I am joining the One Room Challenge Today and will be sharing our plans for a kitchen renovation in our new home in Texas.
Hey friends! It’s an exciting day around here because today marks the first day of the Fall One Room Challenge™ and it’s hard to believe, but I am throwing my hat into this challenge for the fifth time. This is our biggest and most expensive home renovation ever, and I am so excited to share it all with you right here! I will be sharing our kitchen renovation with you every Thursday for the next 4 weeks, and then during the week of November 7-10, I will be sharing our brand new kitchen for the big reveal. Much of the work is already finished, and we are smitten, so I cannot wait to share all of the nitty gritty with you.
In case you missed it, we recently relocated halfway across the country to Austin, Texas – and bought a new house that we have deemed our yellow prairie house. You can see a full before tour of our new home before we moved in and began making changes here. Each Thursday for the next 5 weeks I will be posting about my progress and plans for this kitchen makeover.
You can find each of my previous One Room Challenge™ rooms by clicking the links below:
If you have not heard of the One Room Challenge (also called ORC), currently in its 16th season, is a widely anticipated biannual event every April and October. Each round, twenty design bloggers take the challenge and transform a space. It is hosted by Better Homes and Gardens. Wednesdays is the day for the design bloggers to go live with their progress, and Thursdays is the day for all the guest participants to go live. You guys will be amazed at these reveals, they are just beyond words good!
If you found me through the ORC Link up, welcome! I am so happy you are here! My name is Nicki and I am the blogger behind Sweet Parrish Place. I love to share our DIY and home decor shenanigans, along with some organization, fashion, travel and other lifestyle types of topics. Thanks for reading!
Let me start by sharing the before photos of the kitchen in our new home. These photos were taken before we closed on the house.
One of the reasons we chose to buy this house was because it was at a low enough price point that we knew we would still have money left over to renovate this kitchen. This kitchen was not horrible. I actually liked the layout and the space it had, but I began envisioning this kitchen renovation long before we moved in.
I have always loved a white kitchen, so I knew I wanted the cabinets to go white, but after painting the cabinets in our old house myself, twice, I just did not see myself painting more cabinets. Especially after I just painted cabinets a year ago for the One Room Challenge. So this time, I wanted to leave it to the professionals. I also wanted to have custom cabinets built to go above the existing cabinets, all the way to the ceiling, with glass fronted doors.
I also knew that I wanted to change up the existing island significantly, by enlarging it, dropping the island, which was two tiers, painting it a contrasting color, and adding a bookshelf to one side. I would love to replace all of the appliances eventually, but that is not currently in our budget, so we decided to replace just the refrigerator for now. And I knew I wanted to go white for the refrigerator. Maybe not the most popular choice, but I just knew that’s what I wanted. We chose the most amazing Kitchen Aid refrigerator in white with stainless steel details, and I am just in love with it! It has the clean lines I wanted, and although it does not have a water dispenser or ice maker on the door front, that is one of the things I loved about it! We still do have a water dispenser inside the door, and it does have an ice maker. You just have to reach in and get the ice, which does not bother me in the slightest. This is the refrigerator we went with. It’s the thing my refrigerator dreams are made of!
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I hope to add a new dishwasher, microwave, and stove that go with our new refrigerator, but that won’t be part of this ORC. The good news is that I think our dishwasher might be on it’s last legs! So, I am hoping it will go to that big dishwasher place in the sky soon so I can replace it with a new one, ha!
I thought I would share some inspiration photos for you of the kitchen that inspired me when I was planning this renovation.
The first inspiration photo was chosen for the look of the white refrigerator against the white cabinets. I am in love with this look. The second photo was chosen for the dark kitchen island. I want to go a dark grey with our island. And the third was chosen for the upper cabinets with glass doors. This was numero uno on my list of things I wanted for this space.
I will leave you today by sharing a list of things to be completed in our kitchen renovation. Please don’t forget to join me right here at this time next week for the first photos I will be sharing of the progress in this space.
To Do List For Kitchen Makeover
- paint cabinets white
- replace lighting over island
- Remove ceiling light and add recessed lighting
- add new counter tops
- paint doors
- add shelving to island
- have custom cabinets built above existing cabinets
- paint ceiling
- paint walls
- add new accessories and decor
- paint trim
- drop kitchen island to just one level
- add subway tile backsplash
- install garbage cans into an island cabinet
- install new farmhouse sink
- install new kitchen faucet
- paint existing bar stools
That is a lot to do, and as I said before, a lot of this work has already been completed. But I will share bits f the progress each week. We did hire professionals for most of the hard work. But I will be painting the walls in the kitchen and the adjoining breakfast room. I will also be painting the trim and three doors. The pantry door the door that leads to the garage, and the door that leads to the sunroom. Since the breakfast room is right next to the kitchen, this space will get a mini makeover too, with new paint on the walls and the doors being painted.
We had barstools that we had stored in our attic for the entire time we lived in our last house. Because I really like them and knew I wanted to use them again one day. They got pretty beat up during the move halfway across the country, so I will be painting them, and the chairs that go with our breakfast room table because they were damaged as well. I have to say, I was not happy that some of our furniture got damaged in the move. I had just painted our dining chairs last winter, and now they need to be repainted, ugh! I refinished our table and chairs just last winter, and you can see that post here.
I can’t wait to share more with you about this renovation. It has quickly become our favorite room in our house. And we are very happy with the professionals we hired to do this renovation. So if you are local to the Austin area and looking for someone to do some work for you, send me a message, and I will put you in contact with our contractor.
Meet me back here next week and I will have progress to share!
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