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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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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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Making the Case: “Why Would Anybody Want a Pot Filler?”

Adding a pot filler to your kitchen is a total luxury. Meaning, it’s not necessary, not that you have to lead some luxurious lifestyle to have it (they’re similarly priced to a normal faucet). But, you don’t need it. And if your kitchen design doesn’t allow for it, don’t feel like there are things you won’t be able to do if you don’t have one. Anything you can do with a pot filler, you can do without. BUT, when you’re talking about creating a kitchen you love, convenience is a big factor. This post makes the case for why you might want one. Anytime we post a picture of our ranges, we get two kinds of initial comments. “What is that over your stove?” and “I love that pot filler! I dream of having one.” Either way, inevitably, a few people will respond to that person with comments like, “Why would you…

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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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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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A New Table + The Dining Room Before & Afters!

We got ourselves a new dining room table! When we shared the before and afters of our kitchen renovation, so many of you wanted to see how the rest of the great room worked into the new kitchen, specifically the dining room since they are so close in proximity. At the time, we were in the process of finalizing a new dining table, and I felt our old dining room table would detract from the new kitchen, so I held off sharing a pulled back view. But today we finally get to share those photos and details–our new kitchen has a new dining table to go with it and they complement each other so well. Our last dining room set we bought for our first apartment when we were first married nearly 7 years ago. Although it was in terrible shape when we sold it last week, it held a…

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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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A Few Kitchen Details + $500 to Rejuvenation!!

Thank you for all the love last week when we shared our kitchen reveal. We wish we could have you ALL over for a big meal and to see it in real life! The goal was always to make our kitchen one that felt lived in and comfortable, and a lot of that came from small practical, but beautiful details. Almost all of those details we thoughtfully chose from Rejuvenation and today, we teamed up with them to give one of our readers $500 to Rejuvenation!! Here’s a few ways that we injected their timeless pieces in our kitchen, you can scroll to the bottom to enter the giveaway. mist corded pendants / mission bin pulls / earthenware canisters / olive wood cheese board / dinner bell / spoon rest / towel bar While these are the picks we loved and used in our home, we’d love to hear what you would choose if…

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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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