Daily Archives: February 29, 2016

Kitchen Refresh On A Budget

Remember this kitchen disaster?  Well, we fixed it.

White Kitchen

Taadaa!

At many one point, I didn’t think we’d be able to pull it off  – I don’t advise remodeling while 8 months pregnant, without a contractor. Scheduling was definitely a challenge, but I have to say I’m so pleased with the results! What started as a basic cabinet update turned in to a complete cosmetic overhaul – new counters, floors, backsplash, sink and fridge. Oops.

I’ve included more details and sourcing, below, but for now let’s enjoy some before and after pics, ya?

Before: had to dig into the archives from when we bought the house…

Kitchen Old

After: Still bright, but updated: 

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and then these hams had to get in on the action
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Counters: The only modification we made to the counter, was shorten the island to make more space for the walkway, and add an elevated bar. We found Vermont Danby marble from Arizona Tile here in the metroplex. Metroplex Granite helped us choose a slab, cut it based on my preferences with the pattern, and installed it seamlessly within a few weeks. We absolutely love the look, but I’ll be honest we’ve noticed some etching over time. I’m basically the counter-gustapo at all times, wiping and cleaning, wiping and cleaning. This should get interesting with a toddler…

Cabinets: We basically gutted the cabinets but kept the frames intact, and ordered new cabinet fronts and drawers from Cabinet Doors Depot. They arrived ready to drill flush hinges, which made installation a heck of a lot easier for us. We hired painters to come do a thorough sweep of all cabinets, doors, frames and fronts – I chose Simply White to keep things clean and crisp.

Floors: The floors took 4 full days of careful handiwork, but our guys did an amazing job. We ordered the porcelain tile from Home Depot, which turned out to be pretty easy to work with, and used light grey grout via this inspo pic.

Backsplash: Subway tile for the win! So easy, so economical, so clean. We extended the backsplash up behind the stove, which made the biggest difference (before we had a nasty spice rack). It made the whole room feel more cohesive.

DFW Steam Cleaning came out and sealed our counter tops and backsplash – which I highly recommend to protect your kitchen.

Happy remodeling!

Jack playing with Rudy's cup Jack and Rudy's Cup