it’s finally done.
A very long summer has culminated with the completion of my kitchen. It is a pleasure to hang out in there now, and I am super excited for cooking and even the cleanup!
We decided to just refurbish the old cabinets by replacing the water damaged parts, and then painting the lot of them. Just that, the painting, brightened the kitchen up so much. For painting them, I went off of this tutorial and I will say using a liquid sander was the fastest easiest way to go about the process! Please forgive the before pics. even though my house does often look this chaotic, this was right after we discovered the leak and everything was prepping to be torn out.
You may remember I talked about the butcher block counter tops? we canned that thought after looking into how much longer it would take and being fully frustrated as it was. We ended up going with black Formica. I figured if we were going to go with Formica, I did NOT want any of the fake granite stuff. Luckily there was this black micro dot. I love it. It is simple, fast application (of course I watched the contractor do it…)and easy to clean.
We did take out the old island, it lives in my garage sewing studio now. Its very welcome there as another surface to work with. We put in a smaller island, with big deep drawers and a butcher block top from Ikea. I love this island. I don’t usually cut directly on it, but you can. I really like the drawers. I had been wanting drawers in the kitchen, and now there are some!
Instead of trying to put wood floor back in the kitchen we went with laminate. This one is a faux cork and I added an under layment that makes standing in there for hours easier on the feet and back. Its a very soft and floaty feel. Plus it was easy and cheap.
The only really big difference, and expense is my new, incredibly awesome fantastic super sink!
When I thought about this I had no idea just how much one could love a sink. For starters its huge. However it does not take up any more counter space than the old 2 bowl porcelain one we had. The faucet came with it as a package, and we added an instant hot water tap that we adore (why didn’t we do that before??)
To go with it, and the most labor intensive from the contractor is the full tile backsplash. yes. clean white subway tile. I probably would have loved a mosaic and crazy colors, but the backsplash alone sets my hubs mind at ease. And I really like it too.
The black and white kitchen idea has been running around pinterest for a while, and I have always liked it. I have learned over the years that, as much as white may bore me, it is great for the daily light.
Not too bad for under $3000, It only took 3 months (ugh)…
It would have been less, if we had done a lot of it ourselves, but we are running low on DIY steam and honestly, we were scared to try plumbing and tiling on our own…
We still have a couple of things left. deciding on knobs, if we want them at all. also, we need to get the trim in under the cabinets.
PS even though the links are mostly to home depot and the products I purchased, this was NOT sponsored… I wish. Its just the big box DIY store to hand.