Our Big Kitchen Reveal

We're finished!!!  I thought it was time to show you our finished kitchen.  We just love it!

Do you remember what it looked like before - right out of the 90s?

Here is the plan in case you forgot...

As you can see, we stuck to our plan fairly well.  One change included the color of the granite.  We choose black pearl from Premier Surfaces where we were able to pick out our actual slab.

The bar stools were a steal from Ballard Designs Outlet.

The white subway tile from Floor and Décor was a real bargain at .21 tile and we used delorean gray grout from The Home Depot.

What do you think of our chalkboard wall?  I have to give all the credit for that to my son-in-law Alex.  I designed it but he executed it.  Unfortunately I don't have the patience it takes and I can tell you it takes some patience!  The grid lines were purchased for just $10 from Leen the Graphics Queen and worth every penny.

Finding a good chalk pen proved a challenge until I found this one from Bistro at Amazon.

Here are some before and after pictures for you to enjoy...

One thing we didn't plan on was how much darker the kitchen would be with the black granite and the black chalkboard wall.  Instead of undercabinet lighting we decided to go with recessed lighting with LED dimmable lights from The Home Depot.
Start to finish took less than 4 weeks and we couldn't be happier.  Our kitchen reno project has led to many other projects in the house which I will be sharing with you over the coming weeks.  We now have a first floor that is ready for 2015!
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Until next time,

Kitchen Reno - The fun has begun!

The demolition has begun!  The new cabinets are being installed tomorrow and we can't wait.  It was quite a job to empty all the cabinets.  Even though my daughter's kitchen is not large, she had managed to collect quite a bit over the years.  We took the opportunity to get rid of things she wasn't using and made several trips to Goodwill.  In retrospect, a yard sale might have been a good idea, but who has time!

My son-in-law Alex did the demolition.  Here are some pictures.

Remember here is the before...

The fun begins...

I even helped a little...


What to do with all those cabinets?  We decided to repurpose two of them for the laundry room.  That is our next reno project!  We put the rest on the curb.

I put an add on Craigslist for Free Cabinets and within 2 hours they were gone!  I had so much interest, it was incredible.  Within about two minutes the cabinets were loaded and on their way to a new home.

I even sold the white range on Sunday.  The only thing left to sell is the microwave. 

The install will take 1 - 2 days and then the granite people come in to measure.  I'll keep you posted.

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Until next time...