Hey guys, I’m back from vacation and it was so great to see the sunshine, the beach, and oh yeah my parents! We had amazing weather, and I feel like 6 and 10 years old may be the sweet spot of traveling with kids. For once, it didn’t feel like I needed a vacation after the vacation with the kiddos. We had such a great time that I waited until the last morning before our flight to shoot my parent’s house (mainly because we were packed up and my kids’ explosion of stuff wasn’t everywhere).
I grabbed a $15 tripod from Walmart down in Florida rather than try to pack mine, and 5 shots in, the weight of my wide angle lens snapped the tripod right off. Thankfully I was able to catch my camera before it hit the floor. Ugh, it was such a bummer! I did manage to rig the broken tripod slightly, so things aren’t as sharp as I want them to be, but I don’t want to leave you hanging on this coastal kitchen makeover any longer.
Just like squint and blur your eyes a bit and pretend these are sharp photos or you know have a glass of wine before reading this post and everything will look better ;)
Ok let me remind you of the before again –
and after! Gah, how much fun is this transformation?
If you remember we decided to paint the existing cabinets, because we didn’t want to have to pull up all the wood floors and they turned out so much better than we imagined.
We removed the upper cabinets on this side of the kitchen and it opened the space up SO much. We added this pretty glazed blueish grey subway tile (from Home Depot) and took it all the way to the ceiling.
My mom is loving her new open shelves and her collection of blue toned fiesta wear is a fun pop of color.
We replaced the dark green granite counters with this Quartz from Home Depot. We also added this curved top so we could get bar seating at the counter. We couldn’t just go straight across because of the window placement, but this curve was the perfect compromise.
We found these cute bar stools that swivel at a local store in FL. They work perfect because they don’t take up too much visual space like stools with backs would have.
The other big change was this kitchen office area over here, here’s the before –
The after – we changed it into a little bar area which has been great when my parent’s entertain or when their grandkids are bouncing up and down all over their newly renovated home and they need a little liquid patience…
We originally planned to have wine shelves underneath that cabinet, but last minute we added a tv instead. My mom loves to watch the Today show in the morning while she is having coffee and emptying the dishwasher, etc. So, this was a good spot for it. The bracket needs to be moved down a bit, so the tv is more centered but we can’t figure out how, ha!
A few of you noticed the tone of the floor changed in my last post about the house. It’s a long story, but they had a termite problem in one section of the house that they had treated and the company used the wrong product that made their floors buckle up in the kitchen. Because the house is 20 years old the only way to fix it was to have them completely refinished. It was kind of a happy accident because they were able to just put a clear satin coat on it and get rid of the yellow tone and really let the beauty of the wood shine.
So, that’s the new kitchen! Once again the power of paint never ceases to amaze me. It’s so much brighter and lighter in here.
SOURCE LIST : (contains affiliate links)
Counter top – Home Depot White Arabesque Quartz
Tile – Home Depot Morning Fog Tile
Lights – Wayfair
Cabinet Paint Color – Extra White by Sherwin Williams
Paint Color – Top Sail by Sherwin Williams
Stools – Pamaro (local store in FL)