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New year, almost new kitchen…

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Painting the kitchen… last weekend, following a DIY hiatus, we picked are trusty paint brushes up and got back to work. And despite our lack of enthusiasm at times, we made significant progress, but we’re not quite finished (story of our lives) … yet.

Quick detour: For fun – also, so I can feel good about how far we’ve come 😉 – here’s a few other projects we’ve tackled in our kitchen:

Okay, where were we? Oh yes, we made a complete mess of our kitchen in order to make it look better – funny how that works. Kitchen Renovation Painting 11We spent all Saturday and Sunday texturing, painting, caulking and sanding all the walls and trim. Sound familiar? We’ve done this same process in many of our other rooms, except this time we took the easier route and used spray texture from a can instead of hauling out the big spray gun. I’m happy to report it worked just the same, with less the hassle! Painting Kitchen 12Handy tip: if you’re like us and you installed trim a LONG time ago, but never painted it, and thus overtime it got covered in dust (I promise we clean, a lot), then Magic Erasers are just what you need! They work great for restoring surfaces to painting condition. (P.S. not a sponsored post, Mr. Clean has no idea this blog exist)Magic Eraser before Painting TrimSo, after a very tiring weekend we managed to paint the walls and almost all of the trim. Next up, finishing the ceiling!

But, since you made it to the end of this post, I’ll leave you with one “before and after” photo. Keep in mind, this isn’t the real “after” photo. Not only were these photos taken at different times of day, with different lighting, but we still need to add a little decor to the place, so don’t judge too harshly. 🙂 Kitchen Before and After 1What do you think? We really go wild with our beige paint colors, don’t we?

More photos coming soon!


Our new kitchen countertops and backsplash…

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Kitchen Backsplash… they’re both installed and I’m excited to FINALLY show them off. But not without a few “process” photos first … my friends, it’s all in the name of building anticipation.

We had our new quartz countertops installed a few weeks ago, but it took us a little longer to hunt down the specific shade of off-white subway tile we were looking for – have no fear, Four Home Depot stores and one tile shop later we found our match. Kitchen Backsplash 18This past weekend, Jeff managed to start and finish the entire backsplash – hanging, grouting, cleaning, the whole production. Lets be clear, if I was left in charge of this project there’s a .001% chance (so you’re telling me there’s a chance? 😉 ) it would look this good. ↓ Kitchen Backsplash 12We’ve never had a backsplash, but that, coupled with the lighter countertops, and the entire kitchen just feels so much brighter. With a small kitchen (not to mention house) like ours, bright is a good thing. Here’s a few before (by “before,” I mean one step removed from the countertops and backsplash) and after photos to give you better perspective. Before and After Kitchen Backsplash 3 Kitchen Backsplash 16Kitchen Backsplash 16And yes, we DEFINITELY still have to paint. We’re just trying to forget about that part. 🙂

In addition to the new countertops and backsplash, we also added a new sink and faucet. By the way, double sinks for the win. Before and After Kitchen Backsplash 2Kitchen Backsplash 15 It’s almost hard to believe how far we’ve come over the years, because like many rooms in our house it’s NEVER a quick change. Though I will say, the kitchen has without a doubt been our slowest transformation. Money, time – these things don’t grow on tress! 🙂

For fun though, here’s a little glimpse at this portion of the kitchen through the years. ↓ Kitchen ProgressionWe’re almost there! Painting everything a light, off-white color will really transform the room. Here’s hoping we get to that project in the next weekend or two, but don’t hold your breath.

P.S. I skipped any instruction on how to install backsplash, so if you have any questions feel free to send them my way.

P.P.S. Here are the previous posts where we installed recess lighting and new appliances, and painted the cabinets.


Assessing the kitchen in its current state…

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… we’re getting very close to installation day for our new kitchen countertops (!!!) and in the meantime, I thought I’d give you a better idea of just what state our kitchen is in. Kitchen Midway Renovations 1 Kitchen Midway Renovations 2 Kitchen Midway Renovations 3 Kitchen Midway Renvations 8 Kitchen Midway Renovations 9 Kitchen Midway Renovations 6 Kitchen Midway Renovations 5 Kitchen Midway Renovations 4 Where to start?

First and foremost, we still have to paint EVERYTHING – walls, ceiling, window frames, etc.. So yes, those patches of drywall are not here to stay. In case you didn’t notice, the ceiling is in dire shape, no thanks to this incident. :\

But here’s a quick rundown of what still needs to be done:

  • Install a countertop on the base of the window cutout of the half wall (where the bananas currently sit.) It will serve as a bar of sorts.
  • Replace the light fixture over the table.
  • Install backsplash. We’re still not sure what look we like best, but we’re thinking subway tiles. Thoughts?
  • Finish framing (and painting) the window above the sink. We’re waiting for the countertops to be installed before that can be completed.
  • Install a new sink and faucet. Both will be done at the same time as the countertop installation.

As a reminder, here’s what we’ve done so far:

  • Painted the kitchen cabinets.
  • Replaced the fluorescent light fixture with recess lighting.
  • Framed the window cutout in the half wall for a bar. (Sadly, I have no pictures of this. It’s been like that for a while!)
  • Replaced the appliances.
  • Installed new bamboo floors. (Again, no photo evidence. It pre-dates this little blog!)

Oh and for fun, we (mainly Jeff 😉 ) made:

I’m sensing a theme…

I think that’s it … for now. Am I missing anything?

Can’t wait to show off our new countertops, sink and faucet soon!

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