Kitchen Renovation Progress Update #1

For those who don’t know me you should know I am not a very patient person ๐Ÿ˜‰ I get so excited to start a project sometimes I don’t think it all the way through and I end up having to “wing it” other times I forget to take decent before photos such is the case here!ย  Can you imagine I didn’t intentionally take before photos of this wall in my kitchen?ย  I did find a few photos of the area, although the photos were really of the arch door frame in my dining room and the quality is very poor but you can at least get a glimpse of this wall in the kitchen for the before. ๐Ÿ™‚ The placement of the baskets were intentional, one – to get the clutter off the kitchen counters, dogs leash in one and mail in the other, two – they are positioned where they are to hide the old wall phone jack!



I should mention I’m in the middle of a whole kitchen renovation!ย  So far the walls have been done (that was a nightmare you can read more about how I had to skim coat all the walls after taking down the strips of tape that I used instead of wallpaper) and then the first paint color I chose did not look how I expected so I had to repaint the walls, read more about the wall fiasco here.

Here’s a photo of what happened when I took the strips of tape off the walls, this was the reason for having to skim coat all the walls!ย  Did I mention I’m not a patient person that weekend was a lot of fun instead of a one day project to paint walls, the walls took me two full weekends!

Next projects I did were the board & batten then the DIY air return ventย  and the plumbers pipe bench



plumbers pipe bench

I also started adding height and molding to the kitchen cabinetsย  which I plan on working more on this weekend.ย  Once the cabinets are done (I have all the upper cabinets now up to the ceiling with the crown molding etc but I want to add more molding on the cabinets) then I will be adding a refrigerator surround, a new marble back splash and a new counter then some other fun things that I am keeping a surprise!

But for now I’d say this one wall before and after is pretty impressive, every time I look at a before photo of my kitchen I cringe and ask myself what were you thinking?!

One more before and after photo of this wall area!ย  Check back to see moreย  before and afters of this kitchen renovation!ย  If you want to follow along, follow me on social media as I tend to post progress photos on facebook, instagram or twitter.



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21 comments for “Kitchen Renovation Progress Update #1

  1. August 6, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Kitchen is coming along fab, Dria! Keep up the great work! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Dria
      August 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much Jenna!!

  2. July 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    You are amazing! Just this one wall looks incredible.

    • Dria
      July 11, 2013 at 6:48 am

      Aww ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

  3. June 20, 2013 at 6:38 am

    I love, love, love the board and batten! And how you made over your air return is brilliant! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

    • Dria
      June 20, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much Jenna!!

  4. June 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I hear ya on the excitement for projects. Instead we usually have a great idea and get to it, forgetting to take progress shots. That or the beau is so motivated he gets things done when I’m gone without any photo evidence haha!

    • Dria
      June 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      LOL doesn’t it drive you nuts when you forget to take photos?? Happens to me all the time!

  5. June 9, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I love the return vent!

    • Dria
      June 10, 2013 at 4:51 am

      Thank you Corinna!

  6. June 9, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Hi there! I’m stopping by from the Sunday blog hop. I’m loving your blog. I’m a new follower through Twitter & Pinterest. Your kitchen looks great!

    • Dria
      June 10, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Thank you for stopping by and following Leslie!!

  7. June 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    wow–it’s looking great! I LOVE that bench and the air return vent cover, especially–such a big improvement!

    • Dria
      June 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much Gretchen! It’s been a lot of fun doing these projects!

  8. June 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I can’t wait to see all of the finished kitchen projects!

    • Dria
      June 6, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Me too Melissa!! I’m so impatient can’t wait any longer!!

  9. June 6, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Girl, you’re energy is incredible!! I can’t wait to see the whole kitchen redo!! Great job so far!!!~~Angela

    • Dria
      June 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Angela!! I eat, drink and sleep DIY projects lol! The kitchen so far has been my favorite project I’ve done!

  10. Laura
    June 6, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Dria, I can’t even begin to tell you how much more I like this plumber bench and board and batten look than your previous wall!!! It looks absolutely incredible! It honestly looks magazine-worthy! I love the baskets on there – it’s the perfect finishing touch – and bonus – they’re functional!

    • Dria
      June 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Laura! I love the direction the kitchen is going in now far better then the before!!

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