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Before and After Kitchen Renovation Tour

Cover Photo Featured Kitchen Tour

Good Morning everyone,

I hope you are enjoying your weekend, we are relaxing, just watched a couple of episodes of ‘Buffy the vampire slayer’ and of ‘Angel’ on Netflix. Yep! We are really living it up over here. Nate was bored, he was asking for ‘scoobydoo’, it sounded more like ‘soubidoo’ but we understood him, so instead of watching more TV we went outside to play with him in the yard.

Last month, my friend Alex over at northstory posted about her basement renovation and I loved seeing her before and after pictures. You should check it out too, now I’m just waiting for her to decorate her space. After reading her post, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t posted about our kitchen renovation yet. So I am finally taking the time to write this post. Also, many of you have left  comments on my previous posts about my kitchen and how you would like to see more of it.

One sunny Saturday morning, hubby and I woke up before Nate did. It was 7 am and I asked hubby to help me clean up to the kitchen to finally take some pictures. The kitchen doesn’t always look like this. Okay, it almost never looks like this but I try my best to keep it this way. Anyhow, today I want to give you a tour and show you some before and after pictures:

Before After Kitchen Tour Before After  nowathomemom

You might already know this but if you are new here, we live in a 1987 skinny, narrow townhouse with a very small, never before renovated eat-in kitchen and we don’t have a formal dining room. Last July, one of our upper cabinets started to loosen and started falling off, we were scared and decided that it was time to renovate. Thankfully, my parents-in-law were able to help with this renovation.

kitchen tour facing kitchen from a different angle

Have you ever watched those renovations shows where they redo an entire kitchen or space within 30 minutes to an hour? I’m sure you have. Don’t you wish they could just come over and do yours? This being our first major renovation, it felt like an entire mini-series instead of a 60 minute episode. I can also tell you that the construction crew looked nothing like the ones we see on HGTV.

kitchen tour front of kitchen with dining chair in front of island

The first step of the renovation was to decide if we kept the existing layout or not. We decided to have small changes done:

  • we changed the placement of the fridge
  • we added countertop space and cabinets to the left of the kitchen
  • we removed the oven and decided to have a stove with oven instead
  • we had the microwave added above the stove (I could write an entire post about this but I won’t bore you with the details)
  • we removed the small peninsula on the right side 
  • we extended the length of the countertop on the right side 
  • we added open shelving to the design

kitchen tour close up of front of the kitchen

Here is a before picture of our kitchen, sorry I know these pictures are not great but most of them were taken pre-blogging days. I love white kitchens, they always look so fresh and bright but our white kitchen didn’t, it looked like this …  it looked like my old dentist’s office; sterile and frightening:

Before picture of my kitchen front of it

then this happened …

before picture of our kitchen renovation

isn’t this scary? In this picture, you can see the tiny peninsula we used to have,  we got rid of it in the new layout because it made the kitchen feel smaller.

The second step of the renovation was to choose the type of cabinets. We had plenty of options but we went with a classic style. You might be surprised that we went with ‘classic’ cabinets instead of ‘modern’ in a city townhouse but I couldn’t resist the beautiful details of the cabinetry and the crown molding. I also have to admit that when we received the cabinets, I was a bit surprised that they weren’t as white as I thought they would be. I should’ve known just by their name ‘vanilla glaze’.

The third step was to chose the type of countertop, we chose a light granite. We did consider black granite as well but I’ve always been fond of bright kitchens and thought it would’ve been too heavy in this space. In the picture below you can see the right side of the kitchen. I try my best to keep this area clean because when we prepare our food, outside of the butcher block island, this is the most used work surface.

Do you see a big ugly cable in the next picture? Unfortunately, when they installed the new floors and the baseboards, they punctured our video cable to our satellite TV and left it without repairing it. Hubby had to use an alternate cable, which we previously owned and were hoping to get rid of with this renovation. This was really upsetting because now I have this grey long cable that goes around my kitchen and another that comes out of the wall of our living room and it doesn’t work. When we mentioned this to them, they said that the cable was faulty and that they were sure that they didn’t puncture it, despite the fact that it worked prior to him installing the floors. Of course, they wouldn’t admit this was their fault, it would’ve meant them ripping off the baseboards that they had just installed and starting the work over. Because at this point, the renovation had dragged on so long and hubby and I we were getting irritated with the lack of quality on the finishing’s of the work, we decided to let this one go. Discussing details such as these with the contractor and his workers was exhausting and upsetting because they made us feel as if you don’t know what you are talking about. Next renovation (not anytime soon), I hope to be able to afford a designer to keep the workers on their toes and make sure the finishing’s look like they should. I suggest, for anyone who plans on doing a kitchen renovation any time soon to do a lot of research. If you are like me and hubby who would never be able to a DIY kitchen renovation, you need to ask the questions before it happens and not during or after they start demolishing your space.

