I feel like Chip Gaines…

Ok, so maybe not really, but there has been a lot of demo going on in my house this week! Thankfully, I have had the luxury of not doing any of it myself. That’s probably for the good of the project anyway.

Let’s take a step back. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a flurry of activity as we prepare for our biggest renovation yet – a new kitchen. We have lived in our house for about 6 years and the kitchen was one thing I knew I wanted to change from the very first time I walked through the door.

Don’t get me wrong. Our before is hardly terrible. The kitchen was original to our early 2000’s house and was really builder grade to start. That combined with the fact that style changes so rapidly meant this was hardly my dream kitchen. Light wood cabinets that were just not my taste, Formica wood trimmed counters. Probably most importantly, we have really been struggling to fit what we need in a very limited amount of cabinet space. Our family doubling really pushed this project from “someday” to “can we start yesterday?”

To wrap up what we’re planning in a nutshell, here’s a quick summary:

  • New, taller white custom cabinets with crown molding
  • Quartz counter tops
  • Increasing the space between the counters and upper cabinets to 18″
  • Extending the cabinets into the breakfast nook area
  • Taking the bar down to counter height and adding counter stools
  • Adding a white subway tile backsplash with a beautiful herringbone marble feature in a small area
  • Adding beadboard and board and batten on the backside of the island

I think that about sums it up! We had two days of demo over the weekend which brought us here:

It is going to be a challenge to survive without the use of our kitchen for the better part of two weeks but we are making the best of it. We have a microwave in the boys playroom and we’re eating of paper plates whenever possible. It will all be worth it in the end but I will admit, this part is a little bit tough.

Want to see more? Visit my Instagram to see more progress, some of the finishes I have picked out, and ongoing updates of our construction as it progresses. I will keep blogging about our journey here too. I can’t wait to share this fun slice of my life as it all comes together!

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