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The Finished Pantry!

The pantry is complete and I’m sharing a bunch of photos today! We actually finished it a couple weeks ago, and it has been a dream to have and use. It signifies the completion of a year of hard work and transformation in our home, but specifically this corner of the home. The best way I can show you is through this before and after floor plan (substitute “current” with “previous”; we drew up these plans before the hammer swung): After gutting a 4th bathroom and turning it into our laundry room with a coat closet and completely renovating our kitchen, the last project was this pantry. And it’s emotional being done. It really is. The layout of this home makes so much more sense to us now and it feels more usable, too. So here’s visual evidence of what was where the new walk in pantry is now: Obviously…

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HOW OUR FRIGIDAIRE PROFESSIONAL APPLIANCES TRANSFORMED OUR KITCHEN AND HOW WE USE IT + A VIDEO!

Today we are so excited to finally share with you a little more about the Frigidaire Professional appliances we chose for the kitchen. We couldn’t be more in love with how they transformed the way our kitchen looks, but more importantly, the way it functions and works for us. Along with a bunch of fresh photos and thorough explanation, I’m probably most excited to share with you the video we shot with Jordan Borrowman for Frigidaire Professional last week. We invited over a few friends for a dinner party so you could really see everything, the kitchen, the appliances, the flow, and all of us in action. That was such a fun night! Not only did we officially break in the kitchen, but it was exactly the way we wanted to do it–with a whole bunch of people over. We designed this kitchen with the idea and hope that we’d be able…

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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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Sealing our White Concrete Countertops

Definitely one of the most popular projects of our kitchen renovation so far has been our DIY white concrete countertops. You can read the whole post here (if you scroll down to the bottom of that post, Z Counterform has even offered up a discount code to our readers after the post went live). There was one final, very important step after that post and that was sealing the counters. These countertops staining or not holding up has been a concern for a lot of you (which we so appreciate!), but rest assured we researched the heck out of sealers before we even settled on this countertop idea. The sealer can truly make or break concrete countertops and we were looking for something food safe and virtually indestructible. After going through a dozen options, we felt confident going through with Preston’s top recommendation, even though it was the most expensive. We…

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Customizing Our Ikea Kitchen Island

This weekend, we finally paid some much needed attention to our island. Up to this point, it has been mostly covered with tools and supplies in photos bearing its bad, fake brown wood interior for all of you to see. We had always planned to cover those sides with the coordinating Laxarby cover panels that match the drawers and doors, but we also wanted our island to have seating. Instead of having the typical right or left side dedicated to barstools (right in our former kitchen), we opted to extend the end of the island, opposite the range, 27 inches out to house some casual seating. We did this for a couple reasons; 1. With the fridge being on the right side, it seemed incredibly inconvenient for seating to be there, as well. 2. It allowed us to have drawers/storage on both sides of the island. 3. It allowed for…

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Our DIY Reclaimed Wood Open Shelving + Fresh Flowers

This project tutorial is sponsored by The Bouqs Company–a new flower delivery service that’s easy, fresh, and beautiful. We hung open shelving in the kitchen this week! It was a decision I touched on in this post, and we’re so glad we went this route. After living in a construction zone for the past 5 1/2 weeks, it felt so good to have real plates and glasses accessible and pretty fresh cut (as in cut the day we ordered them!) flowers to admire. I needed this. The open shelving project was easy and relatively inexpensive for the punch it packs in the kitchen. We settled on these brackets because of their low profile and ability to hold a 12″ shelf (a little deeper than most standard opened shelving)–which we needed for our larger plates and pots we wanted to store on the shelves. We got silver, as opposed to their other black…

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Appliances Are Going In Today!

Last night we built and hung the supports for our vent hood insert that is being installed today, along with the rest of our appliances. A crew of three hilarious, kind, knowledgable guys from Frigidaire flew in last night and stopped by to get to know us and the kitchen before the big install day today. It’s a huge day for us and the kitchen and since all of you have been so supportive of this project (and probably just as curious about side-by-side ranges as we are), I thought it would be fun to live instagram the day! Follow @ChrisLovesJulia to see it all go down. They are arriving at 8am MST (with donuts–eee!) and we couldn’t be more grateful or excited.

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A Fresh Take on a Classic Tiled Backsplash

The backsplash is in! Last week, after we put the girls to bed, Chris and I tiled the whole back wall of the kitchen and a little bit on the left sink wall. It took us about 8 hours total over a few nights, including grouting which is nothing compared to the 20+ hours it took us for our last kitchen. Next to the missing cover panels (some are still not installed–oy), that raw back wall was probably the biggest eyesore in the room. The tile was one of the last things we decided on in the whole kitchen. I wanted something fresh and classic, but not trendy. A 3×6 subway tile didn’t feel like enough, a square tile felt too…square. Then, a couple months ago, I saw an article on Apartment Therapy about Mission Stone & Tile. I think it was the color scheme that caught my eye first–whites,…

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The Doors+Drawers, Hardware and What’s Left To Do in the Kitchen

This past weekend, we tackled putting together all the drawers, attaching the 32 drawers and 8 doors to the cabinet boxes followed up by adding shiny new hardware. The drawers weren’t hard to put together, but there were so many, both of our hands had blisters on them before we were finished Saturday night–which is when most of these photos were taken so I apologize about the lighting. But the blisters (and back aches) were the only downside to the project. Truly, it was such a rewarding turning point in the kitchen; We have real usable cabinets! Like most projects, Chris and I come up with a system that works well for us. In this case, I put together the drawers and he attached all the doors and drawer rails to the cabinet boxes. Over and over and over again. When it came time for hardware, he marked and drilled little…

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Lights On In the Kitchen!

This weekend, we got all the cabinet fittings in, which amounted to about 40 doors and drawers!, and all the hardware on and everything cleaned up (again). I can’t wait to share those details and photos with you later this week, but today I wanted to circle back around to a project we did a couple weeks ago, that made a huge difference–the recessed lighting in the kitchen! Our old kitchen was rocking three fluorescent lights and a boob light. Talk about a deadly combination. We thought a lot about what kind of lighting we wanted in the kitchen, and we settled on a mix of island pendants (these), sconces (these) over the window and recessed lighting to really brighten the whole space. We had our guy, Francisco, run all the electrical for the lighting, but we had to mark exactly where we wanted everything placed. The pendants and sconces…

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