Sunday, November 8, 2009

Kitchen Is Done!

Yes, the kitchen reno is done. We've spent the weekend moving back into the kitchen and unpacking quite a bit of kitchen stuff that has been sitting in our basement for the past year.

Here are some before/after pictures of it. Overall we're really happy with how it came out. We found a lot of good inspiration online that made putting the whole thing together a lot easier. In particular we found the kitchen at Rambling Renovators to be a good resource. We also spent a good amount of time watching Sarah's House 2 on HGTV by Sarah Richardson.

This is a collage we made when submitting our kitchen to CityTV's 48 hour renovation contest. It does a pretty good job of capturing the hideous "old lady peach" that the room used to be.

... and here is the kitchen now:

The fridge is a 33" counter depth by Samsung that we got a great deal on.

Given the lack of counter space we have we decided to dedicate a drawer to being a spice rack. We cook alot and digging through 24 jars to find cumin gets old fast. This drawer is right next to the stove, super convenient.

We went with a Fridgidaire dishwasher because it was the cheapest dishwasher that was all stainless (on the outside anyways...).

Here is the tiny eating nook we made where I am typing this right now :o).

This is our coffee station, super close to the eating nook. We pretty much optimized this side of our kitchen for getting breakfast/coffee in a hurry.

We started demolishing our kitchen on Sept. 19 and are now working in a finished kitchen on Nov. 8. Note that we are the exception and not the rule, but we think it's important to mention that, yes, if you have the skill/motivation a 100% DIY kitchen renovation can be had in a timely manner. One advantage of DIY is that you can work as fast or as slow as you want on your kitchen. In our case, we worked quite hard on the kitchen (this means getting up early even on weekends and pulling a solid 10+ hr day to make up for the fact that you are not a contractor that can do 8 hr days each week day). I'll admit it wasn't always easy or fun, but doing it ourselves also meant that the work was up to our standard. We (ok one of us in particular) is quite anal. Doing it ourselves mean knowing that the drains/wiring were all up to code. Also on the aesthetic side we got to include little details such as putting returns on the end of runs of baseboard. We also were able to give our Ikea kitchen a more custom look using backfeeds and hardwired undercabinet lighting. We also had the advantage of not having to wait on other people's schedules to get the work done.

Design/cost wise, we followed some advice we saw HGTV from Sarah Richardson. Her advice is to save on the cupboards and floors and then splash out on counter/backsplash/appliances. We went with this approach and especially as a result of the Ikea cupboards we ended up with a much nicer kitchen than if we had gone with similarly priced home depot cupboards.


Jessica @ Decor Adventures said...

I really love the colors you chose. Looks great and done in no time!

Where is the back splash from?

vez said...

Looks great! I like the breakfast nook and coffee area ... clever use of space.

Lj82 said...

The kitchen looks amazing! So much more high-end than Ikea! Congrats on the completion- must be an absolute pleasure to "eat-in" now. :)

Why S? said...

It's all beautiful. Congratulations and happy cooking.

micah said...

It looks so amazing! We just finished our kitchen too although it was not 100% DIY. It's a good feeling :) GREAT job!

Valerie said...

congratulationd !
not only it is beautiful bbut it must be a brand new (daily) life starting !
(soory can't leave my bloglink because you don't have the name/URL enabled)

Deb said...

Your kitchen is totally gorgeous! Congrats!

Wallpaper said...

I am in LOVE!! I adore the kitchen, the colours are awesome, and the fact that you did it all by yourselves...amazing!

I am also in the middle of finishing the kitchen reno in my's been a long process, but your lovely new kitchen gives me hope!

Freckles Chick said...

::jaw dropping to floor::

GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS! Did I mention your kitchen's gorgeous?!

I love how the granite you chose adds such a depth of warmth to the space. And that backsplash is TO.DIE.FOR. The cabs are Ikea?! Would have never guessed.

You guys deserve a HUGE pat on the back for a job well done. Gorgeous! (There I go again, LOL.)

Bygdegården said...

love what you´ve done to the kitchen! /emmis

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

Whoa, where have I been. Just seeing your finished kitchen now - and it is beautiful!! You've done a great job. As I also know someone who is quite 'detailed' (aka anal), the time you spent on the little things really was worth it. It looks great.

Thanks for the blog love! Glad we could be of some inspiration.

Hopeless Chest said...

That looks fantastic!

I love the drawer pulls.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Your kitchen is stunning!

Mark @ this dusty house said...

The kitchen looks great! I've just started my renovation and I'm trying to get a good idea on colouring. I think you've done a good job of it.

Leslie @ NE Portland Bungalow said...

Just found your blog, and I'm really enjoying it. We made some similar choices in our small kitchen! Gotta love a counter depth refrigerator!