I’m back to share our week 5 kitchen renovation progress, and this space is starting to come together!
Hey friends! My week 5 kitchen renovation progress post is a little late this week because this deadline has creeped up on me a little too fast. I have been busy trying to get all of the finishing touches added to this space, and so I am a little behind this week. I have some more work to do still, which I will discuss in the post today, and then the big reveal will be next week! The One Room Challenge reveals will start going live on Thursday, but we have until Sunday to get our reveals linked up, so we’ll see how I do. I am not finished with the room yet, and I still have to style the space and take pictures. So I am going to be down to the wire with finishing this room!
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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!
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You may notice that we have our backsplash installed! I knew all along that I was probably going to choose a classic white subway tile, and that pretty much what I went with. For this kitchen renovation, I really wanted to make classic choices that would stand the test of time. I also wanted to use neutral colors so that I would not get tired of it. And this way I can easily change out accessories and decor for a new look any time I want to.For this tile backsplash, I wanted to choose something budget friendly as well. I knew I wanted white subway tile, and I knew I wanted it to be a matte white. I found this particular subway tile at Home Depot. It is smaller than the standard size of subway tile, but for the price I decided to go with it because I wasn’t finding a lot of matte white tiles at Home Depot, and at the time I didn’t have time to go to several stores and shop around. The grout I chose is also sold at Home Depot, and the color I chose is called natural grey
I also painted the walls in the kitchen and the adjoining breakfast room. Our entire downstairs is one open space, and we won’t be painting all of the walls right away, so it was important for me to choose a paint color that would not clash with the existing paint color of the rest of the walls. After much deliberation and lots of samples taped up to the wall, I chose a color called sentimental beige, by Behr. I had expected to choose a Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams color, but this color just spoke to me for this room, and so I went with it. It’s a creamy neutral color that is just enough of a contrast with the cabinets. It really brightened up this area, and it looks good with the existing paint color.
You can also see our farmhouse lanterns for the first time in this below photo! Actually these are the second lanterns I tried over the island. The first ones I ordered were all wrong, and not as pictured in my opinion. So I had to go back to the drawing board. But it all worked out in the end, because I am completely smitten with my second choice!
You can also see the finished upper cabinets that we had custom built in this photo. The glass and hardware are all installed. And these upper cabinets are the star of the show in this room in my opinion. You can see before photos in my week one post.
I also painted the three doors in this space. I am a huge fan of black doors, so I want to slowly paint all of our interior doors in black. I got two of them knocked out for this challenge. I painted the door leading to the garage and the sunroom door in plum martini by Benjamin Moore. You can see that color on the door in the photo above – the one on the right. This particular door has a doggie door in it, and I also plan on painting it, but I need to pick up some primer because it is plastic, so I want to prime it first so that the paint will adhere better.
I decided to paint the pantry door in a different color that the rest of the doors, just for fun. And I decided to use a paint color that I had on hand to help keep costs down. the color is called Grey Owl by Benjamin Moore. And this is also the color I painted on the walls in our master bedroom. I also used this color in several areas in our old house back in WV. I am not completely in love with it, but I still consider it an improvement over the before. It is fresh and clean, and it looks good with the white cabinets, so it is fine for now. I may paint it a more bold pop of color at some point though. I added the little grocery sign to the door to tie in the back from the other two doors I painted.
these next two photos are a peek at the other side of the room, our breakfast room. I really love how this black door that leads to our sunroom turned out. But after I painted the walls in the lighter color, and the doors were black, I felt like this window with the plantation shutters was screaming for a pop of color, so I took the plunge and painted the window ledge black to match.
These plantation shutters are very nice, and they were here when we moved in. I am sure they were expensive to install, and I love having them, but the only thing about them i that they are a creamy white, not a true white. So, I have to live with them and work around them. I like the way the wall color I chose helps them blend in a little better with the room, but the pop on black on the window ledge was just what this area needed. There is a little voice in my head telling me to paint these shutters. Now, this is something I would probably not take on myself. I would have to call in a professional because there is no way I would take on a job like that. Have any of you reading this ever painted plantation shutters before? If so, please tell me the details in the comments below.
I still need to seal this black ledge with some polyurethane. But I went ahead and put it back together until I get some sealer. The one back thing about moving is that I had to leave so much of my stash of DIY products behind. I used to have a nice supply of products already on hand, and now I am completely starting over. So I still need to pick up a few things so that I can finish off this space.
I still have a two things to do in this room, which I am about to start working on as soon as I hit publish. I need to finish painting our breakfast room chairs, and then I need to give our barstools a little makeover. I also need to paint all of the baseboards. I can’t wait to get the baseboards painted in our entire downstairs, because they are horrible looking right now. They haven’t had any attention in years! I have to say, we sure have come a long way in this house since we moved in in July. This kitchen looks like a completely different space. But oh my, do we have a long way to go in this house for the next several years. I hope you will stick around with me for the ride! Because I’ll be sharing it all, as we get around to making more changes in our yellow prairie house! Stay tuned next week for the big reveal of our new kitchen and breakfast room!
Cabinet Color- Simply White by Benjamin Moore
Island Color- Kendall Charcoal By Benjamin Moore
Garage and Sunroom door color- Plum Martini by Benjamin Moore
Pantry door color- Grey Owl by Benjamin Moore
Wall color- Sentimental Beige by Behr
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
- paint breakfast table chairs
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