kitchen tour close up countertop next to the sink

Removing the small kitchen peninsula was the best decision we made. We now have a better flow between the kitchen area and the dining area. This also allowed us to extend the length of the countertop and we gained an extra upper cabinet to store all my plates. Cooking with hubby in this new layout is also much better because it allows us better movement.

kitchen tour different side of the sink with window and part of the island

The fourth step was to chose the backsplash, another difficult decision we had to make. At first, I wanted those beautiful white subway tiles that you see in all the beautiful pictures of the magazines but when we were in the store looking at everything, I forgot about those subway titles and started looking at stone instead. We chose Ledgestone tiles. Big mistake. The person that installed our backsplash obviously didn’t know what they were doing. They installed them wrong and we can see their mistakes around the window frame, the electrical sockets and the lights switches. One day, I am hoping of replacing them with the white subway tiles that I originally wanted.

kitchen tour facing the window

Now, unto the left side of the kitchen! In this before picture, you can see how close the fridge used to be to the adjacent wall, making the surface area next to the fridge unusable. You can also see that we had an outdated oven, stove top and microwave. It was not practical baking there:

left side of the before kitchen

Can you see the difference? We had extra cabinets and countertop space added and the fridge no longer blocks the doors of the upper cabinets. It is now a much more functional space:

before and after pictures kitchen tour close up countertop next to thefridge

Now, we have a new stove (with oven included), and an over the range microwave installed (the old stove top is no more). I won’t go into the details on this post of the ‘story’ behind the installation of our range microwave because it would be too long but it did take them 2 times to install it appropriately:

kitchen tour close up countertop next to thefridge mb

The fifth step was not as easy as I thought it would be, we had to chose the cabinets hardware. We went to the hardware store with my mother-in-law and there were once again too many options to chose from. I really liked the look of the cup cabinet hardware pulls for our drawers but unfortunately they didn’t carry those. We went with these small ones instead for the upper cabinets and larger ones for the rest of the cabinets. If we want, one day we can easily change the hardware of the cabinets to give our kitchen a new look. We also picked up a nice matching Moen faucet but once again they installed it incorrectly. They didn’t install the soap dispenser because when they made the holes for the granite they didn’t consider this. We bought the Moen faucet and the hardware of the cabinets at Home Depot. You might have also noticed that we have this small space between these two cabinets with open shelving and think this was intentional. In reality, we didn’t plan this, it was another mistake from them when they took the measurements of the new cabinets. If we wanted this ‘mistake’ to be fixed, we had to wait for them to re-order and get new cabinets. Hubby and I didn’t want to wait anymore. Staying at my parents house for over a month was great but the 3 of us sleeping in my old room with our two dogs was tiring and we had enough. We had them create these shelves instead. I love having these shelves to display my cookbooks and small items. For the Holidays I get to display my ‘Santa Claus’ cookie jar and my Christmas bowls (you can still see them here, I use them every week when I bake):

kitchen tour cabinets

I’m glad that everything is now in it’s place functioning well:

kitchen tour close up of island other side of the room

The last step of this renovation was choosing the type and color of floors we wanted. Again, they are so many options out there but because of our little boy we opted for these dark brown engineered wood floors. My son runs around the house all day and he falls all the time while playing with his trucks. We had pink ceramic tiles before and we were scared of him hurting himself. You can see the old floor from the picture below. I love pink but not on my kitchen floor.

right side of the before kitchen

In this after picture you can see the same side of the kitchen but unfortunately the butcher block island is covering the floor for you to see it. In the next pictures you will be able to see it better:

kitchen tour close up of island

The renovation started much later than it was scheduled to and lasted much longer than the contractor said it would. We couldn’t stay in our house either during this period because had  wanted to have the engineered wood floors run through the entire main floor (including dining area and living room). Not only did this choice made our house look nicer and warmer but it also made it safer for our son. To be honest, even though I love the new floor, some days I really regret selecting this color. Not only has Nate already scratch them many times with his toys,  we can see all the scratches and imperfections on them because they are so dark. Try to keep the dust away from them; impossible.

kitchen tour different side dining room including island and just a bit of pantry 02

Now, some before and after pictures of my dining area. Having an eat-in-kitchen is not easy because you need to have a place to eat, a place to entertain family and friends and for us a place where to store items that don’t fit in our tiny kitchen.

