Kitchen Reveal (Series From Basic New Builder Grade to Custom)



Okay y'all so the kitchen is FINALLY done! Well for the time being, with budget and time restraints this is what we had plan on completing by baby #3's arrival. After the newborn stage and then the holidays we will come back for more at the beginning of next year. Our plan is to extend cabinets to the ceiling with an inexpensive shelving system and molding, new flooring, and an appliance garage to hide the microwave and Keurig. 

Here are the before pictures: 


Here is what we did.....our builder gave us no upgraded cabinet options, the choices were ugly wood, uglier wood, and ugliest wood. So we went with the lightest blonde in order for an easier coverage, knowing they would be painted. Even before it was the trendy thing my dream kitchen has always been WHITE! Kitchen's can appear cluttered with counter top items, dishes, and so many things out that a family uses. I feel the white gives it a little more of a clean look on a daily basis. 

CABINETS: Painted with Behr's Ultra in Polar Bear flat and then three coats of Minwax Polyacrylic. I sanded using a palm sander after a fail with the de-glosser. De-glosser took twice as long and I could barley see a difference. With 3 kids and a wrench turning husband we need something that is going to last!

HOOD: I took down the metal hood, only held by 4 screws (that was super easy). The hood was stupid, it vented out to the right, directly above the stove not to the outside. There was no point and it was ugly so it had to go! Then I took the doors off the cabinet but left standing to use as a base. A great cheat trick! I had husband cut a sheet a thin and cheap sheet of plywood, cut to size and attach directly to the existing 12 inch cabinet using a nail gun. He then screwed in wood shim type pieces to the back wall and the back side of the front sheet. He nail gunned two more plywood pieces to the shims on the sides. Then capped it all with molding. SUPER EASY!! It took him maybe 30 minutes!

BACKSPLASH: I have been drooling and swooning over Herringbone Carrara Marble back splashes and flooring for months. But after figuring the pre-cut tiles from Home Depot would cost me about $400 for this small space I new it was just out of my reach. We are doing this whole house on a budget and that just didn't fit! But I wanted it so bad and new I had to think of something. Then the best LIGHTBULB idea I've ever had popped into my head!! What if.....this only cost me $40, a tenth of the price for even faux Carrara Marble tiles!!! To see the full tutorial it click here!

FINISHINGS: We purchased a Moen goose neck faucet from Home Depot. Kind of a splurge for me but we needed it (see the HIDEOUS before). The cup pulls I found on ebay for like $10, I love the rustic finish and I love ebay for hardware! The boxwood wreath was a very lucky find in the TJmaxx clearance aisle but if you are looking for one, Target carries it's twin. The spice racks, hook rack, and napkin holder are from Target. The glass jars are from Walmart. Reed Roman Shade in Bamboo from homedepot.com

PANTRY DOOR: So sadly I can not give you the exact color, I mixed it up myself until what I thought was perfection. I used old paint from the garage in a bright mint, medium warm grey, and white from the cabinets. I love the pop of color in an unexpected place!

















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