Design, DIY

the one with the kitchen reveal

It is done. It’s time for the kitchen reveal. You know that’s a lie. Certain things will never be done and certain décor pieces will always change. There’s also 4 things I can think of that need done in here (iron man is racking his brain right now to figure out what they are), but none of them are major or will change the appearance of the kitchen. So I’m saying it’s done. . . (and iron man breathes a sigh of relief).

When we bought the house, the kitchen was not what sold me on this house. As a matter of fact, I told the husband that I didn’t want it unless we could update the kitchen and the carpets immediately. It was dark, not functional, was over run by gnats, and smelled like a mix of incense and curry.

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And that’s the way it sat for about 4 weeks – besides a little paint and buying appliances. The floors took precedence and we had to move out of our apartment. Even not living here looking at it every day it was still driving me crazy. And until we did our stuff to it . . . it continued to smell like incense and curry.

Here’s everything we did ::
demo :: took all appliances out – sold for $500, took skinny cabinet by sink down, and took down shelf on countertops.
paint :: Valspar Reserve Ultra White in glossy – top cabinets, top walls, rails – Valspar Reserve Hang ten in glossy – bottom walls (teal) — bottom cabinets are a dark gray not black exact color unknown because they came that way. They were nice enough to leave us a can for touchups, but the color label oddly enough is covered in paint (we do known it is Sherwin Williams)
3 cans all purchased at lowes for $60
electrical :: installed 2 new light fixtures (above island and above table) and replaced all outlets and outlet covers with white. The outlets and outlet covers in the entire house were either silver, cream, or painted over. So each and everyone was replaced with white. We also installed an entirely new outlet in the pantry for the microwave. (Papa Butcher is an electrician)
light fixtures from lowes 2 for $50 . oulets and covers also from lowes $7
replaced all appliances
Sears Outlet $1700
installed new laminate countertops and butcherblock island
$275 from lowes and ikea
installed a new tile backsplash
$120 from Menards
fine tuning :: kitchen table, curtains, new drawer pulls, and butcherblock shelving by the sink ( they will be featured on My Crafty Spot next Monday)
table ikea : $60
drawer pulls target : $10
curtains : $20
shelf brackets lowes : $20

All of the décor I had already. I’ve made it myself or purchased it at Target/Bed, Bath, and Beyond over the last 3 years. If you see anything specific you really like let me know and I’ll see if that particular item is still available – I’m going to guess not many are unfortunately.

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our command center

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My kitchen is everything I dreamed it would be and I’m very proud of the work we’ve done – especially Iron Man and Papa Butcher. It’s probably my favorite room in the house – and I think those shelves just make the room!

you’ll be happy to know . . . we’re moving on to the office next week 🙂

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  • Reply Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    Wow I am blown away by your skills! Love that you did so much on your own and found some great deals too!

    November 4, 2014 at 9:48 am
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thanks daisy!!

      November 4, 2014 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Sheryl

    Love what you have done! It’s something to be proud of.

    November 4, 2014 at 10:36 am
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thank you!

      November 4, 2014 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Nina @ Flowers in my Hair

    Could it BE anymore amazing? Did ya get it? (tooooot)

    November 4, 2014 at 10:41 am
    • Reply Bex Stark

      toot toot!

      November 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply Faith

    Love it!!! I’m loving the wall with the command center!! I need one of those. Love the floor too! 🙂

    November 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thank you! the floor is the only thing we didn’t do – it was done before we moved in. 🙂

      November 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    I love the EAT sign. Your kitchen is gorgeous!

    November 4, 2014 at 12:50 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thank you! I made that sign very easy!

      November 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Hayley

    This looks AMAZING!! I love how everything goes together. Also, I’m glad you were able to get rid of that incense/curry smell. Haha!!

    November 4, 2014 at 2:47 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      haha me too!

      November 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Teresa @ Crafty Wife

    Your kitchen turned out amazing! Y’all did a great job.

    November 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thank you!

      November 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Stephanie @ Sustaining the Powers

    Wow! It wasn’t really horrible before, but it looks AMAZING afterwards. I love the command center and your color scheme. The white cabinets on top brighten the room a lot too. Great job!

    November 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thank you!

      November 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ 12 Twenty Seven

    BEX! It looks SO good! I love everything in there! Literally would not change a thing! Imma gonna have to come and see it in person some time!!

    November 4, 2014 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply ashley

    I love the cabinet color with the blue wall! <3

    November 4, 2014 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply the cape on the corner

    i love the two toned cabinets and the open shelving. great job and enjoy your new space!

    November 5, 2014 at 2:16 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      thank you!

      November 5, 2014 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Gennie

    Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous!! You are so talented!

    November 5, 2014 at 6:42 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      aw! thank you so much!

      November 6, 2014 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Stephanie

    That is much more cheerful than before. It wasn’t awful before, but it was definitely dark and not very welcoming. I love that you aren’t afraid of color 😀

    November 6, 2014 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Very Erin

    I just love the changes you made! It’s lovely 🙂

    November 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    I love the white and gray! Its such a nice contrast and looks great! I also really like the letters on the wall!

    November 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm
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