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Jul 6, 2016

Eclectic Kitchen {Reveal} Summer Tour 2016; almost a year later



Can you believe its been almost a year since we remodeled our kitchen?



We started this process back in October and now finally revealing to you guys a bigger picture of our kitchen and the progress we've made since the end of last Summer. In fact a couple of weeks ago marked our one year anniversary having moved in to our first owned home.  Its been quite a year and we still have tons to do because its hardly ever finished. The kitchen is getting closer to the end though and although we do still have a couple more details in here its just about done.

Of course when we first moved in, this was one of the main projects we wanted to tackle first.


I don't think I ever let you guys actually see what the kitchen looked like before because I wasn't able to find a picture but I got lucky and found these fugly pictures below as the work was getting done ....







Lots of creamy beige, (just like the rest of the townhome was when we first moved in) seems like they chose one color and just went with it,  literally all over! There was even some weird stick-on back splash if you look carefully that had been painted over just above the kitchen counter also, the cabinets were practically coming off the walls, they were original to the house so they were pretty worn and dis-functional, they were slanted, wouldn't close and basically just falling apart.  The counter tops and porcelain sink were chipping including the vinyl flooring.


As I pointed out on the picture there was even a wall that extended out with added cupboards and shelves that were literally just slapped on not very well put together, for added storage is what we assume.


So in the end the only solution for this kitchen to be functional again and for it to seem bigger was to gut out the whole thing including knocking down that side wall with the unnecessary shelves and in case you missed it here you can see the process as we transitioned it to what it looks like today.

Now let's take a look shall we, at the before and after. 



Get ready for a little bit of picture overload.










As you can see we went with open shelving because of how small this kitchen is and because personally I've always wanted an open kitchen concept. 



Originally I wanted a farmhouse porcelain sink but again staying within our budget was a must and keeping it cohesive with the cabinets and counter tops that we had purchased.  So this Glacier Bay All-in-One Top Mount Stainless Steel sink was the next best thing.  It's so big and open.  I can literally throw and wash just about anything in this sink!




Below, you'll notice that the range hood isn't exactly put together perfectlyl well just yet.  We've run into a bit of a problem because of the fact that the ducts it's off center and it needs to be slightly bigger or wider. 

Of course we didn't realize this until months after buying the hood and so now I'm thinking that we could possibly build a pallet wood hood around it rather than buying a new one, but these are thoughts I have yet to share with the husband and so we'll see where this one takes us.  For now it's just there.

There is no longer a wall either and so that opened up this kitchen A LOT.




This industrial hanging light was one I wanted to incorporate in here for sure, it was inexpensive probably my favorite thing in here yet and just so happens to look great with perfect lighting above the sink.



The shelves are from IKEA super affordable and according to the husband easy to put up.

Just getting around to doing it was a bit of a task. Lol.





Very happy with how they look and give this kitchen that updated modern look it called for. Super easy to access and grab dishes including putting them away, no excuses!







The cabinets give the kitchen the warmth that it in my opinion desperately needed. Although I wasn't sure how I felt about them at first because it was more about what we could afford and not what we truly wanted. But in the end I'm very happy with them.  I've warmed up to them a lot.  Especially the pantry.  If you read the previous  Kitchen post then you know this kitchen lacked a pantry.

Ran a into a little problem at the end of the counter space and had to cut an extra piece to fill in the length of the cabinetry but in the future we plan to add granite counter tops therefore for now it doesn't bother us.

All old appliances were kept for now.

Oh yeah, as you can see the refrigerator's original placement was changed and it made all the difference you guys!




The open Bay kitchen windows have yet to be replaced to new windows but sticking with the same look. The light that they let in is my favorite!  Plus we have to raise them just a little to meet the height of the counter.  Like I said still got a couple of things on the to do list.





Make no mistake things in this home change constantly but the kitchen decor is currently being kept simple because there isn't a lot of room for extras only necessary essentials. 

This kitchen is perfect and open for our family of four or five actually and doesn't feel cramped like it used to. 

I hope you guys enjoyed our little Kitchen Summer reveal tour, YAY finally!!!

Thanks for dropping in & by all means let me know your thoughts!


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P.S. I tried to share as much on the sources as I thought of them but if there's something you want info on I'm happy to share just ask in the comments section below.


Huge thanks to Shutterfly for featuring our kitchen on their 100 Creative Kitchen Ideas!


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