Below is a picture of how our dining area used to look, I took this picture from my old iPhone just days before I gave birth to Nate. It’s only during maternity leave that I stared paying attention to everything in our house. Before that I used to come back from work late, eat and work from home and go to sleep. When you are home, that’s when you start looking at all the small details and imperfections of your home and you want to fix everything.

Back then I also used to get upset with hubby leaving papers on the kitchen table. I never even imagined the kind of mess a two year old can make in a matter of minutes.

dining room area in our before kitchen area

This is how our dining space looks like now. The IKEA white kitchen table you see is the same one from the picture above. I painted it white last winter. I never posted about it because I’ve been meaning to add the final coat of paint soon (another project to do before summer ends). The dark brown chairs are now in our basement, they were too big and heavy for this small space. I was also reluctant to post pictures of this space because it doesn’t look the way I want. But my blog is there to show you the reality of my projects and of how we live. This is our home, my playground when I will look back on my blog years from now, I want to see true images. For now, I will continue dreaming of beautiful spaces when I browse through all those beautiful pictures on Pinterest.

Hubby and I want to buy a new dining table ( this might take a while, I want to make the right choice this time). The chairs you see in the pictures belonged to my mother-in-law, she didn’t want them anymore. I took them and now I’m considering painting them. I haven’t made a final decision about this yet. So, there will be no post about this anytime soon. If you have any suggestion about this or your own post about this, please leave me a comment, I want to read everything about it.

kitchen tour close up of dining room 03 without it

I’m glad that you can see my pantry in these pictures, it’s not far away from the kitchen and it’s perfect for when I bake. I love that all my baking items are displayed and I get to see them every day when I come in my kitchen. This pantry has helped me keep everything organized, so it always looks pretty. One day when we will have a the perfect dining table, I want to remove the pantry from there and try to find a new place for it (maybe). In my head, if this happens I have already designed a small little corner for all my baking items in a small corner of the kitchen. IKEA has a new collection that caught my eye (I will post about this another time)

In the picture below to your right, you can also see a big brown dresser. I’ve had this dresser for over a decade now, it is made out of solid, massive wood and weights a ton. I kept it all this time and now it serves as a ‘sideboard’ in our kitchen to store many kitchen items. This is a dresser that I’ve been meaning to paint in a bright color but again I haven’t decided if I will do it or not. Where the dresser is now, I used to have a small office area here and removed it days just before I took these pictures. I had to remove it because Nate would get on top of a chair and pull down on the computer screen and play with the printer (he managed to damage the printer). I couldn’t leave him 1 minute without supervision, he would run to the computer and the printer

eat-in-kitchen tour blogger

as you can see from all these pictures, we have a very small eat-in-kitchen that serves different purposes but I have tried my best to make it work for us and to make it cozy and comfortable. This is where we live and where everything happens. One day, I will have the dining space I’ve been dreaming of but now, this is what it is. What I really love about this space is the amount of natural light we get throughout the day. This space opens up to our living room so our main floor is always flooded with natural light:

kitchen tour dining room including pantry and island_

You might have also noticed a skinny bookcase next to the dining area, I placed a skinny IKEA Billy bookcase there to hold my magazines and my son’s books. It’s very practical for us to have it in this space because our kitchen is where we do most of our living. The bookcase is not always this tidy (only for the pictures), a lot of my son’s toys end up there. Also when Nate has one of his tantrums, most of these magazines end up on the floor. See the butcher block island there, well this is where I do most of my ‘blogging’ while keeping an eye on Nate, on the dogs and on the food. I sit on my stool every day and read my favorite blogs from there. Yes, I do have an office in my craft room but the reality is that with a 2 year old boy I don’t get to use it as much as I would love to. I should write a post about this very soon and name it ‘WHERE I REALLY BLOG’, what do you think?

kitchen tour front of kitchen far including dining room

What I forgot to mention:

  • You might have noticed that we weren’t able to save much from our previous kitchen, the fridge was the only big item we got to keep. We got our fridge less than 3 years ago and is still in good condition. It doesn’t mean I don’t dream about a new one.
  • Nate woke up while we were taking the pictures of the kitchen and it took us the whole morning to take good shots. I had to hurry and transfer them to my laptop to take some more. I am still learning to take pictures, so I took over 300 of them that day and only a couple of them made it to this post
  • I don’t have a lot of decorative items displayed because I don’t like to see clutter and Nate grabs the kitchen chairs to reach for everything he can. When we prepare coffee, we have to be very careful here.
  • The ugly lighting fixtures: Okay, please, stop. I beg you to stop laughing at them. I know. This is another expense we have to make in the future. I don’t like them but every time I find something that I really like; it’s too expensive. So I’m looking and waiting for the perfect ones. The one above the sink has probably been there since the day this house was built (not kidding)
  • The kitchen island is a GROLAND IKEA island that hubby chose. He fell in love with it when he saw it at IKEA. After the renovation, we asked the contractor to add a small kitchen island made out of the same cabinetry and with a granite countertop but hubby saw this one from IKEA and called to cancel the order. This one from IKEA was priced better and if needed it can easily be moved around.

