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Our Kitchen Renovation

Hi there! Today I am finally sharing pictures of our kitchen renovation! We completed the transformation in about six months - whenever we had time and/or the money to work on it. We didn't have any MAJOR changes to make as we bought our home new-build i.e., we picked the layout and cabinets. We basically changed the things we either couldn't get from the Builder, or things that were more economical to do ourselves.

I apologize in advance for the bad photography. I really tried! But I am just not very skilled behind a camera!

Here's a glimpse at what the kitchen looked like before we moved in. We chose to leave the kitchen without hardware so we could purchase our own.

After we moved in, we installed our own hardware that I purchased from Rejuvination. I really wanted a polished nickel finish, and I found that Rejuvination had some of the nicest selection for a decent price. I also had Eric install these beautiful polished nickel pendants that I ordered from Wayfair. I was inspired by the oversized drum pendants in Jillian Harris' kitchen.

We chose to pay for the option to leave above the stove empty (as in no cabinets). I was surprised this was an additional cost, but I guess it requires them to do some extra work with the sides of the cabinetry. The builder installed a temporary hood fan (as required), but I was so excited when we finally replaced it with our current hood fan. It looked so much cleaner and our current hood fan is a lot quieter!

Although Formica laminate has come a long way and I didn't mind our countertops, I have always wanted stone countertops and an under-mount sink, so a few months after moving in, we had quartz installed. We have Caesarstone quartz in our upstairs bathrooms, but we chose to go with Vicostone for the kitchen because I thought it more closely resembled marble. I LOVE marble! but I am way to clumsy to keep it in good condition.

Eric (with my Grandfather's help) installed the Kohler faucet over the weekend and its truly one of my favourite features of the kitchen! It was a bit more expensive that I ever thought I would pay for a faucet, but I wanted to stick with the polished nickel theme, and it really is the jewelry of the kitchen.

A few months later, we installed the marble backsplash ourselves. I specifically wanted calcutta marble, with its gold undertones, as I felt it would coordinates well with the warmer undertone of the polished nickel accents.

I haven't made any more changes, besides styling it. The only other thing I've thought about doing is adding some decorative posts under the island counter and purchasing new bar stools. These barstools are from our old home, and I think our current island is big enough for 4 chairs!

Here are a few more photos of the kitchen!

Thank you so much for reading!