Friday, January 14, 2011

[ my kitchen reveal ]

WELL JUDGING from all of your comments on my before pics, I wasn't alone in my thinking about the overload of pine! Painting it out made a huge difference but my favourite thing is the new layout - much more open, access to the patio and who doesn't love an island?


our splurge:
Since the main reason for our reno was replacing that silly L-shaped sink and the damaged countertop, they were at the top of our shopping list. There were a few things that I had my heart set on that I knew I wasn't going to compromise on: a marble countertop on the island and a farmer's sink. My guy wanted granite and a gas stove. So knowing that we would be splurging on marble and granite, we would need to reel in the expenses on the rest of the kitchen. 

how we saved:
We started shopping for a new stove and visited clearance centres to get the best deal. [tip: shop with flexibilty and an open mind - we landed a great deal on a display model 36" Wolf cooktop instead of finding a 30" stove so that meant rethinking the plan to make it work]. We found a hood the same width on clearance and bought a piece of stainless steel from a metal fabricator for the backsplash for a fraction of what the Wolf hood unit cost. We found a clearance pot drawer unit at Home Depot to support the cooktop, and a trip to IKEA for drawer pulls and backsplash accessories and our cooktop area was looking all right!

Since we now had a cooktop instead of a stove, we asked around and landed wall ovens and their cabinet that had been used at a trade show from my guy's work. And it would fit our existing microwave. Total score!! Since we now had some stainless, we needed a new matching fridge and dishwasher and I wanted a beverage fridge in the island - off to Lowe's to find something decent but not expensive. We found the marble subway tile at Lowe's as well which we knew would help tie in the marble on the island. A farmer's sink at the big box store was over $2000 but a visit to a kitchen/bath store landed us a Shaws Original sink from England for a 1/3 of the price.

We did all the work ourselves: drew up the plan using our existing cabinets; demolition; repositioned cabinets to form an island; installed cooktop, stainless steel backsplash and hood; moved upper cabinets over to accommodate hood, moved the sink plumbing; built sink cabinet and installed sink and faucet; trimmed out island, installed a plug into the island; put up backsplash tile; built wine rack; installed toekicks and crown moulding; installed an industrial pendant over the dining area; and painted. The only thing we didn't do was install the marble and granite.

Sorry... that was wordy!! Now on to the pics!!




and a few of the details...






So there you have it - our luxury kitchen on a budget! It was a lot of work but I'm thrilled with how it turned out. The space is brighter, fresher and much less dated. And since it's open to the living room, dining room and front door, it makes the space much prettier. I think I got the look and feel that I was after in my inspiration shots.


So let's take a look at it again...
before:

after:
[I don't even mind the pine ceiling anymore!]



Thanks so much for following along! Happy weekend!

lisa

cabinet paint: Benjamin Moore cloud white
island paint: Restoration Hardware seafoam
cabinet primer: BIN by Zinsser 




68 comments:

Pinecone said...

Oh my goodness, I loveeeee your kitchen. It is so warm, bright, beautiful. Great sink...love the island! You guys did an amazing job.
Ashlyn

Formerly known as Frau said...

Wow! I can't believe what a difference! It's absolutely gorgeous .....love everything you did! Stove top and sink omg....favorite!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Your attention to detail is amazing. I can't wait to share this with a friend of mine who is tossing around the idea of painting her cabinets, she'll love this.

It must feel wonderful to have the project complete.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Bravo!! Standing ovation really, such a wonderful transformation, I love it. It's bright, cheery, cozy and chic with so many great features. You must love being in there now.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Oh, Lisa, it's lovely! I'm totally coveting your light and your tap (do yuo say faucet?). They're utterly gorgeous. What an amazing redo. I love it!

And I'm loving your blog too. I'm *your* new follower!

Sarahx

anita @ a dreamer's den said...

WOW, wow and wow!!
It is Fantastic. I simply love everything you've done.
Congratulations.

benson said...

hello gorgeous. Great job and result!

Lissa @ After Adornment said...

Amazing transformation! And WOW that you guys did it all yourselves. I love all the details and finishes and you are right...the pine ceiling looks so good now!

Leanne said...

just new to your blog...hi!
love the new kitchen, pretty and fresh. love your work too...i'm in huntsville...have a great day. stay cozy...

Privet and Holly said...

This is beyond
gorgeous, girlie!
Love how you
cobbled all together
and made it happen
just as you visualized.
I'd like another shot
of that tiered light
fixture that I saw in
the background as I'm
currently looking to
update a few around
Chez P&H!!
Wonderful post.
Have a great weekend!
xx Suzanne

Coco Coterie said...

M is for magnificent!! I love the sink! xox Alexandra

Razmataz said...

Lisa, it is absolutley fabulous. What a difference. I do love those appliances and the marble top.

