Posts Tagged ‘kitchen’

A while ago (in our Grout Dilemma post) we asked for your opinions on what color grout to go with the white subway tile that we picked out for our kitchen backsplash.  The majority of you went with white grout, which is what we ended up choosing!  Thank you for all your input. 

We went to several different tile/kitchen places for the subway tile and most places wanted between $2.50 and $3.50 per tile (for 3×6 white subway tiles).  We finally decided to go check out Home Depot to see if they had them and they didn’t, but someone there told us to go check out Lowes.  We are so glad we did because we got the tiles for $0.22 cents each!  This entire project with all the supplies cost us less than $85.oo! 

Here are a few before/prep shots:

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We spent one entire day installing the backsplash (about 7 hours), which was a little longer than expected.  Putting up each tile with the spacers and making all the cuts for the edges was really time consuming.  It’s a very messy DIY project too!

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We waited a full 48 hours before grouting, but that was quick and painless and we are very happy we went with the white grout!

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And finally everything is back in order and the only thing left to do now is the moulding on top of the cabinets.  Once that is done, a big kitchen reveal post will come!

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We’re extremely happy with how it came out!  What do you think?

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I had posted recently (here and here) about storage under the stairs, but I wanted to share the wonderful idea my grandpa had for his home many years ago using space above the stairs.

They had a totally empty wall in their kitchen and needed more storage for pots and pans so my grandpa cut a hole in the wall and used the empty space above the basement stairs.  He built the entire thing himself… drawers, doors, shelves, frame… and also installed lighting inside:

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Look at the storage he created!

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Now if only I could get them to replace the wallpaper… no, I have to say though it goes with the rest of the house.  It’s the cutest little upstate NY house you’ll ever see!

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Since today is my grandpa’s birthday, I thought this was the perfect time to showcase how handy and creative he was (and still is).

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I just started my subscription to House Beautiful and I am so inspired by it.  While browsing the website earlier I came across their image library where you can look through over 500 photos and refine your search based on color, style, room and pattern.

I found this photo when searching under foyers.  When we eventually get around to replacing the stairway in our foyer, we’d love to create this look with the fat white posts and dark stained banister.

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While searching under white I found this photo of a bedroom which is quite similar to ours in that we also have white bedding, white side lamps and dark cherry furniture.  We’d been trying to think of ideas for something to put at the end of our bed and love the look of this leather bench:

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Within the same search this beautiful kitchen photo showed up.  I just love white kitchens and we recently put up the same white subway tile backsplash (which I will be posting soon) in our kitchen:

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Renovating our kitchen hasn’t been easy (those who also took on a DIY kitchen renovation know that!) but the hardest part by far was installing the cabinets.  From the beginning we were toying with the idea of installing the cabinets ourselves and when Home Depot quoted us almost $2,000 for installation, that sealed the deal.  With the help of some family members, we got the cabinets installed over a few weekends.
Below is a reminder of what the kitchen looked like on the day we closed:

And what it looked like after demolishing the old and prepping for the new:        
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After almost exactly three months without a kitchen we finally had cabinets!   
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We worked with Home Depot to make some last minute changes before the cabinet order was final based on some suggestions from friends and family (and the HD designer himself).  One change that we’re glad we made was adding a corner shelving piece to the end of the upper cabinets:
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We also added a few other things like a hidden garbage, a lazy susan, roll-out drawers in the pantry and the cushion close option on each drawer:
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And finally, the completed cabinet installation with the appliances in place and the hardware installed (all the holes measured and drilled by yours truly!).  We chose rubbed bronze knobs for the doors and matching pulls for the drawers:    
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We are extremely happy with our experience at Home Depot and with the American Woodmark cabinets we chose.  Kitchen Renovation Parts V and VI to come…

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Something’s Gotta Give
I love the beachy blue striped rug in this living room and that adorable nook over the doorway on the left side of the photo with books lined up inside.  While I’m not one for white walls, they totally work in this room:

My dream kitchen.  I just love the look of white cabinetes with exposed hinges: 

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What I wouldn’t give to have a banister like this on our stairs!  
The subway tile in this bathroom is a great look and I absolutely love the pale green moulding around the window:

I never used to do this before I bought a house, but now I always find myself looking at every little detail in the set decor when watching a movie.

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Since we’ll have four glass front cabinets in our new kitchen, I’ve been collecting pictures as inspiration on how to arrange dishes, bowls and cups neatly inside.

glass front cabinet inspiration
courtesy of countryliving.com

glass front cabinet inspiration
courtesy of countryliving.com

glass front cabinet inspiration
courtesy of dominomag.com

glass front cabinet inspiration
courtesy of sunset.com

glass front cabinet inspiration
courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com

What’s your favorite look? Mostly white? Pops of color?

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Although our kitchen is almost finished (finally!), I’m going to take you step by step in separate posts from beginning to end.  Since we did it all ourselves (although we did call in a professional to install the granite countertops) it took a little longer to complete but we love how it turned out.

Our home was a foreclosure so before the bank took it over the previous owners decided to rip out almost the entire kitchen and take all the appliances except the broken fridge (which we got fixed). We knew this would be a big project, but how often do you get to design your own kitchen from scratch?!


On closing day

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Corner of kitchen where cabinets never existed

kitchen before

A few weeks after closing we went to Home Depot and met with an awesome designer (who designs your kitchen for you free of charge by the way), chose are cabinetry (American Woodmark Gettysburg White) and made our appointment for them to measure. About two weeks after measurement we went back to HD to see our design. After some tweaking and input from my husband and I, here is what we came up with:

Corner of kitchen where we are adding additional cabinetry (full pantry with roll-out trays, lazy susan, pull-out garbage)

More kitchen updates to come!

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