Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Ok guys, time to show off a ton of hard work!  Our kitchen!  It's not 100% done, but little finishing details can take a while, so thought I'd share now.....because who knows when the baseboards will all go on!
Here's a quick look at what we've done below:

But you gotta see where we's the real estate's brochure photos of the previous owner and configurement of the room:

sunshine ceiling, small eating nook, small kitchen....

here's some nasty before pics of when we first moved in and started demo'ing:

we knew right away we had to take that wall down between the kitchen and the formal dining room! little did we know how much money and time it would take!  but seriously, so worth it!

this wall just had to go!

a little child labour ;)

starting to visualize a large open space....

a large steel beam was necessary because a small section of the kitchen ceiling was load bearing

we framed right over the dining room windows so we'd have a space for the fridge and pantries.  sad to loose windows, but storage was more necessary and the strange angles of that wall would've been impossible to work with.  and there's light transfer from the front to the back and vice versa, so no big light loss....

LOVE IKEA cabinets.....just lots of assembling....that's why you save $$$

wanted as large an island as I could squeeze in!

so much oak!  so much priming, sanding and painting :(

but all the hard work started to pay off!

we now have a truly open concept on the main floor.....3 rooms connected without walls!

we just bought more of the same hardwood and continued it.  i'm assuming with some time, sunlight and wear and tear, it'll start to look like the original in the house.....or if we get real ambitious, we'll refinish it all at some point!

this is where the dining room windows and bump out were!
and yes, i still have to put some filler above the fridge to fill the gap!

because we had to put in a beam and the large pantry cabinets were higher than the beam on either side....we were left with a gap......but we also had a left over gable, so we chopped it up into a cool little display shelf in between the two.  it's literally where the previous wall we tore down was!

still have to silicone the edges of the tile and put in a bit of filler in the corner cabinet, but we're getting dangerously close to being finished :)

herringbone tile tile made to look more impressive, but BEWARE, it's time consuming and painful to install!!  gorgeous in the end tho!

love this gold faucet!! (delta)

the gold hardware is my favorite.....searched on pinterest for exactly what i wanted and was able to get connected with the company!  (school house electric)

thank you urban barn for discontinuing these!  snagged for $23 each!!

baseboards still needed on this side!

spray painted this little table gold....  "EAT" sign from Michael's

knew i wanted to save money on lighting because we needed to do the entire house.....but wanted a white antler chandelier, i created money in the budget for this beauty!

we already had this sectional which we had bought for our previous home, so it's a tad large for this space.....especially when the bar was still in.  so we opted to take that out, and just paint chalk board paint on the walls....freed up some walking room and allowed us to squeeze this mammoth sectional in, which we still love!  (urban barn - coffee table, kitchen table and sectional....rug - walmart)

we also extended the kitchen/eating nook out a few feet so we'd have room for a larger table, since we now had lost the formal dining room in lieu of a larger kitchen.  measuring everything was so needed to make sure we knew what we'd end up!

we really didn't have money for new railing......but knew that the old had to we bought new posts, kept the handrail parts.....then my dad came up with an ingenious way to create a cable railing system for a fraction of the real stuff!  i'll post about it later!  but what a shocking difference it makes hey??  a little nautical, a little modern.....a little "beach house!"

 Ok, that's it!  A big post I know, I know!  But a seriously big job!!

Some quick sourcing info for ya:

Antler Chandelier: The Shabby Antler
Island Lights, Kitchen Table, Island Stools, Family Room Coffee Table, Sectional: Urban Barn
Cabinets:  IKEA
Kitchen Table Chairs:  Target
Range Hood:  IKEA
Kitchen Sink:  Blanco
Blinds:  Hunter Douglas
Decorative Items:  Chapters and Homesense (majority)
Kitchen Hardware:  School House Electric
Wall Color:  Ralph Lauren's "Brilliant White"
Trim, Built-in's, Panelling:  Behr's Ultra Pure White (untinted)