Lauren's Before & After Photos: The Kitchen Reveal

Liveblogging the Style Cure

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We're finally here - I almost can't believe I made it. I think I bit off a bit more than I could chew with the Style Cure, a three-year-old at my heels, and a four-month-old on my hip, and I now feel so much more sympathy for those poor HGTV Star designers who have to complete a space in an insanely short amount of time. In the end it was totally worth it as I am beyond thrilled with our updated kitchen:

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We still have a long way to go, but I'm really happy with phase one. It feels exponentially brighter and bigger. The biggest change is probably the paint - walls and upper cabinets. I have to give a huge thank you to my amazing husband who entertained the kids while I painted the walls and who worked tirelessly to get the cabinets primed, painted, and poly'ed, which was no small task.

We also updated the entryway, as the spaces flow together. We painted the space the same light gray as the kitchen, installed new door hardware, hung some illustrations torn from an old calendar, and added a splash of subtle color with mint green paint on the door (although it's reading a bit more blue in my photos - definitely not a professional photographer here, not to mention the fact that I was bouncing a baby in my Ergo carrier and entertaining a toddler whilst snapping these shots...)

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Eventually I'd like to find a nice, durable rug to avoid the footprints that inevitably get tracked in on the white floor. You can also see the new bookcase and repurposed cabinet/counter in this shot - we swiped the itty bitty cabinet/counter from the fridge area and placed it next to the stove for some prep space. The bookcase was just the right size to replace it and add the "open shelving" that I wanted.

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I had a lot of fun with accessories - cookbooks, inexpensive artwork, and some fresh flowers go a long way to add some color and personality. I tried to find items that were pretty, but useful, like this wire basket in a fun mint green for holding dish cloths, paper towels, etc.:

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And I couldn't resist having this Instagram photo of my toddler (making pancakes) printed and hung in the space. Love.

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We had planned to have new pendant lights installed (you can see the holes in the ceiling where we removed the old plastic light fixture and where we were planning to install the new ones), but unfortunately there was a snafu there. I also wanted to get new hardware on the cabinets, but hit my budget wall, so that will have to wait a bit.

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Phase two of the kitchen reno is most likely going to involve butcher block countertops, a farmhouse sink and new faucet, painted lower cabinets, a new wood floor, hardware for the cabinets, maybe (?) a vent hood, and the aforementioned lighting. If you'd like to continue to follow along, I'll be posting updates over on my personal blog - A Lovely Lark (but probably at a much slower pace!) Thanks Style Cure for pushing me to get my kitchen to a livable place (otherwise who knows how long it would have taken me - I mean we've already lived here six years!), and a big thank you to all of you for following along!

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Lauren is a writer, DIYer, and Etsy addict living with her family in her tiny work-in-progress home in Pennsylvania. When not blogging, she can usually be found chasing around one very spirited little three-year-old and snuggling her new baby girl.

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