Monday, July 14, 2014

THE KITCHEN

Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation ntropologie bracket Butcher block countertop

Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation Kilim Rug Butcher block countertop

The day is finally here! I am so excited to share our kitchen. It has been a LONG time coming and this project felt, at times, as if we tackled more than we could handle. All of the work of this remodel was done by Rich, myself and gracious friends and family willing to lend expertise and muscle. Despite its challenges, we finished. And all of the blood, sweat and tears (yes, literally) were worth it because we ADORE this space.

Here's the before shot of our kitchen. The photo quality isn't great, but they are the most forgiving and appealing photos I could track down. I don't need to explain the cons of our previous kitchen, but our main issues were the fluorescent lighting, dark wood cabinetry, beat up/burnt laminate countertops, butter yellow brick accent wall, and fake brick as backsplash. I also had a hard time with all the upper cabinetry. Since it's a galley kitchen layout, I didn't have anywhere to do all of my food prep, so some of the upper cabinets had to go to give it a more open feel with additional work space.

Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation Before and After

Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation Before and After Kilim Rug Butcher block countertop

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See our full kitchen reveal after the jump!

DIY Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation Before and After

DIY Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation Before and After

DIY Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation Before and After kilim rug

DIY Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation Before and After wood

Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation Before and After IKEA butcher block countertop

Refinishing the cabinetry was, by far, the most labor intensive part of this remodel. We wanted to keep the original cabinets because they are a great brand, Wood-Mode, and the wood itself was in good condition. Plus, I dig the cabinet style as it mimicks the white paneled look we have throughout the rest of the house. So we broke out the white paint. 

The process included cleaning, deglossing, and sanding (using multiple grits) until they were smooth. Then we primed using Zinsser Shellac primer. We have painted a TON of wood in our house, and believe me when I say this is the only primer that worked for us (water based just didn't get the job done). We painted them using 2-3 coats of CabinetCoat in White Dove. This product is amazing and worth every penny. This self-leveling paint has a protective enamel coating, so even with Scout regularly nose-diving for food scraps, our cabinets don't have a single chip and look like a professional job. 

DIY Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation Before and After basket dog

The countertops are IKEA's Numerar butcher block in beech. We needed three 73 inch pieces, and had some leftover that we made into cutting boards. We were worried about care and maintenance of unsealed butcher block, but it has held up beautifully with regular use of mineral oil.

Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation Before and After Anthropologie Bracket

Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation Before and After IKEA butcher block countertop


Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation Before and After IKEA Numerar Butcher block countertop

Our kilim runner rug is one of my favorite parts of the kitchen. I have kilim rugs all over the house and just can't get enough of them. It brings much-needed color into the space and their low pile quality holds up to high foot traffic. I snagged it almost a year ago, and even though it's a one of a kind pattern, you can still find plenty like it online. 

Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation Before and After Kilim runner

Our entire remodel was extremely budget conscious, but when it came to picking brackets for the open shelving, Rich and I both felt like we couldn't skimp on hardware. We spent a good week researching open shelving designs and chose the brass wishbone brackets from Anthropologie. They matched the gold/brass cabinet pulls and have a sleek look from all angles. For the horizontal shelf, we bought a 1x8 board that we cut in half and primed/painted them using the exact same materials as the cabinets. 

Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation Before and After Anthropologie Bracket Hardware

White subway tile is paired with a brown-gold grout. Rich and I tested at least four different grout colors with the white tile before choosing this. It may just be that we are perfectionist color freaks, but picking a grout color other than black or white was tough. We landed on the color Haystack by Polyblend. I've heard some complaints about this grout bubbling, but it worked like a charm for us.

Listen up, my advice is to test a small section of tile before committing to the whole area. Use a hair dryer to quick-dry the spot to be sure you love the color. The amount of light you have in your kitchen and the color of tile you choose will make each grout color look very different. 

Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation Before and After Gold Spray paint hardware

Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation Before and After Shelf arrangement

Modern White Eclectic Kitchen DIY Renovation Before and After natural wood
SOURCES: Cabinet Pulls: IKEA. Cabinet Pull Spray Paint: KRYLON, Countertops: IKEA, Cabinet Paint: CABINETCOAT in White Dove, Subway Tile: LOWES, Grout: POLYBLEND in Haystack, Open Shelf Brackets: ANTHROPOLOGIE Cabinet: Marble Pastry Slab: CRATE & BARREL, Lighting: IKEA, Kilim Runner Rug: OVERSTOCK, Wall Color: BENJAMIN MOORE SIMPLY WHITE

Are you thinking about doing a kitchen remodel? Have you done one recently? Ask any questions or tell me about your own experience in the comments!

{next house reveal: the breakfast nook!}

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful! We used Anthro brackets for our kitchen shelves too, they're just so nice. Great work, this is a gorgeous before and after.

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  2. Did you paint the drawer pulls or does Ikea also sell them in brass? They're exactly what I'm looking for!

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  3. @Roseanne We bought IKEA's METRIK handles in stainless steel and sanded them with a fine grit sandpaper (around 400-grit). Then we painted with two coats of Krylon's 18k gold spray paint. After letting them cure for 48 hours, we finished them with a matte clear protective coat of spray paint. We let that dry for another 24 hours and they were ready to roll! They've held up wonderfully, albeit it's only been ~6 months of use, so I'll be sure to do an update on their durability as time goes on!

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  4. Love this makeover! Came over from AT. It is so light and bright now! I wish I had a window in my kitchen, but that won't happen in my current condo. The gold handles and the details all really work nicely.

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    1. @RitaMarie Thank you so much for your sweet words! Happy you made it over :)

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  5. Where are your seams on the countertop? I am considering the same thing.

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    1. There are seams on both sides of the countertops. We used a combination of 2 fasteners and 3 dowels per seam, to allow them to be tight as possible. We decided against glue in case we ever needed to take them apart down the line. I've heard some people have used wax to hide the seam, but a line is inevitable. Hope that answers your question!

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    2. I did the same IKEA counters butted end to end in a long run. I wanted to have a transition strip of the same counter cut from a leftover piece---about 1.5" wide running perpendicular to the strips in the butcherblock, the way they sometimes do transitions in strip flooring from one room to the next. I mean, if you have to have a seam, why not make it a feature instead of trying to disguise it, right? But my contractor refused to do it, I think because it was a little more work. Oh well.

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  6. absolutely stunning! what a beautiful kitchen!!!

    xoxo, kerri

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  7. This makeover is great! I love how you completely transformed the kitchen mostly with paint and elbow grease!

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  8. Absolutely love it! Where did you get those grey cork-topped jars on the counter?
    -Jack

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