We’ve shared parts of our friends, the Pugmire’s, home before when we helped renovate their laundry room earlier this year and update their pantry last year. In fact, I’ve even mentioned Preston sang at our wedding! They’re our favorite. We’ve been good friends for years, but the friendship is reaching besties status now that we share a love for renovating our homes and DIY and only live a few minutes from each other. When we were over their house on Memorial day roasting hot dogs and making s’mores over the fire pit, I asked if I could photograph their kitchen and share the before and afters, because they are mind-blowing (!!!) and they happily agreed.
They bought their home 3 years ago and started the kitchen renovation in November of 2012. But here’s what it looked like when they moved in–you can see a hint of kitchen cabinets beyond the wall.
They decided to tear the wall down to connect the living, dining room and kitchen:
They cleared out all the old appliances and cabinetry, and Preston set up shop right in the soon-to-be kitchen building their new cabinets:
And here’s how the same angle looks today!:
What vision and execution, right?! Their DIY knows no bounds. They did everything themselves from demolition, to lighting, building cabinets and making their own countertops. Preston made their dining room table and they even laid and patched the flooring themselves!
Here’s another view looking at the kitchen from inside that wall they tore down:
And the same angle today:
When Preston isn’t on tour (can you stand the coolness factor they’re packing?!) he likes to work with concrete. He made their beautiful concrete counters and stained them dark. They’re smooth, moody and full of character.
They inherited this 100 year old bench and had it reupholstered and it fits so perfectly under a large window in their kitchen. I love the idea of having a place for guests or family members to comfortably hang out in the kitchen–it’s such a natural gathering place and something I wish we had room for in our own renovation!
Thanks so much for letting us share your inspiring kitchen, Preston and Corine! What’s your favorite part? I love the countertops, am blown away by the sheer vision and I want to take those dining chairs (Corine found thrifting!) home with me. :) The Pugmires have most recently been putting a lot of effort into something really cool (not a blog…I WISH it was the start of their blog!) that we’re gonna share next week. Like their kitchen, it’ll blow your socks off…and maybe even make you dance.