Friday, March 1, 2013

Our Kitchen Reveal {Before and After}

Just over a year ago we embarked on a major change in our home...
The Kitchen {before}
and after! 
My handy husband did all of the work himself, except for the hardwood floors!!!
Those are the original cabinets that he sanded, bonded and painted!
My favorite part of the kitchen is the sink!!!
I had always dreamed of having a farmhouse style sink, but if you've ever shopped around for one, you know they come with a VERY high price tag {in the 1000's}!
One day we were walking through IKEA, and we found this one for $300!!!
Of course, being from IKEA it is made for IKEA cabinets, but Mr. Handyman was able to cut and create different supports to make it work in our standard cabinetry! 
I love, love, love this sink...Claire can even take a bath in it!
The next HUGE blessing in this project is our stove! 
 We had a 15-20 year old stove that really had seen better days!  One day I was perusing Craigslist, and came across a stainless stove that sounded perfect.  But, we really did not have the budget for it, and I was tempted to just make it work! 
Following a prompting of the Holy Spirit, I chose to wait!  Would you believe two days later, my friend Megan posted this on Facebook?  {Free!!!  Just come take it!!!}  This stove is even dehydrates down to 104 degrees...low enough to still be considered "raw" for you health lovers!  Not to mention the numerous other features it has! {Thank you Miss Megan!}
This is a view from the living room...if you look at the "before" picture above, you can see that we gained a ton of space by removing the wall that was between the dining room and kitchen!
This table {which we also found on Craigslist} expands to 104"!!  Enough to seat all of us plus in-laws and grand babies!!!
This is the other side of the dining is where the piano sits. {My husband and his siblings learned to play on this piano ~ now my children do!}
Eventually we would like to build a window seat that expands the whole length of the wall under the window to the counter. And, we do need to add some blinds before summer comes and the sun is beating in those windows!!! And, yes, we do intend to redo those chairs on the ends...all in good time!
Thanks for stopping by!  Be Refreshed!


  1. Congrats! And kudos to your patience...that's a hard one to keep hold of with new babies. :)

  2. It looks fantastic! WTG Ken! Really bright in there now ... and that sink is the bomb!!! Love You Guys!


  3. Looks great! I love white and stainless in kitchens, it's so clean looking!!


  4. Lora! I am simply Awed by this renovation. It took me back to see the before and to look thru your windows and see your neighborhood! I also must say that I'm a tiny tiny bit green about your kitchen sink, I so love them too!
    Thank you so much for sharing all of this, it brought back some fond memories of living close by
    Becky Charles

  5. It's beautiful! Great work Lora and Ken! Dave Ramsey would be proud of you!

    Laura Samuelson