Kitchen Renovation ~ Final Reveal

Our kitchen is finally complete!

(A huge thank you to Beth Furgurson Photography for all of the photos in this post!)

white kitchen

Here is a recap of the four phases of the project:

white kitchen 4 phases

part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4

For details and sources of our kitchen renovation project, please visit the posts above. Otherwise, simply enjoy the photos of our brighter, bigger, airier kitchen!  It was a long process, but we are so happy with the final results and have been enjoying the space with family and friends.

blue stenciled dining room
Charlie was a good helper during the photo shoot! :)

white kitchen and blue stenciled dining room

white kitchen from dining room

white kitchen peninsula with stools

A close-up of the cork board/chalk board/mail center that Andrew made.

diy mail center

white kitchen

Our backsplash and granite:

marble backsplash & luna pearl granite

We found the lantern over the sink at an antique store and spray painted it gray to match the rest of the kitchen.

kitchen sink

Even though it is skinny, the pantry next to the refrigerator gives us a lot of extra storage. I am so glad we were able to fit that into the design plan!

white kitchen refrigerator

I searched for a while for the perfect window treatment fabric.  Once I found this one, I knew it was the one!

door window valance

The view from the backdoor:

white kitchen into dining room

And one more time, just for fun...Before:

kitchen before


white kitchen

º Have you ever completed a kitchen renovation?  How long did it take you?

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Kitchen Renovation ~ part 4

My last update on the kitchen featured this ‘progress’ picture… new cabinets

…and the post ended with this question: “Any bets on if we’ll get the kitchen complete before the baby arrives?”  That post was on June 14, and Baby Boy Green (a.k.a. BBG) was born (10 days early) on June 24; so, if you put your money on ‘no’ to the previous question, you guessed right!

We’ve slowly worked over the past few months make progress on the kitchen.  I still want to add a few accessories, and we also have a few touch-ups to finish, so we’re not calling it 100% complete yet, but I’d say we’re at about 95% done.

One more reminder of the ‘before’:

dining room wall to be removed

And now, when you walk in the front door, instead of a wall of stencil, you can see straight into the kitchen!

white kitchen

It has been so nice to have a more open space.  We were able to steal a few inches from the dining room and gain a little bit of extra cabinet storage as well.

white kitchen

One of my favorite things is the tall skinny pantry to the left of the refrigerator.  It doesn’t seem like a lot of space, but it’s given us a good place for food storage.

kitchen refrigerator

The floor tile is a 12” x 24” gray porcelain tile from Mosaic Tile, (Folio Artistica Meteor, color: Silver).  They gray does a much better job than our previous white linoleum of hiding all of the dirt that the dogs bring in through the back door!

kitchen sink wall

Here is a close-up of the countertop and backsplash.  We chose Luna Pearl granite countertops from Colonial Granite, and 3” x 6” Arabescato Marble also from Mosaic Tile.  The Luna Pearl granite has a white background with gray and black specks all over.  Whereas some granite selections have veining through the slab, this color has a more consistent look.  Andrew installed and grouted the backsplash himself (when BBG was about 2 weeks old).  Looks pretty good for his first time!

kitchen backsplash

And here is a detail shot of the cabinet hardware.  We purchased the handles from Pleasants Hardware, and we found the knobs online at

kitchen hardware

There are a few finishing touches that we still want to add to the kitchen.

kitchen to do

  1. We bought the counter stools at Garden Ridge.  They originally had a wood tone seat, but we wanted to add color, so we tried painting them white and adding a blue border.  We decided half-way through the painting process that we didn’t like the way it was turning out. (If you look closely, you can see that the blue border on the stool on the right only has one coat of paint.)  So, we are going to change the seat color to something different – we’re thinking a green to tie into our family room.
  2. Before the ceiling was closed up and drywalled, they wired for a light fixture over the sink.  We have a pendant light that I’ve been waiting to use somewhere in the house and this is the perfect spot for it.  We actually made progress on this project this weekend by spray painting the light fixture gray.  Hopefully, we will install it soon!
  3. We had our cabinet guys add a piece of wood to the right side of the refrigerator to give it a built-in look.  We have found that mail is collecting on the peninsula, so in an effort to be more organized, we want to build a mail center & cork board to hang on that part of the cabinetry.  We have most of the pieces for this project, so now we just need to find the time to build it!

