Tuesday, November 27, 2012

my beautiful new kitchen!

I finally got around to taking pictures of our (mostly) finished kitchen and I figured I'd show you before it gets all Christmas-y up in here. But before we get started, let's just take a look at what we had when we got here:

It was teeny. There was no counter space. There were green counter tops. And now...NOW!

Can you believe it? 

The storage! The counter space! The pretty glass-front cabinets!

There are still a few things to do, like add crown molding to finish off the space between the cabinets and the ceiling. I also want to make a window treatment and whiten the grout. New floors aren't in the budget, but I can at least brighten them up a bit. So far, we're loving the butcher block counters. I think they're beautiful and they're holding up very well. And the IKEA cabinets are great. They're so well-made and functional. I would absolutely recommend them.

For the back splash, we spent a total of $50. Beadboard, baby! We just cut the pre-primed paneling to size and painted it in Valspar's Carolina Inn Club Aqua. I love it because it reminds me of Chapel Hill and because it's exactly the color I had in my mind. It's like a smoky blue-green. Perfect.

I'm not lying when I say that I fix my coffee in the morning and just stand there, looking around and smiling. I love it.

Can you believe how far we've come?

10 friends said...:

  1. Oh my gosh, I love EVERYTHING about this kitchen! It looks so sunny and happy! Maybe you've mentioned this before, but did you install the Ikea counters and cabinets yourself or did you hire a contractor? And can you give some more details on how you did the backsplash? $50 is so cheap! OBSESSED. I love it.

    1. Thanks, Ginna! We ended up hiring out most of the work, minus the demo and a few other finishing touches. With Andrew's schedule, there was no way we could pull it off ourselves. I'll probably do a follow-up post to talk more about those things! Backsplash included :) It was so super easy!

  2. i'm DROOLING. now excuse me while i go pray for forgiveness for coveting. goodness GRACIOUS!

    1. Haha! Thanks, Kim! Now please go repent.

  3. I've seen this kitchen up close and personal and it's better than it looks,
    Nanny Dee

  4. I love it! I would stand around grinning with coffee-in-hand, too.

    Miss you girl! xo

  5. Haha! I might also have done the same thing if I saw my kitchen like that in the morning. :P Your kitchen has transformed from simple to extravagant, Page. Spending $50 for the backsplash was worth it.

    Randell Jeffries

  6. I agree with Randell! With this transformation, I can’t see any hint of how your kitchen looked like before. I’m glad that your kitchen is now free of clutter! I can even feel its very inviting aura!

    -Anthony Selby


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