80% finished BA w/ wood island kitchen...pics!

MIssyVDecember 14, 2011

Hello Fellow GW's! We are "done for now" with our kitchen, so wanted to post some updated pictures since you were all so helpful in our decision making. I say 80% because we still need to switch out our appliances & hood to stainless and install a back splash. Those will hopefully be in the somewhat near future :)

For those of you that don't remember the before kitchen, we bought my grandparents home in 2003 that they had built in 1975. It's a joy to open a closet that still smells like "grandma" even after all this time.

How it looks today....

pantry around corner from fridge..

Not a lot of details to share, but here is what I can think of off the top of my head...

1. Cabs- original to house, painted myself with BM Satin Impervo in Linen White

2. Granite - Bianco Antico, eased edge

3. Island - had a local custom cabinet maker use our existing peninsula cabs to make us an island. I showed him a picture (another GW's kitchen) of what I had in mind for the legs and apron, and we think he did a great job! He made our mahogany top for us as well (ogee edge). He also made us a new valance over the sink so we can ditch the dated one and a new double cab to the right of the sink where a single one use to be, allowing the top cabs to line up with the bottom cabs. He did a fabulous job matching the existing doors!

4. Floors- we laid 800 sq ft roughly ourselves of Mannington Revolutions plank. I really like it. Its from their Heritage Cherry collection, and color is Tanned Hide. We are on a slab and didn't feel comfortable installing real wood, so this was our alternative.

5. Stools are from Target!

Thanks again to all who took the time to answer my questions along the way. I learned a lot about kitchens and about myself :)

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WOW! That is a gorgeous makeover -- and very clever, too! The granite is luscious, as is your mahogany. The floors are gorgeous. Your sink is really cool, too...how do you like it so far? Congratulations on a job well planned and well executed!

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 6:23PM
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What a transformation. You used the same cabinetry? Just beautiful. Grandma would be so proud and enjoy sitting in "your" new kitchen. Congratulations.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 6:25PM
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Your recycling of the cabinets and morphing some into an island is great. And -- I am reluctant to admit, because I really am not a granite person -- your BA is spectacular.

Great Christmas kitchen, and I hope your holiday rises to the same standard. Congrats to all involved.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 6:48PM
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Very very Impressed! You did a wonderful job!! Really, this is beautifully thought out and executed. Enjoy your new kitchen :-) I'm sure grandma is smiling

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 6:49PM
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Great job - smartly done! So happy to see it because I am likely doing very similar colors/materials for mine. Any chance you could share your island dimensions and your aisle clearances? I like the way you got 4 stools out of that island - would love to replicate that. And what finish is on your mahoghany island?

Enjoy - it looks wonderful.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 6:55PM
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You did a wonderful job. I had to look twice, I never would have guessed that those are the same cabs!! They look so professionally done. I really like the island too, it has a lot of character. I like your granite choice too. I think the kitchen looks beautiful and you will enjoy it for years to come. Plus it has special memories which makes for an added bonus.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 6:57PM
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Really great job and well designed. It looks amazing and you did so much yourselves!!! Wow I'm so impressed especially with you painting the cabinets yourself, that's a really hard job. Any tips on that? Did you brush or spray?

Congrats and enjoy, it's beautiful, love the granite and the sink too.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 6:57PM
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Absolutely gorgeous!! Your countertops are especially luscious! You must be so happy with how it turned out. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 7:05PM
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It looks wonderful, MIssyV!! You chose your finishes well, everything looks so good together. And your cabinet maker did a great job creating a seamless revision. Enjoy Christmas in your new kitchen!

I smiled when I read, "It's a joy to open a closet that still smells like "grandma" even after all this time." I know exactly what you mean. That makes your home extra special.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 7:10PM
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Wow! You painted those cabs yourself?!!! How long did it take you? Your mahogany slab is gorgeous!

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 7:50PM
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Missy- Your kitchen is beautiful! The island is wonderful and exactly what you described, from the beginning :)

The granite and wood are so pretty...and now you have the perfect place for the Christmas tree, too!

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 7:53PM
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Looks great. Especially love the colors in the BA...so luxurious and rich looking. Love the island top too. Can't believe you used the same cabinets- there is no resemblance!

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 8:11PM
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Very impressive DIY, but then I know you're good because I have the same sofa! :)

Looks very nice.


    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 8:13PM
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Really lovely! You guys did a fantastic job! I am loving the color of your granite contrasted with the color of your island. The perfect place to cook up family feasts just like grandma did! What are you thinking for backsplash?

