The Kitchen Remodel: Revealed!

So here are the before pictures. . . see that nasty corner sink? It made a bigger mess than it cleaned up. What a pain!

Here we are after pulling out all of the cabinets and tearing down the soffits. The soffits were such a waste of space – there was nothing in them. The cabinets just went right up to them. Why not add more cabinet space instead of having empty drywall?

New drywall hung to cover up where we pulled out the soffits:

Dry wall joint compounded, textured and painted:

Cabinet framing going up!

And at this pointed we realized that we had made some errors in measuring and made quite a few trips to Ikea to get new framing, doors, etc. We also realized that we were going to have to move the valve for the gas line to ourΒ  stove and run a new electricity line to power our double oven. So after many calls to an electrician, a plumber and carpenter, we ended up with this:

Thank you Ikea for your 20% off kitchen sale! We did some research and found that to have this installed by professionals, you should count on spending the same amount for labor as your did on all of the materials. I am so glad we did this ourselves. We saved thousands.

It was exhausting, stressful and hard work but I really feel like it turned out amazing and super functional. Even the drawers are super organized with the fun ikea dividers! I think one of our favorite parts are the dampers on the drawers and cabinets. It’s impossible to slam anything in this kitchen! It’s so neat! There is still a little bit of touch up work to be done (you can see in the last picture next to the mixer that a hole needs to be filled) and herbs to be grown to put in the window but overall we’re very happy with everything. In the spring, after we get our tax return, we’re planning on pulling down the popcorn ceiling and pulling up the tile to stain the concrete (you can see the lack of tile in the top finished picture. . . ). Maybe we’ll consider some new light fixtures too. πŸ™‚ But for now, we’re done! Next up, lots of cooking (in the form of many creme brulee recipes) and Thanksgiving to be served from our new double oven!


  1. Posted November 9, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It looks so beautiful and organized!

  2. Katie Rice
    Posted November 9, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Looks great Beth! Are those shaker cabinets?

    • Elizabeth
      Posted November 9, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Not sure what you mean by shaker cabinets . . . they are the Adel series from Ikea in medium brown! We used the Metrik handles for the handware.

  3. Posted November 9, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Very well done! Looks great!

  4. Posted November 9, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Anytime you get the remodeling bug, feel free to come make my kitchen as beautiful as yours. πŸ™‚

    Seriously, though, it looks great!

    • Elizabeth
      Posted November 9, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

      LOL! We’ll see if we ever get the remodeling bug again! πŸ™‚

      • Posted November 9, 2009 at 5:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

        Ya, that’s not going to happen.

  5. Posted November 9, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Holy Cow! What an improvement! Love the cabinet tone and the farmhouse sink! Great job, y’all!

    • Elizabeth
      Posted November 9, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

      We LOVE the sink!!! It’s probably one of the best improvements we made.

  6. Posted November 9, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

    the sink is my favorite part – looks great!

  7. Gilmore Girl
    Posted November 9, 2009 at 7:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What a beautiful, functional kitchen! I can’t wait to have one of my own someday! It’s also neat to see where you work all your yummy magic. πŸ™‚ -Stephani

  8. Posted November 9, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Yay!!!! This kitchen looks amazing! We are still too chicken to brave a kitchen remodel – maybe next summer when we can grill outside?

    Great job! Certainly worth the wait!

    • Elizabeth
      Posted November 10, 2009 at 12:16 am | Permalink | Reply

      I was chicken to begin with but once the demo started it got easier and didn’t seem as Impossible. We struggled with eating while this was going on… Way too much eating out. But it’s done now and we get to eat at home!

  9. Katie Robillard
    Posted November 9, 2009 at 8:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You guys did a great job- it is beautiful!!!

  10. Katie Rice
    Posted November 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    A shaker cabinet is a particular style. It was hard for me to tell from your pictures if they were

    I think they are. Sorry I was just curious.

    • Katie Rice
      Posted November 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t mean what I just typed and I don’t know how to delete my comment. I mean that I wasn’t sure if I was correct if they were from my first glance at your beautiful kitchen. I have sense looked it up ere the link in the previous comment. I do believe they are. Just FYI. Sorry for my sleep deprived comments. I know you understand πŸ˜‰

      • Elizabeth
        Posted November 10, 2009 at 12:18 am | Permalink | Reply

        Ah yes, they do indeed look like shaker style cabinets. Simple and basic… ‘clean lines’! πŸ™‚

  11. jownby
    Posted November 10, 2009 at 8:37 am | Permalink | Reply

    Looks great! I really like your sink!

  12. renee
    Posted November 10, 2009 at 11:38 am | Permalink | Reply

    love the new kitchen!! are those little magnetic spice containers on your fridge? i think that’s what they look like and i love them..i bet you got them at ikea too??

    • Elizabeth
      Posted November 10, 2009 at 11:43 am | Permalink | Reply

      They are magnetic spice containers from ikea! I adore them – what a great way to get stuff out of the pantry and off the counters but still accessible!

  13. deezahoney
    Posted November 10, 2009 at 1:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The new kitchen looks wonderful, Beth – you & Jason did an amazing job!

  14. Posted November 10, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    beautiful work! i think that i’d love to do the same type of sink whenever we actually *own* a house… πŸ™‚ soooomeday!

    can’t wait to see the recipes for thanksgiving. yay!

  15. Posted November 10, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Great job! That looks sooo much better!!

  16. Posted November 11, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

    So a couple questions – you already know I think it looks fab! 1) What kind of countertop? Silestone? 2) How much did it cost to do everything, double oven included?

    Love you!!

    • Elizabeth
      Posted November 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

      For now the countertops are just ikea laminant. We have future plans to do granite and put up a tile backsplash. We decided to wait on that until we get our tax return!

  17. ShelleyK
    Posted November 12, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Beautiful! Love it! Amazing job! Kudos to the “contract labor”. πŸ™‚

  18. Posted December 4, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What a beautiful, functional kitchen! Great job! I love it. After watching it I’m curious to have a kitchen like this.

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