I am officially ready to announce that after three and a half months of DIY kitchen remodeling, we have a fully-functioning, brand spanking new, modernized and updated kitchen! I apologize if you feel I’ve left you hanging for the past three weeks. I haven’t had much big news in the kitchen department. And it’s because of all the minor touch-ups we had to do with the paint and grout. Then, there were the little things like figuring out how to hang the phone onto a glass-tiled wall and trimming the bottoms off the faux wood blinds, so they’re even with the length of the windows. In my eyes, the kitchen wasn’t finished until every last detail was ironed out.
But enough of that. What you’re really wanting to see is the photos of the finished product. So without further ado, I give you… the before and after kitchen photos.
Doing this with Steve’s help has been a huge learning experience for us. He has certainly taught us more than we could’ve ever learned on our own, and we’re truly grateful for his expertise. And Mikey’s mom has been a great sound board to bounce design ideas off of. So this couldn’t have been done without them.
But suffice it to say, we are so frickin’ happy to cross this kitchen remodel off the to-do list. Now we can get on to tidying up the other areas of the house that have been neglected for the past three and a half months. (I was surprised at how big of a pain housekeeping is when you’ve got dust coming from the kitchen at all hours of the day and night. Not to mention coupling that with our ungodly amounts of Bear hair.) There were some points of reflection along the way though. Seven of them are outlined below.
Biggest Expense: Kitchen Cabinets
New kitchen cabinets are pricey. But you probably already knew that. At roughly $2,500, they were undoubtedly our biggest expense. So if you’re considering a kitchen remodel, but still like the doors of your current ones, you may want to consider refacing them instead of spending a boatload on brand new ones. We considered doing that, but frankly, I hated the doors on our old ones.
Most Difficult to Install: Backsplash
If you didn’t read about the snag we hit with the backsplash, check it out here. Then, read the following: a glass subway tile backsplash is a biotch to install. If we were to remodel another kitchen in the future, I don’t know if we would do it ourselves. It’s a very tedious process that involves using a wet saw. And trying to make sure the tile is properly aligned is a bit of a challenge. It just makes me wonder whether it would be worthwhile to pay someone to do it. Then again, knowing that we’ve done a glass tile backsplash ourselves makes me want to ditch the idea of ever paying someone to do something we’ve already done before. So I’m torn. But for anyone out there looking to do a backsplash yourself, just know it’s not a cake walk, but it’s also not impossible.
Easiest to Install: The Electric Oven
Best Buy delivered it. And we plugged it in!
Biggest Regret: Buying Oil-Based Paint Primer
If you didn’t read about our painting project from hell, you MUST read it here. Not our proudest moment.
Most Memorable Moment: Getting High on Oil-Based Paint Primer
If you read about the painting project from hell above, then this will all make sense. If you STILL haven’t ready about the painting project from hell, you STILL MUST read it here.
Favorite Kitchen Feature: Multiple Answers Below
For Mikey, it’s the granite. For me, it’s the faucet. And for The Bear, it’s the stainless steel appliances. Because he gets to put his wet nose marks all over them.
Best Piece of Advice for Future DIY Kitchen Remodelers: Your Local Home Improvement Store May Surprise You
It’s great to get inspiration from places online like blogs or Pinterest. Or even going to high-end showrooms around town to get ideas. That’s the fun part. But at the end of the day, I got so many of the things we needed at the local home improvement store known as Lowe’s. For example, you may remember how I was torn over so many lighting choices. There are so many great ones. After weeks of searching, where did I find the lighting we wanted? Lowe’s. And at an unbeatable price, too.
With so many details that went into this kitchen remodel, I’m sure there will be a couple more posts after this one on the topic. Maybe one that explains the DIY steps behind my kitchen decor craft projects. And one about our “kitchen is finally finished” celebration dinner. The menu is being dreamed up as
we I speak type! Anyway, hope you enjoyed the photos!