House Tour: Kitchen Before and After

So I have a confession for you….I’ve always been a bit leary of doing a house tour. It just seems kinda egotistical. I’ve never felt that way by reading other people’s house tour posts, which is weird. I love all the house tours I see out there and don’t feel strange about theirs at all, but doing my OWN house tour…I don’t know. Can’t really say I was hip on the idea.

UNTIL…we gave our kitchen a face lift. Ha. Let me tell you, I saw instantly why people were so excited to share what they have done. You put all this hard work into a room and realize that it doesn’t get viewed very often. Not to mention that we found a bunch of easy ways to make our kitchen look great for very little money. So, with these thoughts in mind, I decided to do a little house tour with you. Over the next couple months I’ll show you the rooms in our house and what we did to make them look like they do. I’d love to see some of your house tours as well! If you have done one recently, or do one in the future, would you share it? It’s always so much fun to see people’s houses.

So our kitchen. I have a weird thing about kitchens. They really are the most important room in the house to me. The kitchen and the family room. Those two rooms matter. I guess it’s because I spend so much time there. Want in on a little secret? I clean the kitchen and family room EVERY NIGHT. The rest of the house I pick up only when I’m up to it. Shhhhh….don’t tell anyone. :)

Anyway, when we bought our house there were two things I absolutely hated about it. Only two things, everything else was livable.

1. the interior paint color

2. the dated kitchen

Honestly, there was really nothing horribly wrong with either of those two things, but I knew that they would drive me nuts in the years to come if I didn’t change it slightly. So therefore, the most money in the house has been spent on paint and kitchen appliances, namely the refrigerator and range. ha. You would be amazed at what a couple nice coats of paint can do.

So I guess for you to get my point, you have to see the before. Here it is:

Not bad right? But very dated. Stained oak cabinets and trim, formica countertops, ceramic tile flooring….

It had a couple things about it that was amazing. First the layout was nice. Also, it had this beautiful brick work in it.

And a lovely breakfast nook, which I was SO excited about….

and a nice desk area with additional cabinets

But overall, it just wasn’t ME. Thankfully, there wasn’t too much we couldn’t do ourselves, except for the painting as we needed to move in pretty quickly and if we decided to paint the entire house {everything was this color} we would be at it for MONTHS. Even my contractor brother who says you can everything yourself said there was no way we could do that job. So we had to hire a team of painters {which took them almost 3 weeks to do the job!!}. Otherwise, most everything we were able to do on our own time and on the side.

Side note here: My wonderful General Contractor father in law would come every other weekend and work on this kitchen with Brandon. They did almost everything themselves. I adore those two and feel so grateful for them.

You can see my Pinterest home board here to see what I was thinking design wise. I loved the brick and really wanted to go with an old bakery feel. I knew with painted cabinets we would lean more that way anyway. So, after the painters left, we started the tedious job of tearing out what we didn’t want, which included countertops, stove top, oven and this small countertop area next to the pantry. We did save all these cabinets though…keep your eye out for them in a second. :)

And yes, we did this all AFTER the kitchen was painted. It was a major pain, but again, we needed to move in and since we were doing the “face lift” in our spare time, we knew it would take a while. Notice also in the picture a trash compactor to the bottom right?? Well, more on that one later too. :)

So now that you know what it looked like before, here’s the after picture:

From this angle you can see that we tore out the stove top and added a range where the refrigerator was supposed to be. We put a built in fridge where that section of cabinets came out of. We also added marble countertops {thanks to a GREAT deal from my dad’s countertop lady}, subway tile backsplash, a farmhouse sink and glass in the cabinet next to the sink. Oh and hardwood floors. I am proud to say that my husband and his dad did those with some help from Johnny Watkins, a young man from our new church. :)

Here’s the breakfast nook. Again, Brandon and his dad built the window seat.

A couple special things about this room… the table is a repurposed table that Brandon put together for me. We found the base {Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic base} on Craigslist and then found the table top at Goodwill {it was a table before Brandon cut it off}. He refinished the top himself. I have a DIY post for that coming up soon.

The chairs are from Target and were a wedding gift from Brandon’s parents. They are a bit small for the table now but I love them, they are so easy to clean. While we were on our honeymoon I saw that Bon Appetit sign in the Disney World France pavillion. Brandon bought it for me and gave it to me for our first Christmas. The green pillows were finds from Homegoods and Ross and the white pilliows were oldies from my mom’s stash. They are at least 30 years old. :)

The seat cushions are the most expensive things in the room. I bought them from here and I made slipcovers for them using an ebook from this blog and material from here. The chandelier is from here and the round piece above the chandelier {someone please help me, I can’t remember what it’s called????} is from a vintage store down the street from our house. It was $4! I made the cord cover…have a DIY for that one too. :)

So I knew I wanted a farm house sink, but WOW…have you ever priced those suckers? Uhhh, no we couldn’t afford one. I finally found this one {ps, I think they raised the price, we paid a $100 less}, for more than half the price of a regular farmhouse sink. Still more than what I wanted to pay, but trust me when I say, its gorgeous!! It looks just like the expensive ones.

Our faucet is from the same site, here, and we chose to attach the dishwasher to the garbage disposal, so we only had 3 holes. I thought it looked more vintage that way. To fit the sink in, my father in law had to cut a space out and then fill it in. He cut down the cabinet doors, we didn’t buy anything new for that area. He did a great job!

