I am really excited to FINALLY be showing out kitchen before and afters. The kitchen was SUCH a long process. We started working on the kitchen over a year ago. But before I get into that, let’s take a look at the before pictures.
I took these before pictures before we actually moved in, which explains to massive amount of cleaning products. As I have mentioned before, the house was filthy before we moved in, and the people didn’t take care of the house at all (oh the stories I could tell!). It was a fixer upper house that wasn’t purchased at a fixer upper price, so our projects have been really slow.
The backsplash that the previous owners so proudly told us that they put up was falling apart. Several of the glass pieces had fallen out.
The edges of the counters were coming off, and one of the kids had used permanent marker to draw on the cabinets.
This is the closet near the garage door. I also have a pantry but we didn’t do anything to it so no need for a picture.
And here are the afters:
So the first thing that we did oh so many months ago was replace to countertops. I wanted a white marble, which I found out the maintenance that was involved, I decided on a white quartz composite that looks like marble. We have had it for over a year now and I still love it. A lot of my instagram pictures have my countertops as the backgrounds, in case you wanting a closer look.
At the same time, we replaced the sink and the faucet. I had my heart set on a white farm sink. Unfortunately they were all too big for our cabinets. There was only ONE that would have fit, but it was pretty expensive and backordered for like 6 months. So I went with a silver under mount sink. While I still wish I had the farm sink, I am find with the sink we got.
The next step was to tear out the old backsplash. This was quite a process. Charlie did it, and it was extremely difficult to get the old off, and then he basically had to rebuild the wall. Complete nightmare.
The next thing was painting the cabinet, which I did myself. To be fair, my mom helped some. It took FOREVER – weeks and weeks. This is not an exaggeration. The cabinets (along with the trim) are painted Benjamin Moore White Dove. We also replaced all of the hardware for all of the cabinets. It is kind of a brushed gold / bronze.
Also, in case you happen to be wondering, I recently emptied all of my spice jars and have yet to replace the spices, so that it why they are all empty.
We then had the backsplash installed and the walls painted, which we had to hire people to do. I decided on a simple white subway tile for the backsplash. It is so clean and simple. The walls are Benjamin Moore Navajo white.
Next I painted the hutch that I have had for years Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. I had seen an image on Pinterest that I loved. The hutch was a distressed green. I also replaced my kitchen chairs with unpainted Ikea chairs that I painted as well.
Remember that closet? I had Charlie build shelves in it for storage, and I love how it turned out! I wanted to paint the shelves navy, but 1. it would have taken more time and I really wanted it to be over 2. the closet has a door so no one would have seen them anyway.
This kitchen was an incredibly long process, but I am so pleased with how it turned out. I used to despise the kitchen, but now I love being in it!
There are still some projects that I want to complete in here – I want to replace the light fixture above the kitchen table and I want Charlie to build a bench to go along the entire length of the back window (right now there is a short bench that I already had there but it isn’t long enough). I also want to get some sort of window treatment for the big window, and get matching cushions for all of the chairs.
It will probably be a while before those other projects are done, so this is it for now!