Dear Crissy

Renovation diary: Cabinets and more

This post is sponsored by LG.

It’s officially summer, and we’re finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel in our kitchen renovation.

Actually, the whole process—while not convenient—hasn’t been so terrible. I know, I should totally knock on wood since we’re not finished yet—right? Luckily, I can knock on our recently installed beech cabinets!

Kitchen Renovation Update: Hello, Cabinets!

Remember what this wall used to look like?

This also gives you a good look at the new window, which is not as long, but much taller, than the original window. We’re getting SO much more light now!

Kitchen Renovation Update: Hello, Cabinets!

Instead of purchasing cabinets from a home improvement store, we decided to hire a local craftsman. We were able to design our cabinets exactly the way we wanted them, and we’re really happy with the way they turned out.

I love the simplicity of the design, and the beech wood is light and beautiful. I feel brighter and lighter every time I walk into the kitchen now, such a different and wonderful feeling.

Kitchen Renovation Update: Hello, Cabinets!

I also love the glass on the corner cabinets, something that we knew we wanted when designing our kitchen.

Kitchen Renovation Update: Hello, Cabinets!

This pantry was also one of the things that we knew we wanted in our new kitchen. It’s really large, extending floor-to-ceiling with oodles of storage space.

Kitchen Renovation Update: Hello, Cabinets!

The slide-out shelves are really great.

Kitchen Renovation Update: Hello, Cabinets!

Oh, and the same week the cabinets were installed, this happened.

Our new LG kitchen appliances showed up, and my husband and I were every bit like two grown-children opening presents on Christmas morning.

Renovation Update: Hello, Cabinets!

Of course, a renovation wouldn’t be a renovation without a few hiccups. After unboxing our gorgeous LG double oven range, we attempted to slide it into its home between the cabinets.

It didn’t fit. It didn’t fit by the slightest amount, but, it definitely didn’t fit.

At first, my stomach dropped, but my husband assured me that it was no big deal, and as always, he was right. Our awesome cabinet craftsman was able to replace one small section to fit, and now? It’s perfect. Beautiful, and perfect.

I hate to tease you about the appliances and show only glimpses of the cabinets, but I want to save something for the final reveal. Well, here’s a LITTLE sneak peek. Shhh…!

I am absolutely dying to tell you all about our LG appliances. Soon, soon!

What’s next?

After a lot of debate, we settled on quartz for our countertops. Talk about a tough decision, there are just so many different colors and styles of countertop to choose from. I can’t wait to show you what we chose!

Kitchen Renovation Update: Cabinets!

We also did this while we’re waiting for the countertops. It’s part pendant-lighting-kit, part mason jar from Zach’s grandma’s basement, and all cute.

Kitchen Renovation Update: Hello, Cabinets!

I have to tell you, I just feel so happy and hopeful about our new kitchen. Even without the countertops and finishing touches, the space has already been transformed for the better.

I think that sometimes, we go through life settling with the spaces in our home. Sometimes we settle because we’re not able or ready to invest in upgrades, and sometimes we settle because the job of renovating just feels too enormous.

We settled for a long time, but now, I’m so glad we made that leap. We’re getting there, and when this is done, our kitchen is going to be the warm, open, welcoming and functional space that our kids deserve.

If you could make one big change in your home right now, what would it be and why?

This is a sponsored post on behalf of LG, who provided the appliances for our kitchen renovation. Opinions are my own.

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  1. Amanda @ Mommy of Two Little Monkeys — June 27, 2013 @ 11:19 am (#)

    I’m beyond jealous of your new kitchen! We partially started with our kitchen, never finished and it’s bits and pieces thrown together. I really hope to have a kitchen renovation at some point. I’m excited to see your reveal. Thanks for the sneak peek!


  2. Amber Edwards — June 27, 2013 @ 11:25 am (#)

    Oh my goodness! I Love those cabinets you installed! I love the color and absolutely love the pull out drawers in the cabinet. When we were in the army, one of the places we lived had pull out shelf drawers like that and it was awesome!! I miss them. And I am so in love with that Mason jar light!


