My husband and I recently bought our first home! It has been an exciting and stressful time for our family, as any homeowner can attest to. When shopping for a home, we knew we weren't afraid of doing renovations and would love the opportunity to make a house our own. In addition to other updates throughout the interior of the home, we did a significant aesthetic renovation on our kitchen, and I am so excited to share it with you!!
We planned to spend a couple weeks doing updates before moving in so we didn't need to live in the mess of a renovation. Here is what it looked like before:
Our home was built in the late 1990s, and it shows. From the massive intercom system (remember how cool those were??), to the maple colored cabinets, to the laminate counter tops, the kitchen was a bit outdated. The kitchen does not get much natural light, so we knew we wanted to brighten it up with new lights and cool colors.
I am a VERY lucky girl because my dad has always purchased and renovated his previous homes and I've been able to watch his process. I love shopping at home improvement stores, and although I'm design-challenged, I love Pinterest and know how to put together what I like. I'm also VERY lucky because my husband isn't afraid of a big project and he usually shares my preferences for design. So... we got to work on our do-it-yourself kitchen renovation!
A lot of things happened before we took this picture... they removed the old countertops, took out that intercom and patched the wall, started painting the cabinets, and even took a saw to the island to bring it down to one level! While my dad made some great points about how a two-level island is a good design choice to separate the living room and dining room, I needed and wanted the additional counter space and had my eyes on some beautiful granite pieces, so we chose to level it!
I was lucky again here because one of our amazing friends is an electrician so he was able to move our island outlets to the sides and make sure the disposal and dishwasher were up to code. Apparently that's important! ;)
This picture above also shows the cool green that we first selected for the kitchen. I loved this color, but you'll see below that we ended up changing our minds once the kitchen came together.
One of the most drastic changes in this kitchen was the painting of the cabinets. Ideally, we would have been able to invest in new cabinets, or at least new doors, but we decided to save the money for other projects and paint the kitchen cabinets. If you're considering this project, my best piece of advice is to not do what you see in the picture above - make sure to keep the doors horizontal because we ended up with drips from the thick cabinet paint. We're still working to smooth those out, but I love how the color came out otherwise!
Easily my favorite, and most costly, update to this kitchen is the new granite countertop. My husband and I spent time shopping around to decide what we liked. We were able to combine our love for white and gray countertops to decide on this white seagull granite! Check out that island layout on the granite slab!
Installation day was an amazing day!! I love how the granite looks in the kitchen, and you can also see the new pendant lights over the island we changed out with the existing recessed lights.
We added an above the counter microwave, which you can see in this picture. I wanted to make sure I didn't have to share my counterspace with a microwave, and there was plenty of space above the stove for one. You can also see a glimpse of the gray color that we painted the walls in place of the green. It's the same gray we have in our living room so we just extended it into the kitchen. We like the continuity much more now!
Our final kitchen project was a tile backsplash. I shopped around and loved so many of the choices out there right now. I had my eye on a marble herringbone design, but it was actually too eye-catching. I wanted the granite to remain the star of the show, so we went with a basic white and gray subway tile with frost colored grout. As it was the final project, here is the final product:
So there it is! I just love how my vision came together, and I still can't believe the difference from the 90s kitchen we had before, to the one we have now! Here is a comparison of before/after renovations:
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!