Once upon a time a family moved into a new-to-them house 10 days before hosting Christmas. Moving day was beautiful (they wore shirt-sleeves in Ontario in December!) and everything went smoothly. The family unpacked and rearranged and ordered new furniture. The house was ready just in time for company to arrive and over the next few days a good time was had by all.
After the visitors left, this family plotted and planned a much needed kitchen renovation – with a smallish budget and a hoped-for short timeline.
However this family also decided to live life while renovating; nothing was put on pause. Sports, church, holidays all continued at a dizzying pace, as modern family life is bound to do.
And alas, the family has lived in the new-to-them house for nine months – and the kitchen renovation has not yet been completed.
Have you guessed that we are that family? 🙂
With all of the happenings of life, once we got the kitchen to a functional point, we sort of just stopped working on it. Since the necessities were in place, the pretty things sort of just fell to the bottom of the long “new” house to-do list.
In the spring we set a goal of finishing the kitchen by the end of summer.
Well summer has come and gone and we still aren’t finished.
But now with another holiday approaching (which not-so-coincidentally we’re hosting) we’ve been working almost non-stop to get things ship shape.
Kitchen Renovation Progress as of September 2013
So here’s where I show you the progress we have actually made and give a run-down list of what’s left to do (à la Young House Love). But first a before photo just for fun!
A little bit dark and aged, yes?
And now here’s where we’re at with the renovations and changes so far…
Things left to do
- finish installing laminate through kitchen/side door foyer
- install toe kick around new drawer unit and breakfast bar
- install quarter round where needed
- fix invisible door on stool side of breakfast bar
- paint breakfast bar
- add crown molding to bulkhead
- make and install custom decorative range hood over microwave
- touch up paint on painted cabinets (they’ve gotten some dings during subsequent renos)
- wash backsplash (didn’t wash it all after grouting – it’s still kind of cloudy!)
- move chandelier electric box (no more swagged chandy)
- add magnetic metal sheeting to interior of cupboard door for spices (so they’re not cluttering up the fridge anymore)
- find a third vintage yellow Tupperware scoop (for the sugar jar – the other two scoops belonged to my Mom)
- add dividers to utensil drawer for better organization
- find more comfortable stools for breakfast bar
- paint trim around side door
- change side door hardware
- get a tray for under the dog dishes (don’t really want them on the new floor!)
But if you compare what’s left to do to what we have done, it doesn’t seem so bad!
Things we’ve done
- Paint walls light grey
- Paint cupboards
- Install a full-size dishwasher
- Install an over-the-range microwave
- Add storage (industrial shelves for pantry storage)
- Add breakfast bar/hanging out seating
- Add mini-fridge
- Install open wall shelving
- Install stainless steel counters
- Remove old backsplash and install white subway tile backsplash (to the ceiling around window)
- Install new lighting over sink
- Install chandelier over breakfast bar
- Install new blinds
- Install new faucet
- Create a command center (mainly to get all the papers off the fridge!)
A few of my favorite things
There are definitely many things I adore about our new (but not quite finished) kitchen. One of them is how light and bright it is. Here are a few other favorites.
My stripey Dash & Albert rug on the new hand-scraped laminate.
The view from the stove – through the dining room, living room and right out to the driveway.
One of my Christmas gifts from Dean.
1. Space beside the stove for prepping (there were no counters next to the stove at the Bungalow). 2. A tray of often used cooking items readily at hand.
My brand new Price Pfister Hanover faucet. It totally beats the pants off our old faucet, which was so short that you had to remove the nozzle just to fill a pitcher. Our pretty new Hanover is smooth, tall and gorgeous! Dean also says it was the easiest faucet he’s ever installed. Honestly it was installed in no time on Saturday morning. Probably due to this tool that came with the faucet:
I don’t know what they call that thing, but Dean was thrilled he didn’t have to try to get a wrench between the two sinks to install the faucet.
Plus the pull down feature, 360 degree swivel, spray and stream functions are so stinking smooth and easy to use!!! I keep visiting the sink just to play with Hanover!
And now the sink/window wall is such a pretty focal point with the warehouse pendant and the swan-like neck of the Pfister faucet! So pretty!
So, that’s where the kitchen is at right now. Hopefully we will be completely finished really soon. But who knows. Life is weird sometimes.
Do you have any projects that have taken longer then you thought they would? What is your favorite of our kitchen updates so far?
P.S. We purchased or made a lot of what’s in our kitchen so far. BUT…
- Pfister sent us a faucet to review – and we honestly truly LOVE it!
- The floors – that are as yet unfinished – are from Lumber Liquidators and are part of #projectlaminate.
- The Home Depot gave us a gift card that we put towards the beadboard around the new breakfast bar.
- Homesav gave us credit that we used to purchase the crystal chandelier.
None of these companies told us which products to choose or made us say nice things about them. Our words are our own and we appreciate their contributions immensely!