Our kitchen: My biggest renovation!

September 08, 2017

I am going to do a recap of each room in our old house -- photos through the years and the big changes I made. I shared the guest bedroom last week and this week it's the kitchen. This room was such a labor of love for me and one of my favorite renos in the house. Over the 13+ years it underwent a lot of changes! 

Here's how it looked soon after we moved in -- we ended up adding these laminate floors about two years in. Before we had vinyl in the kitchen and carpet in the family room:
Thrifty Decor Chick before

cherry laminate floors

I don't remember why we only had three chairs. 😆 My Dad passed down this set and I have a feeling the fourth broke at some point. 
I later completed my first makeover on the island (first of MANY), with black beadboard. And look! Four chairs!:
cherry laminate floors

Those no sew roman shades were one of my first blog posts that kind of blew up -- anyone been around that long? :) 

I picked out everything when we built -- and I still question the glossy black tile backsplash: 
dark cabinets black backsplash

Keep in mind this was era of gold and red -- so this kitchen fit right in with the maple cabinets and dark accents. 

But my style changed...and slow but sure I started making changes to brighten up the space. My cheap beadboard backsplash made a big difference in here -- and I glued it right over the tile!:
beadboard backsplash in kitchen

I replaced the door with a glass one from the hardware store and painted it black:
black glass pantry door

That table area was super tight -- it didn't look like it in photos but between the back door and the pantry door it always felt tight to me. I made over an IKEA table into a farmhouse style and this size worked a lot better for this area:
IKEA table turned farmhouse table

Then I painted the black island, added some trim and replaced the laminate counter with butcher block: 
adding trim to kitchen island

Those simple changes made a BIG difference in here! 

Three years ago we started a family room project that spilled over into the kitchen. Because of that we were able to shift our table over and really open up the whole kitchen. Two years ago I started the HUGE project of making over this whole space! 

We moved the back door so that bay window became my dream spot...a window seat!:
white kitchen table wood chairs

Many of you have asked why I'm not adding a window seat in the new house -- umm...do you even KNOW me?? ;) I already have one planned in a perfect spot. It will probably be one of my first projects in the house. 

I will link to many of the projects down at the bottom of the post, but here's a brief run through. I took down a few cabinets on the long wall and added a vent hood and lights instead: 
adding length to kitchen island

I added onto the island and made it about 6 1/2 feet long -- I kept the old island and made it even more functional (and pretty!): 
extending a kitchen island

I added to the top of the old cabinets on the other wall and then painted everything myself: 
DIY kitchen makeover transformation

I later added under and upper cabinet lighting as well. One of my favorite additions! This room was completely transformed and I think I'm most proud of this renovation. I worked by butt off on this room and it was done well. 

I was super proud when the inspection came back for this room when we sold -- every single item on the list was marked as "satisfactory." Which doesn't sound like a glowing review, but on an inspection that's as good as it gets. ;) 
two tone kitchen cabinet renovation

two tone kitchen cabinets

I later added a few touches like a few new pillows on the window seat:
window seat in bay window

And some wood trim around the chalkboard:
chalkboard in kitchen with wood trim

And a few decorative additions:  
white wood hood cover

I'm SO crazy proud of what I accomplished in this space. It was completely transformed and I did most of it myself. We would have paid someone at least double what I spent to do what I did. 

Here are some of the projects I mentioned above:

I listed ALL of the projects for this space here, so be sure to check that out to see it all! I hope you enjoyed this look down memory lane in one of my favorite rooms of the old house! 💗

You can find a lot of the products I used by clicking through the photos below. Some aren't exact (not available anymore) but are very close matches. I'm asked about that large clock by the stove more than anything and you can find that here. I still love it! 

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the room: 

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  1. I love that you are sharing 'reviews'... helps with us newbies that haven't been around as long. :-)

  2. AMAZING! Your kitchen is hands down my favorite one in blogland. And the fact that you did it yourself still blows me away!
    I have a suggestion, when you start to get antsy without any major renovations to undertake at your new house- come out to Seattle and help me do my kitchen 😉. The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful place to explore...

    1. Haha! Thanks for the offer. ;) I HAVE always wanted to visit there.

  3. Stunning transformation!!! Love your kitchen!

  4. Wow! Amazing, Sarah! I had never looked that far back at your kitchen photos! Cwazy! You should be proud! I know that you got these counter-tops from Tipton, who/where are you getting your counter-tops for the new house/kitchen. Tipton is a little far and I was hoping to find a contractor/counters closer to Indy/Carmel. Thank you! Glad your back is better. Take care of yourself!

    1. Our builder uses Custom Floors in Fishers -- maybe try them? I don't know how their prices compare but the Tipton location prices were great! :)

  5. I will always love your kitchen and dining area so much, it's one of my biggest inspirations for when we finally build our dream home :)

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  6. TDC, I've followed your DIY style for many years! (I still remember your 2 year anniversary post) You've inspired and given me confidence to start many of my own DIY projects. Best of luck to you in your new home and I look forward to more DIY projects. ��

    1. Thank you so much Amy! That makes me so happy to hear. :)

  7. Such a beautiful transformation! We are trying to undergo renovating our kitchen, too! It's just super hard when you're renters as opposed to buyers! Tell me all of your secrets!

  8. I discovered your blog when you were on Nate Berkus...I think 10 years ago! You have had a huge impact on the changes I've made in my own house. Huge inspiration for me!

  9. I am always in awe - you are amazing! I'm pretty handy but don't ever think I can tackle the projects you do. Enjoy the new home!


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