August 27, 2016

Additional Addictions: Kitchen Renovation

Today I have my big kitchen renovation to share with you! This was a long time in the works and I am so glad to finally have it done! I've wanted to re-do my kitchen since I bought my condo but I finally had the money to start at the beginning of the year. Originally everything was supposed to happen in March, I bought all of the materials for it back then but then life decided to just be crappy so it was pushed back. Between my Grandma passing away and Degen getting badly hurt the kitchen didn't end up starting until July.

Once it started the progress was pretty quick, only a couple weeks between the old counters being ripped out and the new ones going in, the plumbing being done and the backslash going up. The longest project ended up being painting the cabinets, mostly because I decided to do them on my own so I only had the weekends to work on them.

To see all the before and after photos click the read more button below the slider image. Hopefully the slider works for everyone!



Alright so when I bought my condo the kitchen was high on my re-do list, mostly because it was dated but also because it just wasn't my style. The cabinets were in pretty good shape, just an ugly color and the counters were straight up hideous. The counters and back splash were a  beige-y tan tile and the grout was off white, it always looked dirty no matter how much I cleaned it. I also wasn't a big fan of how small the bar top was and how much hung over on the counter side, I felt like I lost a lot of usable counter space because of it.

With the color of the cabinets and counters the kitchen just looked really dark, when in reality it wasn't since the whole kitchen and living room space is very open.  The other thing I really had an issue with was the sink, and faucet. The sink was so shallow that it was hard to wash pots, or even fill up my Brita. The faucet was just old and very loose, so it needed to be replaced.




The first step in getting rid of the fug, ripping out the old counters and back splash. Unfortunately I wasn't home for this, my Dad was incredibly helpful during the renovation and was there when I couldn't be....so this photo is from him!


This is how it looked once the old plywood the counters sat on was gone. Because the new counters and bar top would be larger all of that had to be replaced. It actually ended up being really good that we had to take it off because whoever put in the cabinets didn't brace them correctly. Before the new plywood went in my contractor added 2x4 pieces of wood across the from and back of the drawers and front of the sink opening. It wasn't done yet in this photo, you can see at the back drawer that it has a piece of wood going across on the front and there was nothing like that on the big drawer in the front, so the heavy tile counters were pretty much just resting on the small lip of the cabinets.


Here is the plywood going in on the counter portion. It doesn't look any bigger at this point but it actually is. The old counters stopped at the edge of the cabinets and the new counter has a little lip that hangs over. It doesn't seem like that would really make that much of a difference but it just feels so much bigger now. I wasn't home for this part either so I don't have a photo of the bar top plywood but that difference was HUGE, we added on about 7 inches on each side so its nice and wide now!


Once the counter top guys arrived they set up a tent outside and got to cutting. My counter material is white Quartz. I ended up choosing it because its durable, its fairly inexpensive (compared to other material) and I love how clean it looks..it also has little mirror pieces in it that sparkle which I needed in my life. Because of the way my kitchen is set up and how large I was making the bar top I had to buy 3 slabs of the Quartz, it left me with a nice chunk of extra so we ended up re-doing my guest bathroom vanity (post of that coming soon!) and I still have another piece for when I re-do my master bath!

Below is a photo I took after they put the biggest slab down, they made sure it fit then marked out the sink and cut out the plywood for it before installing the sink and gluing down the counter top. 


Below is the sink before they glued everything down. I decided to get a nice big sink, perfect for big pots and long things like baking sheets. I'm still absolutely loving this sink, I didn't really realize how much of a pain the old one was until I got this one.


After a long day of work the last thing to go in was the bar top, here are the guys dry fitting the last piece before gluing it down. The guys that installed my counters were fantastic, they were literally at my house all day working their butts off...that is a hard job! They did a beautiful job and I'm really happy with how the counters turned out, you can't even see the seams.


Here is the main counter top after it was sealed and cleaned. Fun fact, they put epoxy on it and cleaned it off with acetone. The guys were laughing about how I had a jug of acetone for my nails that was the same size as the one they had for counters :P


About a week after the counters and sink went in the plumber was finally able to install the faucet and change the drains from 2 down to 1. It sucked to have to wait a week but thats what happens when you have an HOA that only lets you turn off the water 1 day a week...ugh. The water had to be off because the previous owner was just an investor and didn't really keep up with maintenance like he should have, so all the valves had to be replaced. 