The picture below is from July 2012 in our old kitchen, you can see Nate in front of the camera after we had worked on a project for him (he was 1 year old) and you can take a good look at our old floors too:

Nate in our before eat-in-kitchen

Now, here he is only minutes after waking up, moving the chairs around while I was trying to get a good shot (that’s why you can see a chair appear in some of my pictures). Hubby had to distract him, while I was ‘staging’ the space. I can’t believe he is already 2 years old and how much he has changed:

Nathan waking up when I was taking pictures

Do you see now what I’m talking (writing) about, here is a picture of the chair left behind, I was perched on the dresser to take this picture and I didn’t want to come down to remove it:

kitchen tour front of kitchen with dining chair in front of island mb

I know this was a long post and I’m thankful you read it all. You’re still here right? I hope you enjoyed the tour of my small eat-in-kitchen. Even if going through this kitchen renovation was exhausting, I really love my new kitchen, it feels like home:

kitchen tour front of the kitchen including Billy bookcase cut 02

I also wanted to let you know that today August 4th is my 1 year Blog-Anniversary, I still can’t believe I’m blogging. A year ago, I wasn’t sure about opening a WordPress account. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into but I don’t regret it. I thought blogging would be easy and that I would always have something to write about. Not true, managing a blog is time consuming and more complicated than it seems. There are so many tasks to do before you hit that ‘Publish’ button;  you have to come up with an idea, complete a project, take pictures, edit pictures, write a tutorial, write the post but for me sometimes the most difficult task is finding the time to write. I’m sure many of you feel the same way. I’m also very happy that so many of you are great supporters of bloggers. What a great community to be part of. I have met wonderful people this last year and I am happy when I see an e-mail of a new post pop in my Inbox, I can’t always read them all the same day but I try my best. It’s like receiving a letter by mail from a Pen Pal.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  • Amy MayenAmy mayen says:

    Happy 1 year anniversary! Mine is the end of the month. 🙂 I can’t believe the contractors & the cord…that’s horrible. That’s what our business is…contracting. My company does government jobs, like schools & stuff. We would never be where we are today if we did shady things like that. But your kitchen is beautiful, gorgeous, amazing- like you!

    August 4, 2013 at 1:22 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 oh! thank you so much Amy! I appreciate your sweet comments 🙂 WOW! your blog anniversary with mine are so close, I can’t believe it’s been a year now! & yep, dealing with these small imperfections was tiring but we have learned to live with them and I have learned to see the bigger picture 🙂 Thanks again Amy, happy you liked it too 🙂 (I can’t believe I waited so long to post about it too!) ha!ha!

      August 4, 2013 at 1:28 am
  • gentlestitches says:

    Yes i am still here. The kitchen worked out so lovely and warm and inviting looking. I especially loved those pointer signs. They are a good reminder. Happy “Blogiversary” and yes, I agree, finding the time is a great challenge. 🙂

    August 4, 2013 at 3:07 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 Thank you very much for taking time to read this very long post 🙂 and also for the lovely comments! glad you undestand about how difficult it could be finding the time to write 😉

      August 4, 2013 at 9:01 am
  • momtimes4 says:

    Your kitchen looks so nice! I really love your back-splash. It makes a huge difference.

    August 4, 2013 at 8:07 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much! yes, adding it was a good idea and I have learned to not see those little mistakes they did when they installed it! 🙂

      August 4, 2013 at 9:04 am
  • motherhoodisanart says:

    This was a great post Ingrid! I absolutely love your kitchen. I’ve been waiting anxiously until we have enough money to get our kitchen renovated. All of the things that happened to you are good to know. Hopefully when we get around to it, we won’t have as much of a headache as you did! I’ll know what questions to ask (maybe)!!! Happy 1 year blog anniversary to you! I adore you and your blog!!

