Today marks week 4 of the Fall One Room Challenge, and I am back to share more of our kitchen renovation progress.
Hey friends! I hope you have been following along so far with my kitchen renovation that I have been sharing about. This is week four of the One Room Challenge, and I am back to share more kitchen renovation progress with you. And I am also starting to sweat because the deadline is growing near and I still have a few more projects to complete in this space. But I am excited to share some more progress with you today! This week, we have our new counters installed, which I am madly in love with. We also have a new farmhouse sink, a new faucet, and major progress on our kitchen island. You can see above the plans I had for the room when this all began.
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If you have not heard of the One Room Challenge (also called ORC), currently in its 16th season, it 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!
Kitchen Renovation Progress
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One thing I wanted to do in this kitchen was to enlarge the island a little. I decided to do this by adding a bookshelf to one end. This made the island bigger, and it gave me some shelves to display some pretties, so that was a win win. I also wanted to drop the island. You can see photos of the two tiered island that was here when we moved in by going back to last weeks post. Well, I am very happy to report that has been accomplished! We now have just one large kitchen island, and it is such a huge improvement in our living space! You can see in the photo above that they had to extend the drywall on the back of the island when the shelves were added. You can see in the photo below that they installed the new counters and sink, and in this photo they had it covered because they were getting ready to paint the island. I had them paint the island a color called Kendall Grey by Benjamin Moore. I even asked them to paint the bottom trim in that same color because I wanted it to be seamless.
I was so excited to arrive home that day to find out that my new farmhouse sink had been installed! It felt like Christmas morning getting this sink. I had been dreaming of a farmhouse sink for so long, and I can’t believe I finally have one! I had to shop around quite a bit to find a good quality sink within my budget, but I did pick a really great one from Wayfair that I would highly recommend! This sink was so heavy that I couldn’t even get it unboxed on my own, to take a look at it when it arrived.
It came with this basket strainer, which I just love having. My contractor even fell in love with this sink! He couldn’t believe I got it for the price I did, and that the basket strainer was included. He said he had another customer who paid much more for a farmhouse sink and the basket strainer was an extra $100. So I feel like I really picked a winner! You can also see here that they installed a new kitchen faucet. I am very happy with the faucet so far. It has a spray feature called spray shield technology, which I love. It keeps the splash level down when you are rinsing things like silverware and glasses.
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You can also see a look at the new counters I chose in the photo below. They are quartz, and I shared about them during my week two post. Our counters in our last house were very similar to these. But I loved them, and I knew I wanted something similar. I love the look of marble counters. And believe it or not, I could have actually afforded real marble counters for a very similar price to these quartz ones. But I just know me and my family, and I know that marble counters are extremely high maintenance and I just couldn’t take the risk. Maybe one day when my children are all grown and out of the house I will get real marble. But I really do think these counters look so close to the real thing!
In addition to the kitchen island progress that was made, they made more progress on the cabinets. In case you missed it, we had custom cabinets built above the existing cabinets, and then we had them al painted white. So now we have cabinets all the way to the ceiling, and it completely changed the look of this kitchen, not to mention that it increased the amount of cabinet space we have significantly.
I decided to have glass doors installed on part of the above cabinets, but I kept some of them solid so that they could be used to hide things that I need to store. You can see in the photo below that the cabinets over the fridge are solid, and so are the one over the stove. The glass or the hardware have not been installed on the top cabinetry yet. But this is a good shot of our new refrigerator, and I am madly in love with it for reals!
Due to budget reasons, we decided to stick with the stove, microwave and dishwasher that were already in the house. And they are fine, I can live with them for awhile. But one day we will replace all of the appliances, and I cannot wait for that day. It’s one of those situations where if one of them meets with an untimely death, I will not be sorry, if ya know what I mean! I can’t wait until the day that black microwave is a goner, just saying…
Cabinet Color- Simply White by Benjamin Moore
Island Color- Kendall Charcoal By Benjamin Moore
This past weekend, I got busy painting the walls in the breakfast room and the kitchen, and I also got started on painting the doors. Next week, I will share our new lighting over our island and the backsplash I chose. Everything is coming together, and I hope you are enjoying seeing the progress each week! Please join me right back here again next week to see how things are coming along. Only two more weeks until the big reveal!
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