our kitchen remodel!

 
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i can’t believeeee it’s finally time to share our kitchen renovation with you guys!

we moved into this home in September (or October? i can’t remember lol) & we knew the first project we wanted to get to was the kitchen. this is our second home that we’ve owned but the first time we did a project of this magnitude. our last house we changed out lights, shelves, etc - but nothing structural.

for our kitchen, we not only knocked out walls but also vaulted our ceilings - BEST DECISION EVER. truly.

kyle & i consider ourselves to be pretty handy. or should i say - KYLE is very handy lol i’m a great assistant. however - this remodel was beyond our expertise so we worked with a local contractor! to save money, all the things we could do ourselves…we did. like ripping out the old floors, laying new floors down, painting, hanging the shelf, encasing the fridge, building out the pantry, etc.

but the rest of it - our contractor & his team did! here’s his info if you’re local to Denver!

okay okay, let’s get right into it!

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as you see, we knocked out the wall separating that front room from the kitchen! the front room was just…awkward. the first time we walked in the house i said to kyle “what the heck is this room supposed to be?!”.

by opening it up, the kitchen gained so much more space! & we just made it our new dining table area. although i feel like we end up eating at the island 90% of the time!

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okay this might be my fave part of the whole kitchen! when our contractor was about to drywall over the studs of this wall, i envisioned these 2 inset shelves & asked them to frame them out!

then kyle added the little birch shelves. i feel like this area makes our kitchen feel like a General Store which i DON’T HATE.

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moving right along to the sink/stove area!

we kept this area in the original configuration (minus that whole right wall going bye bye). & then we ripped out all the top cabinets & microwave!

i believe with all my heart that microwaves deserved to be hidden haha. we got a small one that now lives in our island!

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we swapped out all our appliances for white ones! & sold the old ones on FB marketplace.

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i have a thing for open shelving. & i absolutely love how ours turned out! i wanted just one simple, reclaimed shelf going across the main wall of the kitchen. kyle & i hung this ourselves & that wood is so frickin heavy, y’all. we had to align it on the floating shelf brackets justttt right so we were up till midnight, & stood on the counter to put it in place sooo many times. #eigthtimesacharm

i love styling our shelves with very practical items that we are actually using day in & day out.

those bottles on the far left are glass jugs i use for to-go smoothies or homemade iced lattes! the bowls next to them are absolutelyyyy gorgeous. they’re the Anya Nesting Bowls from Room & Board - handmade in North Carolina at an incredible ceramic studio.

i keep fruits & veggies in them for easy access!

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kyle built this open shelving situation with extra beetle kill pine we had! he did such an amazing job with it. i wanted something to fill the space a bit, but didn’t want to eliminate being able to see into the living room.

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from day 1 of kitchen remodel…i knew i wanted a big ole white farmhouse sink! i dreamt about a brass faucet to accompany it but i started to get discouraged when i couldn’t find the shade/vibe i wanted.

a lot of brushed brass options are a gazillion dollars. seriously.

when a friend shared about Kingston Brass, i was STOKED to find out they offered exactly what i was looking for. it was such a gift to be able to partner with them on this project! both the sink & the faucet are exceptional quality & are just as beautiful as they are functional. i can’t help but dream about all the baby baths that will happen in that sink with our future babies!

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our island gets soooo much more use than i could’ve imagined! i’ve heard people rave about islands but i didn’t grow up in a house with one so i didn’t realize just how incredible it would be to have one!

we custom built ours, with IKEA cabinets as the base. there’s 3 cabinets total, with a mixture of drawers too. our trash & recycling is in there too!

our island stools are the most beautiful, comfy things everrrrr. WE LOVE ‘EM. they’re the Evan counter stools from Room & Board with walnut wood & Sunbrella Canvas as the cushion coverings. the rug just behind the stools is the dreamiest beige color with hints of gray. matches our floors perfectly! it’s called the Avilia rug & it’s 100% wool + handwoven.

these pieces seriously complete the space. what a dream to get to partner with Room & Board!

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OTHER DETAILS:
+ the paint we used on the whole kitchen is Ultra Pure White from Behr. it’s the whitest white they offer! here’s an interesting article on that!
+ for our cabinets, we used Sherwin Williams paint, color matched to a color from Behr - hazy trail. we kept the original kitchen cabinets & had a professional sand & paint them! like i mentioned, the island cabinets are from IKEA & he painted those the same color.
+ our countertops are a white quartz! valencia from nustone.
+ beams are wrapped in blue beetle kill pine. we got the wood from a local lumberyard
+ kitchen shelf is a reclaimed piece of wood from a local reclaimed wood yard. it’s over 100 years old! we used these brackets to mount it.
+ cabinet handles are from target! so affordable, durable & cute. we did a combo of drawer pulls & knobs!
+ our stove + fridge are from Cafe Appliances. this was a splurge but we love them sooo so much!

more links for ya:
CURTAIN RODS / CURTAINS / WISHBONE CHAIRS / KITCHEN TABLE RUG / CERAMIC LIGHT / DIFFUSER / LEATHER WOVEN CHAIRS / CIRCULAR BRASS MIRROR

getting to know yourself

 
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hey you! has anyone told you lately to get to know yourself?⠀⠀

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spend time in solitude & cozy up to your emotional needs & patterns. invite people in. write out what you discover, talk to a friend, go to counseling. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
it’s hard work but it’s the most worthwhile work. no one can do that work but you! ✨
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soul upkeep is just as imperative as nourishing your body with food every day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
as you understand yourself better...you unlock a new capacity to know others deeper & be known deeper. & THAT is the sweetest gift 💚 by caring for yourself, you’ll be able to care for others in freer, lovelier ways 💫

a sad story, rewritten

 
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it’s been about 2 weeks since we’ve moved. the morning of our last day in the #greensonolivestreet house, we laid in bed & talked about who we were when we entered this house VS who we are (individually & collectively) as we left the house. we were really, incredibly, painfully disconnected when we first moved in here.

i remember one night when kyle asked what light bulbs he should pick up from home depot & i said “i just can’t even pretend to play house right now when our marriage is in shambles” 😂 (we didn’t get the lightbulbs).

his words to describe how he felt when we first got to olive street were: lonely, confused, sad & detached. guess what? mine were the same.

same feelings of loneliness, but separately processing it all. we were both in our own little dark caves, mourning broken dreams, failed expectations & asking over & over again “what is wrong with me? what is wrong with us?”.

4 years later & we left that house feeling: together, hopeful, restored & imperfect but united. we’re still fumbling through it all. saying sorry A LOT. getting upset, feeling misunderstood & arguing over things like dinner plans 🙈 but that’s really okay. i think that’s the biggest lesson we’ve learned since that move-in date 4 years ago...”it’s okay to be a beginner.” i actually think it’s dangerous to get to the point (in any part of your life) where you stop thinking you have something to learn.

so anyways, here’s a little snapshot of our story & how god has brought us full circle—back to each other, with hearts full of gratitude & hope. like i always say, he is good at rewriting sad stories.