Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Day 21 #kitchenrenovation

The final push!  The plumber came yesterday to hook up the appliances and last night we christened our kitchen by making our first meal in it (well not entirely true....on Sunday we used our convection oven to cook english muffin pizzas since that was hooked up and working).  Minor detail!  I sat at the peninsula sipping some wine while Jim cooked us dinner.  It was great!  I still look around at the kitchen and can't believe we actually pulled the trigger and got it done. 

Our sink and disposal are hooked up and working so we can FINALLY say good bye to washing dishes in the upstairs bathroom.  That really was the worst part of the whole living through a kitchen renovation.  So it's SO nice to have a working faucet, sink and disposal back!  And isn't that faucet a piece of art?!?!  I am so so so happy with it.  It's not nearly as tall as we feared it would be and gives the countriness of the farmhouse sink a slight edge with the industrial looking faucet.  And it's fun using the hand sprayer and the pot filler.  Never a bad thing to have options.  And the farmhouse sink?!?!  It's A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  It's so big I think I could give Jim a sponge bath in it!  It's seriously great.

 I couldn't for the life of me get a good picture of the refrigerator with it's blinged out grill finally installed.  Poor lighting last night.  But at least you can get an idea of what it looks like since all the previous pictures had that silly gap above it.   

And the rest of the bead board beneath the pass through was installed.  Sadly, there are no room for corbels underneath :(  I guess I'll learn to manage without them....some how.

I think the bead board in both "windows" ties them nicely together and makes them look like they were always like that.

 And because we're cheap skates we decided to paint ourselves.  We painted the old kitchen ourselves which wasn't that bad but this new gal???  What a beast!  I'm the resident cutter inner and Jim's the roller.  Well there is A LOT of trim in the new kitchen!  Bad for me, great for Jim!  But Jim was a gentlemen and helped a girl out...whata guy!!!

But we are done!  And we're so happy with our choice of color...Wedgewood Grey by Benjamin Moore.  It has hints of blue, grey and green depending on what light you look at it in.  Gives this neutral kitchen some life.

We painted the trim the same colors as the walls and I'm so glad we went with this idea because I think the trim blends in with wall as opposed to popping out and becoming the main attraction which is what I did not want.

It makes the grey in the cabinets really pronounced now.  You may be thinking man are they lazy or what?!  They didn't even paint all the way to the counter tops!  We're not that lazy!  The back splash tile will cover this so we didn't want to waste time or paint by painting all the way down to the counter tops.

Painting near the chimney was a beast of a job but I don't think we did half bad if I do say so myself!

And the pendants still pop against the color.

You will notice we didn't paint up towards the ceiling in the old hallway.  We plan on adding the same crown moulding that Mike put up in the kitchen in this area.  We still have the trim and the bead board to paint but we're taking our time on it and painting when we have free time. Oh and that black paint on the door is actually magnetic paint.  Since our fridge can't hold magnets due to it being stainless steel whats a girl to do when she wants to hang something up?  Well I had read up on this magnetic paint and wanted to try it out, so this was the perfect opportunity.  It's just a primer so we plan on painting over it with white latex paint (as long as you put latex paint over it, you can use any color).  I'll let you know if it really works.

And finally the extenders for the laundry nook faucet were changed from brass to shiny chrome. Ahhhh much better!


And here are my men working it in the new kitchen.  Aren't they so cute??? 


Our first meal made from the new kitchen....pork milanese with a side of roasted asparagus and pan fried potatoes.  Oh yum!  Not too bad for a 10:30 PM dinner.


I think we're gunna love this new kitchen of ours.  Back splash tile gets installed today!  DAHHH!  The anticipation of it all!