Our Kitchen Remodel

I recently read that Pinterest stresses people out and makes them feel like they are not crafty enough.

Not me.

If I hang out with crafty friends that show me what they have done, I feel as though I have also crafted...just by being around them.

It's the same with Pinterest. I see all the kitchen remodels and have felt like I have also remodeled my kitchen numerous times over the years.

We finally took all those ideas and executed our kitchen remodel. (Our favorite inspiration being this blog.) My husband is the hero in all of this. He was catalyst and did much of the work himself.

I didn't do a good job of before pictures. We will call this picture "in progress" because a few years before we had already laid down the flooring, changed the hardware and livened up the cabinets with Walnut Restore-a-Finish. To truly get the before image you have to imagine white laminate flooring that was cut unevenly and stapled along the edges. The tired looking cabinets were burdened with out-of-date big brass hardware.

The kitchen doesn't get a lot of light so we wanted to lighten the cabinets. We painted the insides light grey and hired a professional to paint the outsides. We stumbled across a place that made recycled barnwood countertops and we were smitten. Though the countertops were professionally made, my husband finished them with walnut stain and Waterlox sealer. He did 5 coats on the top and two coats underneath with sanding in between. My husband (and his dad) made the beadboard backsplash. The farmhouse sink and light fixtures are all from Ikea. We ordered the glass cabinet doors, though my hubby had to cut the glass and put it in. It was easier said than done. We went through more glass than was necessary. In the end though, we are pretty excited with how it turned out.

My husband also refinished the dining room table his parents were getting rid of. I painted the base and he sanded and refinished the top. We had family over this weekend and they didn't even recognize the table.

And while I am on the subject of my husband's handiness, he redid our fireplace a few years ago. One of our son's hit his head on the ledge that extended 18 inches, so my husband demoed it. Here is the before shot (well, kinda):

Here is the after shot:

Then, as if he had not already done enough, my husband found a cozy little electric fireplace that fit perfectly in our real fireplace. It's kid friendly and heats up that room nicely. With this addition, I think I am officially in heaven.

It feels good to finally have our kitchen done. It is my new "happy place."

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  1. Great kitchen makeover! Would like to use most of the elements you guys used once we are able to remodel. I would be interested in a budget breakdown for the entire project.

  2. Crystal, here is the estimate cost:

    Countertop=$700 (The counter was unfinished. We spent about $100 more to buy the stain and Waterlox to finish it. We mixed a little Walnut stain with the Waterlox to give it the darker color. We also considered sanding down and finishing the butcher block countertops from Ikea which would have cost even less.)
    Floors=just under $1000 (We did them ourselves. It is not real wood but the high end laminate. We love it. Wears well and looks just like wood.)
    Appliances=around $4000
    Paint=$1200 (We hired someone to paint the outsides and he included the paint in the cost.)
    Glass doors=$60 each (We ordered them online, but then we had to buy glass from Home Depot to insert. The glass was cheap, around $5 for a 16 in x 20 in piece)
    New hardware = around $200-$250 (I shopped ebay for the cup pulls and bought the handles in big packets at Home Depot.)
    Sink=$300 (Ikea)
    Facet=$160 (Ikea)
    Pennant Lights =$30 each (Ikea)
    Rug = $20 (Ikea)

    Thanks for your nice words about our kitchen makeover!

  3. It is beautiful! Visiting from the Remodelaholic party.

  4. Well, I don't think you should limit yourself to calling yourself "crafty", after looking at the work you've accomplished (which is truly impressive, by the way) I think you may have to call yourself "handy" instead! Don't worry about keeping up with the Joneses on Pinterest, you can hang out with the Smiths on any home improvement site. Looks great!

    Essie Reed @ Valley Home Improvement

  5. Nice blog and absolutely outstanding. You can do something much better but i still say this perfect.Keep trying for the best. elmhurst kitchen remodels