking on a few more. Then, all of sudden, Luke came home from work one day and I had taken the kitchen cabinets off the wall. So, to be completely honest, we had not saved for a kitchen renovation because we weren’t planning on doing a kitchen renovation. As we kept doing or dreaming about projects, we realized that we could have a pretty fantastic (it might not be my dream kitchen, but it’s close) kitchen if we took it slow and just paid for products as we had the cash for them. So, that’s why this project has been the longest project ever. I think that next time around (for example, our basement remodel) we will have a more clear picture of what we want to do beforehand and how much it’s going to cost. I can totally live through a one year project but I don’t want another project to span over the course of a few years. Live and learn, right?
Now that we have finished though, we absolutely love it and would probably do it all over again if we had to. =)
Without further adieu, grab a cup of coffee with me and let’s chat about the kitchen.
If you’re a recent reader, then you may not have see the kitchen before the renovation. So, I’m going to back up and share a few pictures of the before and then we can get into the nitty-gritty of what we decided to do and why.
From the dining space into the kitchen, here was the before:
There was a small pantry but it had a separation between the two sides which made it awkward to store things in. The desk was just a clutter trap for us. There was a small doorway between the kitchen and the formal dining with two mini doors. The doors seemed to add to an already awkward space and made the formal dining seem much too formal for us.
We decided to get rid of the desk, move the oven to where the desk was and reconfigure the wall that would house the oven. That would enable us to open up the wall between the formal dining and the kitchen.
Here’s a very similar angle of where we are now:
We gained about two more feet by opening up that wall, but you would have thought it was six feet! It made a huge impact!
I knew from the previous pantry that I wanted a pantry that would be more usable. We don’t have a ton of kitchen items. We are more of the mindset to have a few amazing knifes and pans instead of having just tons of both. So, of course we needed storage, but I didn’t feel like we needed to have storage everywhere.
Let’s chat about some specifics on why we chose what and what was original that we kept.
We took down all the upper cabinets and also removed the bunkhead. Once the cabinets were down and the bunkhead removed, we realized that our kitchen could feel so much more inviting if the window was larger.
We had a five foot window put in and that was a complete game-changer! It’s so nice to see more of the backyard and enjoy the yummy light that streams through the window.
Before the renovation started, we knew that we had asbestos in the popcorn ceiling. When we took down the upper cabinets, we had to put in new drywall because there wasn’t any drywall above the cabinets. We love the look of a smooth ceilings but didn’t want to shell out the money to have the asbestos abated. My grandpa had a popcorn sprayer (from the old days when he was a home builder). We sprayed popcorn and tried to match the color that was there but it just wasn’t working. So, a few months passed and we were able to afford the asbestos abatement and drywall install. It was a pretty big investment but totally worth it.
We kept the original cabinets (in the peninsula) as well as the granite. Neither one would be my choice, but we were trying to save where we could. For the base cabinets, we painted them Cracked Pepper by Behr but color-matched that to Benjamin Moore Advance. The BM advance line is fantastic on wood.
My Grandpa and I built the base cabinets that flank the oven, the fridge enclosure and the pantry. It was quite the job. I learned so much through the process and am so grateful that I got to do that with my Grandpa. During the process we went back and forth on the cabinet doors. We finally decided to buy them from a cabinet shop in town and it made sense to buy them for the whole kitchen and not just the new pieces. There’s a post at the bottom that is just about the doors and includes lots of information on pricing, etc. You’ll want to check it out because cabinet doors are super affordable! Like not much more than if you were just buying the hinges for the doors at your hardware store.
We saved the leftover piece of granite from the old desk that was in the kitchen and had a granite store cut it in half. We used that measurement for the base cabinets that flank the oven.
By doing that, we saved a lot of money. I believe cutting and polishing the granite was around $100.
The pantry includes a built-in coffee bar and also houses our microwave. It’s not the biggest space but it’s mighty.
Another hardworking space in the kitchen is our spice drawer. It’s a DIY and has been so incredible.
The tiling work wasn’t bad at all. It took us forever but it really wasn’t that hard. Luke and I kinda joke that it’s actually one of those projects that we work really well together on. =)
The open shelving was definitely a must-have in our kitchen. See the kitchen shelving tutorial for all the details!
We used steel mounts from Etsy to hang the shelves. The shelves are Ash that I stained with a light oak. I love the look they give our kitchen.
If I had to rank my favorites in the kitchen the shelving would be first, then the automatic faucet (oh my gosh, it’s the best) and then our taco print.
We went with a stainless one-basin sink and absolutely love the one-basin. I kinda splurged on the automatic faucet. You can run your hand over the top and it will stay on for thirty seconds or underneath and it will stay on for ten seconds. I really love that!!
I couldn’t find a specific art piece that just felt right for us so I decided to make one. “It’s Always Taco Tuesday” is such a perfect piece for us. I’m selling them in my Society 6 shop if you love it too! Framebridge was kind enough to frame it for me. It’s totally drool-worthy in that frame!
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How about a few more pictures?
We did most of the work on the kitchen ourselves, but did hire out the asbestos abatement, gas line, wood flooring and window enlargement.
I know you all will ask “How much did it cost”? To be honest, we didn’t keep a tab. We started the process and didn’t know we were going to do a whole renovation. I think we spent in the ballpark of $15,000. With all new appliances, the asbestos/drywall work, new flooring and window… that all came to around 12,000. I think we spent the rest on all the other little things that go with a renovation. I will have to say that the total includes the eat-in kitchen too.
I’m so happy to have this remodel behind us. It was the biggest job we have ever taken on and we absolutely love how it turned out.
If you missed the formal dining room reveal – make sure to check that out too!
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Gas Range with Double Convection Oven | GE Counter Depth Fridge | Bosch Dishwasher | Ductless Range Hood | Knife Block (DIY) | Sconces | Tile | Wood Floor (local mill – white oak) | Kitchen Cabinets (original) | Kitchen counters (original) | Bar Pulls | Brass and Wood Plant Stand (Vintage) | It’s Always Taco Tuesday | Wood Frame
All the Kitchen Posts
(post 1 number was published on 12/18/2013! – can we say longest DIY ever?) To be fair, we actually started the kitchen in April 2014. ha!
Kitchen Progress & More Bunkhead Removal / French Casement Window / Tips for Installing Baseboards / How to Install Drywall / Knife Block DIY / How to Mud Drywall / All the Details On Enlarging a Window / Eat-In Kitchen Reveal
How to Wire and Install Sconces / How to Create a Coffee Station Within a Small Pantry / How to Organize a Small Pantry / Custom DIY Kitchen Doors and Cabinets – All the Details on the Cost / Tiling Part One / Modern Barstool Round-Up
Finishing Tile with Grout and Electrical Extenders / How to Install Heavy-Duty Floating Shelves – For the Kitchen / Simple Feather Art / DIY Attic Access / DIY Wood Bead Trivet / Eclectic Eat-In Kitchen Updates