Oh my. The title of this post sounds so dramatic (the. kitchen. reveal) that I really feel like I should start off with something stupendous right out of the gates. Like smoke…yeah, and strobe lights.
All I’ve got is pictures. But I’ve got boatloads of those. So, hopefully they’ll suffice.
Because we built our house from the ground up—we even drew up our own blueprints—I got the fantastically amazing privilege of designing my kitchen. It was hands-down the room I was most excited about in the entire house. And while I am sure there are things that I could change to optimize its user-friendliness or aesthetic appeal (I already have some thoughts about this), I am pretty darn happy with the results.
I had five things I knew I wanted for my kitchen from the beginning. I even had examples of them all saved in my “ideabooks” on Houzz (this was well before Pinterest).
2) Lots of cabinetry (custom, if possible)
3) An island
4) A checkerboard tile floor
5) Lots of color
As you’ll see, I got every single one of them. For a price-tag of approximately…wait for it…$6,000.
Do you know how much just the custom cabinetry for an approximately 15’X20’ kitchen usually costs?
About $6,000 (on the low end).
So how did we do it?
(I actually pretty much just answered my question by asking it. The answer: we did it!)
Why don’t we just start with the cabinets, which is one of the few things we didn’t do ourselves, since we’re talking about them?
My husband could have made our cabinets and talked about that possibility, but since were kind of in the middle of building an entire house from scratch, we thought it was best to at least scope out our options.
After some shopping around with disappointing results, we met with a local cabinetmaker who was: a) very talented, b) nice and honest, and c) websiteless.
Yay for me…I have a brilliant programmer husband, who just so happens to be a whiz at website design/creation. So we bartered a deal. Shaun supplied the website, for which nice, honest cabinet-guy paid us, and NHCG supplied the woodworking, for which we paid him.
And I ended up with my dream cabinets for 1/2 off an already incredibly reasonable price to start with (we “happened”—I believe it was the Lord being gracious to us—to catch him during a slow spell, which made him extra-willing to negotiate on the price).
The color on the cabinets is Benjamin Moore (I haven’t found the can with the color name yet, and I’m drawing a complete blank; I’ll update when I find it) which, in case you can’t properly tell, is a deep, rich teal. Kind of a funky cabinet choice, I realize. But I love it.
That high-chair’s there on purpose, by the way. I’m hiding my in-progress breakfast nook. ; )
The island was included in the price of the cabinets, and Mr. Nice Cabinet Guy also made our walnut butcher-block top. I big fat love it. So much so, that I have one drawer in the island designated for cutting boards because I can almost never bring myself to cut on the actual butcher-block. I do all of my meal-prep here, and we almost always eat here, unless we have company, in which case we all pile into the breakfast nook/dining room (which I will show you soon). The best part of the butcher-block is that if it ever gets too banged up, we can just flip it over and start again.
I bought my stools from JcPenney on some sort of ridiculously good sale like $75 for all three. The seats were a particularly unappealing shade of blah, so I recovered them in Avery by Premier Prints (my go-to brand for cute, inexpensive decorator fabric) and then finished that off with a layer of thick plastic (from the fabric section at Walmart) to make the inevitable daily (hourly) spills no big thang.
I got my pot-rack from a garage sale for $5 and bought the matching (and I do mean matching; the color is identical) S-hooks on Ebay. The copper-bottom pot/pan set was a Christmas present from my father-in-law (yes! my father-in-law; he’s a sweetheart!), and they are so bee-ootiful that I still haven’t had the heart to cook anything in them yet (15 months later). Clarification: I cook all the time. Just not with these pans.
The floral dishes are stoneware from Target. I bought them three years ago before my kitchen was even painted because I loved the pattern and because they had the exact shade of dark teal I wanted for the cabinets. It was meant to be. They carried this style for quite a while, but I just did a search and didn’t come up with anything, so they must have finally retired them. Boo. Let’s hope I don’t break one (yeah, right).
The artwork above the sink (Kohler) is from Ross, as is this beauty:
I do love me some Ross when I can actually make myself go there, step over all the rubble in the aisles, sift through the piles of junk, and then wait in the forever-long line once I’ve found my treasures.
Update: instead of the random aqua stools, here’s what the “large artwork corner” looks like now:
I got the rectangular storage table (it was probably meant to be an entryway table, but I’m not always the best at using things for what they were “meant” for), which is the perfect size for the space, for 30% off at Hobby Lobby, and I’m a huge fan of the way it grounds all of the color with its neutral tones.
Love those vintage canisters that I scored for $10 for all three. Don’t they look like they were made to go with the painting?
Funny little side-note? If you had asked me what my opinion of the color orange was on a scale of 1-10 before I started decorating my house, I might have said, “Eh, a 4?” But now, it’s all over the place (remember THE RUG? Yeah, I still get about 2 emails a week about that rug. No lie). And I really like it (the orange and the rug…check, check).
Okay, let’s talk appliances. See that full-fridge/full-freezer combo? Fancy, huh?
Well, check this out.
Did you ever use Bing cash-back? We looooooooved Bing cash-back. We are saaaaaad that they stopped doing Bing cash-back. Because, I tell ya, we used Bing cash-back to its fullest potential.
We got all of our matching Frigidaire appliances (that’s the fridge, freezer, dishwasher, stove, and microwave) for $1,300 (this includes an additional discount from the forklift dent we discovered in the back of our fridge when they delivered it—a dent that in no way affects its function nor can it be seen once installed, I might add).
The fridge/freezer combo usually costs over $2,000 all by its little (okay, big) ol’ self, and it does not go on sale…unless, of course, you buy it in combo with a kitchen suite on Ebay Buy It Now, and you get 30% (holla!) Bing cash-back.
No, I did not get my slick, ginormous Wolf super-range with the drool-worthy red knobs that I pined for, but I didn’t actually have room for that monster anyway, and—let’s get real—there was no way I was going to pay that much money for one appliance in the first place (it costs at least 3X as much as my entire kitchen suite).
I bought the red Pottery Barn stools for $40 from a local lady who always finds great deals for resale.
We bought the tile for the floor at Home Depot for less than a $1/sq. ft., and my incredible husband painstakingly laid out the diagonal pattern for me just because I wanted it.
Had he ever tiled on the diagonal before?
Did he do it perfectly anyway?
Because he’s awesome like that.
We also chose to tile our countertops, which, I realize, is not the trendiest choice in the world. But it did save us beaucoups of money. Plus, I’m not a super-huge fan of granite, and all of the other stone options I looked at were a bit too shiny/fancy or, on the flipside, too rustic for my tastes. We sealed the grout with a product that went straight into the grout mix, and so far, there’s been minimal staining.
Pictured here is the other love of my life (God first, husband and children second, Kitchenaid mixer third). Meet Penelope (and yes, I did just make that up). She’s yet another Bing cash-back purchase from Ebay, and I won't even tell you what I (or rather my super-sweet/savvy husband who bought her for me for a few Christmases back) paid for her brand-spankin’ new gorgeous red self because it would only make you weep with jealousy. : )
I made the window awning (you can click for a tutorial), and I found the votive holder on major sale at JcPenney. A sweet friend made me that little plaque with our family’s initial and a Bible verse.
And I think that about covers it.
Feel free to ask about anything that I didn’t/forgot to address.
Oh, yeah. And have yourself a fantastic weekend, okay?
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