Monday, July 14, 2014

yet, another kitchen redo. because WHITE KITCHENS!

so when we renovated our last kitchen, just MONTHS ago, we really didn't think we would be moving. we knew it was a possibility, in the back of our heads. but we didn't know it would happen that soon and that fast.

ha.
ha.
HAH.
(enter slow clap)

a great lesson in laughing at plans we love to make. but this is not a time for deep thoughts. it's a time to chuckle at the super prego lady, who bought a house, which needed some renovations and engaged in possibly the most stressful closing process ever known to man-- all while trying not to have her baby 4 weeks early. thankfully, it all eventually worked out and we are super thankful. but moving is hard. emotionally and physically...it's just difficult.
but, BONUS: so far, i have been able to keep this child in my belly by eating a lot of snickers and obsessant online shopping in the middle of the night. although i have discontinued this habit after a stern talking to from the hubs. my B. it was late...i was drunk...i don't remember what i was doing...it all happened so fast.

jay kay. no gin and juice for this pregs. but soon and very soon.

anyways. when we bought the new house, we knew that we wouldn't be able to live there right away because we wanted to paint every single wall and all of the orange-ee oak trim/paneling. plus, we wanted to replace the carpet that was mostly everywhere and do hardwoods throughout, even upstairs. because i'm crazy and i heart rugs. and i want the floors to squeak when my kids try and sneak out.

so we stayed at the inlaws for a bit while the work was finished. (and by stayed, i mean, my kids messed up her very clean house and peed on most of her valuable items. daily.)

all that to say. we are home.
and that is strange to type. because for those 2 weeks, when it didn't feel like we had a place to call our own, i mourned our old house pretty hard. so many good memories there. i thought nothing would ever feel like that place. but as it turns out, our first night in this house, we sat at the table and ate dinner and it felt like we had  been here for years. i don't say that lightly, but God has been kind to us in this. and we are thankful that, although he can use time, He doesn't need it to mend heartache and loss. he can weave pasts into presents just as quick as he can part seas and raise dead to life.

whoops. got deep.

so let's look at pictures now!
here's what the kitchen looked like before. totally nice, but not our style. operation desuburbanize ensued...


annnnnnd then. BOOM.

festival of white paint.

we decided to keep the cabinets, as they were newly done-- but just change the hardware from silver to brass. as well as changed the backsplash from busy stone to white subway. with WHITE grout. which i really, really love.

there were a few snafus along the way. like, the tile in the wrong pattern. poor guy had to start over like 3 times. wrong pattern, wrong bullnose edging, wrong something else.

 and we're also keeping the granite for now. do you like how i put a freaking giant woven basket on top to hide the busy countertops? do duh do(insert musical emoji)...not a big dark piece of brown and black speckled granite under here...  
so, sure, i would have picked a white quartz, maybe marble. definitely some giant butcher block, but this gal ain't made of money or time. and as the song says, if you can't be with the one you love, honey...love the one you're with. 
little do most people know, the song is speaking of countertops, not humans. you're welcome for the insight!



so, i sold the curvy light fixtures on craigslist.

and traded them in for less visually heavy looks. airy lights, for the win.
light: crate and barrel
stools: target.com
hardware: martha stewart brand at homedepot.com


to the side, there was a little bar area, with a TV. but i don't really need a tv in the kitchen, because my kids would turn into zombies while eating and watching. 



so for now it's a blank subway wall. we have some reclaimed wood open shelving going to happen there shortly. i'll show you when it gets up. 
and that is a wine fridge. only problem, we don't drink wine. i thought it could be a juice box holder instead? too redneck? i don't know what we'll do with it. until i can figure out what will go there, we'll pretend to be sophisticated adults who serve wine and cheese. but really, here's a marg and some salsa. now go dance on the table, you crazy gal! 

moving on. 


we kept the beams wooden...because, hello. amaze.
and just kept up with the white paint and new light.

light: crate and barrel
table & wood chairs; garage sale
bench: world market
metal chairs: overstock.com



it's amazing what a little/800 gallons of paint will do. and we actually painted the tiles behind the fireplace too with a special primer and paint. i think eventually, i'd like to get some marble back there, but patience is a virtue.

those strange black boxes up there in the cabinets are fabric screens for, wait for it.... surrrrrround sound. although we have no idea how to work it. point is, i need to get some white fabric up there or-- do some old school sunday school flannelgraphs for the kids! duh. here's moses, here's the burning bush... oh you can't see it? 

this is the painting above the mantel from jamie rovenstein. we love it so much. and sort of feel like big kids with an "art purchase". if you love it like we do,  she has a couple prints left in her etsy shop! 

trim color: sherwin williams off white
wall color: benjamin moore white dove

right now, i'm working on the chalkboard wall. i just can't live without one, i've decided. 


ok. hope to post some more as we do each room. stay tuned!

and our new living room is here



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if you want to see some of our other renovations you can find our old kitchen reno here:







and our cheap and easy entry way makeover for under $100 here


33 comments:

  1. just wow. looks like a magazine!!!! amazing!

