Kitchen Progress: Part 1

Sooo ….

Do you remember the ‘Before’ shot of our kitchen?

hideous kitchen beforeMy eyes! My EYES!

Well. It’s getting better

kitchen progress

At least, it’s starting to look clean anyway. It’s inevitable that a kitchen is going to acquire some grease. And some dust will gather in that grease. But there is nothing grosser than scrubbing someone else’s dusty grease accumulation. *gag*

So far, we have:

  • ripped out the upper cabinets
  • primed the lower cabinets
  • replaced the countertops
  • replaced the sink
  • replaced the faucet
  • patched and primed the wall
  • installed cabinets against the other wall (not pictured)
  • removed the cabinets going into the dining room and replaced them with one tall pantry cabinet

And now we have to actually make the space look NICE and FANCY. One thing I can’t wait to do is get the floating shelf in place. That will go the full length of the wall above the sink, and I’ll store our everyday dishes there, freeing up some much-needed space elsewhere.

Then all of the cabinets need to be painted, and quite frankly, after getting them primed, I’m now completely convinced I need to replace the doors entirely. I hate that extra bit of trim on them – they’re too fussy.

The fancy stuff will come in with the gold hardware and super modern brass light fixtures. I’m also toying with some different backsplashes, but still undecided as of yet. I’m thinking something “mirrored”.

The whole thing has been super DIY, which I don’t mind, but I’m so ready for this project to be DONE. I just want a clean, uncluttered kitchen already. My goal is to have it all finished by spring, so that I can then focus my attention on the porch. If only the baby was more patient on painting days. I’m wishing so hard for a “let’s finish your torn-up kitchen!” contest. And that I actually won contests.

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17 responses to “Kitchen Progress: Part 1

  1. Rachel Sandberg

    Hey! Just a random thought: do you read Young House Love? They are re-doing their kitchen and for some reason your progress post reminded me of theirs. They have some open shelving going on that might tickle your fancy.

  2. It looks awesome! Love seeing your progress! One suggestion for keeping things neat in open shelving – large jars. I use 3 liter Kilner jars on my countertop and they make my collections of little things – piping tips, pastry brushes, cupcake papers, etc- look curated rather than cluttered.

  3. Looks great! I can’t wait to buy a house. Luckily I’m married to a painter so I’m off the hook for that task.

  4. It is looking really good, love the idea of the floating shelf for all the everyday pots. Be patient and persevere, you know you will love it when it is finished.

  5. Nice! It’s looking so good. Amazing what some white paint can do. Can’t wait to see more of your progress!

  6. I love the new look so much <3 it reminds me of holidays in Sweden ;)

  7. It’s looking really good. We did out front room – re-plastering, recarpeting and redecorating and it took ages but it was so worth it in the end. It went from a room we never used as it was such a mess and dumping ground to a room we use all the time as a dining room/craft room/office.
    Love the idea of the pots floating shelf – will look great!

  8. Jo

    I love seeing in-progress home renovations! So excited to see where this goes.

  9. Oh wow, so exciting. I’m hoping to do my kitchen later this year. :)

  10. You are brave to be continuing on with a kitchen reno with a baby! My mom is in the middle of one and she just has my teenage brother and a zoo of pets to deal with. I love seeing the new pictures as it progresses. Good luck!

  11. It looks amazing! One good mirror-y backsplash idea that is CHEAP is stainless steel panels. You can just buy sheeting (depending on how diy you are) and fit it yourself, or buy the pre-cut pieces. EASY to clean, looks fresh and modern, and best of all NO GROUT!!!!

  12. Love the sink and faucet! Something about a nice, big sink makes you feel free, huh? It was life-changing for us! :)

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