Finally! A home improvement update for you guys! The reason this has taken so long to write is because the remodeling process is a slow one. We had a few hiccups along the way including the most devastating hurricane to hit the US. We had initially gutted parts of our home before the hurricane. After the hurricane, it was near impossible to find craftsmen to help with tile, cabinets, paint, etc. We understood and were beyond grateful to be spared during the hurricane and had to go with the flow.
HOME IMPROVEMENT BEFORE
Before the kitchen was a traditional dark kitchen. It had dark wood cabinets, dark brown and cream granite and rust colored tile flooring. The backsplash was also a dark tumbled tile with turquoise accent tiles. The walls were also beige.
The counter behind our sink was bar height and blocked off the view of our family room. We have load bearing supports holding up our house so moving the beams and making the island bigger was not an option. Instead, we decided to remove the bar height counter and make the counter tops all one level to open up the space.
For some reason we had a desk in our kitchen! This was basically 6 small drawers and counter space used to hold junk. We agreed it was wasted space and ripped the desk out.
HOME IMPROVEMENT MIDDLE
Here are our new counter tops! We went with a quartz counter top for maximum durability. They are stain resistant and won’t scratch or etch. On the very end you can see we added cabinets where the desk space was and the counter tops now go all the way to the end. The double doors on the cabinets were not what we had ordered. They have since been removed and a large single door is on each cabinet.
We replaced our stainless steel sink that had a large and small basin with an undermount cast iron sink. We debated on a farmhouse style sink but because of the angles between the cabinets and the dishwasher, we agreed it would stick out too far or not fit properly in the space. I also wanted the new lower counter top space to be as seamless as possible.
Below, we added shiplap to the wall to give it dimension and interest. This was a DIY done by my husband. I was really proud of Justin for taking on some of my crazy home improvement projects himself in order to save money and stay on budget.
A few months prior, we upgraded our four burner gas stovetop to a five burner. I enjoy cooking and really wanted a larger stovetop for my pots and pans. We gifted the old one to our friends who had an electric stovetop with gas hookups!
HOME IMPROVEMENT AFTER
We now have a brighter kitchen that is 90% complete. These are the things on our TO DO LIST:
- Correct cabinets are being painted
- Hardware- brass or black?
- Flooring- we will rip out old laminate and tile and replace with uniform flooring
What we chose:
Backsplash: White 3×6 tiles from Floor & Decor in a herringbone pattern with grout in Alabaster
Counter Tops: Bolfing Brother’s Marble & Granite Quartz counter tops in the color Calacutta Novus from Color Quartz
Kitchen Walls and Cabinets: Snowbound by Sherwin Williams
Living Room Wall Paint: Repose Grey by Sherwin Williams
Sink, Faucet and Appliances: Overstock
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