After having our house on the market for awhile a couple years ago, then showing it a few times since then, we have decided we are staying place.  Partly due to the market and partly due to whats available in comparison to where we are/what we have and partly due to us really loving our house, save a few areas we have seriously outgrown.  The first and most apparent place is our kitchen.

The main "problem" with our kitchen has never been its aesthetics...however much I do not love them.  I actually have an intense hate affair with our terra cotta-y orange FILTHY ceramic tiles that absorb grime.  Black sink = yuck.  Plastic laminate countertops are also not by #1 choice.  But they have been a durable companion to the ever messy three children we have reared {and are still rearing} in this kitchen.

Upon first inspection, our kitchen is great.  Pretty, white, simple...Stephen even thought the counters were granite when we bought the house {oops}.







To me, a smart kitchen renovation would include using existing cabinetry, possibly resurfacing the counters, chaging hardware, painting cabinets or walls, possibly changing out the backsplash.  Appliance updates if necessary.  Aesthetics.  Making smart use of what you have that works and just changing what you can, biggest bang for your buck.

This is not possible with our kitchen, and we REALLY wish it was.  Our problem is the cabinets themselves.  They are original with the house, with four wood-on-wood drawers that are approximately TWO inches deep and leave a nice sawdust-y residue on everything in the cabinets below them whenever opened and closed.  We have no storage and are constantly ducking as we open cabinets to avoid the waterfall of plastic cups and bottles and plates and bowls etc we have stuffed in every available nook and cranny.  With one child, the kitchen worked great.  With two, it started wearing on us.  With three, well, we bit the bullet and are renovating our kitchen...that should explain :)

I feel like I've been so whiny about it over the last few years, mentioning it here and there and always dreaming of something "new."  But now that we are about to start I have to say I am VERY glad we waited like we did.  Just like the interior decoration of our house {forever ongoing}, we sat and thought about it all for years before we finally bit the bullet on the "big" items.  And now we both know exactly what we want and what will work for us.  And we had time to save ;)

We are scheduled to start demo the week of Mardi Gras {middle of February for those of you who don't live in the select few cities who celebrate this silly holiday :)}.  I imagine this will become a regular series on the blog as it will definitely be something we are living smack dab in the middle of for the next few months.

Fingers crossed that a "few months" is all that it is!!! #wishfulthinking ;)


  1. YAY YAY YAY!!!!! Can't wait to see the "in progress" pics!! Updating your kitchen makes you fall in love with your house again!!!

  2. Love a good before, during and after story - especially a kitchen! Can't wait to see it when it's all done! Whatever happened with your bedroom re-do? Have any afters of those for us? I have been trying to get my bedroom just right for years and it still is NOT right! Drives me crazy! I cannot get the neutral look that I want to work! Argh!

  3. Can't wait to be on this journey with you! I am sure there will be days of "WHAT were we thinking?" But it will be totally worth it when it's done! Just a little pre-renovation pep talk! :-) Love ya'll, La

  4. im excited for yall and know the changes will be uh-maze-ing!!!! cant wait for you to post some inspiration pics or examples of things you will be using.

  5. How exciting! I'm sure it will be gorgeous, knowing your taste and skill. This post did make me laugh, though, because my perspective is so different...that looks like TONS of storage space to me, since we have a tiny apartment kitchen!

  6. Yall have put together a great plan. Can't wait to see the results and your little fam enjoying it! Wishing yall a pleasant remodel ride with no bumps in the road!

  7. Awesome!!! So excited for y'all! Can't wait to watch the progress!


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