I am finally sharing our finished kitchen today! It’s been a long time coming. We moved into our fixer upper almost 4 years ago, and the first project we started was the kitchen. I’m going to share some before pictures, but go ahead and brace yourself…it was bad. Looking back, I honestly don’t know how I saw so much potential in it. But I did! This room was a labor of love, many long nights and countless hours to complete it. We did it all ourselves (and by we, I mean Scofield and his dad), and there were definitely a lot of learning curves as it was our first home renovation EVER. I’m not mad it took us 4 years (well, maybe a little), because my style has definitely shifted over the years and it is now hands down a space I love. If we ever do another project like this, I think it’ll definitely go smoother…and quicker!!
Okay, so are you ready?? Here is the before…
Ahhh, so bad so bad so bad so bad. This is the listing picture on the house and what it looked like when we first saw it. The day we closed, we immediately started renovation. We built an island and moved the sink and dishwasher to the center of the room. The place where the sink use to live is now the entryway into our sunroom/playroom. The kitchen felt so tiny because the living room was closed off with a wall. We took the wall down to create a more open concept. You can see some pictures of our renovation process from this post from 2014 here. Did I mention it took us 4 years!? #rookies
Just thinking back on all the work those first few months gives me anxiety. We scraped the popcorn ceilings, tore out some shelves to create open shelving, painted the remaining shelves white, replaced countertops and backsplash, replaced the dishwasher, added a microwave where the hood was over the oven, replaced light fixtures and hardware and built an island. Those were the biggest parts of the projects, and there were a lot of little ones and decor touches along the way, like adding recessed lighting and painting the kitchen door. It was so dark when we moved in, that I knew I wanted it to be white and bright. Although, when do I ever want anything but white and bright!?
Once the big stuff was done, we had burned through most of our budget and were exhausted. Hence, why it took us so long to complete. Now, we didn’t live in construction for four years … the space just wasn’t finished according to my standards ;). But now it is! So, finally…onto the good stuff!
Such a difference! Sometimes I can’t believe it’s the same space!
I still swoon over these anthropologie pendant lights. They were on sale, so we got a great deal on them. I love how the crackled glass texture matches the privacy sticker we added to the kitchen door.
We don’t have a ton of cabinet space, so we added built in cabinets to utilize our pantry storage with pretty clear jars.
Finished just in time for our baby boy! I tell you what, this pregnancy has had me shift it into high gear when it comes to house projects. I don’t know what it is, but I’m ‘nesting’ way more than I ever did with Piper. Scofield tells me “there’s nesting, and then there’s you.” Haha. I have some more posts coming in the next few weeks and months sharing Piper’s big girl room, our guest bathroom and our master bathroom (also full guts and renovations), the nursery, and our bedroom! So, get ready!
There it is, our full kitchen reveal! We love to hang out in this space as a family, and love how it opens into our living room to make entertaining easy. You can see how the kitchen opens into our living room in our living room post here.
When it comes to your kitchen, terminix has a lot of tips and services for keeping it fresh and clean, like this one here! After putting all that hard work into it, I’m all about taking a professional’s advice for keeping the space safe for our family and inviting for others!
Let me know if you have any other questions about the process! If you’re thinking about tackling a renovation, I say go for it! It is very exhausting in the process, but so rewarding at the end!
Thank you so much for visiting!!
all photos by the talented sophie brendle photography
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