I know that social media is a little somber today, I hope that coming here, to my little happy place, makes you a little happier too. That's always been my goal. To encourage and maybe if I'm lucky, even help inspire some of you. It makes my heart so happy reading comments and messages saying you were encouraged to finish a room or paint a piece of furniture based on something I shared. It's so unbelievable to me that I'm able to reach and hopefully touch so many of you.
If you've been around here for a little while, then you've seen the before pictures of our kitchen, and know it's come quite a ways from where it was when we first bought it. Okay. So it's come a LONG way. Like, a really LONG.. LOOOOOONG WAY.
Don't believe me? Well, just you wait for me to whip out the before pictures.
For now though, I'm going to take you on a quick little tour of our Farmhouse Style Kitchen.
It's for sure nothing fancy, but it does make me happy. Especially after looking back at these crazy before pictures. Some days it's really hard to believe it ever looked like that.
There are still traces of Halloween and Fall in here right now, while I prepare my game plan for making it a little more Christymasy. Is that a word? It totally should be if not.
We kept the original layout pretty much the same, It's in the shape on an L. And while I dream of a yummy hood with a gorgeous new oven and farmhouse sink, well, this suits me just fine right now.
We completely gutted the kitchen and started fresh- it was just too bad. The cabinets were warped, the floor was caving in and there was really nothing left we could salvage.
The house sat empty for 4 years so you can imagine the sort of shape it was in.
The steps used to be where our island bar is now, and we tore them down and moved them to the right of the house instead to open up the downstairs and give the illusion of more space. BEST thing we ever did.
Just check out these before pictures guys.
I'm going to just give ya'll a second to make a dramatic collective gasp and then we'll get back to business.
Okay, we're good now? Rough right?
Since it was so dark and dingy before I knew immediately that I wanted white cabinets to lighten things up.
..and it's for sure SO much better now.
One of the things we did was add the large window over the sink. I knew I wanted a big window there so I could do dishes and be able to look out into the field to watch the deer. Don't ask me why, it was just a little vision I had in my head.
You can check out more about the lighting in this space and find links to them all in this post here.
You can find my tray here.
I unfortunately can't seem to find my exact bamboo blinds anymore, but we got them at Home Depot. You might want to go and check them out in person. The colors seem off online.
It's come a long way, right?
I mean, I think we can at least all agree that it's an improvement if nothing else.
We have plans to do a back splash in the very near future and you've seen my selection if you follow along on Instagram and watch my stories. I'm pretty set on my choice and I'm super excited to get started!
We've also made a few small budget improvements over the past 4 years that have made a big impact in this space. Read about the one we did that made the biggest impact for only $40 here!
Thank ya'll for stopping by my little happy place today, I know I say it all the time but I'm serious when I say I'm so thankful you're here. I just love hearing from you guys! Feel free to chat with me on Instagram or leave a comment below!