Monday, December 5, 2011

The Big Reveal!

We have finally finished our kitchen renovation!  It took about 2 months and then some touch-ups (and then some time to edit all those pics), but here it is!

First let's take another look at the BEFORE

kitchen before copy

And now the fabulously airy and bright AFTER

Zesty Nest Kitchen Reno After 6
(more after pics at the end of this post)

I absolutely LOVE it!  I feel like I live in a magazine home!

So now let's take a little look at the process.  I didn't realize this, but there is a correct order when scheduling all the renovations (we may have done some backwords).  The first things we did (because I just couldn't take it any longer) was paint those bright oak cabinets.  (For future reference: countertops then paint).

Zesty Nest Kitchen Reno Process 5

The painters actually took the cabinet doors and drawers to their shop so they could spray them down.  And I didn't even know this was possible, but they primed the cabinets with a special formula BEFORE they sanded anything.

One of my most exciting moments, though, was pulling off the awful tile countertop on my island.

Zesty Nest Kitchen Reno There Go The Countertops

Very exciting!

Once we got the cabinets painted and the backsplash removed (actually we just put up plywood to cover the most of the backsplash), it was time to pour the concrete.  The Taylor Brothers came out and set it all up.  The whole process takes about 2 weeks.

Zesty Nest Kitchen Reno Process

By far, the most exciting part was watching them pour the concrete!

Zesty Nest Kitchen Reno Pouring the Concrete

After that sat for a day, they came back and removed the molds.  To give our countertops a look other than solid white, we took the trowel and purposely "burned" the dry concrete.

Zesty Nest Kitchen Reno Concrete Molds 2

So we got a look like this.

Zesty Nest Kitchen Reno After Detail 3

I'm extremely happy with the results!

And TA DA!

Zesty Nest Kitchen Reno After 6

Zesty Nest Kitchen Reno After 5

Zesty Nest Kitchen Reno After 3

Zesty Nest Kitchen Reno After


sandi said...

It looks really good and I like the process explanation.

Anonymous said...

Congrats, what a great job! Looks beautiful. And just in time for the holidays, enjoy.

The Farmer's Trophy Wife said...

GORGEOUS!!! I love all your paint and decorating choices...especially the antlers! ;) Great job!

Beth said...

Thanks so much, y'all! We are VERY happy to be finished and LOVING how happy the whole house suddenly feels!

Jonathan Kelley said...

Looks awesome!

I have two questions:

1. What made concrete your material of choice; and

2. What kind of edge is that? bull-nose?

Beth said...

Jonathan - sorry it took me so long to respond to this. I do believe that is called a bull-nose edge. Great edge because I never snag my sweater. We chose concrete because we wanted something unique, non-porous,ridiculously durable, and Josh's parents loved working with the Taylor Brothers so much for their pool that they convinced us to hire them for the countertops. We were actually only their 2nd countertop installation. I think they did a great job, and I'm very pleased with the decorative finish.

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