Our kitchen renovation has now reached the halfway mark. And I can just begin to get an idea of what our kitchen will look like. We still have another two and a half weeks to go but I think the second half of the reno will be much more exciting!
Today’s post has before reno images and during reno images, so you can see the progress.
The first part of the renovation was all about taking things out of the kitchen. Taking everything out of the drawers and a few cabinets too.
Our painters took all the cabinet and drawer fronts out to their shop to be spray painted.
As a side note, you can see the color of our entire house before we painted everything. Yes, walls and all trim were all this tan color. It would be a pretty wall color in one room but not the whole house of an open concept home.
The old backsplash was taken out (thank goodness) and so was the sink, garbage disposal and all of the countertops.
You can see near the ceiling where the electrical has already been wired for glass front cabinets that go to the ceiling.
Kitchens By Eileen or KBE sealed off the kitchen from the rest of our open concept home by creating heavy plastic walls. So ingenious!
KBE has done a more than excellent job keeping everything very clean! This is quite an ongoing feat as demolition is a very dusty, dirty job!
For the last week our painters, Two Dudes, have been covering everything that does not get painted with brown paper and plastic and tape. What a tedious job!
Then they sanded and primed for a few days.
And today they started to spray thin coats of gorgeous Benjamin Moore Simply White Semi Gloss paint on everything!
Because our home is so open and the kitchen can be seen from many rooms we decided to paint it the color of our walls. The cabinets will look a little different in color because of their sheen.
It’s a very classic look. Nothing too trendy! I did for about one minute think about painting the half walls around the kitchen a pretty dark moody blue that is so popular right now.
But that was a fleeting thought! The blue trend will be gone before this kitchen needs another update.
And because we have so much backsplash in this kitchen we decided to keep the rest of the kitchen pretty much white.
Simply White is considered a warm white. It has just a taddy bit of yellow in it but appears as a very neutral white. It looks like a more crisp white than other creamier whites.
We love it because it feels warm but looks white.
Once our Calcutta marble backsplash goes in it will bring a bit of tone-on-tone warm color and softness to our kitchen.
Both Carrara (very popular now) and Calcutta are both Italian marble.
The difference is subtle but here’s an easy way to distinguish the two. Carrara is coveted for its soft gray veining. Calcutta is a whiter marble with wider gray veining and can have beige and gold tones in it.
One of the things I was most looking forward to getting rid of was the countertop with that bar height lip around it.
When that “lip” was gone the kitchen looked so much more open!
We chose a white Quartz with very little veining for our countertops. Quartz is a man-made product that is hard and resists staining. Because I love to cook Quartz was a great choice.
I can begin to see what the breakfast nook will look like. It’s such a nice area with three windows creating a true nook, but it just looked so disconnected from the rest of the kitchen. It almost seemed out of place!
With the banquette, this area now looks connected to and part of the kitchen.
I’m just starting to think about fabric to cover the three-inch cushions that will go on top of the wrap-around seating. The cushions will need a fabric that can withstand wear and stains. My hope for this banquette is that it gets lots and lots of use!
I love picking out fabric. Right now I’m thinking about neutral (surprise, surprise) cushions and will add some color with other pillows.
We opted for open storage under the banquette. I could have chosen this seating to have cabinets but thought that was just too much white cabinetry. There is a lot of cabinetry in this U shaped kitchen!
We will fill the storage spaces up with some pretty baskets instead. This will be a great place to store my grandbabies books, coloring books, and craft supplies.
Next week the cabinet fronts go back in and the trim and lit cabinets will be installed. I think that will really change the look of our kitchen.
As things speed up and progress towards the finish line I’ll be sharing updates here and on my new Instagram account @stonegable_blog.
My old Instagram was hacked and ransomed. Obviously, I did not pay the ransom! So the evil, vile people who hacked my account also destroyed it.
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