    August 4, 2013 at 8:22 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 Thank you very much Melissa! & yes, I think it’s very important to ask all the questions before you start and make the choices of your materials before too! In the end, I’m really happy with this small kitchen 🙂 hope you get to do yours soon too! & thanks again for the 1 year blog anniversary (can’t believe it’s been 1 year already!) 🙂

      August 4, 2013 at 9:07 am
  • Alex @ northstory says:

    So beautiful!! I love natural looking kitchens and the first thing that comes to mind when I see yours is how warm it feels. Like I can envision eating a breakfast there. And you know I LOVE your organized wall. I can’t wait to be able to do something like this in our kitchen b/c ours is a disaster right now. Happy Blog Anniversary!! 🙂

    August 4, 2013 at 10:16 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you so much Alex! when you will visit Montreal, I hope you can come and visit and have breakfast over here 🙂 I wish ours would’ve had more storage too but these Billy bookcases have helped us very much keeping everything organized, hope you can get something similar as well too! 🙂

      August 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm
  • Mel says:

    Wow, what a fantastic makeover! Having gone through my own kitchen reno, I know how much time and work goes into it. You have made such wonderful finishes and made the space appear bigger and more functional. Well done!

    August 4, 2013 at 10:29 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Mel, yes it does take a lot of time to complete these type of renovations and it’s important to be prepared
      I’m very happy now with how it turned out and I try to keep it uncluttered so it can look more spacious over here 🙂 thanks again Mel for your visit!

      August 4, 2013 at 3:26 pm
  • Julia @cuckoo4design says:

    Happy blog-birthday and I really enjoyed seeing your kitchen reno. Looks fabulous now and I love the hints of red everywhere.

    August 4, 2013 at 2:10 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Julia 🙂 I’m glad I finally posted about it and yes, I do love red (my favorite color) and for Christmas last year I went a little crazy with this color 🙂

      August 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm
  • Nice piece of work says:

    That’s one stunning kitchen. I DREAM about a kitchen like that. …:-)

    August 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Jill 🙂 I’m very happy that you liked it, it’s my cozy space, we spend most of our days here 🙂

      August 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm
  • easycraftsforchildren says:

    Happy blog anniversary Ingrid 🙂 I am very happy that I found your very interesting blog I really enjoy reading your posts. 😉
    Your kitchen looks great it is bright and fresh we can feel the warmth from your pictures.
    I know that dealing with contractors it is sometimes a painful matter , but I am glad that your kitchen now looks great.

    August 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Oh! thank you so much Izabel 🙂 you are so sweet, I do enjoy reading yours very much too! 🙂
      & thank you, this kitchen does feel very warm and very cozy too, I love cooking and baking here! 🙂 thank you so much again Izabel, I hope you are having a great Sunday too! 🙂

      August 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm
  • says:

    The kitchen looks great. I especially like the dining area. It looks so much brighter.

    August 4, 2013 at 4:17 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Larry! yes, we love the dining area as well, the patio doors are there and we can see our yard when eating, it’s always very bright over here! 🙂 just removing those big brown chairs made all the difference 🙂

      August 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm
      • says:

        We are getting our house painted and I am really looking forward to it.

        August 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm
        • now at home mom says:

          oh! nice! 🙂 so happy to hear this Larry! which rooms will you be painting ?

          August 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm
          • says:

            Whoa, whoa, I am not painting any of them. Though, my wife and I did earn the money to pay the painter, so in a way, I am painting.
            Anyway, going for the whole house. He is going to start with the bedrooms. I am psyched!

            August 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm
          • now at home mom says:

            🙂 ha!ha! Okay! 🙂 you are too funny! but yes, I understand you, it’s better (I think) and no need to put an effort to do it and you will get beautiful results I’m sure 🙂
            ha!ha! (we were supposed to paint our staircase; don

            August 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm
  • ohlidia says:

    Happy anniversary Ingrid! I can’t believe it’s only been a year… you make it sound like you’re so experienced and that you’ve been blogging forever! I don’t have to tell you that your kitchen looks amazing, do I? It’s bright and light and clean. I don’t mean clean as in the opposite of dirty, but clean as in a nice, clear and functional space. Funny, I was going to mention that I love the back splash. My hubby is a cabinetmaker and he did our kitchen, which isn’t exactly finished even after 10 years! Oh well, that’s what you get when it’s hubby’s job, we’re always last on the list. By the way, Emma has gone through ALL of the Buffy’s and is now half way through the Angel’s! I think you would like Emma. Have a great week Ingrid!

