Heart Transplant Part 5–Remodeling our Kitchen, the Heart of the Home FINAL REVEAL

Christmas Home Tour 2016--Woodshop Diaries

I’ve never done a remodel before.  Like ever.  When we took on a kitchen remodel, I had no idea what to expect.  I mean, did you guys know that you can’t gut a kitchen and rebuild it in like two weeks when you only work on it at night after work during the biggest snow fall you’ve ever seen in your area in ten years?  Well neither did I.  I mean, WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?!  Why does this stuff take so long?

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It’s been quite the learning experience.  And quite the adventure.  Do you want to know all the dirty details?  Well, here’s a couple just for kicks and giggles…we found at least three whole mouse skeletons behind the paneling, vacuumed up my weight in mouse droppings after we took down the ceiling tiles, and found out that the wiring to our oven probably could have burned the house down any second.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of all the fun stories and details I could tell you about the remodel.  But that does also explain why we now have six cats….

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BUT, we all know you don’t care about that.  You’re all like SHOW ME THE PICTURES!!!  So let’s get to it 🙂

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Long story short, when we bought our home about 8 months ago, our kitchen looked like this.  Yellow (nacho cheese to be exact) walls, Spanish style backsplash, 7 foot (SEVEN!!) ceilings, dark and dated cabinets.  THAT COLUMN.  But seriously…..let’s go back to the NACHO CHEESE WALLS AND SPANISH TILE…whaaaaaaa??  Oh and Dad kept hitting his head on the light fixtures when he came over…because you know….7 FOOT CEILINGS.

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Not to mention the layout was SO WEIRD.  The room was so big, but the layout made it feel so small and cramped.  And those metal stairs to the never used attic took up half the kitchen!

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So we began in March with the demolition and ended the majority of the remodel in April. It was so nice to rip out all these things I didn’t like.  Putting things back was another story.

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We bought new cabinets, and replaced our old appliances.  That was the largest part of our budget.  We laid our own flooring, and I did all the trim work.  Danny, my dad, and his friend did the wiring for the new lights and moved the plumbing for the sink.  Dad’s friend taught us how to do drywall and that was a nightmare (SO. MUCH. DUST.).  I kind of understand why people use paneling now haha….I said KIND OF.

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Anyway, here are the “initial” final reveal pictures.  Further below you will find more recent pictures–from two years later 🙂

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Here are some more recent pictures of the kitchen (about two years after the remodel) all decorated at Christmas 🙂

Christmas Home Tour 2016--Woodshop Diaries

Christmas Home Tour 2016--Woodshop Diaries

Christmas Home Tour 2016--Woodshop Diaries

Christmas Home Tour 2016--Woodshop Diaries

Christmas Home Tour 2016--Woodshop Diaries

Christmas Home Tour 2016--Woodshop Diaries

Christmas Home Tour 2016--Woodshop Diaries

 

 

 

 

I am honestly surprised that it turned out as well as it did considering the only thing we’ve ever remodeled before was a hall closet and a master bedroom closet.  We had no experience with installing trim, or cabinets, finishing drywall, or putting down flooring, putting up backsplash, or designing kitchens.  But despite our lack of know how, it got finished, and it looks and functions so much better.  And it’s held up great, two years later 🙂  AND now I am addicted and want to remodel everything!! (You can check out what else we remodeled after this at these links: Laundry room, office, bathroom, bedroom.)

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So what’s my favorite part?  Don’t laugh, but it’s the windows.  They were already here before the remodel, but with the trim on them now, it’s like totally different windows!  Plus it was my FIRST EVER trim work.  And Danny was impressed.  And it takes a lot to impress Danny.  What’s your favorite part?

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If you’ve missed any of the remodel, you can read the whole story in these links here:

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Part 1: Getting Ready

Part 2: The Demo

Part 3: Putting it back together

Part 4: Almost done

Dark and Yellow to Bright and Airy Kitchen Remodel Reveal--Kitchen Remodel Part 5 Final Reveal--Woodshop Diaries

Keep your eyes peeled…we are staying super busy and have lots to show you soon!

