It has been over two months since I last shared our kitchen renovation progress with y’all. And yes, it’s still going on. I’ve realized the renovation life just isn’t for me. Or maybe it was starting the renovation at 37 weeks pregnant and having it all happen with a newborn… maybe that was the true headache in all of this.

Something to know before starting a renovation that I really didn’t realize is that if the project is big enough, it’s going to affect your entire house. Nothing in your house will feel in place and it will all feel so dirty from dust! No matter how well you protect the reno area. If it’s a kitchen renovation, it’s going to affect not only your entire house, but your whole lifestyle as well. Basically in the past 11ish weeks, we’ve eaten almost every lunch and dinner out. I was actually looking forward to this aspect of the renovation because being 37 weeks pregnant, I was so over cooking anyway. But let me tell you, the best meal is one cooked at home! I cannot wait to get to cooking some good meals in our new kitchen.

Ah! I digress. The great part is that the kitchen is now almost completely finished and it’s exactly what I had envisioned! And as much as it was a pain in the neck, I definitely do not regret starting the renovation when we did. We knew what we were getting into and I’m so thankful to have it pretty much behind us now!

First, a mini refresher of what happened in renovation update, part 1

This is what the kitchen looked like before.

Brandon demo’d everything, even down to the beadboard ceiling cover.

Our contractor got started on plumbing and electricity first. Those were the big things because we needed the gas lines moved for the new stove and the water lines moved for the new sink/dishwasher placement. As for the electric work, it just all needed to be updated. Our house was built in the 40s, and even though the kitchen was a more recent renovation, the electric was still a little too old for my comfort! 

A couple weeks later, the hardwoods were installed. This was the week before Watson was born. 

And when he was four days old, they stained them. (We stayed with my parents this week!)

Cabinet install began. We used—they set us up with a designer, who got to work right away in helping us come up with our new cabinet design and layout. We were so impressed with how personal the experience felt. We never felt like our designer was far away… she responded to all of our requests so quickly and made us feel like she was just down the road.

This was the design we came up with. Our kitchen is fairly small and there was just no way of knocking down any walls to expand the space because of the rooms on the other side of the kitchen. So we worked with the layout the best way possible, picked out our cabinets, and then waited for them to be delivered! (This whole design/order process took place about 7 weeks before the renovation started.) We also had recessed lighting installed in the ceiling. 

One by one, all of the cabinets were installed….and then we replaced that window! This made such a huge difference for me. We worked with Bob at Southern Lumber and he was fantastic. It literally took less than a week for us to have a custom sized window built by the manufacturer and delivered to our house!

Then we had our Hyannis-30 Fireclay Farmhouse Sink from Nantucket Sinks put in. It’s pretty beautiful, if I do say so myself. And a few weeks of more electric and trim work later, our countertops were installed! Tile & Stone does awesome work. I never even saw them there… somehow they got it all done without me even realizing they were in our house. Not kidding. (Special thanks to Sarah!!) We chose a Carrara marble extra in the honed finish since it’s supposed to show fewer scratches. Who has tips for me on how to care for the marble? I am afraid to put anything on our counters now! 

Guess who the first person was to use our sink once we had counters? We had just scooted away real quickly for a picture. Don’t worry, we didn’t let him just hang out there alone. Note: the PUJ tub is not compatible with bigger farm sinks. Darn.

And you can barely see it in the photo below, but the light fixture up there is another favorite of mine! It’s the 

Visual Comfort E.F. Chapman Boston Functional Single Library in Antique Nickel from Lighting Commerce. They had the best price I was able to find and shipped super fast! 

I’m going to save other photos for the final reveal, but that’s where we are so far! Still have pot filler to install, some additional trimwork to complete, tile backsplash, cabinet hardware, and painting to do!



  1. May 24, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    I love the design, it's beautiful!

  2. May 24, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    We've been working with Bob and Sarah on our bathroom renos! Love them both! Good subcontractors make a huge difference. The kitchen looks great!

  3. May 24, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    Gorgeous in every way! Once all the chaos is over, you will love it.

  4. May 24, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    we just got marble countertops in our kitchen reno, too! I use a spray bottle I bought at target with a drop of dawn and filled to the top with water and a microfiber cloth. just keep them dry/dust free and honestly we haven't scratched it, but etching – vinegars and lemons, grease from the stove, beer, etc will leave spots (barely noticeable). beautiful choices, love it!

  5. May 24, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    We've had carrera for about 5 years now. The most important thing with marble counters is the sealant that you put on them. We used the bulletproof sealer. You can read lots online about sealing your counters, and how often to reseal them. Then do not use anything to clean them except a little dish soap and water. Then use the Weiman Granite Cleaner and Polish every few weeks. You spray it on and wipe it off, then use a microfiber cloth to really buff it until it just feels super soft.

    However, the one thing that you cannot prevent is etching. The above will prevent staining from grease and things like wine, and minimize etching, but etching will eventually come – it comes from anything acidic being on your countertop. But the patina from etching is something you just have to make peace with. We constantly say to ourselves "we are patina people". However, you won't get to that point for a while, for now just fight the battle and try to minimize acid. Good luck and just enjoy the beauty. Sealing is key!!

  6. May 24, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    i think the big thing with marble is to make sure that if you spill something, you wipe it up immediately!

  7. May 26, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    It's going to be gorgeous! Can't wait to see the final update!

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