Hi, guys! I know this isn’t normal fodder for this mama-focused blog but I thought I’d share our completed kitchen renovation today. Maybe it would be more of an ‘update’ than a full-scale renovation because we chose to reface the existing cabinet doors rather than redesigning the entire kitchen. That said, it took a long time and was a lot of work so no matter what you wanna call it, I am enjoying baking muffins right now in the finished product!
When we moved into our condo in September we instantly agreed that the limited amount of funds we had left over after closing on our new place would go toward updating this kitchen. I spend a lot of time cooking, baking, and meal prepping and it was clear that the kitchen hadn’t been updated since the building was built in the 1990’s. It wasn’t overtly heinous, but it was definitely dated. Since we were working with a small, firm budget we chose to keep the original cloudy-grey flooring for the time being and focus on re-facing the cabinets, replacing the laminate counters with quartz, installing under-cabinet lighting and a tile backsplash, and updating the sink, fixtures, and hardware.
When selecting colours and materials my aim was to modernize and brighten the space without doing anything too trendy. This is our first home and while we intend to spend a few years here before moving on, we also want to make all of our home reno decisions with resale value in mind. Our biggest obstacle to overcome was lighting – there is no natural light in our kitchen and it can be quite dark. Luckily I’m a fan of all-white-everything anyway! I chose soft white cabinets, glossy white subway tiles, and a white flecked countertop, offsetting all of the light colours with traditional style matte black hardware throughout the kitchen and a custom wood bar for the pony wall. We installed an open pantry on the bare wall to the right of the fridge and that was made from the same raw ash as the bar.
Here are the ‘before’ pictures, if you’d like to see how far it’s come! Can we all agree that under-cabinet lighting is a total game changer? I can actually see the food that I’m preparing now! Having a big sink and a new faucet also turned out to be a crucial and simple update that has improved my quality of life more than I’d like to admit. Tom can attest to how often I used to curse while doing the dishes – some appliances like our Vitamix didn’t actually fit under the old faucet and I had to rinse them in the tub!
Hope you likey (but if not, whatevs, ’cause I’m the one who spends half my day here!). Insanely massive shoutout to my Uncle Russ who measured, ordered, and installed all of our new cabinet doors as well as creating all of the custom woodwork. He did over 80 hours of free labour in our home in the last six months and without him we would have had to wait years before tackling this project. We love it and we’re so grateful!