You may have noticed that we moved last month. I shared pictures on Instagram of the process, I blogged less, and had long nights filled with quick meals and tons of shopping. It was all worth it and we are so happy in our new home.
Aside from the important things, like you know… paying a mortgage, dealing with the leak in the basement, etc., I’ve learned a few main things going from apartment living to being a homeowner: I will never take a driveway, backyard, and porch for granted! I mean seriously. What a game changer.
Our two main things we really wanted to find (aside from more space), were a yard and a nice big kitchen (obviously). Want to see where Lexi’s Clean Kitchen began a year ago?
Yep, in that ^ tiny kitchen! I’m not complaining. I had some seriously good times in that kitchen. But seriously? It was time for a major upgrade.
After months of looking we walked into our home and knew it was the one. People always say ‘you’ll just know…’ well, it’s sort of true, and despite the offers that don’t get accepted and paths that often change, it all works out exactly how it should in the end.
Let’s talk kitchen, shall we? (See the bottom of the post for specifics)
We ordered that pretty cool (if I say so myself), Lexi’s Clean Kitchen sign from this Etsy shop. We are Etsy obsessed now. That’s also where we found Valentino Designs for the kitchen island!
The new faucet, soap dispenser, and sink came from my uncle’s store, C&L Plumbing Supply, in Long Island, New York. I fell in love with that faucet instantly!Valence curtains, breakfast nook bench, and art (I’m thinking copper pots) on that empty wall. Those will be the finishing touches!
The island stools are from Pottery Barn and all of the appliances are GE.
What we did:
1. Painted the walls: Benjamin Moore Windsbreath OC-24 (and removed old shelving on the walls)
2. Had the cabinets painted and replaced the hardware (similar to these). This was a big part of how we saved money and stretched our budget, keeping the old cabinets! The cabinets were pained with two coats oil-based paint. From everything we’ve learned, and anyone we’ve talked to about it, oil is the way to go for cabinet durability.
3. Redid the floors. Handsawn Oak Laminate Flooring, special order from Home Depot.
4. Granite countertops in Polar Vortex from Sudbury Granite (we were going for the White Carrera Marble look, without actually using marble)
5. White Subway Tile Backsplash
6. Custom Island from Valentino Designs Reclaimed Wood Furniture
And there you have it! Our kitchen remodel on a budget!
We kept the old cabinets, and didn’t make any major changes to the plumbing/orientation of the layout. Those were the two major ways we kept the costs low!
What’s left to do?
Mike’s building a breakfast nook bench alongside the window. I cannot wait for that! Lastly, valence curtains. I’m not sure how that’s the last thing I’ve waited to do!
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