 

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  1. Reply
    Adele Zavada
    July 13, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Love, love, love everything about this! The painted chandelier is so fun, and I adore the table, bench, and chairs. What color of paint did you use on your walls?

    1. Reply
      Shara
      July 13, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Thank you! The walls are repose grey sherwin Williams. We painted our kitchen and living room both this color and I love it! Eventually the whole house will probably be that color too haha!

  2. Reply
    Adele Zavada
    July 13, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Love, love, love everything about this! The painted chandelier is so fun, and I adore the table, bench, and chairs. What color of paint did you use on your walls?

    1. Reply
      Shara
      July 13, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Thank you! The walls are repose grey sherwin Williams. We painted our kitchen and living room both this color and I love it! Eventually the whole house will probably be that color too haha!

  3. […] my trim to match what I did with the kitchen windows when we remodeled. You can check those out here.  If you have a normal window (where your window sets back from the drywall some), […]

  4. […] my trim to match what I did with the kitchen windows when we remodeled. You can check those out here.  If you have a normal window (where your window sets back from the drywall some), […]

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    November 13, 2015 at 8:02 am

    […] March and April, the kitchen was torn apart and put back […]

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  7. […] ugly things and not have to see them.  The closet was actually our pantry until we remodeled the kitchen and then HALLELUJAH we got a pantry actually INSIDE the kitchen.  Which was (and still […]

  8. […] ugly things and not have to see them.  The closet was actually our pantry until we remodeled the kitchen and then HALLELUJAH we got a pantry actually INSIDE the kitchen.  Which was (and still […]

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    A Look Back at 2015 | Chasing A Dream
    January 5, 2016 at 7:02 am

    […] When I say remodeled, I mean took it to the studs and started over.  We had NO IDEA what we were doing, but we learned SO MUCH by doing it ourselves.  We did have some help from dad and a friend of his with the drywall since we had never done it before.  But installing cabinets, doing trim work, laying flooring, building a new table–that we learned as we went.  And surprisingly, it turned out well.  Check it out here. […]

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    A Look Back at 2015 | Chasing A Dream
    January 5, 2016 at 7:02 am

    […] When I say remodeled, I mean took it to the studs and started over.  We had NO IDEA what we were doing, but we learned SO MUCH by doing it ourselves.  We did have some help from dad and a friend of his with the drywall since we had never done it before.  But installing cabinets, doing trim work, laying flooring, building a new table–that we learned as we went.  And surprisingly, it turned out well.  Check it out here. […]

  11. […] note:  The kitchen was painted “nacho cheese” before the remodel.  You think I’m kidding don’t you?  Jokes on you, cuz that’s for real.  We […]

  12. […] note:  The kitchen was painted “nacho cheese” before the remodel.  You think I’m kidding don’t you?  Jokes on you, cuz that’s for real.  We […]

  13. […] a close eye on him because he has a tendency to be kind of like a bull in a china shop.  When we remodeled our kitchen, Dad was a HUGE help. But, during demo, I went through three boxes of bandaids because of him.  He […]

  14. […] a close eye on him because he has a tendency to be kind of like a bull in a china shop.  When we remodeled our kitchen, Dad was a HUGE help. But, during demo, I went through three boxes of bandaids because of him.  He […]

  15. […] note:  The kitchen was painted “nacho cheese” before the remodel.  You think I’m kidding don’t you?  Jokes on you, cuz that’s for real.  We […]

  16. […] so I have this blank space in my kitchen after the remodel, and when I put this here, I immediately loved it.  When I get time, I may be making a third one […]

  17. […] That’s it for now. Be sure to check out the final reveal of the kitchen here! […]

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  19. […] Okay, so…let me first show you the before and after…just so you can’t say you haven’t seen it. And I’ll sprinkle some more pictures throughout…because I love it so.  Also, if you want to check out the final reveal post of it, you can see it here. […]

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