Although making progress on the kitchen has been a slow process over the past few months, we are truly enjoying our kitchen and are so happy that we decided to go through with the renovation!

Here is a glance at the four phases of the project:

kitchen phases

(part 1  /  part 2  / part 3)

Removing the wall and painting the cabinets white have completely transformed the space.  I can hardly remember what it looked like before!

º What projects did you work on over the summer?

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Kitchen Renovation ~ Part 1

Andrew and I have been talking about doing a few updates to our kitchen for a while.  After months of discussing options and pulling together ideas, we’ve finally started the project!  We decided to do it now, so that it will be completed before July – when baby boy Green arrives! Here are a few ‘before’ pictures of our kitchen and dining room:

oven wall

wall to be removed

Our main reason for doing the project is to make the space feel more open by removing the wall between the kitchen and the dining room:

dining room wall to be removed

Here is a bird’s eye view of the 3-D computer rendering I did in order to help us visualize the two rooms once the project is completed.

kitchen and dining top view

Another view of the model – looking into the kitchen:

kitchen 3D model

Our project list includes:

-Removing the wall between the dining room and kitchen.

-Removing and replacing the ceiling, including adding recessed lighting.

-Painting the cabinets white.  Our cabinets are in pretty good shape, so we decided to keep the ones we have and add a few new ones.  To complete the space, we are adding a peninsula, tall cabinets to the left of the refrigerator, and another upper and lower cabinet to the left of the sink.

-Replacing the laminate countertops with granite.

-Tiling the floor.

-Changing the backsplash.

-Miscellaneous: new cabinet hardware, a light fixture over the sink, counter stools, new window treatments, etc.

So, now that I’ve shared our plans, I’ll also share a progress picture.  Andrew and our contractor have been working tirelessly over the past week (in between juggling their full-time jobs), to take the rooms from this:

dining room wall to be removed

To this:

kitchen progress

The wall has been torn down and the chairs are there to keep the dogs off of the newly tiled kitchen floor.  The tile is down, but it has not been grouted yet – that is on the ‘to-do’ list for tonight!

The past week has been a little hectic (and we even had company in town this weekend!), but we are excited about the progress and can visualize what it will look like once completed.

I’ll be back later in the week with more pictures and details of the process so far – and a ‘surprise’ that we’re glad we found now and not a few years from now!

º Have you tackled a kitchen renovation?

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Spray Painted Owls

With two dogs and two cats, I don’t like to leave anything lying around on the floor – who knows what may happen to an unattended item!  In my office, I needed a way to hang my bags so that they would not get eaten, scratched, or chewed.  My sister took my birthday request for ‘cute hooks’, and found these owls at Garden Ridge. owl hooks

While she liked the owl figure, we both agreed they needed a change of color with a coat of spray paint.

In our basement / my office, we have tan walls and white trim.  I decided to spray them white to let them pop off the tan walls.

I was running low on white spray paint, but was able to use a combination of white primer and two cans of left over white spray paint to complete the job.  The only other supplies I used were painter’s tape and a cardboard box.

owl hooks spray painting supplies

My first step was to tape the clear handles so that they would not get sprayed.

owl hooks prepped for spray painting

Next, I applied one thin and even coat of primer.  I used primer because: a) the owls had a glossy finish and I wanted to make sure the paint bonded to the finish,  and b) I was not sure I had enough regular spray paint to provide complete coverage.

owl hooks primed

I ended up doing three coats of paint on the owls (1 primer, 2 regular).  The key to spray painting is thin and even coats, and letting each coat dry in between.  While waiting for one of the coats to dry, I was able to snap this picture of our dog Violet ‘helping’ me with the project!

owl hooks drying & Violet

After three coats the dark finish was completely covered, and it created a pretty cool silhouette of the owl!  I wish I had thought ahead and done this on a canvas to create some unique artwork.

owl hook spray painted silhoutte

I removed the painter’s tape and allowed the owls to dry for about 24 hours.  They were then ready to hang!