The last part of the kitchen work to be done was the back splash. Originally I was going to put in really pretty purple iridescent tile but when I was buying the counter slabs I saw this tile in their showroom and had to have it. It was the most expensive thing that went into my kitchen but I'm so happy with it that I don't care. There are better shots of it coming up!


I wasn't home when this went in either so my Dad was sending me photos as they went. It was so neat to get the one below, it was like everything was finally coming together.


The last thing I did over several weekends was painting the cabinets. There aren't any progress photos because I apparently only snapchatted them and didn't save them (good job Jen). Everyone thought I was crazy for painting the cabinets white, but I knew it would look amazing when it was done and boy was it! I love how they turned out even though it was so much work. It was like the definition of "sweat equity". If you ever decide to paint your cabinets take my advice and buy a paint sprayer, I didn't think I'd need one but once I decided I did it made things like a million times easier.

Onto the after! My kitchen is so much brighter and lighter now, and so much cleaner! Before my kitchen was always a mess, partly because the counters always looked dirty and also because I just didn't care. Now that everything is so clean and streamlined looking I actually enjoy cleaning the counter tops.


I decided to make the little wall next to the bar top into a dachshund art wall. Its one of my favorite things in my house now! There will be a new custom portrait of Degen coming soon in that empty space on the bottom left side! There is a better shot of this was on my Instagram here.

One of the hardest things for me to find for my kitchen was a large piece of wall art. I needed something big to cover up the electrical panel and was having issues finding something I actually liked that was the right size. I ended up getting this fantastical canvas print of a Japanese Chin drinking Matcha Green Tea. This is by a great artist named Melanie Schultz, I heard of her a while back but could never  find prints of hers large enough to be in this spot. Luckily I was browsing Hautelook one day and they had a ton of her prints on large canvas, I couldn't pass up that opportunity! I ended up getting this particular print because I thought the green would be a nice pop of color in a white kitchen.

If you want to check out Melanie's artwork she has an etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AsterozeaStudio. She did the custom Degen picture I have on my dachshund wall (better picture here) and she will also be doing the one that I'm getting soon! I just can't get enough of her artwork and she was so great to work with...if you are looking for a custom portrait of your pet I would highly recommend her!


Here's a better look at the stove side of my kitchen...apparently I have a Chai Tea Latte addiction based on my KCup holder...


I wish you could see my bar stools better in this shot, they are purple! They were one of the first things I bought for my condo and I am so excited that they finally go with my kitchen!


Here's a better look at the back splash. The white glass tiles are wavy, and 3D. It was something I hadn't seen before I was literally like "I need this" when I saw it in the showroom.


Hopefully you can see the wavy-ness of it in this photo!


Here are the new knobs on my cabinets, I am obsessed with these! Katherine from Manicure Addict posted a picture of these years ago and I've literally been waiting for them to work in my kitchen, they didn't look right with the original color of the cabinets. These are from ebay, they should come up if you search rainbow crystal cabinet knobs.



That's it! I'm really happy with how my kitchen turned out, it was a lot of work but so worth it. I really wish I had been able to finish it before my Grandma passed away, she was so excited for me to finally get to re-do it and I would have loved for her to be able to come have dinner with me at the new bar top with everything looking so great now. :(

The end result is exactly what I pictured and the kind of kitchen I've always wanted. I'll have a post up for the renovations I did in my guest bathroom soon, it was all happening at the same time as the kitchen!

45 comments:

  1. Gorgeous kitchen renovation!

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  2. Beautiful!

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  3. Your kitchen looks amazing! Very pretty.

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  4. Absolutely beautiful!! That backsplash is to die for, and those knobs! *swoon* Love that huge sink. Nothing makes being in the kitchen miserable quite like a sink that's too small. Congrats on your fabulous new kitchen!

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  5. Looks amazing Jen! I can't wait to come visit ;)

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  6. Congratulations! A kitchen redo has been on my to-do list since we moved in. We also have a tiled countertop and it ALWAYS looks dirty. Love, love, love sparkly white counters and good for you picking the backsplash that makes you happy (despite cost). You have inspired me to start making decisions and get moving!

