Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kitchen Reveal!

In the two years that I've been blogging, this will definitely be the most exciting post I've shared with you!  When we set to renovate the kitchen, we wanted to update it enough to get us to a point where we could live with it for another 5-7, which is when we thought we would either want to do a big renovation (think adding on and taking out walls) or move.  I'm happy to say this renovation got us exactly what we wanted out of the space and more!

The only thing we kept from the original kitchen was the cabinetry.  Since we weren't changing the footprint, this made the most sense.  We refinished the cabinets and ended up having to buy new doors after we lost the originals to some water damage while they were being stored in our garage.   

Updating our countertops is actually one of my favorite projects I did to complete this update.  I still owe you guys a post on how we cut, stained, & sealed them!  The process took a couple of weeks to complete but it was super easy and only took about 20-30 minutes a night.

The wall sconce is definitely the most beautiful piece we added.  The lighting situation in the kitchen was a bit jinky before and this addition makes everything safer while keeping all of the old functionality we had before.

The new farmhouse basin sink and faucet have been amazing!  Our old sink and faucet were much smaller and the neck of the faucet was much lower which made it hard to get some larger pots & pans under it for cleaning.  We debated a larger option for the sink but in the end it would have made things a bit tighter on space.  

I had been planning on updating the old stone window sills during the renovation but as soon as we got the new tile up we suddenly loved them.  

Now lets talk about this gorgeous tile.  A huge part of this renovation wouldn't have been possible without the kind folks at The Tile Shop!  They graciously gifted us everything needed for the tiling portion of this project and it was love at first sight for me with this textured subway tile.  The tile is the game changer for this kitchen!  Prior to the renovation we had old laminate counters that had the 2 or 3 inch lip around the back without a backsplash.  Everything was original and nothing about the kitchen felt special or had any personality of its own.  Now this little kitchen of ours has as much special & personality as it can hold, all thanks to the beautiful tile!

New hardware always seems to be one of the tweaks that packs a lot of punch and these pulls are no different.  Our previous hardware dated the room (along with so many other things).  I purposely decided to do the whole mixed metal thing with the hardware, faucet, & wall sconce.  I was on the fence during the middle part of the renovation but everything came together so well and I couldn't be happier; I even think Chris was surprised by how much he liked it!

I definitely think marble cutting boards are the way to go when you have butcher block counters.  I've been collecting wood cutting boards and my step dad has made a few for me so we decided to display those in the open uppers to break up the sea of white.

This next view gives you an idea of the size of the space that we had to work with.  It's not very much but it's still the largest kitchen we've had so far!  You're also able to see the awesome floor tile as well!  This stuff has been a game changer for our dog (and us).  I know that seems crazy but Zeke likes to take a running start from the back of our yard when he comes in and he used to slide across the old floor like crazy.  This new tile gives his paws a bit more traction and keeps him from sliding into that back wall.  You think I'm joking but it happened once...running starts are his favorite!  (If you imagine you're taking this picture below, the back door is behind you and the entry to our dining room is on the right)

As you can see, Zeke approves!  Such a little helper he is, I love that face!

We also decided to add a tiled accent wall with traditional subway tile along the back side of the kitchen.  We debated a herringbone pattern or this basket weave pattern and I'm SOOOOO HAPPY that we went with basket weave.  While herringbone is beautiful, this pattern just works with our home a bit better.  It's not quite as fancy as herringbone but it fits into the utilitarian modern style that we have throughout the rest of the house. 

I thought about painting the microwave stand some fun pop of color but decided it would work best in the space if I replicated the base cabinetry.  While we were at it I figured it would probably be best if I added a bottle opener to the front of it ;)  

So there you have it!  Our kitchen is DONE!  What do y'all think?  Do you love it as much as I do?  I debated changing up the styling after I shared the sneak peek but in the end I wanted to share it when it's style for everyday use.  Sure I tried to style it as pretty as possible but this is how we live in the space and we've found it very functional for our needs!

