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This has been a looooong time coming. I suppose that my current obsession with Fixer Upper may have lit a match under me to get rolling on our kitchen project. When we moved in, our entire house was 80’s – like, major 80’s. Here are the realtor photos from before we moved in in 2008:
Yeah… 80’s. We decided to tackle a few things at a time, and our kitchen looked like this not long after moving in (disregard the terrible photography, this was ’08 people):
We lived with this for a while, then I decided I was on oak/pine/wood grain overload.. so Mr. Kirk ripped out the wide pine planked flooring in the kitchen (don’t panic, we still have it throughout the entire house, so I was ok with this.) I had fully intended to great before photos this time, however, Mr. Kirk decided he would rip off the backsplash and get started adding the beadboard before I had a chance to do so. So here’s our freshly-prepped-for-reno-kitchen:
Here, you’ll see he already installed my new light over the sink. We had a simple recessed light there before:
The after photos are the most important ones anyway, right?
Before I get to those… Here is what we decided to do.
- Kitchen cabinets professionally painted
- Beadboard paneling
- New paint color on the walls
- New backsplash
- New pendant light (over the sink)
- All new outlets/switches and plate covers
Aside from the cabinet paint job, everything else was DIY (do it yourself) or, ourself. We decided to hire out for the cabinets because after reading too many Pinterest tutorials, we both agreed that I was totally nuts if I thought I could get this done in a reasonable amount of time (with three kids – one being a toddler).
Once they got started on the cabinets I was so glad, so glad, we hired out. It took them about a week, but the workload was intense. It probably would have taken us well over a month if we did it on our own. The painters used a sprayer, and lacquer as opposed to brush or roll on paint. I’m told this makes for a better look and is longer lasting. Apparently covering wood grain is difficult to do? (again, so glad I didn’t try to go nuts and do this on my own. Seriously, it was money well spent.)
A lot of people ask why we didn’t just replace the cabinets, and honestly, I couldn’t justify ripping out 20+ year old solid wood cabinets to replace them with pressboard cabinets. The quality is just not the same these days, and if you want higher quality cabinets, you better be prepared to spend over $5,000 (or even $10,000) for them. Insanity!
I know you are going to ask, so before I share the photos, we went with Dove White for the top and Chelsea Gray for the bottom (Benjamin Moore colors) The wall color we went with is Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams. I really wanted something nice and bright, I loved the two-tone cabinet look, and thought it was smart seeing that we have three boys. I knew I wanted teal/blue/green accent colors, but was a little nervous about the gray and brown coming together. There was no way we were changing the granite or tile, but honestly I could not be happier with our outcome! The kitchen of my dreams, is fiiiinally here.
Here are some big, bright and beautiful after photos…
…and for your viewing pleasure:
There are still a few minor things on my to-do list, I haven’t been able to find the right clear/amber glass shades for the pendant lights that are over the countertop seating area. Update: I found them! Pictures coming soon, here’s a preview. I’m going to use edison bulbs in them, I think it’ll really bring everything together! I also want to do a DIY reupholstery job on our bar stools – stay tuned for a tutorial there.
We also just finished up our faux reclaimed wood accent wall (tutorial here) and buffet table DIY makeover.. (tutorial here!) For more home decor, check out my fixer upper inspired spring favorites (here) and 15 under $50 galvanized Target finds (here).
We just carried the Fixer Upper Rustic Modern look into our family room – see our family room farmhouse facelift here!
Edit -Because so many of you have asked, the backsplash tile is called Ancient Gray – from Lowes! It was a subway tile, not a backsplash mat.
Here are a few of the pieces that are in my kitchen, because I know some of you will ask!
- Galvanized Kitchen Canisters (Amazon)
- Mason jar cookie jar (Amazon)
- Open shelving (Target)
- Pendant light over the sink (Lowes)
- Silver Candle holder (Clearance at Target, but here is a similar one, also at Target)
Everything else has come from Target here and there, or yard sales/antique shops (my mom is really great at finding me the perfect pieces, if you’re local visit her shop here!) I can’t wait to share the rest of this with you. Stay tuned for more – and you can hear about it as soon as I publish it if you subscribe to my weekly emails here.