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  7. It looks amazing! My favorite parts are the backsplash and the cabinet knobs. The white everything with the dark wood floor looks so classy and perfect. Awesome job!

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  8. The new renovated kitchen looks great!

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  9. Go you it looks gorgeous. Well done

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  10. That backslash is giving me life! Love how open and bright your kitchen looks now!
    How is that backsplash to clean with the weave?? I feel like it would be a pain to wipe down

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  11. It actually hasn't been that bad yet, I've only had to dust it so far and thats been pretty easy with a swiffer duster!

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  12. thank you! You should definitely start making decisions for your kitchen, that was the most fun part for me!

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  13. thank you! Amen about the sink, the huge sink has changed my life haha

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  14. thank you! :D

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  15. thank you! <3

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  16. The new kitchen looks great. No house is complete without dog artwork :-)

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  17. Love it! Those countertops are beautiful and white cabinets are classic. That nice deep sink is fantastic as well. I can't say I love the backsplash but only because that kind is tricky to keep clean - it's beautiful but finicky and with six kids my life is more about ease of daily work than aesthetics ;)

    You did an amazing job and got the fug right out of there. I'd love to see the bathroom when that's updated too, but I'm a renovation and building junky :)

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  18. Bathroom reno should be up in a couple of weeks! I think the backsplash wouldn't be ideal for someone with kids but since its just me and a dog it doesn't get too messy!

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  19. thanks and yep, agree...everyone needs dog artwork in their house haha!

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  20. Wow, it looks great Jen! We also did quartz countertops and we love them! They are virtually indestructible! :)

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  21. It looks so beautiful! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the backsplash, and the knobs! Everything is perfect. I really like white countertops-mine are white with white specks but Solid Surface Corion type stuff. I definitely makes your place look a lot brighter!

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  22. Stunning! Congratulations. Those knows! 😍

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  23. Thank you!

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  24. Thank you <3

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  25. Love seeing renos...this turned out great! I once painted my kitchen cabinets black and loved it and then when white and refuse to ever go any other color! Can't wait for the bathroom pics.

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  26. Wow! It looks so, so good -- such an improvement! Congratulations on ticking that box off!

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  27. I want to live in that kitchen! It really turned out fantastic. Kudos!

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  28. So happy for you that you got your kitchen renovated, and in the way you wanted! I love those white quartz counters - I have wanted them for ages for our kitchen. And the white cabinets - YES! Again, something I have wanted. Our kitchen is fairly large, with plenty of cabinets. The house is early 1950s and the wood is really nice - golden maple - and my husband was appalled I wanted to paint it white! The wood of the cabinets are really pretty so I never painted them and I'm okay with that, but I would love to have a white kitchen with a few lemon yellow accents! When we were still talking renovation, he was talking tiled countertops. I told him no way, absolutely not! The thought of all those grout lines, ugh!!! This was when I was still baking a lot of whole wheat bread and the idea of having all that flour and dough on a tiled counter - NOT! I wanted a solid counter and loved the photos I had seen of the white quartz.
    It is wonderful that you now have the kitchen you have imaged. Things like having the larger sink when you need it or having the pleasure of the aesthetic of the backsplash to look at and touch make all the difference in the world in your attitude about doing things in the kitchen. A thrill to be sure! Congratulations!

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  29. Sharon Parayos MerrittAugust 28, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Oh my God! It's fantastic! Love white cabinets and the big sink was a stroke of genius! Multichrome cabinet knobs - LOVE IT!!! And a beautiful backsplash - so perfect with the appliances. I know it must feel great to just look at it.

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  30. That sink! I really like your taste and I can see why you splurged on that back splash, so unique.

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  31. Thanks Tanya <3

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  32. Thank you!! It does feel good!

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  33. Oh man, grout lines will haunt me for life because of the old countertop...they are awful!

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  34. I love everything you did with your kitchen!
    The white cabinets are great, and the back splash... OMG!
    I also love the colorful knobs.
    Congrats!
    Kisses from Brazil!

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  35. Thank you <3

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  36. Wow, this looks amazing! Great job on your renovation-- I love it!

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  37. Thank you!

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  38. Love love love! Everything looks great! The cabinet knobs are especially awesome!

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  39. thank you ♥

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  40. Your kitchen looks fantastic and I am completely in love with that backsplash. LOVE.

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