Monday, September 1, 2014

Kitchen Reveal!

The work we set ourselves to in March has finally been brought to fruition. We have completed the kitchen/bath/laundry renovation. Yes, it took longer than I expected and if you are a DIYer you know that it is not uncommon to run into unexpected delays. In my case I usually think something is going to be a lot easier than it actually is. They make it look so easy on HGTV! All things considered, I am very happy with how it turned out and am amazed at the stamina of my Mr. Again, girls, when you marry-marry a hard worker! (And make sure he is handy!) Okay-on to the good stuff!

Mr. FixIt removing the upper cabinet doors
in what was a very small pantry area.
We replace the window but now it is in the bathroom!

The pantry with upper cabinets removed.

Mr.FixIt is standing where the wall dividing bathroom and pantry
used to be.
What had been a small pantry with a wall that separated it from a small half bath was made into our new bathroom/laundry. That reveal can be seen here. There was NO insulation in the walls and there was no insulation under the floor-leaving the kitchen very cold in the winter.

The new window!

The dresser we made into a vanity. See post here.

So, that is what happened on one side of the wall but what happened on the kitchen side?

The chalkboard is where the doorway to the pantry was.

We stayed with white appliances as the fridge and microwave were only a year old. I am glad
we did as I think anything else would have broken up the flow of the cabinets.

This is the tile I ended up with and the outlet that gave me so much trouble-
no longer an issue thanks to a little ingenuity and a well placed utensil jar!

This is what it used to look like. And yes, my photo skills leave much to be desired.

That same corner now.

There are still little things to tweak here and there. We want to put something over the refrigerator to cover the space between it and the cabinet above. I have to still fix the inside my utility cabinet on the side of the fridge. When I get around to that I will post more pictures.

I love the light and for that reason I have been dragging my feet on getting curtains up. I went looking for ready made ones but the ones I liked are not supposed to be washed. What good is that in a kitchen?! So, I have succumbed to the idea that I have to make them.  I did buy fabric and have an idea of how I want them to look so when I get a free minute I will start on that.

It is September 1st! It has taken us six months to complete this project working nights and weekends. Mr. did take a week off at one point to get some intensified work done. We are very happy with the outcome.

Tomorrow is September 2nd and that means back to school. The girls and I will delving into the 19th century this year. I am looking forward to it now that things have returned to some form of normal for us around here. Of course, that is not to say that there are not other projects already in the works! Thanks for sticking with us through this renovation..... and stay tuned. There is always more to come.

Linking up: Must Love Home, The DIY Village


  1. Wow! I'm so glad I decided to blog hop today, because I wouldn't want to miss out on the wonderful changes you and your hubby made to your home. You are so right about how easy they make things look on HGTV, but you two did a fabulous job. There isn't anything that I don't love in those rooms. I think my favorites are the dresser that you made into a vanity, the chalkboard and that adorable curtain over your new window. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week... :)

    1. Dee D, glad you stopped by, too! It is always nice to "meet" new people. I am glad to know that some of my favorite things about the renovation are your favorite things! Stop by anytime; there is always something going on.

  2. Your transformation looks FABULOUS! What a great job your family did! I also can't help mentioning how precious it is that you honored your husband repeatedly in this post. So God honoring! Way to go! Denise

  3. You and your husband have done a lot of hard work and it payed off! I love your kitchen! I hope to be doing a kitchen re-do soon and I hope that my husband will help me as much as your husband helped you with yours.

  4. Wow! What you did to your kitchen is amazing. It seems that you and your husband have such a strong bond to both agree with each other's idea regarding the makeover and decorating of your home. You guys really did a great job. Thanks for sharing that, Jolena! All the best to your family!

    Helene Raymond @ Trade Squad

    1. Thanks, Helene! Our marriage is definitely a blessing from God. My husband is very opinionated (for a guy) when it comes to decorating. We always come to an agreement of some sort and the results are always something we can both live with. Thanks for the visit. Stop by any time.

  5. This is awesome! I've been trying to do some bathroom renovation , and this gave me some great insight for things to try. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I am so glad that you found inspiration here! Thanks for spending time with me. I do hope you visit again soon.