    August 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 Thank you very much Lidia! I know 1 year already, sometimes I think it’s been longer and sometimes it feels as if I just started ha!ha! 🙂 you know it’s always like that if it’s your husband’s job then yes you will be able the last one in his list 🙂 I used to watch Buffy and Angel years ago (when I was very young) but now with hubby wanted to watch the TV series again, and as soon as ‘Angel’ went on his show ‘Angel’ we watch them at the same time because they interlink (sorry got happy writing about it) and yes I’m sure I would like Emma a lot, we could talk about ‘Angel’ all day I’m sure ha!ha! 🙂
      thanks again Lidia 🙂

      August 5, 2013 at 3:24 pm
  • Selene Galindo says:

    Awesome kitchen makeover!!! Love the colors and décor!!!

    August 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Selene 🙂 glad you liked my kitchen it’s one of my favorite rooms of our home now! 🙂

      August 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm
  • kalamitykelli says:

    Oh my gosh! What a transformation – I can’t tell you if it’s a combo of everything or just the change of a few things but none-the-less outstanding!

    August 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 thank you so much Kelli for your sweet comment, you’re always so kind! 🙂

      August 5, 2013 at 3:49 pm
  • Gail @ says:

    It’s such a nice make-over. Great choices all the way around. I like the little accents of open shelving too.

    August 4, 2013 at 10:40 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Gail, I love having that small space with open shelving because I can switch the items every season! 🙂

      August 5, 2013 at 4:11 pm
  • ourlifeinaction says:

    I LOVE EVERYTHING! I can’t even center out one thing because everything goes so perfectly together. Such a beautiful change. Great job!

    August 5, 2013 at 10:52 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 Oh! Thank you very much Gabriella, I’m happy you really liked my kitchen and that you like how I ‘decorated’ it! 🙂 going through the long renovation was worth it! 🙂 thanks again!

      August 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm
  • Jamie Koenig says:

    I love before and afters and yours turned out soo good. I love the white cabinets and the pops of color in there. It just looks awesome!!! I would love it if you would link up at our first linky party this Wednesday :

    August 5, 2013 at 10:59 am
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you very much Jamie for liking the way my kitchen looks now! and also thank you for the invite to your 1st party, I will make sure to be there! 🙂

      August 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm
  • Home Coming says:

    Beautiful work. I love how bright your kitchen is now! I’d love for you to link up to The DIY’ers!

    August 5, 2013 at 11:45 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much, happy you stopped by and for the invite as well, just linked 🙂 thanks again!

      August 5, 2013 at 4:19 pm
  • Lauren says:

    Your kitchen looks fantastic Ingrid. Great transformation from the before. I moved my link party to Fridays now. I would love it if you would link this up. It is still going on or you can link up next Friday.

    August 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 Thank you Lauren! when I was writing this post; it reminded me of yours (kitchen post) & thanks for the invite too ! (just linked and I really liked the features from last week too!)

      August 5, 2013 at 4:22 pm
  • craftivitydesigns says:

    Your kitchen renovation looks great, Ingrid. I think I studied it for 15 minutes last night, haha. A house we are considering buying will need a full kitchen reno, and the finished size & space would be really similar to your kitchen/dining area. Pinning this for reference in case we buy 🙂

    August 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 thank you so much and you are so funny! 🙂 I just saw your home tour and wow! I’m sure once you will renovate your own it will be very nice! 🙂 & thank you so much for pinning it/sharing it too! 🙂 hope you will buy your new house too and later get a home tour once you are settled 🙂

      August 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm
  • Green Door Hospitality says:

    Happy Blogiversary Ingrid!! And thanks so much for sharing your kitchen renovation! It looks so beautiful! I love the changes you made — such a huge difference!

    August 5, 2013 at 1:11 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 Thank you very much Kenley! 🙂 yes, the difference is amazing, I am enjoying the new layout and how nice and better everything is looking now! 🙂

      August 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm
  • Krista @ the happy housie says:

    Your kitchen is totally gorgeous Ingrid! I love love love what you guys did to it!! Amazing work… and design work:) What a customized unique wonderful kitchen you have created to share with your family:) Awesome!!

    August 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      oh! thank you so much Krista, reading these beautiful words from you mean a lot (your house is gorgeous and so happy) 🙂 thank you Krista and I’m very happy you liked it, we enjoy our evenings here as family and during the day it’s just me and Nate 🙂

      August 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm
  • carissa says:

    what a transformation! great job

    August 5, 2013 at 8:37 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Carissa and glad you stopped by to visit too! 🙂

      August 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm
  • Seasonsgirl says:

    Wow the kitchen looks AMAZING 🙂 You have such a good eye. Don’t worry about the backsplash no one will notice but you 🙂 You are my organizing and clean decorating idol right now 🙂

    August 5, 2013 at 10:19 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 Thank you so much! I am very happy that you really liked my kitchen and I’m even more happy that you love how I decorate and organized my kitchen! I love keeping my kitchen organized because I really enjoy baking 🙂 (for the backsplah; you are right, I’m the only one that notices so much!) 🙂