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 8:47PM
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Thanks so much for posting an update. It's beautiful!!! After all the searching for the right countertops, you picked some great ones! You also made a great decision about the soffit paint color. I'm so glad you have a "done enough" kitchen in time for Christmas. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 10:04PM
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WOW! What a transformation. You were so lucky to have found a cabinet maker that would help execute your ideas. Great job. And, as usual, I am in constant awe of DIY'ers.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 11:13PM
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What a beautiful kitchen! Grandma's was ideal for 1975 but your new space is bright, fresh, and comfortable. I agree with mpagmom, love the choices you made! Your granite and mahogany are outstanding. Well done!

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 11:22PM
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Holy moly, I cannot believe you painted those yourself. They look so professional -- great job! And count me among the many who are drooling over your granite.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 1:22AM
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Love the grantie and mahogany! Wow. Great that you could re-use the cabinets.

Love your Christmas tree in the kitchen pictures, too.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 8:29AM
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Really nicely done! I so appreciate a DIY effort, as ours is still ongoing almost a year later. Love the BA granite and your island and mine are similar in size (I don't have the apron, which I love)....what are the dimensions of the wood top? I'd love to do an apron and legs like that if i could....

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 8:30AM
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Beautiful! You are so resourceful!

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 9:30AM
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Wonderful job, MIssyV! The kitchen looks so much brighter. I love the painted cabinets--your colors are perfect together. The island is beautiful--such a great idea to re-use the peninsula cabinets with that gorgeous wood top. Enjoy your lovely space.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 9:34AM
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I love the granite and painting the cabinets is such a big improvement and you did a great job! How many coats of primer did you use and which primer? How many coats of the paint? I love the island! Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 12:29PM
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Wow, thank you all for your gracious compliments!! I have been on here long enough to see some gorgeous, remarkable kitchens, and while we are definitely on the low end of most people's kitchen budgets (we spent just under $8,000 for granite, mahogany, cabinet work, 800 sq ft of flooring, sink, faucet, paint, drywall for ceiling, 3 new can lights & hardware), we are truly loving the new layout. We entertained last weekend while my mom was home from Florida (we are in Ohio) and it was so nice to have people hang around the island all evening. That would have never been possible with our original layout. Now, off to respond to all of you that were kind enough to post....

scootermom.... yes, we are loving it so far! loving the layout most of all. why did i ever doubt these plans??
honorbiltkit....honestly, i looked at granite for 5 months and found i liked granite less and less every time i went. frankly, i am shocked that is what we chose in the end, but no regrets we did. at heart, i am a marble lover, but between the slim selection around here in marble and my uncertainty about my sanity living with 3 kids & marble, I chickened out and went the safe route.
domino3....our island measures 75" from outer leg to outer leg across the 3 bar stools and 3 ft from outer leg to outer leg where the one stool is at on the end. the mahogany is roughly 38" x 77" with some finish my wood worker uses :) i asked for waterlox, but he preferred a product he typically uses, as he felt it was better than waterlox (said he uses it on stair treads, so figured it was tough). i did have it stained to burnt umber, but will say it really doesn't match the sample he showed me. its a bit lighter than the burnt umber stain looked. isle clearances are 55" from granite counter top edge to island top edge along the stove side and 36" from sink run granite top edge to island edge. hope this is making sense :) i am very happy with the space on all sides of our island. plenty of moving around space, you can walk around doors (oven and dw) when open). we have 3 kids and i really wanted 4 seats if possible. this seems to work out well so far.
gr8day....I did hand paint all of them :) Wow, that was a job. Easy, but very time consuming. The process I followed came from a company out on the west coast, Pearl Painters. I have to credit him for taking the time to give me the precise directions via phone while getting nothing but a big thank you in return. He was so kind and helpful. I first sanded with 220 , then cleaned with TSP and water, then applied Krud Cutter with an abrasive pad (green 3M pad), primed using Zinsser oil based primer (2 coats i believe), and 3 coats of waterborne satin impervo (BM). I tried to sand between all my coats too. I just used a small foam like roller recommended to me by our BM dealer and one of those cheapy sponge brushes for the inside trim on our doors.
linelle- it took me most of july and august to be honest. with the hot summer we had, i really had to do a little every day and wait for paint to dry before moving on.
mtnfever....ha ha ha! you must have had that for a long time! ours has seen better days, but hubby says we are not putting money into new couch till kids get older. while i hate that, I understand that. they give it a beating.
kellienoelle....I have very few thoughts on back splash, so I would welcome suggestions! Thinking lighter color, I just rolled the wall paint in that area to hide the yucky yellow color left behind from old laminate splash that was up.
jalsy6 and lynn2006...Someone else already asked your questions and I answered them above. If you need more info, let me know. Glad to help!

