So if you guys are anything like me…when it comes to blog posts on food/drinks/recipes, I tend to skip all the hullabaloo & scroll right down to the recipe. 😬 So in an attempt to save your thumbs from some unnecessary cramping, I’ll just get right to the reason you clicked on over here today! 😉 The recipe:
I can’t believe it. Our kitchen is finally done!!! The estimated 2.5 week renovation (which ACTUALLY took just under 5 weeks) wrapped up this past week & WE ARE THRILLED (and so relieved)!! Kitchen & bathroom renovations are no joke!! And my most frequently asked questions…
Was the experience painful? yes
Did you have to eat out every night? no, I wish! We (the hubs) grilled. Every. Single. Night
Would you do it again if you had to? hell yeah! I love the results!
Now, don’t get me wrong, things could most definitely have been worse. All things considered, it went pretty smoothly. It’s just that, keeping tiny fingers & toes out of the construction zone, making design choices without actually seeing them first, having our main home zones completely torn up, & the constant flow of people (strangers) in your home, sure can wear on ya after a while. Again, I’d do it all over in a heartbeat because it made SUCH a difference in the overall feel of our home; but….I just wanna make sure I’m giving any of you readers out there who are considering a major reno, the truth about what it’s like during construction.
Okay, now for the fun part. The before & after shots!! I’m pretty sure that’s why you’re all here so let’s do this!
Still a beautiful kitchen, just wanted it to be a little more “us”
Refrigerator & “butler’s pantry” view
This breakfast nook photo was taken from VHTStudios for the real estate listing
Now, just for fun, let’s take a look at the mock-ups I put together to help us visualize what the kitchen would actually look like when all was said & done!
To do this I just used Photoshop & a pic of our pre-renovated kitchen to create my design plans. I had so much fun putting these together! Plus, it was crazy helpful to to actually SEE our design choices before-hand. It gave me so much more confidence that we were making the best choices for our little fam! Not to mention, I was able to share it with the contractor as well, which was SUPER helpful!
Okay, so now that you’ve see the “vision”. Let’s see how it actually turned out!!
You like my daughter’s purple drawing of our family on the fridge? Lol! I couldn’t take it down!
I finally got to hang shiplap!!!
This used to be cabinetry but we removed it to do open shelving!
What do y’all think?? What a difference right?? HUGE transformation!! Here are a few more closer-up shots for you guys!
In love with these quartz countertops!!
We are absolutely THRILLED with the results!! It’s exactly what we were hoping for!! One of my favorite parts has to be the custom island! We love it so much & it’s got tons of storage (functionality was a MUST)! There are so many other fun details in this kitchen that you can’t see from these photos! I’m thinking about doing another in depth post about the renovation process (sneak peek of that below), & also some of the smaller details/design choices that went into this project (spice cabinet, hidden trash can, special outlets, cabinet lighting, etc.). What do y’all think, would you wanna see that?? Let me know in the comments below!!
Sneak Peek of the Kitchen Under Construction
Although it feels AMAZING now to have everything done, it definitely was NOT an easy process! If you’re thinking of doing a kitchen reno, or already have one in the works, feel free to reach out with any & all questions you may have!! I’m no expert, but if nothing else, I can at least relate to eating on paper plates for 5 weeks 😆!!
So the two most common questions I get (outside of “Will you please come decorate my house?” ← huge compliment when y’all ask me that btw) are around styling tiered trays & styling shelves. So, while I was doing a product shoot for one of our trays the other day, I had an idea to put a blog post together with my tray styling methods. I figured this way y’all could just refer back to it anytime you need it! ❤️
Tiered trays…super on trend these days as far as farmhouse decor goes. The great thing about them is, if they don’t look super cute, nobody really cares 😂 (it’s not like you’ll get criticized for having an ugly tiered tray), lol. BUT…if they’re done well, PEOPLE LOVE THEM!!! They can add such fun, flair, & personality to your space & they’re awesome for parties & entertaining! (Here are a few shots of trays I’ve styled in the past)
Guys! Have I been living under a rock?! (The real answer is probably yes because I’ve been avoiding staring at my disaster of a kitchen renovation–but that’s for another post & another day 🙄). Seriously though, am I the only person who didn’t realize that you can now shop ONLINE at T.J.MAXX?!?! #GAMECHANGER When I stumbled across this little detail, I knew I had to put something together for all my Farmhouse Home Decor fans out there!!
Ask and you shall receive!! So many of you guys shared some AWESOME ideas with me through Instagram on how to get creative with stuffing Easter eggs! Way to go you out-of-the-box thinkers!!
The ideas were so good that I just had to do a blog post so all of y’all could read them too! I’m also gonna give you guys some fun & unique ways to do the hunt itself! Oh, AND some cool ways to make the hunt more challenging for the older kids! So let’s HOP to it! (Get it? 😉)