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 3

We’ve been slowly but surely making progress on our kitchen renovation. In the past few weeks, the kitchen has gone from looking like this (May 4, 2013):

kitchen progress may 4

To this (June 14, 2013):

new cabinets

Andrew worked hard to prime and paint our existing cabinets.  Here they are after the primer coat (we used Zinnser Cover Stain Oil-Based Primer):

primed cabinets

And after two coats of paint (we used Benjamin Moore, Advance Formula paint):

painted cabinets

When painting cabinets, it is important to use the right paint in order to achieve the best result.  An oil-based primer helps the new paint stick to the cabinets better than a latex-based primer would.  Benjamin Moore’s website best describes the benefits of their Advance paint: “ADVANCE offers the application and performance of traditional oil paint in a waterborne formula that cleans up with soap and water…It flows and levels like a traditional alkyd with the extended open-time required to achieve high-end finishes.”  (John and Sherry from Young House Love give a great tutorial and explanation on painting cabinets if you're thinking of tackling the project yourself.)

Painting your cabinets means that everything from inside the cabinets has to be removed.  After Andrew primed and painted, we allowed the recommended curing time for the paint of 3-5 days.  That meant our dining room looked like this for about a week!  Yikes!

stuff from cabinets

We've been working on some of the small things that needed to fixed and adjusted while we waited for the new cabinets.  And yesterday, our new cabinets were installed!

The before:

before new cabinets

before new cabinets

And the after:

new cabinetsnew cabinets

We are excited to finally have the new cabinets!  Thanks to the guys from Integrated Millwork for their great work.

Andrew will work this weekend to prime and paint the new cabinets, and also finish up painting the doors of the original cabinets.  Colonial Granite came today to template for our new granite, which should get installed in about a week and a half.  We chose Luna Pearl granite:

luna pearl granite

After the granite gets installed, retiling the backsplash will be the last major element!  Let’s hope it gets done before Baby Boy Green arrives…nothing like cutting it close ;)!

For more details on our kitchen renovation project, see part 1 and part 2.

º Any bets on if we’ll get the kitchen complete before the baby arrives?

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Kitchen Renovation ~ Part 2

Earlier this week, I shared our ideas and progress on the kitchen renovation. kitchen and dining top view

Today, I want to take you through the steps we've done so far.

Here is a reminder of the ‘before’:

dining room wall to be removed

And where we are in the process, as of this morning:

kitchen renovation progress

(I was out of town for much of the demolition process, so I asked Andrew to take pictures me!)

Andrew and I had done as much as possible to prep for the arrival of the contractor.  We emptied the cabinets that were attached to the wall that was being removed, he took down the crown molding, he was also able to remove some of the cabinets himself.

Once the contractor arrived on Saturday morning, they put up plastic sheeting to protect the rest of the house from as much dust as possible.  They also set up a ventilation system to push air out one of the windows.  In order to protect our hardwood floors in the dining room, they laid down Ram Board.

protective plastic for renovation

With the plastic up and the floors protected, they were ready to start.  They removed the oven and the dishwasher:

dishwasher and stove removed

They cut the countertop, and removed that and the cabinets that were adjacent to the wall.

countertop removal

Next, they ripped out all of the old flooring.  Andrew said there were three layers of linoleum, then hardwood, and then the subfloor.

kitchen floor removal

With everything out of the way, they were ready to remove the wall.

wall removal

Andrew said this was his favorite part!  Isn’t using a sledge hammer and a reciprocating saw every man’s idea of a good time? ;)

wall removal

wall removed

We decided to pull down the ceiling and redo that as well while we were in the renovation process.  The ceiling had a popcorn finish to it, which we did not like and wanted to change.  Ripping it out and replacing it with drywall would also allow us to reposition the lighting in the ceiling more easily.  This step is also where Andrew and our contractor found the ‘surprise’!

cracked beam

Our upstairs bathroom is located above the kitchen.  At some point in the history of the house (it was built in 1941), the radiator in the bathroom had leaked, leaving cracked and damaged beams.  The ceiling had begun to sag and was two inches lower than it should have been. We were lucky to find this ‘surprise’, because at some point, the radiator probably would have come crashing through the ceiling!

cracked beam

two cracked beams

In any renovation project, it is always good to budget for and expect surprises.  We were thankful that this was fairly minor and not too difficult to repair.  So, how did they fix it?  First, they jacked up the ceiling to get it level.

jacking up the ceiling

Next, they sistered-up the beams with new 2”x8” beams and lag bolts.  Due to sistering-up the beams, they also had to reroute some of the plumbing.

new ceiling beams

Then, they added new studs under the old cracked beams, in order to even out the ceiling level.

ceiling beams

With the support beams in place and the ceiling level, they could install the drywall.

drywalled ceilingSince I was out of town through all of this part of the project, Andrew wanted me to know how things were going.  He sent me periodic updates, and one morning, I received this picture with the caption: “Don’t worry, I was still able to make coffee!”

construction coffee

With the ceiling fixed, they turned their attention to the floor.  We chose a gray tile (from Mosaic Tile, Folio Artistica Meteor, color: Silver).

laying tile floor

Over the past few days, they’ve worked to:

-grout the tile -finish the drywall behind the sink -spackle the new drywall and ceiling -fix some of the electrical and re-hook up the disposal and dishwasher (yay!)

What we still have left to do:

-finish the spackling and sanding of the drywall -paint the walls and ceiling -install the new cabinets -paint the cabinets -choose and install new cabinet hardware -have the new granite countertops installed -Miscellaneous & accessories -Clean up!

We are excited for the progress and are happy to have the hardest parts of the project behind us!

One last look at where we are now:

kitchen renovation progress

º Have you found any ‘surprises’ during a renovation?

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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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