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Our Kitchen: One Year Later

It’s been a whole year since we finished our kitchen renovation (how!?) so we thought it would be fun to share how it looks today (not all that different) and how it has been wearing, as well as, some additions we’ve made and things we’re thinking about changing or would do differently. 1. What’s new? There have only been a few additions since completing the kitchen a year ago, and maybe that’s a good sign. We added hanging herb planters a few weeks ago that instantly added life to the kitchen. We also ended up buying a second over-the-counter cutting board from Ikea. Initially we bought it to replace our current one for when it was worn, but we ended up putting it on the other side of the ranges and it just stayed there. It’s so convenient to have a couple chopping stations “built in” and they are only around $10 each….

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Behind the scenes of our Food Network Magazine Shoot!

Pinch me! We’re in September’s issue of Food Network Magazine, on stands now. Earlier this year, Food Network Magazine contacted us about featuring us in our kitchen after seeing it on Instagram. Chris’s sister gifted us a year’s subscription to Food Network Magazine for Christmas five years ago and we haven’t missed an issue since. So, needless to say, we were a big-fat-YES and the experience has been one of the highlights of our year thus far. The shoot day was way back in early April, but I haven’t been allowed to say anything until the spread came out. It was such a fun, surreal day and I’m so grateful my friend Whitney was able to snap some behind-the-scenes shots for us. Prior to the photographers coming, we spent a few days making sure the kitchen was spotless; light shades clear of dust and film, the stovetop looking like new, the kitchen linens ironed…

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How Much Did the Kitchen Cost?

It came as a big surprise to us that the number one search on our site is “kitchen cost.” We never planned on breaking down the total kitchen cost in its own post, since we did share costs of projects and purchases as we went and also a complete source list.  But also, there are a lot of factors that come into play that won’t be the same depending on what part of the country or world you live in like gas lines or construction costs. But after enough inquiries, and our budget post last week, we decided to lay it all out on the table. So how much did our kitchen renovation actually cost? In short, about $28,000. For reference, the kitchen is about 13×11. That is not including the walk-in pantry we added or the recessed portion where our new fridge, microwave and cabinets surrounding those are (add another 2′…

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A Video Tour Inside Our Kitchen Cabinets

Ever since we finished our kitchen a couple months ago, I have been surprised how many of you have requested to see inside all of the cabinets! It made me laugh at first, because I didn’t realize that was a thing. But then I noticed our friends and family poking around when they would come over–it’s definitely a thing. While I wish you could all just come over and do the same (mostly so you wouldn’t have to listen to my voice), I did the next best thing and filmed this little cabinet tour yesterday afternoon for all of you. (Apologies ahead of time for how loud my camera is trying to focus throughout this.) A few notable sources: Chris’s spice jars are from Paper Mart. The wooden spice spoons are from Amazon. The Kitchenaid pull-out stand was a hand-me down from my parents who had two (and no Kitchenaid) but Rev-a-shelf…

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It’s Done! : The Full Kitchen Reveal

The day has come! Our kitchen renovation is finished 7 weeks after we started tearing out our old tile countertops and I can’t wait to share with you photos of what it looks like today. I’ve put all the sources at the bottom of the post for your convenience. When we moved into our home two years ago (almost exactly!) we immediately started making plans to transform the kitchen. At first, we just talked about it, and then we started drawing out plans. They changed over and over. We moved the pantry cabinet out of the dining room and rearranged what we had to tide us over. It was all a part of the process. Here’s where all that dreaming, planning and the past 7 weeks of work has landed us: There were a few major floor plan changes, including moving the laundry room so we could add a walk-in…

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Putting Together and Installing our Ikea Sektion Cabinets

It seems like there are two groups of people when it comes to putting Ikea stuff together: those who enjoy it and those who want to rip their hair out during the process. We are firmly in the “enjoy it” category. But even then, staring at 143 boxes marked with words that have nothing to do with whats inside of them, is daunting to anyone. Before we started assembling our cabinets, we organized them into categories: cabinet boxes, drawers, door and drawer fronts and miscellaneous cover panels, hinges and legs. For the initial install, we were just putting together the boxes. We decided to start with the biggest cabinet, the one that will be next to the fridge. It’s a good thing we started with this one because we realized our mistake right off the bat. You see, while we were planning and buying our kitchen, we didn’t realize that…

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