So without further ado, here is a quick recap of the full kitchen transformation:
February: Here is what our kitchen looked like on move-in day. Purdy, huh?
March/April: It wasn't long before we were tearing out the floor, ripping out the faux ceiling beams, pulling up countertops, and knocking down walls (between the kitchen and dining room). We also removed all of the cabinet doors in anticipation of painting (which we decided to do after weeks of pricing out brand-new cabinets at several different stores.....but ultimately, we didn't want to give up perfectly good all-wood cabinets if we didn't have to). In lieu of spending $10,000+ on cabinets, we splurged and spent $1,500 to have someone come and professionally paint the cabinets (since they were pine and I was worried that the white wouldn't cover well). Best decision I ever made. Yes, I could have done it myself, but it saved me SO MUCH time.
Note: the painting package didn't include the INSIDE of the cabinets, so I decided to paint them myself since I didn't want to see the yellow walls every time I opened up a cabinet.
May/June: It was already looking SO much better, but we still had a long way to go. We decided to install recessed lighting since our ultimate goal was to brighten up the space. We brought in an electrician for this job, but it was pretty inexpensive considering we installed a total of 7 recessed lights, had them re-wire the lighting over the future island for two pendants and put in place wiring for undercabinet lighting (which we still haven't done yet....oops). I can't remember the total cost of this update, but I remember it being very reasonable. Also, during this time, B (and our dads) built the island. I included some of the during shots, but I should really have B do a separate post on how he did this exactly. I was honestly gone for a few hours that day and when I came back it was done. TA-DA! We also decided to have some cabinets built along the entry way wall for extra storage and a future mudroom. In hindsight, I would have definitely had B install them rather than paying a carpenter to do it, but ultimately we wanted to make sure they they would be able to hold a lot of pantry items since we are big Costco people!! Better safe than sorry!
July/August cont'd: As you can see in the photos above, we had to bring our new fridge into the house through the rough opening in the wall. It wouldn't fit through any of the other doors, so this was the only way in.....even with the doors off!! This baby is never leaving!! And you can also see in the photos above that the painting process had begun and our cabinets were transforming before our very eyes!! Once the painting was finished, everything seemed to fall into place. The granite was installed the next day and the floors came in a few days after that. Things were really starting to move along (see here for more details)....
YAY!! The kitchen was officially done. 8 months later, but EXACTLY the way we wanted it (and in the price range we wanted as well)!!! If I had to do it over, I wouldn't change a thing.....well, except for maybe choosing to get pizza most nights rather than salads when we were ordering takeout. Ugh....maybe we worked off the extra pounds with all the work we did though....haha.