Monday, October 29, 2012

Kitchen Remodel

As promised, we want to show you our kitchen reveal!
 
If you have been following along with our updates on updating our home, you would know that we moved in a year and a half ago and lived without a kitchen for the first month in our new house.
 
We gutted the kitchen, among other rooms, the day we got the keys to this little estate. Ever since we have slowly been putting it back together again.
 
Our kitchen went through two phases, you can read about them HERE  and HERE and HERE and HERE.
 
 After a lot of shopping around, and dusty days eating on the living room floor, we are so happy with our final result.
I so hope that you like it too!
 
I wish you were here now, dropping by to see our kitchen!
 It would be so nice to have someone just drop in when the kitchen was actually presentable. ;) 
 
And today it is -- so wont you come on in!?
It is so nice to have you visiting today!
 
 
 Come in, come in, take a closer look around...
 
 
If you were actually here today, we would offer you a drink.
 
 
While we happily showed you that we don't have corners in our kitchen dedicated to storing tools -- anymore
 Remember???

We would explain to you the shape and design of the kitchen a year and a bit ago.
 

We would tell you about the dance floor in the middle of the kitchen --which would have been great if we could have learned the whole "Thriller" dance...don't tell me you haven't tried too.


We would remind you of the weird shaped half wall....

 
And we would tell you about living without a kitchen for a while and how the long nights and weekends have turned this...
 

 
Into this...
 

In a perfect world, you would drop by and we wouldn't have paint on our clothing, and I would have definitely washed my hair for the first time in days --shhhhhh.

 It would be mid day on a weekend and our house would feel lazy, relaxing and welcoming. We would be so pleased to have you here; we would go about the kitchen happily updating you on the projects we have been working hard at.

 
We would point out the newly widened entrance to the kitchen and how we built the wall up to the ceiling and said farewell to that weird shaped half wall. 
 
 
Hubby and I would probably argue over who's idea it was to put the island in.
We talked about it HERE.
 
We would show you that the newly built up wall ended up being the perfect place to house our extra deep fridge. We would talk about how the living room area has a much better lay out now that we have a wall to put our television on.
 
 You would full heatedly agree with us that two televisions is any marriage will make for happy partners when Monday night football and The Bachelorette  the news are simultaneously on.
 
 
We would offer you a coffee or tea from our little coffee corner. The one that was made out of floating shelves and left over counter top.

 
Hubby would complain that I am always rearranging the shelves and he never knows where to find his beloved coffee disks.
 
 
I would point to the cute crate we inherited from my mother and tell him matterafactly that they have been in that spot for at least a week. ;)
 

You would obviously join with me and together we would try to convince my husband that milk glass and white dishes in general are adorable, and that this big jar was such a steal for three dollars.
 
 
I would know better then to offer you sugar with your coffee or tea at this point, because clearly, you are already sweet enough.
 

I would  brag to you about hubby's carpentry skills, and how I couldn't be happier with the custom corner pantry he lovingly built. 
 
Because we are basically besties at this point, I might even show you how much the corner pantry can hold -- and we might just pull out my stash of dark chocolate and have a piece for good measure.

 
Hubby and I would show you that for once our kitchen sink doesn't have random dishes in it.

 
We would tell you that the kitchen sink is wonderful for bathing babies in and filling mile high with dirty pots and pans.
 
You would nod approvingly because you know that sometimes dishes need to sit in the sink for a weekend soak.
 
 
 
 
I would clarify that the blue jar is not filled with candies but in fact soaps for our dishwasher. 

 
 
(This sink will never be this clean again. Please excuse its debut photo shoot.)
 
 
We would probably end up gathering around the island with our drinks in hand, elbows propped up on the edges and catch up on life while the kids raced around us.

 
Hubby would tell you that I can never keep these drawers as organized as he would like. I would joke that someone in our house likes to pile junk on our counters and that I have to hide it away for impromptu guests like you that we soooo enjoy. :)


We would ask if you could come by another time for dinner, and turn our attention to the gas stove.
 
 
Hubby would suggest he is a better cook...
 
 
I would roll my eyes. We would all laugh.
 

