Soooo…yeah…I mentioned in previous posts that we are working our tails off to get the house ready for the baaayyybeeeee!!! Yayyy! Slowly, we are checking off the to-dos that have haunted us since we have lived in our home. We completed our kitchen a couple of months ago…like…the day before we threw our gender reveal party. Oops…sorry for the stress meester contractor…who always happens to be my bro-in-law…
The most exciting part of this mini reno is that my BIL (brother in law) did the work which saved us some mulah. Holla! (How cool am I for saying “holla”…I know…super cool.) Okay…guess how we paid for the work? I’ll give you a hint…the answer is within this post title. If you guessed with a boat…then you are WRONG!!!
You are so right. We were in the market to get rid of our little ski boat…because really…can’t say we will be taking the baby skiing any time soon. My BIL and I were in the midst of negotiating the estimated cost of work…our texts went something like this…
Me: How much for the kitchen?
BIL: $$$$ How much you want your boat?
BIL: Let’s do a trade. Your boat for my work.
How easy and perfect was that? He and my sister have 2 young sons…so the boat is perfect for their little family <3
Bye bye boat!
We only had to pay for the appliances and a few other minor things. We had already replaced the fridge and dishwasher. Our appliances were all dying a slow death one by one. I’m pretty sure the microwave was the next to go.
See that handle hanging on for dear life. Yeah…it was long gone by the time we had it replaced and the door didn’t even close half the time. You can see in the above pic another issue we had with that darn micro. See how close it is to the stovetop? Makes no sense what-so-ever.
Here is a pic of our entire kitchen:
It’s not tooooo bad…except of course the dying appliances…and the leaky sink…and the blinding white. I know that white kitchens are a must these days, but not THAT white! Take a close look. White cabinets, white countertops, white sink, white backsplash, white appliances. Sheesh. The first thing that I did when we moved in was paint the WHITE walls just to add a little color to our lives. The layout satisfies my needs and the cabinets are in great shape. Those two things stayed to same.
I found many inspirational pictures and pinned them to my Kitchen Love Pinterest board. If you happen to look at any of them you will find that our new kitchen looks nothing like I envisioned. I’ll explain along the way.
First things first…this wall…has to go…
On the other side of that wall is the living area. You can see it is open to the left and there is a doorway to the right. That wall blocked just enough view of the living area to annoy me. We couldn’t get rid of the whole thing because, of course, it is load bearing.
We had two choices. Knock most of the wall out and leave 2 load bearing posts or put a hole in the wall. We went with the cheaper option.
Welcome to our hole in the wall! Not only does it brighten up the entire space, but now I don’t feel all sad and lonely while I am in the kitchen cooking. How exciting is that? We also like it because we can now catch Jenkins in the act when he tries to sneak and eat Bella’s food.
Don’t let that sweet face fool you. We have already been scolded by our vet because this one thinks every meal is a help yourself buffet!
I cannot leave out the fact that the hole will also come in handy when the time comes that our little one is here. Our little love will always be within our sight
Whew…this has been a long post. My apologies. Let’s get on to the after pictures already!
Say hello to our new kitchen…
That hole makes me happy! (That sounded weird.)
Although I absolutely love our new kitchen…would you believe that I could not find anything that I was looking for? I couldn’t find counters that I liked. I couldn’t find backsplash that I liked. It was all a frustrating process, but just like everything else in life it all worked out.
I love the way my BIL framed out the hole with the backsplash.
We added about 6 inches of counter space.
We replaced our scratched up sink and leaky faucet. I am loving the one basin vs two basin sink and that chrome faucet is easier to keep clean than I thought it would be. In love with that gooseneck faucet!
We love our new stovetop and you can see the sad sick microwave is gone! Super happy with the increase in space.
New convection oven that I am still trying to figure out how to use. Don’t hold your breath.
Our new not-sick microwave found it’s home hidden above the oven. It is just low enough for me to reach and still high enough to prevent the mini Craig from trying to warm up any of our pets.
It is amazing what a difference new knobs can make. We had a couple of people ask if we got new cabinets because they look so different.
Well…we softened up the paint on the walls and that is it! The kitchen is ready and marked off the to-do list. Woohoo!! Nothing fancy, but definitely better than what we started with. I do believe a functional kitchen is way better than a boat don’t you think? Don’t answer that if you are a guy!
Here is a roundup of where I got the shiny new things:
Countertops: Granite in Niagra Gold
Backsplash: Botticino Marble Tile from Floor & Decor
Sink: Kraus from FaucetDirect
Faucet: Moen from FaucetDirect
Hood: Broan from Amazon (FYI-not happy with this product. It is pretty but very noisy and not very powerful.)
Paint: Cottage Cream Sherwin Williams
Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit! Next up will probably be our old guest bathroom mini reno. Fun times at the Chandlers!
Hope you all have a fantastic day and an even better weekend!
And just so Bella doesn’t feel left out…
I often share with these amazing peeps…
Creative Homeacre Blog Hop @ A Cultivated Nest
DIY Project Parade @DIY Showoff
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Think Pink Sunday @Flamingo Toes
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @Nifty Thrifty Things
Funday Monday @ Still Being Molly
Give Me the Goods @ Better With Age
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping It Simple Crafts
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Tutorial and Tips @ Home Stories A to Z
Make The Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill
The Scoop @ Confessions of a Plate Addict
Project Inspired @ Yesterday on Tuesday
Tuesdays Treasures @ Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
From Dream to Reality @ The DIY Dreamer
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
A Little Birdie Told Me Link Party @ The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Down Home Bloghop @ Tilly’s Nest
Work it Wednesday @ The Happy Housie
Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts
Swing into Spring Wednesday @ DIY by Design
Work It Wednesday @ Place of My Taste
The 36th Avenue Party Time @ 36th Avenue
Inspiration Gallery @ Craftberry Bush
Inspire Me Please @ Liz Marie Blog
Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now Blog
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots and Jello
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
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Fertilizer Friday @ Tootsie Time
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different Act