Take a deep breath. A deep, deep breath. Close your eyes.
To one year ago.
If you would have walked in our newly purchase home, you would have smelled ickiness and seen dark brown carpet, dark brown laminate, poor lighting, and an ultra icky kitchen.
Our house isn’t that large of a home, but the kitchen is one of the largest rooms. The way that it was laid out left half of the kitchen completely empty, without enough room for a table but way too much room for nothing. So depressing to be in this space…
So after some intense research on how to fix this mess, we headed to Ikea for some new cabinets. Checkout why we picked Ikea Cabinets here.
Look how cute we were…little innocent homeowners taking on a simple kitchen reno….
I had the kitchen planned to a T. Every square inch accounted for.
And the construction began.
We tore out the cabinets, appliances, lighting, and ultra depressing soffits (which were filled with mouse number 1 and 2’s…gross.)
We had to get drywall repaired and replaced, texture, electric, and plumbing. This kitchen reno quickly turned into a big undertaking and a complete demo. One of the unexpected expenses that pumped up (among others) was the insulation. Our house was built in the late 70s, which means the insulation is 20-30 years old. As long as insulation this old stays in the wall, undisturbed, it still serves it’s purpose.But when the contractor began removing the drywall, the insulation just fell apart. It was unusable, so we had to replace the majority of it.
A clean slate meant it was time to rebuild.
And after cabinet installation, electric, a million and one details and a plethora of DIY
And one more BEFORE for good measure…
Without further ado, the after photos
lots of pantry space for storage
i found these globe pendants on amazon <3
my DIY floating shelves, stacked with antique nicknacks
I used this charcoal antiqued hardware on the cabinets in my previous house, and loved them so much I used them here too
My favorite part of the kitchen <3
After finishing this major reno, I’ll be moving on to our master bedroom, which looked liked this yesterday…
Jack didn’t mind. I’ve got a big mess and big plans . Until next time…
Paint Color, Sherwin Williams Magnetic gray
Cabinet Hardware, Amazon
Drawer Pulls, Amazon
Peninsula Globe Lights, Amazon
Engineered wood flooring, Floors to Your Home
Floating shelves, DIY (post coming soon!)
Above sink pendant light, lightingdirect.com
Edison bulbs, lightingdirect.com
Breakfast table, Ikea
Breakfast chairs, Ikea
Peninsula stools, Ikea