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Kitchen Overhaul

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My kitchen renovation journey is now complete.  It started with replacing the old red wood floors with a chocolate engineered wood floor from Lumber Liquidators throughout the whole main level.  We also painted all the walls Dorian Gray by Sherwin Williams.  I refinished the kitchen island using Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue.  Click HERE for the Kitchen Island tutorial.

All the lighting has now been replaced throughout the kitchen as well.  I purchased the orb light above my kitchen table from CF Home Furniture here in Utah.  The 3 pendants above the island were changed out for some industrial cages I picked up from Lowe’s Home Improvement.

The round kitchen table was purchased from Overstock.  I never hesitate to purchase anything form that site because the customer service is fantastic. After a couple weeks I noticed some cracks showing up along the table top.  I called in to report my findings and they were so helpful.  Apparently I was not the first to call about this problem, but they had sold out of the table and discontinued it for the time being.  The cracks were not structural and really didn’t bother me given rustic style, so they agreed to refund me $300 and gave me an additional $200 in store credit!  They offered to return it with a full refund including shipping, but I couldn’t part with it! (BTW the problem has now been remedied and the table is for sale again!)

Anyway,  I picked up the 2 upholstered stools from Gardner Village on sale for $70 each.  They are higher than table height but perfect for my 2 littles.  The 4 white chairs were a find off a local exchange called KSL. These are $300 chairs which I picked up for $50 each!  Sometimes second hand is the way to go!

The only step of this kitchen reno that we did not do personally was the addition of the glass front cabinets and new hood.  We took down the bead board trim and hood and brought a custom cabinet maker in to construct the new glass fronts and custom hood that I designed. We moved the microwave from under the old hood over to the right and mounted under some existing cabinets.  We had the cabinets bumped up in order to make room (See below). I will say this step took the longest because you know how those contractors work! What deadline haha!

After installing the additional cabinets it was time for the biggest project of all…white paint!  We went from cherry colored cabinets to bright white which opened up the space so much.  I tested white chalk paint on some cabinets but I wanted something that would wipe easier and resist water, so I chose to go with a White enamel.  We used a sprayer and paintbrushes.  We removed all the doors and drawer fronts and sprayed them in our unfinished basement.  They took 3 coats.  We hand brushed only the frames and boxes of the cabinets and the new hood since it was already hung.  The inside of my cabinets were a white melamine already so that made it really easy.  If I were to do it all again I would have had my cabinet guy bring the new cabinets over to spay before the install along with the doors and drawers.  A helpful piece of advise for you’ll! For the full tutorial and all the details on the cabinet painting process click HERE.

Next I switched out all the knobs on the uppers with these fun, colorful ones.  I purchased them from hobby lobby for $2 a piece when they went on sale for 50% off.  That’s the same price you’d pay for just your standard basics at home depot.  I spray painted all the pulls and knobs for the bottom cabinets a brushed gold.  The pulls have really held up, but the knobs show a lot more wear.  I will probably just switch the knobs out for the brass knobs that ikea sells.

The last step was frosting the cake so to speak.  I debated between subway tile or brick veneers but decided to go with something with a bit more texture.  I really feel like it was the right move to  balance with the blue island. Click HERE for the full tutorial and details on my brick backsplash.

The most recent update was replacing my faucet.  The old one never worked properly so I was more than thrilled to receive this brass beauty for Valentines day!

Here is how it all broke down financially:

Wood Floors: $2.79 sq ft (clearance price)= $1,255
One gallon of paint: $25
1 quart blue, 1 quart white chalk paint and wax: $36.95+$36.95+$15=$91
3 industrial bar stools $90 each on sale= $270
Orb light: $200 (sale)
3 pendant cages: $19 each= $57
Reclaimed wood round table: $1,499 (minus $500 for damages)=$1000
2 upholstered stools: $70 each=$140
4 upholstered round back chairs: $50 each=$150
Custom glass front cabinets and hood= $3,800
white enamel paint (contractor discount through father in law) 5 gallons $25=$125
extra paint supplies and sanding pads $75
New Knobs: $2 each=$40
Brick veneers: 50 sq ft =$203
Adhesive and premixed grout for back splash $100
Electrician cost for adding lighting to uppers, installing vent in hood, moving microwave and adding outlets $638

Grand total: $8,169

Not bad for what appears to be a whole new kitchen!

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  1. Congrats on the success of your kitchen renovation, Mysha! You really did a great job with the whole thing. Changing the red wood floors into a much darker one made your kitchen look more elegant, as it went well with the white-themed paints and furniture. I really love that orb light, by the way! I hope you’re very satisfied with how everything turned out. Good day! 🙂

    Homer Collins @ Pinnacle Renovations

  2. Outstanding. I recently wrote an article about choosing dining room tables and wish I'd had that picture of your table. It's a perfect example of how to utilize your dining space. The round table complements all the square shapes with the square centerpiece really accenting the entire environment. I'm also a fan of your choice of full *and* backless chairs.

    Fred Richardson @ SGK Home Solutions

  3. What an amazing project to see unfold. My wife and I are renovating our kitchen now in the fall. Looks like you had a tonne of fun. The once red wood floor looks so much better now with that darker tone. The light orb is also great in that space. Well done on a wonderful final product, great kitchen finish.

    Joey @ Amerika Link

  4. This is beautiful! You've inspired me to do something similar for our kitchen. What brand and paint color did you use specifically for the cabinets? And color granite do you have? Thank you!

  5. Hi Jenn Thanks so much for stopping in and for the sweet compliment. I used Sherwin Williams Whisper White Enamel paint. The granite was here when we moved in so I'm not sure what color it is. so sorry. Also Ill be posting a full tutorial on my painted kitchen cabinets the second wk of march so look for that post!!!

  6. Beautiful home. I love your kitchen table and chairs! I just remodeled my kitchen and have been on the hurt for those white chairs. Where did you get them? I’m so glad I came across your profile! I’ve only seen those chairs on one other site but there was no link to where they came from. Your home is very inspiring.

  7. Just discovered your site and I love it! and What a beautiful kitchen! You are definitely an inspiration for me while I try to style my own home. Thanks for sharing..

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