Our Kitchen Renovations - Before & After - Erin's Inside Job

Our Kitchen Renovations

THE TIME HAS COME. This week wrapped up all the last minor things that needed tweaking in our home renovations, so I want to start sharing with you. First up: our kitchen renovations.

I decided to break up everything we did into more than one post because I didn’t want it to get too lengthy. All in all, we ended up either totally or partially remodeling our:

  • kitchen
  • laundry room
  • master bath
  • half bath
  • upstairs bath (kids)
  • mantle above fireplace
  • outdoor shed

So yeah, it was a lot. But we LOVE it. If you missed what the house looked like before we moved in, here’s the link to the original house tour.

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A look at the before and after of our kitchen renovations - all the new things and the great company we worked with!

First of all, a big shout out to the company we worked with — CoCreations Construction & Design. I found them through a mom’s group I’m in on Facebook and they definitely didn’t disappoint. We were given a time estimate of 4-5 weeks and they wrapped up everything and we were able to be back in our house at 4 weeks exactly. There have been a couple things we’ve been checking off the list here and there, but everything major was done by then. If you’re local and looking for a great contractor and design company, we definitely recommend.

Below is a before and after shot of the kitchen. The biggest difference you can see is the addition of an entirely new unit on the left hand wall. Previously, the refrigerator was around the corner right next to the washer and dryer, but it all felt a little weird. After working together on designs, we decided to move the fridge into the actual kitchen and add cabinets and shelving on either side.

This added a ton of new storage and really helped fill the room.

On the left, we decided to make a coffee and tea station for Neil’s beloved espresso maker. The right side has our blender and a new toaster that we got. I’m still working on decorating the top shelves, but they’ll get done.

We kept all of the big appliances, but everything else got a major overhaul. We got 42″ cabinets that go to the ceiling because we wanted to avoid the gap at the top. It makes it look cleaner and prevents us from storing things up there, which can make things look cluttered. While the previous cabinets were also white, they were nowhere near as good quality and the Lazy Susan that was in the corner was totally broken and unusable.

We did a white subway tile backsplash with gray grout, amazing quartz countertops, and we had them change our internal exhaust to external and add a range hood.

We decided that we wanted to keep the countertops very minimally decorated, which is another reason we kept appliances like the toaster and blender on the smaller counters by the refrigerator. There are also under-cabinet lights that offer a soft, pretty lighting option.

I can’t tell you how happy I am with this sink. I should have taken a picture before, but I think I just wanted it gone from my memory. 🙂 Previously, the sink was much smaller, divided in two, and super shallow. Every time I would wash the dishes, my shirt would end up wet from the spray. The faucet was also stuck in the spray position, which was pretty funny because that’s the same problem we had in Chicago too.

Now the sink is much deeper and comes with a bunch of accessories like a cutting board, colander, drying rack, and basket strainer.

I also spent a bunch of time at Home Goods and the At Home store for decor options. I grabbed a few artificial plants, some coffee/tea containers, and decorative soap dispensers. The addition of the shelves beside the refrigerator allowed a place for me to store cookbooks as well — many of which are by my awesome food blogger friends!

So that’s about it for our kitchen renovations! Stay tuned for posts on the rest of the remodels. 🙂

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