It’s been a long hard road with this kitchen. When we bought the house, we figured we would get to it ASAP. As the expenses of home-owning built up, the full kitchen reno kept getting pushed back. Even though most of the kitchen renovation work is being DIY’ed, we are no kitchen experts and we even messed up a few times (here with painting the fridge and then painting everything with matte white). Also, do you know how to DIY a fridge, microwave, dishwasher or stove? We don’t. How cool would that be if we did…hmmmm… So, here is where we humbly began with our not-touched-since-the-80s kitchen:
We did a major update post here if you want a recap. Or a quick list, if you will.
- replaced the floors
- replaced the fridge
- replaced the stove
- added a microwave
- replaced the countertops
- painted the French doors red
- refinished cabinets
- added new hardware (1/2 of it)
- refinished door handles on French doors
- installed backsplash behind 1/2 the counters
- installed decorative wood
When we completed all that (with a bunch of mistakes along the way), we humbly landed here.
I can do without the cabinet hardware (but keep the drawer hardware happily), but other than that we are excited about where we are ending up, except for one huge problem.
When we installed the wood countertops, we were super stoked! We DIY’ed the heck out of them, with a lot of preparation and research – we dove in to say the least. Then with a little wear and tear, they became……….annoying. Yep. We have to oil them all. the. time. Then while cooking we realized we avoid placing the spoon or spatula on the counters, even after cleaning them well. So we started rethinking the kitchen counters. We love wood countertops, but don’t like the high gloss/finished look, and sadly that’s what they are going to look like if we are going to have them be sanitary. With a new baby who is about to start eating food, we want to make sure the kitchen is the cleanest it could be, and we have to revisit those countertops for real. So back to the moodboard.
Same backsplash, same appliances, same feel – better decisions. Here are the changes. We got three matching (& amazing) lights at Barn Light Electric.
At $124 a pop, we couldn’t resist these brass beauties. These are the only things making us rethink the finish of the hardware.
After much thought and playing around with a pretty handy tool on this site, We were able to do a mock up of the kitchen with the counters we picked from VT Industries, but not without a lot of debate and polling you guys on our Instagram!
After ordering some fine laminate samples, Joey decided he really liked the Roman Limestone finish.
I, on the other hand, really like the Calcutta Marble finish.
I think for the first time I won one based off of readers voting! Thanks guys – I am confident we made the right choice!
The next step is to have a fabrication and installation company who works with VT Industries come out and speak with us about getting these countertop’s installed.
We have just one more decision to make before hand, and maybe ya’ll can help out again!
Which edge profile do you like best?
This kitchen renovation is going to be a four part series over the next few months! Be sure to follow us on Instagram and check out #MAHAHKitchenReno to see the progression and help us make decisions.