Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Our Dreamy Bungalow {Kitchen}

Now that I have taken a week off, ahem, time to get back to our house tour! I was trying to figure out how to go about this next reveal, since it was our most recent and probably biggest project - the Kitchen.

This one is going to be filled with a bunch of photos, but not any of the "hows". I'll do a different post on all the things we did to get the kitchen to this point and how we did it ourselves…and I'll include a LOT more close ups of the final result in that post.

When we bought the house…it looked like this.

That laminate that *looked* like butcher block had me fooled when I originally saw it on the listing photos. Alas. Laminate. Same thing on the backsplash.

We're pretty sure that the Joes are the ones that painted these cabinets before they listed it. They looked freshly done when we bought the house.

No leg holding up the side of this desk. Weird right?

I moved into the house absolutely raring to go on updating the kitchen, all my HGTV watching ideas going like gangbusters.

…and then I realized that houses, you know, cost money. Whomp.

So, it got pushed to the back burner.

In the meanwhile, we painted the kitchen a bright and sunny yellow and made some small changes.

**I took all these photos when we were getting ready to tear everything out, so don't mind the mess.**

New pendant light above the sink, new curtains…

 My refinished hutch found a good home, I took down the awkward shelves on the wall to the right of the desk, and added a leg onto the edge of said desk.

We took advantage of the vertical space to store glassware, etc.

…and then, well. I still wasn't happy with it. 

Especially once I embarked upon my current career and spent so.much.time. in this room. The yellow wore on my after a while, and the laminate continued to mock me with its presence.

It was such a weird choice. The dark brown outlets and light switches were so…not me. And then the paint on the cabinets started to bubble and peel, because whoever painted them the first time did not take the time to do it correctly.


I dreamed and schemed about all the giant total overhauls I would do…if we were going to live in this house forever, that is.

Fast forward two years, and I finally convinced my husband to pull the trigger on a mini renovation. You know, just in time for us to move. When I say mini, I mean that we didn't really change the layout, we just upgraded some things.

Still, at least I got to enjoy it for the time being.

Because, spoiler alert - I am in absolute love.

New hardware, repainted cabinets (the right way) and actual butcher block countertops.

New faucet and white toe kick and molding.

I just love it. 

So, so much.

(I also love that we spent under $1,000 on this whole thing.)




Evelyn Rae is 2 and 3/4, Liam is 15 months old

…and i just love my little desk so much now. I have written most of my recent blog posts from there…which I never would have wanted to do in the old kitchen.


  1. Good thing you convinced your husband to do your mini makeover. There’s no harm in upgrading your stuff from time to time, as long as you're happy doing so. It’s best to live in a house that you love, isn’t it? Hehe! Anyway, great job on the redo. I’m sure you’ll be able to customize more in the future. That’s a beautiful faucet, btw!

    Gregg Weir @ Capital Plumbing & Heating

  2. Your kitchen looks immaculate! From the colors of the curtain, to the walls and all the other equipment in there. All those whites are just so refreshing to see. I just hope that there won't be any problems with regard to your newly installed faucet. Thanks for sharing that, Courtney! All the best to you!

    Gordon Patton @ Bison Plumbing

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