The kitchen is kind of the penultimate room to makeover, isn’t it? It’s also probably the most intimidating. Raise your hand if kitchen improvements are on your to do list. Keep it raised if they have been on that list for quite a while.
Let’s. Do. This.
I am so excited to announce that I am participating in the One Room Challenge (ORC), a fun blogger challenge wherein participants makeover one room of their home in six weeks, sharing progress along the way. It’s hosted by Calling it Home and partners with House Beautiful. And it just so happens that it coincides with my plans to renovate the kitchen.
But you know, I don’t just like to show pretty pictures (okay, sometimes ugly pictures, too). I want to inspire you to pick up that drill, roll up your sleeves, and jump in. So for the next six weeks I will be bringing you tutorials and tips and tricks to makeover your own kitchen.
Here’s what you will see:
Create and simple, easy to install crown molding
How to paint cabinetry the right way
Build a sink bump out
How to install flooring
How to dramatically improve a space with lighting
Create a custom corbel
How to tile a backsplash
That’s more than six weeks of topics you say? Buckle up, buttercup, because we’ve got work to do!
The story (it’s a good one):
A tiny moment of background, maybe particularly for those who generously don’t think my kitchen is terrible. It’s not. If you have been around here before you might have heard that my husband actually moved this house. Like, sawed the darned thing in half, put it on a couple semis, drove it up from another city, and set it on a new foundation here.
He can’t find any photos of it. I know, it upsets me too. But here it is now:
Spoiler alert! Come for the kitchen, stick around for the exterior. We will be launching a full exterior makeover/landscape series in the next few weeks and it will be SO GOOD.
Back to the story:
Husband rebuilt the place a few years before we met. When we married he encouraged me to change whatever I wanted and make it my own. Then we moved. Because good stories always have a couple plot twists.
We rented our home, purchased another at the beautiful Oregon coast with breathtaking views of the Pacific…if you stood in the driveway…and lots of room for improvement. We renovated that home extensively, learned a ton, made a few mistakes, and sold it two years later. Once we moved back into this home I continued my newfound interest in power tools and got more and more into woodworking. It’s probably fair to also mention that my husband grew up working on homes with his grandfather, who was a builder. Oh, and we now flip homes. So there’s that.
Over the past couple years I have started amping up the improvements we make to this already lovely home. The intermission has given me time to improve my woodworking and home improvement skills, and to dabble in design, such as when we took this area of the living room…
…and did this:
And now it is time. Time to take on the big one.
Look, I appreciate granite, but it’s so busy. Gone.
Those cabs are custom and totally great. But the kids and renters were so hard on them. And they are not good candidates for refinishing due to the thin inner panel. Paint.
The floors are gorgeous Brazilian cherry wood. And they are orange. Gone.
And the lighting. Ohhhh, I can’t even wait to show you what’s happening in that department.
I do hope you will follow along for the fun! Now, if you follow me on social media you probably know that we actually already started. There’s a lot to do to get this all done in six weeks, so we have already done demo work, reworked a couple cabs that I wanted changed, and have nearly completed all prep for painting.
Want to see more or get a sneak peak? Follow along on instagram @thecreatedhome!
One final, very important word. No man is an island. Women are probably a little closer, but still… I can’t do it alone, and I’m honored to be supported by some terrific companies who’s products I use and am happy to recommend.
Want to know what the kitchen is going to look like?
Interested in getting the inside scope on the final plan? Let’s go back to that first photo.
-The doorway at the end will be switched out for an old farmhouse door from a local home. I’ve stripped it to natural wood, and it’s gorgeous
-The appliance garage in the corner is gone.
-The cabs that extend down to the pendant lights have been cut back to just one cab left of the microwave. I will be adding a couple smaller open shelves in that spot.
-Shiplap the front of the peninsula.
-The granite is being switched out for gray quartz
-Custom corbels on the peninsula in natural wood to tie in with the door
-New pendant lights, chandelier in the adjoining dining nook, LED lights to retrofit the recessed lighting, and undercab lighting throughout
-Custom crown molding
-New laminate flooring
-Cabinetry will be painted white
-Custom bump out around new apron sink and new faucet
Whew! That’s quite the list. That’s pretty well everything but new appliances. But my husband asked if I wanted new appliances or a Sawstop first and I easily elected for a Sawstop…someday. What can I say? The funny thing is, I don’t even really enjoy cooking. Yes, it’s true, I would rather renovate a kitchen than cook in one.
Thanks for reading, and joining me on this journey!