Kitchen Renovation Progress

Wow, I cannot believe it’s been over a year, and I have not written on here…

Actually, I can believe it, but a lot of our kitchen renovations have been done for quite sometime, and I wish I would have posted the results sooner. As you can see in the previous post, I had several decisions to make: what to paint the cabinets and the walls, what hardware, appliances, and granite to install, what backsplash to choose, etc…

We are still working on the appliances, although we have gotten a new refrigerator and sink (which I loOOve) since we moved in, so I cannot say the kitchen is DONE. But it is sure awfully close :)
Instead of writing an entire step-by-step post on what all we did, I thought I’d let the pictures do the talking.

But before you see the before/after. You have to see the “during”… because it got ugly!

As you may have seen, it looked a little something like this when we first bought it:

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A mess, yes. And it got even messier. We lived awhile with it like this:Image

Okay, maybe not that messy (that was a work day) but yes, we did live a few months without drywall! We are very busy people and most of the time we chose to go out on the lake instead of work on the kitchen—sad but true :)

And one fine day, we put our drywall/backer-board back up and got our countertops installed by Heartland Granite.

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It was starting to come together and I was on cloud 9. It was INSANE what just getting rid of those green counters did for the whole kitchen.

Next up, striping, sanding, priming, and painting the cabinets.

Thankfully, Josh did 3 1/8 of those 4 steps. (I did most of the painting)

Now, I must say, I kinda like painting and this was a TERRIBLE chore. My husband, on the other hand, HATES painting, so this task was hell on earth for him. I cannot thank him enough for showing his love for me everyday by painting the most awkward places I didn’t want to paint— like underneath the cabinets.

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We used a primer Benjamin Moore carries called “Prime Lock Interior Alkyd Primer/Sealer”

And we used Benjamin Moore’s cabinet paint “Advance” in Balboa Mist. Technically, it is a very very light grey, not white.

Finally, we installed the glass backsplash, which I am madly in love with to this day.

Vetro Neutra Listello Sfalsato Glass Mosaic- Bianco

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So, all that said, with a little bit sweat, tears, blood, cramps, pain and agony, we ended at this. The best reward a girl can ask for:
A beautiful, spacious, bright white kitchen.

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Stenciling the 1/2 bath

Update: I decided not to backsplash the kitchen right away… I want to make sure I am in LOVE with whichever stone and color I choose and I just cannot rush that. So instead, we are just going to take the old BS down and paint :)

Moving forward– I am 99% sure I want to paint and stencil our downstairs powder room. It is a decent size but not big enough to bring in too much furniture or decor so what better way to add character than a stencil!?

Now, I just have to choose one… All input is welcome. I am not even sure on colors yet! This will be a made from scratch bathroom. I may go picture shopping and choose my paint based on it… hmmm. All I know is the sink and toilet are more of an ivory color, so I am avoiding white. I would love a bold color because the rest of the downstaris is will be pretty nuetral. This bathroom is near the dining room which will be mostly light colors i.e. white and natural wood table, burlap placemats, and color coming in from the navy or yellow runners and/or dishes, which I alternate.

Here are some options I am looking at:

(All images and stencils from Royal Design Studio)

Option A:

OPtion B:

Option C:

Sooo, they are very Moroccan if I do say so my self. I am obsessed with this pattern. And the Trellis. I am madly in love with the top one, but I am afraid it will look too much like this pillow I have, and the future backsplash… and this rug I just bought…

**edit, sorry I should have said I got the rug at Overstock!

See what I mean? :) They are ALL in different rooms though. But I am starting to see a pattern…

hmmmm… now what for colors?? There are no windows in there, I should add… What do you think!?