RENOVATION DIARIES: WHITE KITCHEN BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The hardest and most stressful part of our renovation was the kitchen. It took the longest to get done and was also the most expensive primarily because of the granite BUT because of our open layout, deciding to include it into our facelift at the last minute was the best decision we've ever done.

I don't think our home would look as fresh or updated if we left it as is or went with our original plan of just having the cabinets painted.

Like I said, the kitchen wasn't part of the plan so it came together via a weird design process. I'm just relieved they all tied in together in the end.

So here it is now, and here's how we began...

SUBWAY TILE GRAY GROUT
white subway tile
I am kicking myself for not taking better "before" photos. But here's what it looked like bare with just the cabinets repainted and the "breakfast bar" still intact:

SARAH TIRONA KITCHEN BEFORE PHOTOS
white kitchen renovation
I managed to dig out this picture from a newspaper for my Bounty Fresh feature before and it shows our old countertops which were gray laminate born in the 80's. Porous and extremely difficult to clean and maintain. Dirt just manages to seep into them. You can also still see the breakfast bar in the lower right portion of the photo.

SARAH TIRONA FOR BOUNTY FRESH
sarah tirona bounty fresh
And in this photo, you can see the old sink and pre-painted cabinets:

BEFORE PHOTOS KITCHEN
sarah tirona kitchen renovation
And this is how our design process went:

As I already mentioned, painting the cabinets were already part of the initial plan. They're in the same laminate material as the countertops.

In case you have the same thing at home and want to have them painted, I'm telling you, most workers will tell you that you cannot have them done without stripping off the laminate. WRONG. You can paint over laminate cabinets with latex paint. Just make sure to do thin coats and let them dry completely in between coats. Just be careful not to scratch them with something sharp. I'm also not sure how it's gonna pan out if you go dark to light. Same color paint or light to dark shouldn't be much of a problem though.

SARAH TIRONA KITCHEN RENOVATION
sarah tirona kitchen
CHANGE OF PLANS #1: BACKSPLASH

Just like with the rest of our house, when we saw the cabinets re-painted, the old wall looked extra tired. Painting that white was out of the question because I could already imagine how dirty it was gonna look with all the grease piling up from everyday cooking so we decided to install a backsplash. I've always wanted white subway tile so this was the perfect opportunity to have it done.

Had I known how cheap it was to install a backsplash I would've done it years ago!

It only cost me less than 3k for all the tile.

SUBWAY TILE GRAY GROUT
white subway tile for sale
CHANGE OF PLANS #2: SINK

Before work on the kitchen began, it was really in a state of wreck. Only one faucet was working and upon further inspection, we realized that the edge of our sink was already deformed and the sealant used some some decades ago was way gone leading to water damage on its wooden foundation. We could've just had it all repaired but I guess we were both sick of the old look so we both decided to change it. To what, we were still undecided but I already knew what I wanted: a large undermount sink for easy clean up.

CHANGE OF PLANS #3: GRANITE

Since we were already changing the sink...it unearthed one of Dennis's biggest pet peeves which was unbeknownst to me - our countertops. He's usually very stingy when it comes to spending so he must've really hated it to suggest ripping the entire thing out. I've always wanted to get rid of those laminates so I gladly obliged and found a supplier. Good thing I have a cousin who's an architect and he was able to give us a pretty good deal with his supplier. It still cost quite a bit but at least we're sure that it's sturdy and reliable.

WHITE KITCHEN AFTER PHOTOS
painted laminate
That's really all we did. Paint + Sink + Backsplash + Counter.
For Phase 2, we plan to change the cabinets. But that's when we save a bit more, we were already way over budget with this project because of all the unexpected add-ons along the way.

Aside from the renovations, I also purchased a few new appliances, mostly small ones like the toaster, coffee maker and microwave. I just gave the ref and range a good wipe down to restore their sparkle. :P

VINTAGE BEER BOTTLE OPENER
diy kitchen nook
ps. We also found out that our unit is a bit lopsided. The floor isn't level and so our backsplash came out a bit crooked on the side of the range. It was a bit annoying at first but I've learned to live with it. Also it's mostly covered by the range cover anyway so I hardly notice it.

