In Progress: The Kitchen Reno

Our biggest project to date: the kitchen. Since the kitchen renovation started/so much happened prior to the blog starting I don’t think I’ll rehash every little thing we’ve done thus far. But, as an overall recap:

We had to expand our deck, get a sliding door installed, cover up a door and window, move plumbing, have lots of electrical done, and, oh, gut nearly our whole upstairs before putting it back together again. Since our house is a split level this renovation impacted the landing/entry, the upstairs hallway, the dining room, the kitchen, the living room, and the back deck.

The reno started the day after Hannah’s birthday party and the kitchen became functional (all appliances in use, cabinets, counters) 6 weeks later.

This was the night before the demo started. We spent that day cleaning, packing and getting ready to go. The dumpster came the following Monday morning and we had it for ten days. We had lots to put in it from the kitchen along with scrap wood from other projects (and even that crappy old white fence ๐Ÿ˜ณ). Getting the dumpster was baller and totally a necessity. It was amazing to be able to throw away so much crap. Definitely recommend the company we worked with. They’re called “Bin There Dump That”.

We removed two walls (shown above) and, by covering the old back door and window, (which you can kinda see in the bottom right with the sunlight showing through them) we gained so much more counterspace and cabinets. The walls weren’t load bearing (we had a structural engineer come out) so we were able to completely open the upstairs and put the island and some barstools where the walls were.

This is kinda where we’re at now. New cabinets/countertops, new engineered bamboo floors, a new sliding glass door, new recessed lighting, and our amazingly massive sink. Don’t mind the super mess above as we’d just been getting moved back into the upstairs in the picture above.

Here’s a kinda-maybe-comprehensive list of what we have left to do:

  • Touch up paint (ceiling, walls, trim)
  • Painting/Installing the rest of our new baseboards/trim
  • Hanging the vinyl house siding (backside of house)
  • Vent the microwave vent through the roof
  • Install the backsplash

The first tasks that we plan to knock out are the backsplash and painting the trim upstairs. I’m planning to have the project completely done in time for Thanksgiving so we can host at our house this year (speaking of Thanksgiving I can’t wait to decorate for fall!! ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽƒ – another post for sure).

The backsplash we’re doing is white subway tile from Lowe’s (yay for timeless and resale ๐Ÿ’ธ). We already bought the supplies and are borrowing a tile saw from Rob’s grandpa. I’ll be sure to follow up with posts as we finish up the to-do list and get to decorate!

Decorating is one of my favorite parts so I can’t wait for that and will post some before and after pictures! ๐Ÿ˜ We’ve been slowly getting some of the new pieces we want for the upstairs after the remodel and I’m loving getting to see it all come together. I snagged some cute wall art off Amazon (1 & 2), a 4 pack of barstools on Amazon, a jute rug on sale at Target, a coffee table and end table off Wayfair, and might get this rug on eSaleRugs for the living room. I can’t wait for it all to be complete and done up for fall and then it’ll be my favorite holiday: Christmas! ๐ŸŽ„

So we’re not done yet and we still have a few things to do but I’m excited with how far we’ve come and how it’s all turning out! Yay for the #homerenolife ๐Ÿก