I still owe you guys a few more posts on the kitchen so be looking for one on the counters.  I also want to do some before & after comparisons and maybe some small kitchen organization.  Later this week I'll be sharing the sources for everything so be ready for that!  However, if you want to know the exact names for all of the tile we used in this space you can check out this post.

Thank you all for your excitement and encouraging support during this project!  It took us over a year to complete this project ourselves and all of you have been amazing during that time!  It meant the world to me!

Updates:  Check out this post for the Kitchen Sources



33 comments:

  1. Wow. WOW. You knocked it out of the park. I love it all. The gold hardware on the window, the horse leather cup thing, the colors and styling. And that little bottle opener! Gosh I could sleep in there!

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    1. Thanks Caroline! You know, I never really thought about the hardware on the window since it has always been there but it really does add a little something :) You're welcome any time...we can drink wine!

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  2. Yes, I love it as much as you do. So so so pretty! Really love it

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  3. Awesome job! I loooove those counters and the sconce. We have a bottle opener like that...for ages, I tried to convince my husband it was awesome, but he just used a handheld one. He only recently figured out how convenient it is!

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    1. Thanks Paige! I've been using that bottle opener all the time, even on twist off bottles! So handy!

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  4. Pretty amazing and it's so great to finally see it all together. Fantastic job!

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    1. Aww, thank you dear!!! I'm glad you like it!

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  5. I'm obsessed! I so look forward to being a homeowner and am completely inspired by your blog!

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  6. Absolutely beautiful!! I love how your kitchen turned out...it's amazing! :)

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  7. YAH! Finished kitchen! How exciting and the space is gorgeous! I love the light you used over the sink, and the pulls and the cabinets colors and well, everything :) Congratulations lady!

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    1. Thank you Jenn! You've really been helping me through this whole process! I'm so glad you like it and thank you for being so supportive!

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  8. LOVE IT! The subway tile is gorgeous and looks so nice with the cabinets and counters.

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  9. Great use of a small space :) I love the countertops and the subway tile. xo Kristin

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    1. Thanks Kristin! Small homes really do inspire creativity!

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  10. Ohmygoodness Jenn, I don't know where to start. Every single detail is amazing and well thought out. You and your hubby deserve a round of applause for such a gorgeous renovation; seriously! It's truly gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Brandi, you're the best! Chris says thank you as well!

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  11. I love the lower cabinet color! Did you paint those yourselves and if so, what was the trick? Everything looks great. It has to feel so good to be finished!

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  12. B-e-a-utiful! I'm especially love the countertops. I don't think I've ever seen any like those before?

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  13. Your kitchen is gorgeous! I love the two colors of cabinets, the wood counters and the subway tile back splash. Oh, and the open cabinets. I love everything! Great job!

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  14. BEAUTIFUL! We are in the middle of redoing our kitchen and we've doing gray cabinets, white subway tile, and butcher block counters as well! Yours is so inspiring - I hope ours comes out half as beautiful!

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  15. My favorite part: the bottle opener. Nice touch.

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  16. Girlfriend! How am I just now seeing this? It's amazing! And your pictures are gorgeous! You're crazy :) Love it so much!

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  17. So much pretty in your kitchen!!! Love it!! I love small kitchens that have so much style, yours nailed it :)

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  18. I love this! My husband and I have been debating about whether to use subway tile as the backsplash in our farmhouse kitchen, and your post convinced me. We're going to go for it! Thanks!

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  19. I can't wait for your post on the counter tops! We're getting Ikea butcher block, and are dying to know what stain you used.

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  20. Phew, as long as Zeke approves. Seriously beautiful!!!

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  21. Found your blog via Pinterest. Your kitchen is beautiful! I have to tell you it is so refreshing and inspiring to see some love lavished on a small kitchen. Your creativity really shines here. I hope you enjoy it for many years!

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