      August 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm
      • Seasonsgirl says:

        I do love it and all the organization. You have inspired me to get my pantry in order and slowly is getting there 🙂

        August 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm
        • now at home mom says:

          Oh! so happy to hear this! 🙂 it took me a while to get everything but once I decided to place everything in the bookcases; it was fast! 🙂

          August 5, 2013 at 10:30 pm
          • Seasonsgirl says:

            Yes I need quite a few more containers and things but it will be done I am determined and looking at your beautiful kitchen made me more determined 🙂

            August 5, 2013 at 10:31 pm
          • now at home mom says:

            I used to keep pickle jars (it helped me!) 🙂 I’m so, so happy you are inspired 🙂

            August 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm
  • Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Wow, what an amazing transformation. I love it. The after layout is so much nicer and it is all so beautiful. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    August 6, 2013 at 7:33 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Marty! 🙂 I’m very happy with the new layout too and glad we decided to move the fridge! 🙂

      August 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm
  • Time With Thea says:

    I have to admit I LOVE what you did with your kitchen. Thank you for the tour! I also love how you shared the mistakes that were made and how you worked around them. I suspect that you spend most of your time in your new kitchen. It is such an inviting,decorative and functional space for your family. I also love how you talked about responding to the blog emails is just like having pen pals. I so agree but it is now the 21st Century version! Have a great week, Thea

    August 6, 2013 at 10:51 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 thank you so much Thea! Yes, I wanted to share the mistakes but I believe that during a renovation things don’t always go the way we want them to go or think they will go! & communication is important during the whole process
      🙂 I guess it’s true it the 21st Century version of pen pals 🙂 ha!ha! 🙂 thanks again Thea!

      August 7, 2013 at 5:09 pm
  • Rachel Rockwell (@BubblyNature) says:

    Wow! TOTAL change! it looks like a dream! Thanks for linking this up at Make Bake Create!

    August 6, 2013 at 8:03 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Rachel 🙂 glad you visited too!

      August 7, 2013 at 5:21 pm
  • Gretchen says:

    Wow–what a wonderful transformation! Taking the peninsula out really opens up the space. And I love how you the pantry shelves on the other side by the table…it looks great and really makes the most of the space 🙂

    August 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Gretchen! 🙂 Yes removing that small peninsula really opened up the space and created a much better flow to the dining area 🙂 thank you, I love baking one Saturday and Sunday mornings so having all my baking goodies displayed makes me really happy! 🙂 thank you so much for stopping by too! 🙂

      August 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm
  • justagirlabby says:

    I LOVE your kitchen, Ingrid! SO stunningly beautiful! WOW! I know it was a lot of work, but boy is the payoff ever fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Have a wonderful week, friend!

    ~Abby =)

    August 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Oh! thank you so much Abby! I’m very happy with it and happy that you liked it as well! 🙂 yeah! it was long but so worth it! I’m happy in this kitchen, it’s very cozy! 🙂
      thanks again Abby and hope you are having a beautiful week as well! 🙂

      August 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm
  • Jennifer says:

    Gorgeous! Love the backsplash especially.

    August 7, 2013 at 4:52 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Jennifer 🙂

      August 7, 2013 at 5:34 pm
  • Allyson says:

    Looks so beautiful! I Am sharing this on my facebook page right now!

    August 8, 2013 at 11:40 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Oh! Thank you so much Allyson, I’m so happy you liked it 🙂 & thank you so much for sharing it on Facebook too! I really appreciate it! 🙂

      August 8, 2013 at 11:43 am
  • cassie says:

    it looks AMAZING!!!! and i love love love your eating area with the white table and wood chairs! so awesome!

    August 8, 2013 at 10:05 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 Thank you very much Cassie! 🙂 love the white table too but I am hoping getting a new one later on when Nate will be older 😉 thanks again! 🙂

      August 8, 2013 at 10:33 pm
  • says:

    I love love love it! How fun to get to pick all the personalized things that you want. Great call on taking out the peninsula and the appliance switch TOTALLY makes sense and adds great flow. Your little man is so super cute!!!

