Alright, you’ve seen the before. Are you ready to see the after? I thought I’d focus on the kitchen and bathroom to start. I hope to post pictures of the dining room and family room soon, but as it stands right now the dining room is a massive storage catch all for everything we packed up while the floors were being finished and the family room is about to get a complete furniture make over (woohoo!) so I thought I’d wait until it’s finished a bit more completely to share. You ready for this?
I’m still pinching myself over how beautiful it turned out. Onward with the tour.
First up, the windows. You can’t even imagine how gorgeous these windows are. Having that view out to the backyard is amazing. This was one of those changes that had a few monetary surprises attached to it such as misplaced plumbing and joists that were not up to code. It hurt in the moment and we almost changed up the plan. I’m so glad we didn’t. They were worth every extra penny we spent. They really make the room.
Next up, the main prep island. This thing is a massive beast and I love every inch of it. I actually picked the granite color from a tiny picture on my cell phone while visiting my brother in Minnesota. I didn’t see the physical slab in person until it was already laid on the counters. Talk about nerve racking. Thankfully, the picture did it complete justice.
The farmhouse sink was a must have for me. I’m sure I’m not the only one that’s ever dreamed of having a sink like that in their kitchen. I love that it’s just one big basin so you can clean pretty much anything in it. Except maybe the cat. No, definitely not the cat.
I have to give a shout out to the faucets as well. These beauties were a labor of love. I originally found them on ebay but discovered soon after that they were defective and wouldn’t work for what we needed. Not good news when the holes are already cut in the granite. Fortunately I was able to contact the owner of the company who proceeded to make me two new faucets from scratch to fit my kitchen. Needless to say, I am forever grateful. Trevor, if you’re out there, I promise to buy every kitchen faucet from you forever and ever more.
How about this cool little extra? We thought it would be fun to have a space for paper towels. Steve, my contractor, said “no problem” and here’s what he came up with. Not bad, right? If we ever change our minds he left the drawer for future use.
I swear, I’ve gotten more compliments on these lights. If I’m being completely honest, I initially regretted buying them for the first few days they were here. They were a splurge to be sure. I had no intention of busting the lighting budget that bad, but now that I’ve had some time to live with them, I’ve come to the conclusion that they were absolutely worth it. They really fit perfect in the space.
If you’re wondering why I still haven’t posted any recipes on the blog, here’s your answer. My stove arrived broken (cue the tears). It turns out the fork lift driver decided it would be better to stick his metal tines “into” the oven doors rather than under them. So here I sit with a beautiful, unusable stove and oven. It’s been about 8 weeks since I alerted the company to the problem. I finally have new doors, but it’s estimated to be another week or two until I can get someone in to install them. So if you see me posting microwave meals instead of home cooked, you know why.
Open shelves! This has been something I’ve dreamed of in a kitchen for as long as I can remember. Aren’t they beautiful? We had the same guy build and stain them that did the eating island.
I love the eating island as much as I love the windows. Maybe even a smidge more. I really wanted to be able to dump the kitchen table and now we can with seating to spare. The butcher block top is absolutely stunning. My dad built all the panels and pilasters for the island which saved us boatloads of money. There’s even storage under there which I love. Here’s the shot again that shows our kitchen table replacement.
To finish up the post; a couple quick pictures of the finished bathroom. It’s not fully decorated yet, but I did put up the mirror and holders which, for me, is a pretty good feat.
So what do you think? Party at my house? 😉