Hubby would begin to tell you the story of our stone back splash. I would tell you that I transported it in my little car one day with two babies in tow. I would make a big deal about having to carry all that stone in a rain storm. 
Then you would both roll your eyes at me.
 
 
Hubby would joke that the wine fridge pulls double duty around here.
How it hides my tiling attempt and how its contents keep me happy.
But if my father is reading this, there is only sparkling water in that fridge. ;)
 
Sure enough, Hubby is the better tiling pro. I need another lesson, or to at least learn how to use a wet saw properly. Live and learn!
 
 
Our kids by this time, would have probably erased any shopping list that was scrawled on the kitchen chalkboard. They would have replaced it with games of "x's and o's". Hubby and I wouldn't notice or remember though, until going out for our next shopping trip later in the week.
 
 
I would tell you that our hanging pendant light above the island DOES in fact give us enough task light at night.
 
 
Hubby would say it isn't bright enough and that is why there is always too much butter on his bowl of popcorn.
 
  
We would talk and joke some more while we catch up with the projects you are doing around your place.

Then one of us would mention that "popcorn does sound good about now" and we would happily pull out the big kettle corn popper that is stored in the pantry by the wine fridge. In seconds the whole house would be smelling of movie theatre goodness.
 
 
Time would pass and there would be more doodling on the chalkboard and children giggling and jumping about with buttery popcorny fingertips.
 
We would pull out a nice bottle of something special and talk, laugh and share some more around the kitchen island, in the heart of our home.
 
It would be late by time we had caught up enough to possibly say goodbye. We would all agree that we should do this more often and that next time we should actually plan a dinner.
 
Hubby would joke that he will do the cooking, since he is in fact the "better cook".
 
 
You and I would roll our eyes and smile while planning a date for the next time you are around our neighbourhood.

We would hug you goodbye and tell you to come again soon.

The door would close behind you and we would look at each other with smiles.

We would go on and on about how we love having old and new friends over and how we better finish this house before we are ninety -- so we can, sooner than later, enjoy it with the ones we love.
 
PS: I cant wait to share HOW we got to this point. I hope you will visit again to read about how to save and while doing a remodel. I will be sharing where we got steals and deals and where to get them if you have a kitchen remodel in your future. And of course, what NOT to do when tiling a back splash.


PPS: If you are visiting from "Better After" today, I am so happy you came to visit!! I hope you enjoyed our quick tour!!!! Have a blessed day!
xo

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32 comments:

Anne said...

Beautiful job! Much nicer layout. xox

Frances said...

Love your kitchen!
I also love the rest of your house that you have shown!
Could you come decorate mine! Make it nice& pretty!! haha
I was against putting things away in my house because my toddler would get into everything & I have no put everything away!
I dont know how you do it!!

Becky Totten said...

Great job Bethany, it looks amazing! Maybe you could give me some ideas for my space :).

~ Becky

Mel said...

Stunning kitchen renovation! You all are obviously so proud of the finished result, as you should be. Thanks for the invite in for the tour.

I HAVE to know where you got the mini-pop crate? I have such fond memories of mini-pop as a young girl in Toronto.

Thanks for stopping by, if you hadn't left a comment I wouldn't have found you.

Arli said...

It's gorgeous! You did an amazing job. Love all your choices. I hope you're happily cooking, eating and enjoying with your family and friends for many years to come in this masterpiece. Thanks for the tour.

Kelly @ thelilypadcottage said...

So beautiful! I love the little coffee bar especially - great job!

Bethany@http://thislittleestate.blogspot.ca/ said...

Thank you girlies!
Anne- glad you approve of the new layout! The kids like to run around the new wall and play tag! They pprove too. :)
Frances- luckily my kids are use to pretty things being at eye level and we have never had them be interested in touching our things, even as babues! Fingers crossed.
becky-I would come over anytime! ;0
Mel- my mom go the pop crate for me from a littl antique store. I wish I had another one to give you!
Arli- thanks for visiting and taking the tour. :)
Kelly- Im glad you like the coffee bar too, we may be a little addicted here. ;)

Brandi said...

Your kitchen is gorgeous! You have such a beautiful home.

twelve-O-eight said...