AND, motherof3sons, cjc123, holiday2525, nino804, lisa_a, brianadarnell, lavender lass, mpagmom, blfenton, mmhmmgood, taggie, gsciencechick, legallin & mama_goose ...thank you! You are so kind :-)

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 3:08PM
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Lovely kitchen and the granite is a show stopper! Love, love, love it!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 3:23PM
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Beautiful job with the paint - how special to live in your grandparents home - enjoy!

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 3:27PM
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It's lovely to see people honor and keep the best of the past, and the memories that come with it. Your kitchen looks wonderful, and I love your choices.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 5:03PM
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I told you that the BA & Wood would look incredible together!

Awesome Job. I love it. I love the island details too. I'm currently designing yet another kitchen and I want to do the BA again. For some reason I thought it had come down in price a little...hah. I'm sure I can't afford to do it again. Well, maybe not right now. There might be plywood countertops in when I move in! lol

So great to see how this turned out. Congratulations.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 6:57PM
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It all looks great!! An awesome job of reusing what you have!! So happy for you!!!

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 8:29PM
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Thank you cheri127, Elba1 , rosie , beekeeperswife and Lake Girl.

Bee...I have been so curious what you want in your next kitchen. I have seen your posts as you work on your new home. I always wonder if people will go for change or something they already have and like. I think I paid $79 sq/ft installed and I believe we are in neighboring states (ohio) I will say I was nervous that the BA I picked was different than many of the kitchens we see on here. I think this slab had less of those "spots" I like. But, it works!

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 9:07PM
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Great job. The kitchen looks fabulous. Enjoy your first Christmas in the new style.

Where did you get your stools? I love them. Are they comfortable?

    Bookmark   December 16, 2011 at 12:07AM
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Hi Dilly. The stools came from Target online :) I do like them and love that they add some texture to the kitchen. Time will tell though...I can see them becoming a pain to clean if kiddo's drop food into them. As for comfort, yes they are, but we are in winter season here in Ohio, so I wonder how they will feel against our skin this summer in shorts :) One note, I think they sit just smidge low, so if you are short, you may not like that (and I am). Lastly, the size online is totally off, don't go by that. I need to go give a review noting the measurements are incorrect.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2011 at 7:18AM
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Thank you for the info on painting the cabinets. I just have to say you're awesome for being fearless and doing it yourself!!! Your kitchen looks great. Love the granite, too.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2011 at 4:54PM
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oh my gosh it looks AWESOME! Don't be an apologist for having a low-budget remodel, no one would guess by looking at it, and we need more real-life inspiration. Changing from peninsula to island makes such a dramatic difference.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2011 at 5:25PM
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Beautiful! I love how you made the peninsula into an island, how clever! Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   December 17, 2011 at 1:15PM
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Looks awesome! Congrats!

    Bookmark   December 17, 2011 at 9:32PM
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Looks beautiful Missy! You did a GREAT job! Enjoy!

    Bookmark   December 18, 2011 at 11:00PM
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thanks gr8day, we learned alot in these last few months :)

and thank you chiefy76, janealexa, 2LittleFishies and jillandmatt.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2011 at 8:54PM
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Really you did a fantastic job painting the cabinets. I didn't realize that you did all the work until I went back to read the source list. The granite looks so good with all the other elements. GREAT JOB.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2011 at 5:02PM
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I remember your original pictures of the house and really liked it. I'm partial to stained wood, but I love what you've done to the kitchen. It doesn't even look the same, and I adore the wood countertop.

How long has your floor been down? We have a Mannington engineered wood on slab too.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2011 at 7:30PM
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Marti8a, its not engineered wood, ours is actually laminate. We just put it down in September. I like it... until I see a friend of ours real wood :) But, I did what was best for our home and I am happy with it. A lot of people that come over are surprised when I tell them its laminate. Do you get that? How long have you had yours?

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 7:33AM
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It looks awesome! Great job!
I really love the BA, so beautiful.


    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 7:44AM
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Hey Missy! I didn't read all of these posts again as there are too many but I was wondering what you finished your island with? I know in another thread you were deciding on oil or waterlox I think? What did you decide? : )

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 4:32PM
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Hi 2LittleFishies....the guy that made it finished it with some type of clear coat, not waterlox, but similar. It was what he recommended, so I trusted his judgment. I debated, but felt if I chose oiled, I would have to deal with stains left from jelly, markers and who knows what else my kids left behind. With the clear coat, we have hairline scratches, and knew we would, but I am glad I chose it. I think the scratches was the lesser of the two evils. Good luck!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 6:06PM
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Thanks, Missy! I keep going back and forth. One thing that helped was reading that the oil may be hard with kid's hw papers, etc... Might get messy? Waterlox may be the way to go. I just don't want it too shiny : )

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 6:43PM
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