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Kitchen Makeover Cement Ardex Countertops

Fewf! It’s done!

And it feels so good having it done!

This kitchen makeover actually went pretty fast in my opinion.

Let’s start this post off with a good before pic.

Kitchen Vinyl

Not the worst kitchen I’ve ever taken on…..but I had high hopes for what it could become.

First off was the 100 yr old wood floor under that vinyl.

The vinyl was stuck to plywood that was tar-glued to the wood floor.

OMGosh….absolute NIGHTMARE to get off!

If I were to go back in time friends, I seriously would have just tiled over all of it!!!

……but I do have a nice wood floor now, so I will just move on.

Here are some floor reno pics.

This was a little over two years ago.

Before of Kitchen

Like I said…..NIGHTMARE!

Anyways, let’s go back to how this kitchen reno got started.

(Besides the floor and paint, which I did about two years ago).

Pfister Faucet -- Beautiful Kitchen Reno

It all started out with Pfister Faucets offering this me this faucet to review.

We didn’t want to plumb twice, so we figured we better get the new sink in.

….and we didn’t want to have to take a sink up and put it back in, so we figured we’d better just do the counters.

….and then we just realized we should just get this room done!

Kitchen Makeover Peaking into the Kitchen

The sink I ordered on line from Lowes.

I decided for this house a deep single basin sink would be best, and I haven’t regretted that decision.

It totally does the job.

Kitchen Makeover White and Gray

The backsplash tile was either from Lowes or Home Depot.

I know it’s awful that I can’t remember…but they have the same tile.

It comes in 12 x 12 sheets and I purchased it based on price. One store had it over a dollar less per sq ft, but on-line it doesn’t show that, so check your local stores.

I used a darker gray grout. I started off with the medium gray and took it back for the darker.

With six kids, I’m really glad dark grout is currently the trend!

Kitchen Makeover DIY Storage Containers

I made it easy on myself this time and bought the 12 x 12 tile sheets, premixed grout and premixed thin set.

It was all worth a little extra $ in my opinion.

These canisters I turned backwards to hide their brown labels and stenciled numbers with tempera paint on the outside.  Steps like this helped give the kitchen a slight industrial vibe.

Kitchen Office Area --Chalkboard Wall, Rustic

Then there was this office area, which I ended up loving!

I have 5 different tutorials on this space alone that I’ll add at the end of this post.

This space was one of those “let’s just get this wall done with crap from my basement” moments that really came together! We made almost everything you see here from really random stuff, but necessity is the mother of invention….right?

If you’re curious as to what I’m talking about, check out the tutorials at the bottom of the post!

Kitchen Makeover Rustic Wood Shelves

The kitchen originally had builder grade oak cabinets. One of the middle cabinets was much bigger than the rest. It was really weird. I think they were trying to make the cabinets as long as the counters so they just threw in a bigger cabinet in the middle, but not even in the dead center….out of 6, there was one cabinet in the center right that was bigger. It seriously would have drove me nuts to keep #imasymmetryfreak !

So out went the two middle cabinets and in went these rustic shelves we made from corral boards off my parent’s farm.

These give so much personality to the kitchen and considering the house is over 100 yrs old. It fits perfectly with the farm-house character.

These shelves also gives a trendy “open shelving” touch without sacrificing too much cupboard space.

If it would have been based on only my taste, I probably would have done open shelving across the entire wall, but our house remodels are based a lot on re-sale, and I live in Eastern Washington, not Seattle, so this was a good choice.

Kitchen Makeover Light Fixture

To makeover the cabinets I used Benjamin Moore’s Amherst Gray on the bottom and Simply White on the top, both in Satin.

Two choices I’m so glad I made would be:

1.  Using two different colors of paint on the cabinets. I love that I decided to go with white on the top and gray on the bottom. It makes it feel slightly more trendy, but still classic.

2.  I’m also glad I choose satin. I know we all usually use semi-gloss on the cabinets, but satin still gives a slight shine and gives it a more modern/industrial feel.

This was also the first time I actually splurged on real Benjamin Moore paint! I usually have paint color matched to save money, but I’m glad I went with the more expensive paint, because it looks great in person.

I found the Rustic Bronze hardware at Lowes.

Kitchen Makeover Desk Area 2

This is just a quick picture of the other side of the kitchen.

To the left of the fridge is a coffee nook that is almost finished.

I’ll be showing you that soon!

All the appliances were from either Home Depot or off Craigslist. Those went in a couple years ago too.

Kitchen Makeover Sink View

Here’s one more before and after.

Ardex Cement Counters for Kitchen Makeover

I have so many tutorials coming up that I think you’ll really like.

Faux finishes concrete countertops by with Ardex Cement. (This is an overlay tutorial….yes, you apply it OVER your laminate!). Easy kitchen cabinet painting, how to make over your ugly box light fixture, rustic open shelving, and check out the bottom of the post for tutorials already posted on this space!

That’s it…the before and after.

I always say after finishing a kitchen “in the next house, I’m doing the kitchen first!” because a finished kitchen is just so nice to live with!

Hope it inspired you.


Linking to:
Sunday: Monday Funday, The DIY Show-off
Monday: Home Stories A to Z, Sugar Bee Crafts, Inspire Me Monday,
Tuesday: Savvy Southern Style, Oh My Creative
Wednesday: Work it Wednesday, Live Laugh Rowe , The Best DIY and Recipe Party
Thursday: Tidy Mom, Inspiration Gallery, The Handmade Hangout, French Country Cottage, Brag-Worthy Thursday , DIY Like a Boss
Friday: Link Party Palooza, Funky Junk Interiors
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  1. wowsers, your kitchen looks amazing!!!!! LUV IT

  2. This is an amazing space and it looks beautiful. I love all of your choices. Perfect.

  3. Katie, this is such a beautiful space. I love how everything turned out especially the counter tops. Wonderful job!!!

  4. Wow, wow, WOW! You’ve done it again, Katie! What a transformation. I love your new kitchen! The backsplash, the counters, the rustic shelves… Beautiful work!

  5. Very pretty kitchen! I really love your color choices!

  6. Loving all the little details!!! I didn’t know you are in Eastern WA – we are here in CDA, so probably not too far from you. (with an apartment in Olympia) Cool to find those that are somewhat close.

  7. A really beautiful kitchen! I love the wood open shelves and your cup holder. What a great remodel, thanks for sharing!

  8. Loveit! What color paint did you use on the walls?

  9. I was shocked to see Spokane in the comments! Out of all the blogs I visit it’s amazing to see one close to home. I am from the North side, but my sister-in-law is from the S. Hill and she and my brother live there now. Such great homes up there. How fun that yours is one of them! Great job on your kitchen. What incredible work you put into it! We are wanting to do something similar, so it’s inspiring to see other people do it with such success! I will have to check back from time to time to see what new projects you’re up to!

    • It’s always nice to hear from local people! These S. Hill homes are fun, but also old and maintenance heavy! Glad to hear from you!

  10. Rosemarie says:

    Did you make the light fixture? Or was it bought? Details please!!

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