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  2. come decorate my house. or wait, come build me a house first. then have your way with it. k thanks.

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  3. Wow! Gorgeous...white for days...the best kind of makeover!

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  4. I love what you did with the place! I am a fan of white and subway tiles. :)

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  5. We rent, so we aren't at liberty to paint (unless we paint it all back beige when we get to leave, so NO). However, I've been obsessed with all white since Rachel Zoe got a new house on the Rachel Zoe Project - season four, for reference. Now, my husband's on board. I feel like these pictures have just confirmed again that white is right. When it comes to paint.

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  6. I love love double love it! I also thought I was the only one who didn't heart granite. It's so busy...

    I'm glad it's feeling like home!

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  7. Man, can you come work your magic at my house? I love it!

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  8. i mean, holy crap! It is goooooorrrrgg! I love love love all the white and your awesome garage sale dining table! So happy for you guys in your new digs and that it feels like home. Now have that bebe!

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  9. praise the good Lord that you didn't paint the beams.

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  10. i have major beam envy goin' on here. forgive me, Jesus. must have all the woods! ***whoops. took that to a scandalous place. my apologies.

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  11. I'm available anytime for you to come work your magic at my house! It's beautiful!

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  12. I LOVE the white. Its all so mod. Beautiful taste, once again!

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  13. This is AMAZING!!! What great bones this house had with the wood beams, so amazing!! You did a fab job!

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  14. The before and after pictures are outstanding. Wow for white! It's a wonderful new look and maybe someday...I can do the same thing to a house that we can call our own.

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  15. Oh my gorgeous! I have been wanting to paint my kitchen cabinets white too...still working on getting my hubs on board ;)! Did you apply any poly or protectant over the Benjamin Moore? Also, how many coats did it take to cover the cabinets and trim?

    What an inviting home you have!

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    1. dude. i painted nothing. i wanted it done right and i'm a jimmy rigger. the process of painting cabinets is really tedious and hard to do right for lasting results. ha!

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  16. Oh my Word! SOoooo.... much better!! Well done...

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  17. Absolutely LOVE everything!!!.....except the outlet cover ;)

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    1. bahaha. and they are all the tan color alllllll over the house. it's my next task... counting and going to lowes.

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  18. This room is delicious. A couple questions: did you hire someone to paint the cabinets or do it yourselves? I'd love to know what shade and type of white paint you used on them (or is it the same as the walls?). Next, is your painting the print or a custom painting? Her work is AMAZING. Love that you found a local artist too. Third, are the wood floors in the kitchen the same as before? They look lighter, but that's probably just the fact that the whole room looks brighter! Would also love to know what shade of wood stain it is. Ok! That's all!

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    1. heyo.
      we hired the painting. i wanted it done right and i'm a jimmy rigger. the process of painting cabinets is really tedious and hard to do right for lasting results. ha! but seriously...i think it's worth it. and it takes forever.
      we matched the trim to the trim in the house, which was literally called "off white" at sherwin williams. we didn't want a super duper white, as it's too modern for us.
      the painting is her original painting. we totally splurged. push present?
      the wood floors are the same! they were in great shape so we kept them just so. i'm not sure what the stain color is but it's not the super dark that everyone's doing right now. i don't want to see all the dirt and dust! so a medium finish seemed right for our fam.

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  19. I'd love a link to the chandelier over the dining room table. Is it still available? Searching Crate and Barrel and not seeing it. I love it though and had been looking for something similar.

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    1. i think it was on back order or on it's way out the last time i checked.
      but found it at the outlet! http://www.crateandbarrel.com/union-pendant/s198323

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  20. I love love everything you have done ! Did you move far from your other home ? I always enjoyed your remodel pics from that house to !

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  21. I have loved you for a while now in an online-ish sort of way. And then there was the time I acted a fool to you at HS. But none of that even matters anymore because YOU'RE NOT A WINE DRINKER. I thought I was the only one. Pass the G&T. Bless.
    ps - Nice digz.

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  22. PSS - I just failed word verification. Twice. Iamarobot.

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  23. can you please come decorate my house?? i cannot believe that table came from a garage sale! love!

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  24. I went white with out living room, but I'm afraid to do the kitchen! I'm afraid to paint my cabinets for fear that I'll wish I hadn't and then will be stuck with them. Once you paint cabinets, you can't go back. Can someone offer me encouragement? Wise words?

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  25. Fellow KC resident here. Hubs and I are on the lookout for a good cabinet painter. Do you remember who you hired?

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