Kitchen Renovation, September 2013

by Mandy Weger on February 21, 2014

We moved in to our house in 2008, when I was only 21 years old, and we decided right away to paint the kitchen bright orange and yellow (later, these colors would become our wedding colors).

It was bright, it was bold, and while it was a somewhat sloppy DIY paint-job, we were proud and loved it.

Fast forward a few years and we started looking at the kitchen with a little bit of horror, knowing that it was time to soften it up and go for something more sophisticated.

This past September, we finally (FINALLY) renovated our kitchen.


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We used Granite Transformations for the cabinets and counters, and I’m extremely happy with their work. They didn’t have to demolish anything, they just fit new countertops right over our existing ones, and then refaced our cabinets with thin vinyl and new doors. It took 6 business days for the work to be complete.

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The kitchen now feels very “us.” We spend the majority of our time in the kitchen, we love to cook and experiment, so it only made sense for us to make the most of it. Plus, we know we aren’t staying in this house forever and we’d have to redo parts of the house at some point, so we wanted to do the kitchen first so we could enjoy it for the longest.

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Our appliances are all Samsung, purchased at PC Richards (they gave us a far better deal than Home Depot or Best Buy).

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The backsplash is my favorite. We specifically picked the tile out separately from Granite Transformations, as I knew I wanted marble. Granite Transformations still installed the backsplash for us. Also–that’s a brown granite sink you’re looking at!

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Our china cabinet is from Crate & Barrel.
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We plan on swapping out the light fixtures soon for a more modern look, but haven’t found the right ones yet.

The only other thing missing is some artwork! We’ve been toying around with the idea of getting some prints of our favorite food photos that we’ve taken on our travels and create a gallery-style wall with some of the menus we’ve eaten framed as well. I’m a little intimidated by putting art on the walls, as every wall in the house is bare. Hopefully I’ll overcome this fear this year.

I’m incredibly happy with our kitchen and it’s giving me the urge to renovate something else in the house! I think new floors in the hallway/bedrooms/bathrooms are next. Perhaps a whole new master bath as well? We’ll see. ;)

  • Kristie W

    The renovated kitchen looks amazing!!! You guys have great taste. We have been in our house almost 5 years and I am itching to re-paint several rooms…but we have yet to finish other things lol. We couldn’t wait to have our own place…let’s throw lots of color on the walls! Now I find them too dark/bright and would prefer softer tones and jazz up the space with bold accessories that we can easily switch out. Maybe next year! Can’t wait to see what you do next.

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  • http://thehandcraftedlife.blogspot.com/ Morgan

    I love the moody grey tones you’ve got going in there now. It looks fabulous! I am especially loving your large sink, and am swooning over that faucet!

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  • Jess

    Love it!! Call me if you’d like help putting things on the wall. I have the opposite problem. I’ve got so much up, I’ve run out of wall space. Plus, I have an exceptionally tall husband with a super fancy level we could utilize! Lol-love ya!

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