It’s been 3 months since we moved into our new house and it’s high time I show you some photos! It’s been a long road coming, a LOOOONG few months. But definitely worthwhile! I am convinced renovating a house is like recovering from giving birth. Weird analogy, I know. ;) But it’s true! While the adrenaline is running, everything is so exciting, so wonderful! And then, bam, it wears off. And all you want to say is “oh crap, oh crap” (sorry, mom. We don’t say oh crap, but when you’re knee deep in renovations or you bent the wrong way after giving birth, it just comes out. ;) Oh, and then the tears come. Both situations can be rather emotional. Ha, Brian can attest to both. But then, when it’s all done, you can’t remember any of the bad stuff. No pain. No tears. Nothing. And that’s why we do it again and again. ;)
Ok, ok, end of rant. Let’s move onto the before and after pictures. This is what the kitchen looked like when we got the keys. Oh, and after an hour of cleaning. You can only imagine what it looked like an hour earlier. The four college-age boys who rented the place from my brother-in-law were rather…….disgusting. Gross. Slobs. Smelly. You get the picture. Thankfully we hired a cleaning lady to deep clean the place after we got all their junk out. Just looking at these photos makes me want to barf.
Then the miracle cleaning lady came and spent eight hours, EIGHT HOURS, cleaning the entire house. And boy, it sparkled! The kitchen was nice, really nice, but not quite our style. It didn’t quite fit “us.” Brian put in new hardwood floors and we painted the walls. Boy, did it brighten the space! Only problem was that the cabinets totally clashed with the floor. Bad. Secretly (or not so secretly. I’m sure I voiced my opinion quite often during this process) I was glad that they clashed so bad, because that meant we could the cabinets white! We both agreed that would look a million times better and when we found a painter who gave us an offer we couldn’t refuse, we went for it!
I absolutely love how it all turned out. LOVE! I wasn’t a huge fan of the granite until we painted the cabinets, now they really pop! We painted our originally black table white, it fits the space so well. I can’t believe the overall difference the renovating and painting made to the room. It’s so happy, so bright, so inviting! We love to cook, bake, and gather in this space!
Wall color: Beachcomber by Olympic
Cabinet color: Ultra White by Valspar
Floors: Brazilian Walnut laminate hardwood from RC Willey
Curtains, chandelier and mirror: Ikea
Stools: Walmart (cheapest place to find these stools! I looked everywhere for them and Walmart had the best price by far)
Family Proclamation: Collectivity Lane
Table and Chairs: thrifted