Still using our DIY magnetic chalkboard from years ago!
You guys. THIS is the episode I’ve been waiting for… because this episode means I HAVE MY KITCHEN! When we first walked through our home, before we even purchased, the kitchen was the room I really imagined a transformation. I could see it all, and while it was the more time, and financially, intensive, it’s had the biggest payout of all.
My goal for this kitchen makeover was a bright, open space. A place that flowed into the rest of the home and yet had plenty space of it’s own to house little helping hands as I cook and happy feet for our post dinner dance party tradition as we wash dishes (the best way to get the kids to help clean up!).
All of that began with tearing out just about everything that existed… the wall diving the kitchen from the living room, the cabinets, the pantry, the popcorn ceiling, the lights, the appliances, the flooring. (You can see more of it in our Demo Day episode!)
Once everything was removed, it was down to the business of rebuilding. And rebuild it we did… only with items we really wanted.
Just like every room and design, I like to start with an inspiration board. This usually begins on Pinterest and usually I’ll start with pinning photos of kitchen designs I like, and then I’ll find the common themes and color schemes to build from.
For me, this was the fun part. Okay, all of the planning was actually the fun part, I can’t truthfully say that I enjoyed every bit of the building part, but most of it… we did together, and that was mostly fun! Especially since my husband did the majority of the hard work. 😉
All in all, though it took longer than we planned, I’m so happy with the result. Creating an inviting and open was the goal, and a kitchen makeover that is conducive to kids helping, playing and laughing in the kitchen is something I’d dreamed of. I can see little hands helping to roll dough and stir pots for years to come.
You’ll see in the video that I sat down and drew out (as best I could, I’m NO artist) how I wanted the kitchen laid out, we then took measurements along with my drawings to three different companies for cabinet and countertop quotes before choosing the best deal, along with the person we wanted to work with. I’m SO pleased with how it all turned out!