Today is the day!!! Our kitchen renovation is finally complete! It’s been a true labor of love bringing my dream kitchen to life. We definitely could not have done it without the hard work and support of my dad who put in days upon days working on the project. I will be forever grateful for all that he did!
A big thank you to Lauren Swann for these beautiful images & making me look somewhat alive :)
In case you missed it you can see my inspiration for the kitchen and all of our updates here, here, here and here! I partnered with ADU, Your Appliance Source, on this project and we’ve been LOVING our appliances and experience working with them over the last few months. There will be two final kitchen renovation posts coming in the next few weeks, a recap of our experience building an Ikea kitchen and a full and final budget breakdown!
So let’s start at the beginning…with the before photos, in case you forgot what the space looked like when we started. Scary, I know. Even scarier that we lived with this for 4 years !!!
I wanted the space to feel light, bright and airy and also be functional. I knew that I wanted it to be mostly white so I could have fun with kitchen accessories and warm wooden accents. When I first saw the white Café Appliances I knew I had to have them in our kitchen – and the fact that I could customize the finishes (we went with bronze) was the icing on the cake, just the metallic accent that our space needed.
The most dramatic change was removing the wall to fully open the kitchen and moving the sink to the end of the kitchen to make use of dead space. It made such a huge difference, and I am so thrilled with how it turned out. It drastically changed our entire upstairs living space!
The DIY Element:
This kitchen renovation was mostly a DIY project. We purchased the cabinets from Ikea and worked with their contractor for installation (100% worth it!) and we also ended up getting our counters through them (they use Caesarstone and Norwood Stone was our local vendor for install) because the cost was comparable to our local stone vendor. We had an easy experience working with their vendors! We also outsourced plumbing, electric and paid a structural engineer to make sure the wall we were removing was not load bearing. And we did the rest!
I like to say this was a ‘budget’ kitchen renovation. I mentioned a breakdown of our budget in this post, but I’m going to do a final recap in the next week after I add in all the final costs! Working with Ikea cabinets helped save a ton of money and doing most of the labor ourselves was the other huge help. I also saved by picking affordable tile!
As I mentioned our appliances were provided by ADU, Your Appliance Source and we’ve been working with them since last year on this project! It was really a labor of love and our whole experience was so great, if you’re local to the DMV area I can’t recommend them enough. The customer service is top notch and they have so many great options in their showroom. Austin loves that his iPhone syncs up to the appliances and lets him know when the dishwasher is clean so he can promptly empty it for me (in my dreams) or the oven is preheated!
And what you’ve been waiting for, all of the sources!!
Range: Cafe Appliances – Matte White 30″ Gas Range with Convection Oven from ADU
Fridge: Cafe Appliances – Matte White Energy Star® 27.7 Cu. Ft. Smart French-Door Refrigerator with Hot Water Dispenser
Dishwasher: Cafe Appliances – Matte White Built-In Dishwasher from ADU
Hood: Cafe Appliances – Matte White 30″ Hood from ADU
Cabinets: Axstad from Ikea
Knobs: Tob Knobs Nouveau III Collection
Handles: Top Knobs Noveau III Collection
Counters: Frosty Carrina Quartz
Backsplash tile: Datile White Subway Tile
Backsplash Grout: Oyster Gray
Floor Tile: From our local tile shop and no longer produced but this is very similar
Wooden Shelves: DIY – my dad made these!
Sconce above sink: DIY created with this sconce from World Market
Sink Faucet: Port Haven 2-Handle Bridge Kitchen Faucet in Stainless Steel
Bar Stools: Target Threshold Perry Stools
Pendant Lights: Nadeau Single Cone Pendant Light
Rug: Rejuvenation Allsion Indoor Outdoor Rug
Wooden Utensil Holder: Crate & Barrel
Gray Vase: Target
Cutting Board: Target
Ceramic Flower Pot: Walmart
Cream & Sugar Jars: Hearth & Hand
Black Canister with wooden lid: Target
Pink Latte Bowls: Amazon
Soap Dispensers: Amazon
Oil & Vinegar Jars: Amazon
(see more kitchen accessories in my Amazon shop here)
Appliance Source: ADU, Your Appliance Source