After receiving this incredible gift, Jamie and I felt very strongly about using our home to further the kingdom in whatever way that looked like. We are passionate about hospitality and about using our home to serve people. Knowing this, we knew that renovating our small kitchen would be the top priority. The kitchen was always the most popular gathering space when I was growing up, and I wanted a kitchen that could hold up to 20 people if necessary. We used the existing kitchen, mud room/laundry room, and outdoor breezeway (see pictures below) to make the small kitchen into an open, square kitchen.
Home envy is a real thing and looking through Pinterest for the wrong reasons can cause a lot of greed and selfishness. I know this because I struggled with it through our whole renovation process. Everything I wanted was too expensive or not practical. My family continually had to pull me back to our goal: put money into what is most valuable and will give us the best return on our investment. While I threw a temper tantrum about wanting a white farmhouse sink, I’m eternally grateful for the people in my life who see the real, ugly me and lovingly pull me back to what matters most, which is NOT a Pinterest perfect house.
We looked at a lot of pictures and created an inspiration board to help guide our kitchen renovation design decisions. Most of the decisions that we made were in lower pricing tiers and guess what? I LOVE the things we chose! Two years later, and I still love them! We decided on classic white subway tile backsplash, black granite countertops, white cabinets, and crystal knobs, all of which kept us in budget. In my opinion, they are practical, classic, and basic enough that can appease to many different design styles.
As you’ll see in the pictures below, we ripped out all of the existing kitchen, pulled down two major walls, and extended our new kitchen into the existing mud laundry room and outdoor breezeway. We added a pantry, new windows and door, cut out an arched doorway and window, and added all new cabinets, tile, appliances, countertops and hardware. We brought a gas line to the house so we could have a gas stovetop and gas log fireplace in our family room, which you’ll see in a later blogpost. We also had to put in new hardwood flooring to match the existing and get all of the floors sanded and stained to match.
Kitchen Cabinets: Brock Cabinets Inc.
Countertops: Artelye Marble & Granite
Backsplash Tile & Flooring: Creative Touch Interiors
Cabinet Knobs: Amerock via Kitchen & Bath Galleries
Pendant Lights: Lighting Inc.
Appliances: General Electric
Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Pure White
Trim + Carpentry: Harvey Skinner with Northern Woodworks