Friday, January 11, 2013

We Owe You: Long-Awaited Kitchen Progress.

On January 1st, 2012 we broke ground on our kitchen renovation.

January 1, 2012
We kept you posted on a number of changes including demolition, wall removal, floor refinishing, painting, cabinet building, and tiling.  But then we left you hangin'.  For far too long.  We got a little bogged down with wedding planning, and subsequently the much-deserved relaxation immediately following our wedding day.  Then came the holiday homestretch of 2012.  And somewhere in the middle of all this hubbub, we found ourselves enjoying our new kitchen.  To be honest, I'm not sure we ever had a specific day or moment in which we cut the proverbial ribbon to our new kitchen.

Excuses aside, we never shared our gorgeous new kitchen with you.  And though the kitchen isn't fully complete yet, it's still pretty dang beautiful.  So after many inquiries and lots of patience, here's what our kitchen looks like today, a year after we started the renovation:

Holy cow.

Pull-out trash and recycling drawers (center).

Roon's waterhole.

I have a love affair with this Jill Rosenwald rug.

Beautiful, sweet cabinet organization.
Sweet stools and convenient outlets on the side of the island.
Vintage porcelain hanging lights 'n butcher block counter tops.
Recessed LED lighting, aqua ceilings, an Austin dish towel, and some familiar squirrely accents.

So we still have a few things to do until we can call the kitchen 100% complete.  Our dream pantry is still just a dream, the vintage exhaust vent has yet to be installed, and we still need to add some decorative molding around the edge of the tiling.

Ehhh, our not so cute "pantry".

Here's our to-do list for 2013:
- build pantry
- hang new light over dining room table (we're already on this - we scored the Pottery Barn Porter Pendant on eBay for $58!)
- touch up paint
- finish caulking around the backsplash
- install shoe molding around island base
- install the rest of the baseboard molding/shoe molding
- finish painting baseboard molding & door-frame molding
- paint and install decorative molding around end of tiling (next to stove)
- install decorative support brackets to island over-hang
- decorate "dining room" wall - we're thinking a wall-mounted TV would be perfect.
- purchase a rug for the space between the island and the sink

Given our to-do list from 2012, I have a feeling this year will be a 'smidge easier.  Here's to a New Year and more DIY projects!


  1. I want to say I’m speechless, but honestly, there’s just so much to say about your wonderful kitchen! ^____^ Placing two pendant lamps above the peninsula would give you enough lighting. Tearing down the wall between the kitchen and the breakfast area made the area roomier. I’m more than excited to see how you’ll renovate your pantry!

    Kristopher Diss

    1. Thank you so much, Kristopher! The lights above the island are amazing -- we have them on a dimmer too, which is great when I don't feel like having the whole space blasted with light. The pantry is drawn up 'n ready to be tackled, but it's on hold until we finish up a mini-renovation project in the basement. I'll be sure to post an update on both projects when we have more to show you! Thank you again for the lovely compliments!

  2. Love the kitchen! My husband and I are planning on doing butcher block counters and penny tile backsplash too. How is your butcher block counters holding up around the sink. Also, where did you purchase your penny tile, I have been searching for a color very similar to that and have not found what I am looking for yet. Well done!

    1. Our counters are holding up great around the sink, though we make quite an effort to quickly wipe up any splashes or water. I'm still very happy with the decision to go with butcher block! We actually ordered the penny tiles from - I believe they're still on stock!

  3. Wow! It’s utterly beautiful. It’s simple, but it has that classy style. It’s a total makeover, indeed! The backsplash looks superb, which nicely matches with the white cabinets. And I like how you accentuated it with lovely furniture. Great job! #Camille Edington

  4. Found your lovely kitchen through pinterest. Where did you get the pendants over the island? Can't find anything like them online! :(

    1. Hi Laura! Sorry for the late reply! We purchased our pendant lights from - they're the Ivanhoe Union Warehouse Porcelain Pendant in Jadite. They were somewhat of a splurge, but they totally make the space and we love them. You can't beat the quality either!!

  5. I am 100% in L-O-V-E with this! I've never been much for copy-catting , but this is PERFECT! love it.

  6. Where did you get the butcher block from? It looks great!

    1. Thanks, Lauren! It's from Ikea and it was surprisingly affordable!