White, bright and herringbone!
I’m finally sharing some photos of our kitchen remodel. It’s been complete since last summer, and still to this day, 6 months later, I wake up everyday surprised when I walk into it. The kitchen is cheerful, bright, warm and more wonderful than I could have ever dreamed up.
We bought this house, a 1940’s Colonial, in 2010. Nolan was only two, and Lincoln was a baby! I can’t believe how quickly eight years has flown by. Anyway, when we bought it we knew there was a lot of work we wanted to do to update it and make it our own. The kitchen footprint was actually quite large, after an addition had been put on (in the 1960s, we believe), but it was also very dark and dated. Coming off our last house and the monstrous kitchen renovation we did on it, we knew we had to be patient and smart about it. We wanted to take our time; living in it and planning what changes would serve us best. We also needed time to save the money to pay for it! The expense of a kitchen remodel is no joke.
For years I gathered ideas; tear sheets from magazines, photos from Pinterest and design blogs. Once we got closer to “pulling the trigger”, I enlisted the help of my dear friend, Colleen. She is renovation junkie, has a designer’s eye, and has always not-so-secretly planned on remodeling my kitchen 🙂 She became my right hand gal for two years of kitchen planning and executing. She played bad cop with contractors, while I got to remain the happy homeowner. I am still working hard at convincing her to make this her full time job. She is VERY good at it and I owe her my 4th born child… if I were to have one.
So last March we emptied out the cupboards, packed our suitcases, and moved into my parents house for 6 weeks (THANK YOU MOM AND DAD!!!) The excitement began immediately with the delivery of a massive dumpster in our driveway. Yessssssss! THIS IS HAPPENING!!
Before committing to the bar color, I of course had to do my own paint sampling. This one above got nixed. I ended up choosing a Benjamin Moore color called Casco Bay. The rich greenish blue shade is gorgeous, but the name may have helped make the final decision. Maine, we love you!
I went over everyday to check in on the progress, and to make any decisions that needed to made along the way. The boys were so curious too, so they would pop in after school and take a peek.
Ooh! Check out that vintage wallpaper! Kind of digging it.
“Um, mom? Is it supposed to look like this??”
There’s my girl! Colleen assisting with the envisioning process and the ever important pendent light placement.
Ok, after 6 weeks at my parents house (with our two dogs, one being a crazy puppy), then about 5 more weeks after that (we hit some unexpected delays)… our kitchen was done. Here she is!
Erin and I celebrating a hard day’s work.
It didn’t take long for the first glass of wine to be shared here 😉 I love having friends and family to my warm and inviting “heart of the home”. Come by anytime!
A very special thank you goes out to; Kevin, Colleen, Rob, Daryl, Daniel, Mom and Dad!