LIGHT GRAY GRANITE WITH WHITE SUBWAY TILE
hipster kitchen
There you go, our kitchen. ☺

Some things that didn't go according to plan:

Well the uneven backsplash on the side is one but aside from that, I was also supposed to install a couple of industrial style drop lights above the counter but since I ripped out the breakfast bar, I realized that the beam wasn't aligned with the counters anymore so we had to scratch that plan which was such a shame cause I was really looking forward to it being a focal point in that area. Still not complaining. Pretty happy with the turnout especially considering how little we spent. ☺


14 comments:

Renz De Jesus Alcantara said...

Oh I should get your carpenter's number! When we had our condo renovated, repainted, etc... it was so expensive! blah.
Beautiful kitchen! I love it.


I love your yellow shoes more though :)

MrsMartinez | xoxoMrsMartinez. said...

Gusto ko yan naka heels habang nagluluto haha So kelan na ang house blessing mother... excited na ako!

Xoxo
MrsMartinez

Jen said...

I love how it turned out though some of them were last minute decision! =)

Leilani Sonza said...

beautiful Sarah!!!

Chris P said...

Looks lovely!

thekitchen goddess said...

Our kitchen is undergoing renovation also although it might take a few more months since the carpenter that we hired is available only on Sundays. But then, we are getting there ...

Teresa Martinez said...

You made the right decision in updating your kitchen as it looks very nice and functional. There is really so much action going on here to neglect this area of the house.

mama speaks said...

I believe more magical cooking is awaiting to happen in this beautifully designed kitchen.

Kat Jorge-Rodriguez said...

You have a lovely kitchen. I like the subway tiles.

heyrocketgirl said...

Really enjoying your renovation posts, Sarah! Looking forward to seeing your after pics when it's all done :)

Meikah YbaƱez-Delid said...

Love the look of your kitchen! :)

Amethystine said...

Looks like "renovation success" to me! You're brave enough to paint your kitchen white, it's super hard to maintain! :)

Toni|www.perfumedredshoes.com said...

your new new old kitchen is gorgeous! i looove everything! from the countertops to the backsplash to the newly painted cabinets! this is sooo inspiring, i cannot wait to renovate mine!

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen said...

I love the look of your kitchen, Sarah! I wish we have more space in our kitchen.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

RENOVATION DIARIES: WHITE KITCHEN BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS

The hardest and most stressful part of our renovation was the kitchen. It took the longest to get done and was also the most expensive primarily because of the granite BUT because of our open layout, deciding to include it into our facelift at the last minute was the best decision we've ever done.

I don't think our home would look as fresh or updated if we left it as is or went with our original plan of just having the cabinets painted.

Like I said, the kitchen wasn't part of the plan so it came together via a weird design process. I'm just relieved they all tied in together in the end.

So here it is now, and here's how we began...

SUBWAY TILE GRAY GROUT
white subway tile
I am kicking myself for not taking better "before" photos. But here's what it looked like bare with just the cabinets repainted and the "breakfast bar" still intact:

SARAH TIRONA KITCHEN BEFORE PHOTOS
white kitchen renovation
I managed to dig out this picture from a newspaper for my Bounty Fresh feature before and it shows our old countertops which were gray laminate born in the 80's. Porous and extremely difficult to clean and maintain. Dirt just manages to seep into them. You can also still see the breakfast bar in the lower right portion of the photo.

SARAH TIRONA FOR BOUNTY FRESH
sarah tirona bounty fresh
And in this photo, you can see the old sink and pre-painted cabinets:

BEFORE PHOTOS KITCHEN
sarah tirona kitchen renovation
And this is how our design process went:

As I already mentioned, painting the cabinets were already part of the initial plan. They're in the same laminate material as the countertops.

In case you have the same thing at home and want to have them painted, I'm telling you, most workers will tell you that you cannot have them done without stripping off the laminate. WRONG. You can paint over laminate cabinets with latex paint. Just make sure to do thin coats and let them dry completely in between coats. Just be careful not to scratch them with something sharp. I'm also not sure how it's gonna pan out if you go dark to light. Same color paint or light to dark shouldn't be much of a problem though.

SARAH TIRONA KITCHEN RENOVATION
sarah tirona kitchen
CHANGE OF PLANS #1: BACKSPLASH

Just like with the rest of our house, when we saw the cabinets re-painted, the old wall looked extra tired. Painting that white was out of the question because I could already imagine how dirty it was gonna look with all the grease piling up from everyday cooking so we decided to install a backsplash. I've always wanted white subway tile so this was the perfect opportunity to have it done.