Katy @ Pie Bird Blog said...

Holy cow! This is so fabulous. You had me at double ovens - then cinched the deal with a granite island. So great :)

Meeling said...

Wow!!! Gorgeous Lisa....absolutely beautiful. You did a great job and really scored some deals. There is a lot of satisfaction in doing a big project like that yourself.

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos.

April said...

holy cow thats amazing ♥

Your new kitchen is gorgeous - great work!

Ryan said...

Beautiful kitchen! I'm jealous

Angela said...

It really turned out great!

Lala's Pequenos said...

to have that kitchen! swooon!

All things nice... said...

Good job! Looks lovely, you must be delighted

All things nice...

Aimee@ the Functional Space said...

You weren't kidding. What a wonderful transformation!! Even better that you did all that hard work yourselves. Love it.

Terry said...

wow, gorg! I'm so jealous!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

So beautiful! You made so many good decisions and your hard work and planning sure paid off! Love that you used the different paint on your island - love your sink! Really, everything is perfect. You must be enjoying it so much! Oh, I have your same rug! It's a good neutral! Thanks so much for sharing!

Marianne - Style For Living said...

Lisa, it is gorgeous! What a beautiful transformation!!!!

birdie blue said...

love the new kitchen. such beautiful results! it was sweet of you to share how you worked around your budgetary considerations.

xo
~molly

dreams on 34th street said...

Hi Lisa!...Your kitchen is beautiful! So lovely for cooking and entertaining! You must have the best feeling having finished such a stunning remodel! Wishing you a lovely weekend as well! *Lynne*

My Interior Life said...

Wow, what a transformation! White kitchens are so timeless and yours is beautiful! And how impressive that you did the work yourself and sought out bargains. Very smart.

Thanks for your comment. I'm glad we found each other!

Kathy

Red Door Home said...

Your new kitchen is perfection! Love everything. I am now a new follower.

Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Oh my HEAVENS....You've done a B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T job....I'm truely GOBSMACKED....I LOVE that you did all the major stuff yourselves & purchases were so well thought out....I take my hat off to you Lovey....!!

Now go sit down, put your feet up & have a NICE cold glass of whatevertakesyourFANCY....!!

Cheers from Oz,
Tamarah :o)

The Zhush said...

WOW, WOW, AND WOW!!! Great job...I will be showing this to a close friend who is looking to do some very similar things to her own kitchen..:)

The Zhush said...

PS: Would you mind telling me where you got that adorable chalk board?

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Oh WOW... your kitchen is just gorgeous!! I love that you kept the pine ceilings... it keeps the casual factor and adds warmth to the space. LOVE your marble countertops and, well... everything!! Your light fixture over your dining table is fabulous, too, btw!
I'm your newest follower. :)
Have a wonderful weekend!
~ Jo

Leanne said...

Hi Lisa I'm back!
Every spare minute I get I've been catching up on your beautiful blog...
I already knew about your goodies at The Finds...I love to shop there. When I first saw your purses and saw your name I did a double take. I worked with a Lisa Roy (owner of Shine in Huntsville) After the fire she had to close shop...so here I see the purses and I'm thinking "Lisa made these??" lol ....she really isn't the creative type.
Anyhoo...glad that we have made a connection...I'll be back. Often :)

anita @ a dreamer's den said...

Hi again -
I've passed along the Stylish Blogger Award to you!
:)

shari @ little blue deer said...

It came out beautifully! LOVE it! And I can't believe you did it yourselves, I think SOMEONE needs to go into the kitchen design business! XX!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Lisa, I am in love with your new kitchen!!!! You guys did an amazing job. It looks like something out of a magazine! The barstools are great and I'm sure they will get tons of use! The pine ceiling looks beautiful now and so unique. ~Val

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Get out, this is fabulous! What a transformation and I am so impressed that you did much of the work yourselves and made the island out of some of the cabinets. Very creative and resourceful thinking! Janell

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Wowzers...this is really amazing. I can't believe you did all of the work yourselves- so impressed. It turned out beautifully and congrats on such a fabulous make-over!

Kathysue said...

Lisa, you did an outstanding job in your layout and finish choices. You must be so happy everytime you cook a meal in your new kitchen, bravo!!! Kathysue

courtneyoutloud said...

I have kitchen envy and a huge crush on your mad DIY skills. Can I come for brunch? And seriously, the ceiling now makes the room in my opinion.......

barbara@hodge:podge said...

I am officially jealous! Love your kitchen. Sigh....I am living in a rental that is crying out for a paint job to cover the gads of oak!

Can't believe you did it all yourself. Amazing:)

SHERRY HART said...

Jaw dropping......I wouldn't change a thing!!!!!

Rambling Renovators said...

