our kitchen renovation - part one

Some may think we are crazy for starting this renovation when I was 37 weeks pregnant (38 weeks now). And yes, I would have to agree with you. But having a renovated kitchen before the baby's due date was a "deal" we made when buying this house back in the middle of December. We had the absolute best of intentions of starting it way earlier, but time just escaped us and we couldn't get it all together in time. Cabinet design took longer than expected, our contractor search took a while, and mainly - how the heck did it get to be March already!? Wasn't it just January? 

At my 35 week appointment, we asked my OB what her opinion of all this was—should we put our cabinets in storage once they arrive and wait until the dust settles after the baby is born to begin the renovation? That was what my gut was saying, at least. But she told us to go ahead and start the project because at the end of the day, anything we could get done before the baby arrives would be a win. So we took her advice and got started about a week and a half later! 

I'd have to say she was right. All of the dust that has been flying around here... I'm so glad it's taking place before he gets here.

I hate to share unfinished projects and this one is far, far from finished, but having just one kitchen renovation post would be a mile long. So let's break it up and start from the very beginning. 

This is what our kitchen looked like when we first viewed the house. 

We bought it and first thing, switched out the appliances (except for the range). 

Said goodbye to this fridge.

For this one.  And there's a new dishwasher over there, too.

Ultimately, we decided to sell the Wolfe range on Craigslist and get a gas range that matches the fridge and dishwasher. We wanted to make the Wolfe work because I really love the look of them, but it needed to be cleaned and serviced...and if we are getting a brand new kitchen, then I just wanted everything to be new. 

But we never even plugged in the new range once we sold this one above on Craigslist! So we went about a week with no stove or oven before starting the demo. The Friday before last, we emptied everything out of the kitchen and on Saturday afternoon, Brandon started the demo. Thanks to our friend, Jake, who stepped in to help, it was all pretty much finished that evening.

On Sunday, Brandon pulled off that beadboard ceiling cover and scraped the popcorn ceiling that was underneath. 

On Monday, electricians and plumbers arrived! We are moving the gas range to where the old sink was (the opening in the wall will be sheetrocked in). Then, we are moving the sink to underneath the window (which is going to be widened and totally replaced). Also, our electric is just old and needed to be updated. So that's what's happening in these photos.

Meanwhile, some fun things... like picking out countertops.

I really liked this slab of Shadowstorm at Vitoria International. Some people call it a quartzite and some say it's a marble, but regardless, it's way more durable than something like a Carrara marble. I loved it.

 But ultimately, we decided on this slab of White Carrara Extra Honed. It was my first "vision" and I didn't want to choose something else on impulse.

Our sink is here, too! It's the Hyannis-30 by Nantucket Sinks.

We chose this faucet...

...and this pot filler
And our cabinets were delivered on Friday! More on that soon. Our contractor is being so helpful with our rushed timeline, so he is working his hardest to keep everyone on task. Today our new window will be ordered and the contractor is having our electric finished and the recessed lighting installed. The hardwood floors are being put in, too. Also today, our AC ceiling vents are supposed to be moved to less visible places because we realized they will interfere with our can lighting layout. Then tomorrow, the sheetrock people will be here to finish the ceiling and patch the walls. Wednesday and Thursday are priming and painting days. Then Friday (hopefully) is cabinet install day! As soon as we get that finished, I'm hoping to have our countertop fabricators here to measure so we can get that ball rolling because their lead time is 2.5 weeks after measuring. So no, there is absolutely no way everything can be done before the baby gets here, but if we can just get to Friday, I will be feeling great about it all! 

Next on my list is to order cabinet hardware and our light fixture for above the sink. I now know why renovations take so long! Even with a great contractor, there are so many decisions to be made and so much work and time that goes into everything. God bless any of you who take on more than one room at a time while living in the house! 


  1. I love the look of it with those countertops. It will look great and everything will work itself out with projects and a new little one.

  2. ah so fun! i cant wait to see how everything turns out. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  3. Bless your heart! I would be a wreck. My husband is a general contractor and they do lots of renovations on top of building houses. I see how long renovations take even for just one room sometimes. He would much rather flip a house because he sees the potential than us building our first home but I don't think I could live in it while that is going on! :) praying everything goes smoothly for the home renovation and your delivery of your sweet baby boy! I have four nephews and they are awesome!

  4. Yay! I'm way intimidated by house renovation projects. Kudos to you! And I hope you get a huge chunk done before that sweet baby arrives!

  5. Shadowstorm is what we picked out! Can't wait to see your finished product. It's going to look awesome!

  6. We've got shadowstorm in our kitchen, and I love the look of that Carrara! Can't wait to see how it all comes together, you're a brave woman for doing all this so close to baby's arrival.

  7. It's going to look amazing and you will be so glad you have a gorgeous new kitchen with your sweet baby!!

  8. I love both countertops, but the Carrera Marble is just so beautiful! I can't wait to see how the kitchen reno turns out!

  9. Love the new "vision" that you have for the kitchen! Best of luck with all of the renovations- I always love seeing the progress!

  10. Yay! It's going to turn out so great. A sweet new baby and a beautiful new kitchen!! What fridge did you end up going with? We just bought a house and are in the process of deciding on a new fridge and washer / dryer.

  11. what finish did you choose for your faucet to go with the marble?



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