Before + After | Kitchen Countertop Reno

Get ready boys + girls, grab you dog and your coffee and find a real comfy chair, cause this is gonna be a long one. It all started one rainy July day, I had chosen the house of my dreams, negotiations had finished, and my brain was in full on idea mode. I could NOT slow down on what I could renovate and what furniture to buy, I needed to be brought back to reality on more than one occasion. Below are some images from the listing, as it looked right when I bought it (we started renovating the day after closing, so I didn’t really have a lot of before photos).

The house had this extra tall breakfast bar that I just couldn’t live with. I don’t hate all breakfast bars, but this one was taller than normal and I couldn’t find stools tall enough to fit. I’m also pretty short (5ft.) and I hated that I had no sight-lines from the kitchen. So, I made it very clear that if this was the house, that bar had.to.go. The house also had these emerald laminate countertops, no photo does justice to how green these babies were and since we were updating the bar, we needed to replace the countertops anyway. Hurricane Flo slowed our renovations, so here’s a photo of life as we knew it for for about a month. That vinyl looked lethal, shoes we’re a must.

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We went all over Wilmington in search of good prices on stone and installation. In the end, we settled on some lower cost white quartz and we were able to save money cutting the bar and removing the sink and countertops ourselves. Then we got to work, you can check back on Tuesday for a closer look into how we did the countertop cut!

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Getting better already! I was so lucky to have Matt to help with the heavy lifting…and the electricity…and the plumping. Ok, pretty much everything. We did a precut of the breakfast bar for the measurements, then did the final cut once the countertops were off.¬†This island went through so many stages, But i’m so happy with how it turned out.

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Final looks — We still have more to do, but the countertop renovation definitely helps us see an end in sight. This project is almost complete! Next up is choosing a backsplash, painting the island, getting our pendant lights hung, and getting some cute stools (the ones pictured are actually my dining chairs lol).sink-renovation-diy-countertops

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As always, thank you for stopping by! Renovations are a little painful, but the end result is so worth it, I’d love to hear any of your experiences good or bad! And if you have a breakfast bar you’re looking to get rid of, check back Tuesday for a look into how we tackled that project!

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