  3. Karissa — June 27, 2013 @ 11:29 am (#)

    It’s coming together! There is always something that has to go wrong in a home decorating process like this, sorry it didn’t fit! Everything else is looks ahhhhh-mazing!


  4. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? — June 27, 2013 @ 11:29 am (#)

    Wow! That looks amazing. I could only dream of having that much space in my kitchen!


  5. Lindsay — June 27, 2013 @ 11:55 am (#)

    Our house was built in the 40’s with an addition built in the 70’s so many many parts of it are u-g-l-y! The biggest (and easiest) thing I want to do right now is paint but my boyfriend doesn’t want to because we painted 2.5 years ago when I moved in. And then, we want to move the whole kitchen down into what’s the dining room to make everything flow better. But, I would settle for the kitchen just being updated. It’s SERIOUSLY 70’s looking.


  6. The Mom Jen — June 27, 2013 @ 12:03 pm (#)

    Those pendant lights are amazing, and I can’t get over that blue cover in the oven. Beautiful, congrats on your updated space!


  7. Carrie — June 27, 2013 @ 12:07 pm (#)

    If I could change 1 thing , it would so be our appliances! You are one lucky girl to have gotten the LG’s!! They are GORGEOUS!

    Our stove handle is now held together by 2 screws and our refrigerator has leaked water on our kitchen hardwoods for a yr now:/ Appliances are just so expensive now a days. Enjoy your new kitchen;)


  8. Joanne Erenberg — June 27, 2013 @ 12:11 pm (#)

    It looks great! I Love your Pantry. I am planning a kitchen reno next year and its nice to see some of the process! Are the quartz counters considered “green” I am hung up on what to choose.


  9. Kristin (Born 2 Be Mom) — June 27, 2013 @ 12:15 pm (#)

    This looks amazing so far! My husband and I recently bought my childhood home as well — so I’m in the same boat. I would LOVE to do a kitchen reno! It’s not quite in the budget just yet, and as we’ve only moved in 2 months ago we’re still busy updating the rest of our home. Next on the must-go list is the less than awesome “crayon line” wallpaper in my daughter’s room (which I picked out for myself at the age of 8, lol!) I look forward to seeing your final pics! Great job!!


  10. Colleen @ MommieDaze — June 27, 2013 @ 12:19 pm (#)

    I love the light made from the Mason jar! Very cool. It all looks great. Can’t want to see the finished kitchen.


  11. Brynn @ — June 27, 2013 @ 12:24 pm (#)

    I’m absolutely loving it! I think the idea of getting a craftsman to do the cabinets is great so they fit your personal storage needs. We had our built-ins done the same way and they are perfect!

    I also am in LOVE with that mason jar light!!!


  12. Sarah — June 27, 2013 @ 12:31 pm (#)

    Love the light fixture-very cute! the cabinetry is gorgeous – looks like everything is coming along nicely – can’t wait to see the finished product!


  13. Kathleen Bernaiche — June 27, 2013 @ 12:37 pm (#)

    Chrissy, I am so excited for you and your family! We did our kitchen almost 4 years ago and took down the wall between the dining room and kitchen. I am thrilled with how it came out! It is so much more inviting and spacious. We still need to add our details even this long afterward, but I am hopeful too! Still need the bottom trim, and the rope trim on the top of the crown molding. Still need kickboards painted and put into place. Still my husband to remove himself from the dining area and make an office in the basement! lol ;) He has his own HVAC business and is super busy, so I can only expect so much. The thing I would really love to do besides redo our hallway bathroom due to water damage, is to side our house. It is really embarrassing to look at with the old shake shingles that are peeling on the front. We have nice doors we installed several years ago, and one of the garage doors is in place and we even redid the upper windows, but this siding is just killing us.


  14. Renay Hollander — June 27, 2013 @ 12:55 pm (#)

    I would most definitely change my kitchen,that is where we spend most of our time!!!


  15. Natalie L. Hunt — June 27, 2013 @ 1:35 pm (#)

    My whole house !!!!! Why? 1990’s FALL APART SPECIAL. Everything needs replacing from roof to floor and wall to wall, everything in between and sideways :)


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you are beautiful. hope to see you soon!