Gorge!!! I see there is hope for my kitchen now :) It's a see of oak, sooo ready to update. I love the sink, hardware, open shelving. You did a lovely job

xoxo, Tanya

Candace Martineau said...

What a gorgeous kitchen! I love your choices in tile and granite, and also that you didn't go with white. Love love love!

Anonymous said...

I can't think of one thing I don't LOVE in your kitchen. Even the tap is sexy. I've been stalking a mixer tap for our bathroom. Calling it "my sexy tap". I was at my mum in laws when my sis in law asked if I'd got my sexy tap yet. My mum in law tuned and asked "you're getting a sexy tat? ( tattoo). " what kind of sexy tat are you getting" sounding very concerned. After giggling for a few minutes I explained it we were talking about taps. And the one I wanted I thought, looked sexy. My poor mum in law seemed more confused about a sexy tap than sexy tat. Hahaha.
Anywhoooo, your kitChen looks amazing, you should be real proud of your hard work. Jojo :)

Autumn said...

Oh my, you are so cute! I feel like I am coming over for a visit any minute and this is my 1st time visiting This Little Estate. Although my sister's name is Bethany so maybe that is it...no for sure it's your writing style!

I love what you did. The layout is genius! BTW I am impressed that you attempted tiling/the wet saw. Way more then I would have tried. I'm visiting from Happy Hour party.

Bethany@http://thislittleestate.blogspot.ca/ said...

Candice - with our crazy/messy family we would never be able to keep a white kitchen clean! And we cook alld ay every day so it would be like having another job! Though, I love a white kitchen!

Bethany@http://thislittleestate.blogspot.ca/ said...

Jojo - that story is too funny!! A sexy tat! lol

Sarah KGeltink said...

OH MY GOSH! Bethany!!! It is gorgeous! My favourite is your sink! Man, I would die for that... but seriously looks like a magazine kitchen!

I will have to remember it when I get to redo a kitchen of my own ;)

Kristine at The Painted Hive said...

Oh, WOW! This as adorable. I love all of it!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Marvelous makeover, Bethany! I'm sure it was well worth the wait.

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll join the fun each week. Be sure to stop in tonight to see yourself featured.

Blessings,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

The Pink Geranium said...

I know I am not supposed to covet...but I really want your lovely kitchen! Coming over after seeing your honors at Time Travel Thursday!

Jan @ The pink Geranium

Bethany@http://thislittleestate.blogspot.ca/ said...

Thanks for the kind words! Im glad you guys love it too. *blushing!*
xo

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

That is just one gorgeous kitchen!

Bethany@http://thislittleestate.blogspot.ca/ said...

Thank you for the kind words Sharon! I am so glad you like it! Thanks for visiting today! xo

Anonymous said...

I had the BEST time "visiting" you and your fabulous kitchen. Beautiful job! :)

Bethany@http://thislittleestate.blogspot.ca/ said...

I am so glad you had a good "visit"! Next time I will bake muffins ;)

DIY Show Off said...

Wow, Bethany! That's one stunning kitchen! Gorgeous choice in materials and lovely styling! I'm including a link back in my party highlights! Thanks for sharing!

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PML said...

Great job filling in that wall!! I don't like wide open kitchens. I think yours is perfect now. It looks great.

Bethany@http://thislittleestate.blogspot.ca/ said...

Thanks! I love closing up spaces when others like opening them up! TO each his own, but I am happy that you approve!!
xo

Chase Conely said...

What a beautiful kitchen! It has a vintage touch because of it's floor and countertop! Anyone would feel determined to come up with the best recipes with a kitchen like that!

Chase Conely

Katie said...

I'm here touring your home... :) Loving this kitchen remodel! What a transformation- you guys have done a lot of work and it looks fabulous!

Bethany@http://thislittleestate.blogspot.ca/ said...

Thank you so much Katie!! We have had a lot of ups and downs with the renovations but it is so nice to hear positive feedback! Thank you!

Chris Dancy said...

I too like a kitchen where I like to stand and cook and spend for most of the time. Your suggestions for kitchen are ultimate. Thank you so much for sharing. I am too in search of remodelling my kitchen in Cumbernauld but my kitchen space is somewhat smaller than the normal ones. Some of your ideas can be implemented in it. Thank you again.

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