Monday, February 18, 2013

Almost Before & After | Our New Kitchen

This post is image heavy. Enjoy.

Okay, I'm giving in... here's a sneak peak, hence, the "almost" before and after because we aren't quite finished and, with reno A.D.D., I'm not sure we'll ever get there. Oh and it's kind of a happy family day present to you (or President's day)... So here goes.

After you get through the shady, dark, red-walled, before pictures... you will see the beauty. I promise not to talk to much, just let the pictures do it for you. And... just to get this question out of the way, I designed it, we (hubby and I) put together the cabinets and the hubby did the rest, because this is in fact an Ikea Kitchen! And those are definitely some granite countertops (our splurge on the project, okay the appliances were kinda a splurge too). Anyways, here goes.


Not so beauty:

Almost there:

Hold tight:

Oh there it is, beauty:

And, here's about as much decor as there gets:

And here are the lights I kinda created for way less (here's the blog post - diy pendant lights).

Oh and here's what is left to do. (Besides paint the ceiling and trim around the window.)

Add subway tile like so, only with lighter grout:


And create some awesome artwork to put on each side of the range hood, because my decor kind of sucks right now and I really really want some. So, someday I'll post some and show you how to make them and they will hang like so:

Phew! Picture overload or what? What do you think of the sneak peak? I promise sometime this year we will have backsplash and I will share the actual finished kitchen. Until then, that was it. Our Ikea Kitchen designed by moi and built by the hubster. :o)

It's time to link it up :)

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  1. What a beautiful transformation! Would you be willing to share where you got the pendant lights and shades? I'd like to do something similar, only cover the shades in a fabric that I have in mind...The granite you chose is gorgeous, I love that it's not super thick and the color looks nice and airy. Love your kitchen!

    1. Thanks! I bought the lights from Home Depot and the shades from Ikea. You can read more about them here: If you're from the USA, I'm sure Lowes would have a better pendant to use, we just couldn't use them because they aren't CSA approved. (I think that's right terminology... that's the hubsters field of excellence). Anyways, thanks for popping by :)

  2. Wow, your kitchen has come a long way! It looks fantastic. I love the handles on your cabinets.

  3. WOW! Just found you from the monday funday party and this is amazing!! Congrats on the gorgeous new kitchen!

  4. Wow! Dream kitchen! Beautiful choices and love your DIY light fixture too!