    August 9, 2013 at 10:57 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 Thank you very much Katie! yes, I do have to admit that it was great picking up what we needed and wanted for this kitchen renovation! 🙂

      August 9, 2013 at 11:42 pm
  • Sugar and Spice Baking says:

    Omg Ingrid! Happy happy belated Anniversary! Love your Blog as always. Your pictures look amazing. I do love your kitchen, it’s so homely and perfect. 🙂

    August 9, 2013 at 12:04 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you very much Maria 🙂 this is what I love about this kitchen too; it’s very cozy and really feels like home! 🙂 thanks again Maria 🙂

      August 9, 2013 at 11:46 pm
  • Shayna @ The Wood Grain Cottage says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Ingrid! Everything looks wonderful! Great job! 🙂

    August 9, 2013 at 6:54 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Shayna 🙂 so glad you liked my kitchen and that you like how things look around here! 😉 hope you are enjoying your weekend too!

      August 10, 2013 at 12:09 am
  • Susie of homemakersjourney says:

    Ok WOW! What an amazing make over! Just beautiful. What a very functional space! So pretty too! I am stopping by from The Homemaking Blog Party blog hop. I look forward to your visit at
    Happy homemaking!

    August 10, 2013 at 7:48 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Susie 🙂 so happy you liked my kitchen tour and happy you stopped by too 🙂 thanks again!

      August 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm
  • Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse says:

    Ingrid, it’s beautiful!! Thank you for sharing! You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on over and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    August 11, 2013 at 11:54 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 YAY! thank you so much Kathryn! 🙂 I’m excited about this 🙂 thank you so much featuring my post today! 🙂

      August 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm
  • Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon says:

    Great job and pretty too.

    August 12, 2013 at 10:01 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much and thanks for stopping by and visit too! 🙂

      August 12, 2013 at 10:16 pm
  • Vel says:

    Love what you did with your kitchen! Fantastic job! I too am renovating my kitchen now and hopefully, I will be as happy as you are soon and as proud too!

    August 12, 2013 at 11:45 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Vel for your lovely comment and for the visit too! 🙂 I really hope you will love your kitchen as much as I do mine 🙂 Just read about your renovation on your blog too; lovely! 🙂

      August 14, 2013 at 8:39 pm
  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says:

    Happy belated 1 year blogiversary, Ingrid! My, you have definitely made your mark in blogland…and in so many of our lives. You are always a dose of sunshine when I need it…kind of like the “after” kitchen photos in this post. What a transformation! I’m really amazed at how radically different the mood is in all of the “after” pics. Bright, cheery, warm, whimsical, welcoming. All of the tiny decisions you made and all of the hard work you poured in was well worth it. High five! For being a blogging rockstar in my mind, and for transforming the socks off of this kitchen! HUGS.

    August 13, 2013 at 3:28 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Oh! thank you so much Lauren! you are so sweet! 🙂 thank you, you just made my day Lauren 🙂 I’m so happy you really like how the new kitchen looks now! I did try my best to make this kitchen feel warm and welcoming! Thanks again sweet Lauren for your lovely comments 🙂 sending many hugs to you too! 🙂

      August 14, 2013 at 9:15 pm
  • Carol says:

    I think you did a wonderful job revamping the space and giving yourself more work space and a much better flow and design. I think your new cabinets look great and the countertops are perfect. Adding that narrow island was a real plus!

    August 16, 2013 at 9:12 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you so much Carol! I’m really happy you liked everything we did over here for this kitchen! 🙂 I love baking and cooking here now! 🙂 & yes adding this narrow island was a great idea (it’s a great workspace) 🙂
      thanks so much for the visit too! 🙂

      August 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm
  • Tanya says:

    Your kitchen looks gorgeous Ingrid! Thank you so much for linking up to the Inspiration Monday Party! Sharing on FB 🙂


    August 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you so much Tanya! very happy you liked too! 🙂
      hope you are having a great weekend! 🙂

      August 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm
  • Morgaine says:

    What a lovely kitchen! So cute!

    August 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 Thank you very much Morgaine and very glad you stopped by too! 🙂

      August 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm
  • Jessi @ Practically Functional says:

    Your kitchen is amazing! I just love how it turned out! In case you didn’t see it earlier, I featured this on my blog today! I’m stopping by to pin, and to let you know you can grab a Featured button if you don’t already have one!

    August 19, 2013 at 10:50 am
    • now at home mom says:

      YAY! Thank you so much Jessi for the feature! 🙂 Just visited your blog and saw the feature thanks so much! 🙂 will go and grab my button now! 🙂 wish you a great week Jessi 🙂

      August 19, 2013 at 10:55 am
  • Kim~madeinaday says:

    What a cool Kitchen! Love that Quirky Sign in the dining area. Pretty back splash & island! Thanks for linking up on Made in a Day!

    August 20, 2013 at 7:38 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Kim! 🙂 I prepared this sign a while ago and I still love it very much, thanks so much for the visit and hope you visit again soon! 🙂

      August 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm

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