Just a reminder of the before:

owl hooks

And after:

spray painted owl hooks in my office

Yay for having a special place to hang my bags!

º What have you spray painted lately?

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Striped Stairway

Thank you to everyone who read my first blog post!  For my second post, I've decided to share a house project that Andrew and I completed at our home.  Here are some photos I used as my inspiration for our project:

(Sarah RichardsonBob and Cortney NovogratzTake the Side Street)

 Since we moved into our house 3 ½ years ago, Andrew and I have been on a constant cycle of working on our basement.  It went from being a place for storage, to housing a pool table, to selling the pool table so that we could rip up the old carpet and transform it into my office.  The transformation is still far from over, but we are making progress!

One step in the process was ripping up the old carpet on the stairs that lead to the basement.  Since these stairs see heavy traffic, both human and canine, we decided we did not want to replace the carpet - we wanted to try something different.   I talked Andrew into letting us paint the stairs!  Once he agreed, I started pinning things like crazy on Pinterest to find my inspiration.

Fortunately, when we decide to start a project, my husband is all-in and works incessantly until it is complete.  He got started so quickly, that he ripped up the carpet before I could take a picture.  The first ‘before’ shot I have is this:

Andrew spent quite a while pulling up many, many carpet staples and nails, and we were left with grey painted stairs.  While the treads themselves were in pretty good shape, there ended up being quite a few gaps that we had to decide how to fill and/or hide.  After many brainstorming conversations and two trips to Lowe’s, our solution was to use trim pieces in various sizes and some stair nosing (no, I did not know the official name for this piece before we started the project!).  Here are a few more ‘before’ photos:

Andrew cut and nailed and/or glued all of the trim pieces, and I sanded down some of the rough parts.  I also lightly sanded the treads and the risers ~ just enough to help the paint stick, but not enough to scuff them up.  Once all of that was done, it was time to paint!

I did research online and knew that we were going to need to do two things: 1. prime the stairs 2. use oil based paint.

So, I started with the primer ~ one coat of Oil based Benjamin Moore Fresh Start Fast Dry Primer in white.  (We bought a gallon, but a quart would have been plenty.)

Here, you can also see the next step which was the taping.  After letting the primer dry overnight (although, I now know that we really should have given it 2 or 3 days to ‘cure’), I started to tape the pattern I wanted.  I measured the width of the stairs and picked a size for the middle stripe that I thought looked wide enough (14”).  From there, I distributed the rest of space for the other stripes (starting with the outside: 5”, 2”, & 1”).  It was not easy to keep the lines of tape straight, but I was patient and took my time.

Once the tape was set, I was ready for the first coat of paint.  We picked our stair colors based on  the wall and trim colors we already have in the basement.  I started with the tan (Benjamin Moore Porch and Floor paint ~ Lady Finger, 1045), and applied two coats.  We are lucky to have a doorway at the bottom of the stairs – both for a way to exit the basement and for ventilation.  (I read where some people painted every other tread during this step of the process so that they would have a way to go up and down the stairs.)

Once the 2nd coat was done, but not dry, I removed the tape.  This is where I realized we should have let the primer cure longer before taping.  Some of the primer started to peel with the tape.  I found that if I removed the tape slowly and carefully, it would not pull the primer with it.

I let the tan cure for a few days and then I then taped again in order to apply the second color of paint (Benjamin Moore Porch and Floor paint ~ White).  I also applied two coats of the white – they tell you with oil based paint you normally don’t need two coats, but since this is a stairway, I liked the idea of having a little bit more paint on there.

This project was time consuming, thought provoking, and labor intensive, so when it came time to remove the tape for the last time, I could not have been more excited!  Here is the finished product of our Striped Stairs:

striped stairs

A view from the top of the stairs looking down:

While it was not the easiest project to tackle, it was definitely worth it.  The stairs do get dirty, but so did the carpet.  And, they are much easier to clean - with a broom and a Swiffer, than lugging the vacuum cleaner up and down the stairs to clean the old carpet.

I am extremely happy with the final outcome and I love the way they look!

º Would you paint the stairs in your house?  Have you painted stripes anywhere else? What inspiration are you finding on Pinterest?