Wow - love your kitchen! You did a fabulous job. Thanks for leaving a kind comment on my blog. So glad to have found your blog!

pk @ Room Remix said...

Absolutely fabulous transformation, and how gratifying to have done all of the work yourselves!

for the love of a house said...

Your kitchen is FABULOUS Lisa! What an amazing renovation! I bet your missing all that pine though... not!!! I adore your faucet! I can only imagine how much you and your husband are enjoying this beautiful space!
Thank you for sharing it!

joan

sarah said...

love it! the stools are gorgeous too...

thanks for linking up Good Life Wednesdays, what fun!

Angie said...

Wow! I am in love with your kitchen, and you should be thrilled. It is beautiful. Enjoy it!

Angie
Linen + Verbena

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I love your kitchen!! It is a dream room. And you get to cook in there you lucky lucky girl!! So much beauty from the big things down to the little things, like the eggs sign which I adore!

life and the little things... said...

I love your kitchen!! I'm in the planning stages of re-doing my kitchen so thank you for so much inspiration. And now I'm giddy with excitement about visiting your shop...clutches with linen and flowers....oh my! I've been looking for a hand made handbag or clutch for a while. Can't wait to browse. Thanks for sharing on Good Life Wednesdays. Alison x

Cottage Dreamers said...

Oh my goodness! Your kitchen is gorgeous!
☺ Celeste

Third Avenue Style said...

Stunning result Lisa!

Katie

Patti's Artful Design said...

You kitchen redo is just stunning! Everything looks just beautiful! Congratulations on a job well done. Enjoy!

Deanne said...

what a fantastic kitchen makeover- well done to you and hubby, Love it!

tales from an oc cottage said...

I'm sorry...once I saw your sink, my mind went blank with lust! I am pathetic! {AMAZINGLY FAB RE-DO!!!!!}


m ^..^

Robynne's Nest said...

Hi Lisa, found your blog on Sarah's link party. Love your new kitchen...very clever and innovative with you savings. I noticed that you splurged on the tap (faucet)...the small details make a huge difference. I installed a new kitchen at home in Australia just before unexpectedly moving to the U.K. and put a beautiful (expensive) tap in...and it really looked amazing on the island bench. I vowed that when I moved out I would take the tap with me! You will enjoy every minute in your new kitchen...I did in mine for a few seconds! Robx

Pinecone Camp said...

It was a bit "piney" before, wasn't it? You did an amazing job - I LOVE your kitchen. The pine ceiling looks fabulous too.

paula said...

wow, now this is gorgeous!

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos said...

Lisa, this is fabulous! I'm with you... loving the marble and the farmhouse sink. I also adore the bridge faucet. Can't believe how much you did on your own... very impressive!

So thrilled that you found my blog. Love your style!

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Wow, you guys did an amazing job! DIY pros for sure, and great taste. Love it!

Melissa at HOUSEography said...

That is a pretty awesome before and after! Wow! Just found your blog and I love it. Keep up the good work!

Delcie Wardrop said...

You renewed kitchen looks fantastic. I can't wait to show my husband when he comes home. It's such an inspiration for me. We want to change our lay out a little too, to include a doorway onto the side verandah (possible sunroom/breakfast room).

Jennifer Rizzo said...

I think your kitchen looks completely amazing! Your really did a wonderful job. it's so bright and inviting!

Julie said...

OK .... you did an AMAZING job! Just found your blog and it's a great one! Fabulous! Dream kitchen for sure.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE what you have done with the kitchen! We have a very out-dated kitchen in the house we are in and I hate the layout. we need to re-purpose the cabinets because we can not afford to change them out at this time. I am nervous about painting them I want them to look good and hold up better. How are yours holding up and what finish paint did you choose? Also did you hand paint or use a paint sprayer? Thanks!

classic • casual • home said...

THIS IS GREAT! We have a condo in Mammoth, Ca where we spend half our time with the same "before" kitchen as yours. We can't spend as much as you did (after we did the renov. here). But I am so encouraged to do something similar to yours. Check out our kitchen at the beach... GREAT blog!

annie said...

I adore your kitchen! So beautiful, mine is similar, but there are touches you have that I need to warm it up a bit. very inspiring!

Becca said...

Wow! Such a gorgeous space! I love it so much! What is on the other side of your kitchen- does it look on to the living room?
Oh, I Love your money saving tips too!

Morning T said...

This is amazing Lisa- I would love to do the same thing in my kitchen, down to every last detail that you chose. Bravo!
xo~
T

Anonymous said...

Hi I absolutely love your kitchen. One of my favorite items is your bridge kitchen faucet. Would you mind sharing your source and the brand name. Many thanks
P. S. I just noticed the kitchen was from last year so I'm a little late asking but I just found your blog.

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