Our Renovation…..the Kitchen(and the FYI on my crazy life)

As many of you know, we just moved to a new house.  I’m pretty sure lots of people are confused as to where we even live because our plans have changed so much in the past year!
So here is the scoop…I’ll make it as short and sweet as possible!
Kelly Boy(my hubby) is a pilot-we were all set to move to Arkansas to follow his lifelong dream of Ag flying.  We have lived in Arkansas the past 2 summers to test it out and see if we liked it….we did.  We put our home we built just 2 years ago in Louisiana on the market.  We were ready to move to AR,when through a chain of events too long to discuss(Kelly crashing his plane- and yes, by the grace of God, he’s ok), our plans fell through.  Honestly, since the day we moved into our home 2 years ago, we have been talking about selling it.  We know all of the events leading up to and proceeding Kelly crashing his plane were completely divine.  All this being said, we almost had our house sold and had absolutely no idea where we were going to live.  We’ve known for a while that we wanted to get a little land, downsize a bit and reduce our debt, and this was the perfect opportunity.  As God always does, He swooped in at the last minute(of course, it wasn’t the last minute for him) and provided this  home + 6 acres for us.  We couldn’t have been more excited.  It was a fixer upper and a little smaller than our last house, but it’s absolutely perfect.  I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying being here.

I wanted to share with you a few before and after photos of our new place.  Sad to say, I’ve been a little obsessed with colors/curtains/rugs lately, so now that everything is finding it’s place, I’m hoping to relax a little.

Here is the before and after of our new kitchen!
I would say my style is an eclectic mash of vintage/modern with a twist of whimsy….I think I made that up!  I threw caution to the wind and since I couldn’t decide on one color green, I painted my cabinets two different shades.
(Sherwin Williams Alchemy on top and Grandiose on bottom)

We had every surface in our house painted except the floor and the fireplace.  EVERYTHING was wood-nothing against wood, just wasn’t my style.  The walls are Sherwin Williams Pewter Cast and the Ceiling/Trim is Crushed Ice.

I had the Grey glass tile backsplash added to step up the bling, and left many of the cabinets open so I would have lots of room to display my pretties.  Plus this gave me a great excuse to get new dishes and glasses

We were feeling frisky, so we set out to make our own concrete countertops.  This was soooo much fun!!  Much to my husbands dismay, I insisted we make them 2.5″ thick, REALLY HEAVY(but beautiful).  I wanted a very raw, industrial looking concrete, so our lack of experience lent itself to perfect imperfections.  I’m planning on blogging next week with a step by step tutorial on how we made the countertops.

One of my favorite parts of the kitchen is my sink.  I followed in my friend Lauren Clark’s shoes and got a farm sink from Ikea ($299 @ Ikea).  Since the nearest Ikea was 5 hours away, It was an act of congress to get it here, but thanks to very good friends, I was able to pull it off!

Also, from Ikea, I picked up my small island, the metal shelving and my new pretty white dishes.

Last but not least, I painted the front of my pantry cabinet with chalkboard paint, something I’ve always wanted to do.  One of my goals this year is to actually have a little menu each week

Ok, that’s all for now!!  Thanks for listening to my rambling, and I’ll be posting Posey’s room soon!

Before:


img_22571

After:
img_4101_1

kitchen-after

concrete-countertops