The subway tile was from home depot, and it cost no more than $75 to do the entire wall. Brandon’s dad put it in and Brandon grouted it. The dishwasher was a craigslist find.

We wanted a professional range {who doesn’t??} But couldn’t afford the Viking or Wolf. We chose the American Range and it was MUCH cheaper than the others and just as good quality. Since we had a such a high powered range, we needed a good hood, which I admit, has been our biggest struggle in the kitchen. We didn’t want to tear out the cabinet as then we would have to repaint the ceiling and the wall, so we needed something that didn’t cost an arm and a leg that would fit in the cabinet. Luckily for us, our local appliance shop had a Viking insert that was being clearanced out that fit perfectly in the cabinet. If you are familiar with Viking, you know you have buy everything separately so it didn’t come with a fan. My father in law took the fan from the stove top we tore out and connected it. Genius, and free! :)

Once we had the insert in though, we didn’t know if needed a skirt. We went back and forth about it for about a month and finally one day I saw a magazine picture of a plain hood, so Brandon put up some trim and it looks AMAZING. I really, really love it and was only $25 compared to the $300 or $400 a stainless steal skirt would have cost. Thank God for that one!

Remember the trash compactor? Well, it HAD to go. Can’t stand those things. But Brandon loves it so it is currently being used in the garage. :) Anyway, I needed more cabinet space, so my father in law got a $59 oak cabinet section from Lowe’s and put the door and the drawer in the place of the compactor. Brandon built some shelves inside. I also needed more drawer space, so my dad in law took out the long blank that was there and added two drawers we had from the cabinets that was pulled out of the fridge area. It’s all a bit off and mis matched, but what bakery kitchen isn’t?!?

And last but not least the area where the fridge went. We didn’t plan it this way, but we had to get a built in fridge for this area. I am not proud of the fact that this item is the most expensive thing in the house. Oh boy. But it is pretty amazing and does make the kitchen I think. Notice the drawers to the left??

Well, that is the cabinet that was in the fridge spot. My father in law is amazing, that is all I can say. He cut the cabinet down and made it fit in the area where the old oven was. So now I have PLENTY of drawer space!!

The microwave is the very last thing that needs to be tackled. Because its such an odd space, we need to purchase a special microwave and to be honest, we just can’t bring ourselves to do it right now. Hopefully soon we can make the jump. We’ll keep you posted on that one.

The wooden stool was a craigslist $40 find and the apron hanger holding my collection is from Anthro.

Well, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed the kitchen tour! It’s been so much fun to do, and to be honest, not as expensive as we had planned. You CAN make your kitchen work for you, just be creative. You don’t always have to knock it all out and start over. :)

Again, I’d love to see your kitchen if you’ve done a post on it, just leave your link in the comments! Thanks for reading…xoxo

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16 thoughts on “House Tour: Kitchen Before and After

  1. 1
    Malissa says:

    Wow! That looks really great! Looks totally different! I am going to follow you on pinterest right now!

  2. 2
    Hanna says:

    Wow!!! This is stunning! Amazing! My house looks like a shack compared to this! Gorgeous Amy! I hope one day to have like that:) many blessings to you!!!

  3. 3
    Summer says:

    Amy you are my hero! LOVE it…You truly inspire me!

  4. 4
    Michelle says:

    Thanks for sharing, it looks amazing! Looking forward to seeing the rest of your house as you finish the rooms!

  5. 5
    Emily says:

    It’s beautiful Amy! Wow.

  6. 6
    evystree says:

    Thanks Emily. Love you! xoxo come over soon.

  7. 7
    Luisa says:

    Oh my word..Your kitchen looks really pretty:) I’m a faithful blog follower of yours now:)Lol

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    Kassie says:

    Amy, it looks beautiful! I cannot wait for our kitchen to be done. May will be a year and it’s still not finished! (almost, though)
    I have to say I fought for the farmhouse sink and so glad I did. It’s the prettiest thing in our kitchen! And my husband ended up agreeing with me that it’s much prettier than a regular sink.
    Oh- the round things that go on the ceiling above a light is a “medallion”. I only know because we’ve recently bought 3 of them! lol
    I also felt the same way about a house tour until Christmas and everyone was posting them, so I didn’t feel so odd about doing one of our Christmas house. Even still, I feel like I’m boasting…but oh well. ;) However, EVERY room will be toured as they’re finished. It’s too much work to not share with SOMEONE. :)
    BTW – I LOVE your range. I wanted one of those in stainless steel or red. But this is not our “forever” house, so we figured why spend all that on a stove we’d leave behind? Hopefully next house!
    Ok, love your house. Long comment is over…

  9. 9
    Su says:

    Beautiful job with your kitchen, so modern and fresh looking. Lovely

  10. 10

    I like reading through an article that can make men and women think. Also, thanks for allowing for me to comment!

  11. 11
    Lucy says:

    Love your kitchen makeover! Our kitchen has similar layout. I want to do something like you . Can you share about how much did you get yours done from before and after?

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    Chris Enright says:

    Love your kitchen remodel- right in the middle of mine right now. Can you tell me the name of your counters? I love them!! thank you so much!

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