Hellloooo Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and stayed warm if you are anywhere but the west coast. We enjoyed sunshine and 60 degree weather. I even went for a run in shorts and a tank top on Saturday which felt so weird for the end of February. Huebie is off on a business trip this week so it’s just A and I. I’m looking forward to our fun traditions that we do when Daddy is gone. 🙂
I’m finally getting around to sharing our kitchen renovation with you! It’s only been 5 months since we finished the project, oops! I’ll blame it on the dreary fall and winter days and poor lighting. 🙂 I know you’ve caught glimpses in other photos, but I wanted to make sure and share the full meal deal.
I first started thinking about updating our kitchen back in 2013. I know, so long ago. So this project had been a long time coming. The main reason it came last October was because we were thinking about moving and wanted to make some changes to up our resale value. The move didn’t pan out, but I’m so glad it didn’t because I’m getting to enjoy the kitchen myself!
Our house faces north and is often dark, so I wanted to create a light and bright space for us to enjoy as a family. The previous counter tops and back splash were original from when the house was built in 1997. And they were dark. Dark green to be exact. Dark green laminate and dark green granite tile. All the dark green and wood cabinets made for a drab space.
Oh, I found a picture! Here is our kitchen before.
I know, so bad. It just always felt so dark. Even when the sun was shining.
I’ve always wanted a white kitchen. To me a white kitchen is classic and always cheery. You can’t go wrong with white. We had a limited budget so we weren’t able to get new cabinets or reface them, but if we stay in the house I’d love to paint them white.
We chose white quartz counter tops and a white subway tile back splash. Quartz is the most durable stone of all the options out there. It’s man-made so you don’t have the unexpected lines and interesting imperfections like with granite, but you really can’t tell the difference. The quartz is from Pental Granite & Marble and the subway tile is from Home Depot. I love the classic lines of the subway tile. We did a really light gray grout to add some contrast to all the white. It’s called Platinum at Home Depot.
We also put new hardware on all the drawers and cabinets right before we demoed the old counters and back splash. There were previously no pulls and I feel like drawer and cabinet pulls make the kitchen look more finished and polished.
I love everything about the kitchen but I think my favorite thing is the sink.
It is huge! It’s so deep and you can fit pots and pans in there to soak. Our last sink was a double sink and some of my pans wouldn’t fit so you’d end up with a pan half soaking/half sticking out of the sink. I hadn’t seen the sink in person before we ordered it (just a rendering) so I was really nervous it was going to be small. But it is so much larger in person.
Huebie also installed a USB outlet! This is seriously the most amazing thing ever.
We also made a little coffee station area that fits our Keurig and K-cups perfectly. I love walking over to this little space first thing in the morning. And that little jar holds a surprisingly large amount of K-cups.
We will eventually get around to painting the red that is above the cabinets and on the wall behind the island. I’m thinking something a very pale green/blue. I’m not 100% sure yet but it will definitely be something to complement the white cabinets and counter tops.
The one thing we really want to eventually do is purchase new stainless steel appliances. The appliances are also original to the house and still going strong so we figured we’d wait. The white doesn’t bother me as much as it used to, now that the kitchen is lighter and brighter.
Have a great Monday love bugs!