Today I am so excited to kick off a new series all about real life kitchen makeovers!
A few years back when Mark and I were looking for a new house, we were specifically looking for one that needed a kitchen gut job. We both love to cook, and when we drew up a list wants for our next home, at the top of the list was a kitchen that we could make our own, a kitchen that would not only serve our family of five but also large crowds. I could have cared less if the house had walk in closets or a luxurious master bath, but a hideous kitchen with potential? Hello, come to mama.
Then we found the Peach Pit, and although the kitchen wasn’t as downright nauseating as some of the other homes we’d seen, it definitely had potential for the renovation we were dreaming of. Since we moved here, I’ve pretty much cornered every friend and family member that has gone through a kitchen renovation and asked them all a million questions about their experience.
I’ve learned so much from talking to people!
This series is meant as food for thought for anyone contemplating a kitchen renovation. I hope to share with you kitchens of various scope and styles as we plan our own kitchen renovation over the next year.
Thank you so much to my friends Colleen and Jon for sharing their beautiful new kitchen with me, and letting me ask 47,397 questions about the process!
Here is where they started:
This little goldfish was playing hide and seek with me. Such a fun kitchen accessory for a real family!
The nitty gritty of this renovation:
Colleen and Jon’s kitchen renovation was a complete gut job that took about 6 weeks to complete. The layout mostly stayed the same with the U-shaped configuration.
The end panels add a beautiful custom detail.
Colleen saved a bit by using a counter microwave with a trim kit to make it look like a built-in over the wall oven.
The kitchen gets tons of natural light and is a bright and cheerful spot for Colleen, Jon and their two kiddos.
If you know me in real life, you know I’m obsessed with pull-out trash cabinets. Don’t ask me why – I just love them!
A kitchen desk area has a printer hidden on a pull out shelf in the cabinet.
I was surprised to learn that the cabinetry is stock. Colleen said that because the stock cabinetry comes in 3″ increments the design was fairly easy to implement.
The kitchen renovation came in under budget, even with a makeover to the adjoining powder room!
Scope of your kitchen renovation?
Gutted to the studs, all new cabinetry, appliances, countertops, flooring.
The floorplan mostly stayed the same with the exception of moving the location of some appliances.
A wall to the adjoining powder room was pushed back to make the kitchen table area larger.
The powder room received a new sink and toilet also.
DIY anything or trust it all to the pros?
Jon, with the help of Colleen’s brother, demo’d most of the kitchen. They also did finish work like painting and installing dimmer switches.
Jon and Colleen hired a contractor which they are so glad for, since he was the one to keep the schedule on track, chase the subcontractors and deal with issues that came up during the renovation.
Favorite part of your kitchen renovation?
The quality of life improvement.
Most important for you to invest in?
The induction stovetop. If you don’t have gas, induction is just as good. (I completely agree!)
Also, having the hood vented to the outside – it was a pain for the contractor, but worth it in the end.
My take-aways from this renovation:
*Don’t underestimate being able to get a fabulous kitchen with stock cabinetry.
*Hiring a contractor to take care of all the details would certainly make this process less stressful.
*Doing the demo work is a way to cut down on the cost of a very expensive project.
Thank you Colleen and Jon for allowing me to share your kitchen renovation! Your new kitchen came out beautifully and I hope you enjoy it with your family for years to come!