Had I known how cheap it was to install a backsplash I would've done it years ago!

It only cost me less than 3k for all the tile.

SUBWAY TILE GRAY GROUT
white subway tile for sale
CHANGE OF PLANS #2: SINK

Before work on the kitchen began, it was really in a state of wreck. Only one faucet was working and upon further inspection, we realized that the edge of our sink was already deformed and the sealant used some some decades ago was way gone leading to water damage on its wooden foundation. We could've just had it all repaired but I guess we were both sick of the old look so we both decided to change it. To what, we were still undecided but I already knew what I wanted: a large undermount sink for easy clean up.

CHANGE OF PLANS #3: GRANITE

Since we were already changing the sink...it unearthed one of Dennis's biggest pet peeves which was unbeknownst to me - our countertops. He's usually very stingy when it comes to spending so he must've really hated it to suggest ripping the entire thing out. I've always wanted to get rid of those laminates so I gladly obliged and found a supplier. Good thing I have a cousin who's an architect and he was able to give us a pretty good deal with his supplier. It still cost quite a bit but at least we're sure that it's sturdy and reliable.

WHITE KITCHEN AFTER PHOTOS
painted laminate
That's really all we did. Paint + Sink + Backsplash + Counter.
For Phase 2, we plan to change the cabinets. But that's when we save a bit more, we were already way over budget with this project because of all the unexpected add-ons along the way.

Aside from the renovations, I also purchased a few new appliances, mostly small ones like the toaster, coffee maker and microwave. I just gave the ref and range a good wipe down to restore their sparkle. :P

VINTAGE BEER BOTTLE OPENER
diy kitchen nook
ps. We also found out that our unit is a bit lopsided. The floor isn't level and so our backsplash came out a bit crooked on the side of the range. It was a bit annoying at first but I've learned to live with it. Also it's mostly covered by the range cover anyway so I hardly notice it.

LIGHT GRAY GRANITE WITH WHITE SUBWAY TILE
hipster kitchen
There you go, our kitchen. ☺

Some things that didn't go according to plan:

Well the uneven backsplash on the side is one but aside from that, I was also supposed to install a couple of industrial style drop lights above the counter but since I ripped out the breakfast bar, I realized that the beam wasn't aligned with the counters anymore so we had to scratch that plan which was such a shame cause I was really looking forward to it being a focal point in that area. Still not complaining. Pretty happy with the turnout especially considering how little we spent. ☺


14 comments:

Renz De Jesus Alcantara said...

Oh I should get your carpenter's number! When we had our condo renovated, repainted, etc... it was so expensive! blah.
Beautiful kitchen! I love it.


I love your yellow shoes more though :)

MrsMartinez | xoxoMrsMartinez. said...

Gusto ko yan naka heels habang nagluluto haha So kelan na ang house blessing mother... excited na ako!

Xoxo
MrsMartinez

Jen said...

I love how it turned out though some of them were last minute decision! =)

Leilani Sonza said...

beautiful Sarah!!!

Chris P said...

Looks lovely!

thekitchen goddess said...

Our kitchen is undergoing renovation also although it might take a few more months since the carpenter that we hired is available only on Sundays. But then, we are getting there ...

Teresa Martinez said...

You made the right decision in updating your kitchen as it looks very nice and functional. There is really so much action going on here to neglect this area of the house.

mama speaks said...

I believe more magical cooking is awaiting to happen in this beautifully designed kitchen.

Kat Jorge-Rodriguez said...

You have a lovely kitchen. I like the subway tiles.

heyrocketgirl said...

Really enjoying your renovation posts, Sarah! Looking forward to seeing your after pics when it's all done :)

Meikah YbaƱez-Delid said...

Love the look of your kitchen! :)

Amethystine said...

Looks like "renovation success" to me! You're brave enough to paint your kitchen white, it's super hard to maintain! :)

Toni|www.perfumedredshoes.com said...

your new new old kitchen is gorgeous! i looove everything! from the countertops to the backsplash to the newly painted cabinets! this is sooo inspiring, i cannot wait to renovate mine!

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen said...

I love the look of your kitchen, Sarah! I wish we have more space in our kitchen.