So you bought your first house, huh? And the kitchen is an eyesore and needs a sledge hammer ASAP. This was my thought the moment we closed on our house. We fell in love with the space and the possibilities of the house, but mostly it was the neighborhood and the school district. I knew that one of the first stop was tackling that kitchen. I envisioned a rustic airy farmhouse kitchen, but I had to do it on a dime.
Unfortunately, the whole downstairs floors where a laminate wood that I just could not live with. So we had to pick out the floors, which I gotta say was fun process. A local contractor hooked us up and lead us to Travis tile. Going to a show room can feel overwhelming but exciting. Its like a buffet, but an expensive one. Luckily we are getting a deal thru him. So it was all about narrowing down our pic. We new we wanted tile all downstairs, but I wanted to stay with that wood look. We ended up going with a somewhat dark smokey brown wood like long tile.
Here comes the fun part, DEMO Day!!! Yes I love chips famous slogan. One of my most favorite shows in the world. Alway back to the demo. First off was to remove the laminate with was hella easy. It was the tile in the kitchen that was a doozey. Also this kitchen is not small it has a eat in portion that is connected with tile. We also took off all the upper cabinets, that my husband was a bit hesitant too. I new I wanted open floating shelves so out they went. Demo Day turned into demo week, and it was one of the hardest types of labor I have ever done. Don’t get me started on the loading and hauling all the crap to the local dump. The pictures below will show you the after effects of or hammer happy selves.
After the floor demo was complete, we had to pick a color for the walls. I wanted it to be airy and to feel big since the height of the ceiling was a standard 9ft tall. We headed over to our local Lowes and picked out the rustic booklet color since I was going for a rustic Italian vibe. We decided on creamy from the HGTV Sherwin William collection. Not a cold stark white but is a smidgen off white. It brings warmth without going bout in color.
Bye Bye what the hell were you thinking green wall. It all ready started looking so much more bigger and airy. Finally we can put the floors down that we picked out.
Now with a clean base the kitchen was ready to start adding some major detailed. So we painted the base cabinets white, and added some new hardware. I built the massive 11ft Island/ table combo in the center. Added the floating shelve to two side of the kitchen, tackled that hideous green counter top. And added some more warmth and color with the barn door and vent hood cover. All of these add on were DIY and very affordable. Once I finish writing the post on how I did them I will link them below.
So there you have it the green avocado has been turned into a warm and airy beautiful rustic farmhouse kitchen that I constantly get questions about. Hope this inspired you and until the next overhaul, peace out.