This post is my Pièce de Résistance!! I have worked so hard for so long to finish this kitchen!! I am so proud of the results. (And it would have gone a lot faster if I didn’t take such a long break in the middle!)
I stained my cabinets with General Finishes Gel Stain. But this time I went for a whole new look! I found that using the Java made it look flat. I wanted some depth to my cabinets and I was amazed at how this turned out! I used the same techniques in THIS POST but instead of using Java, which I felt was too dark for what I was looking for, I used two different colors. I used 1 coat of Candelite and then 2 coats of Mahagony.
We also cut the granite and installed an Ikea Farmhouse / Apron Sink. (Which I LOVE and it was SO cheap!)
I tiled (with the help of my husband and some very good friends that taught us how) the entire downstairs with 20×20 tiles on the diagonal! It was 1,800 sqft of tiling but it saved us thousands of dollars and looks amazing! I will not be writing a tutorial on that as I feel you need someone there to help you and show you or you should hire a professional.
We also designed and installed our own back splash. As you can see, we also put it on the front of our island which I love how it ended up looking! And is great for my kids who put their feet all over it while they sit on the stools. I also have it down the wall where the kitchen trash is so it is easy to wipe. It is long ivory tiles with squares of tiny iridescent black squares, tiny iridescent white squares and chrome squares.
My husband and I made the cornice board and you can get the directions here.
And obviously we painted the walls.
I LOVE my kitchen!!! It was a LOT of hard work but it was SO worth it!!
And you know what was really fun? When I was editing these pictures together I had open the before picture when my husband walked in. He stopped and asked, “Is that our kitchen?!” Yes, babe. It was! What a transformation!