The kitchen was the last room to be completed. Mainly because most of our appliances were on backorder. Months of living in a dust bowl without a kitchen, Covid, virtual learning with my son, etc...I was convinced at times that our kitchen renovation would never happen. I am not going to lie, I really enjoyed take-out, Door Dash and our parents dropping off meals for us! My son got really good at using the microwave and I made more back and forth trips to our garage refrigerator than I can count!
Our kitchen is the renovation that I'm most proud of. It was the most challenging and time consuming. It is also where we spent the majority of our budget. However, it is my DREAM kitchen! It is the hub of our house and where we spend most of our time. I recognized the potential it had from the very first viewing as it is literally the first thing you see when you walk in the front door.
Here is a picture of what the kitchen looked like on our first viewing. It had light oak cabinets, tray ceilings, an L-shaped island with corian countertops, linoleum flooring and a large column staring you right in the face. It was such a spacious kitchen and I could instantly vision baking during the holidays with my kids and week nights eating supper around the island.
We knew from the beginning there was a lot we wanted to change in the kitchen to make it more functional for our family and fit our style. However, another family was living in the house right up until closing, so we did not have a good chance to get in there and measure, etc.
Fast forward to today and this is our new kitchen.
So much went down in this kitchen that I don't even know where to begin showing you around but let's start with one of the biggest changes in this space - the cabinetry. Our old cabinets were original to the house and in pretty good shape internally. Externally, they were not our style or color so changing them up was a no-brainer. I went with a simple Shaker style that is timeless, yet modern at the same time and decided on white for the cabinets around the perimeter of the kitchen.
I love how clean a white kitchen looks, but I also wanted to add some warmth and a pop of color to break up all the white.