I have finally been able to sit down and put together a post on some of the major renovations my husband Carl and I have taken on in our new house. As I write this, there are two men working on our stair railings (bites nails…). And for those who don’t know yet, Carl and I purchased our first house here in Austin Texas. Here is the post about our home purchase.

The renovation process has been insane, but we learned after a month into it, to handle things with grace and now we don’t stress over a thing. Homes come with a ton of responsibility and things are always popping up, which means money is always on its way out. And with renovations things take longer and cost more than what you initially think. That being said…I’m going to continue sharing more posts on the house renovations and share my experiences with you guys!


Our main focus for the start of the renovation was the kitchen. It had tan tile floors, yellow painted walls, a brown painted island with granite counters, and old cream cabinetry. The backslash was tan and brown and there was a very dingy old pantry closet. There were also two columns (beams), one of them ran through the old island to support the open kitchen, since there use to be a wall there. FYI, if you plan on doing major structural changes like knocking down walls to open up a space, you have to hire a structural engineer/contractor whose licensed and knows how to locate where the load bearing sections are or your house/ceiling could literally collapse! Keep in mind knocking down walls and adding the right supports is one of the most costly portions of home renovations, a big thing to consider when renovating because that could be your whole budget, no joke!

We hired people to rip up all the flooring in the kitchen and on the rest of the first floor and replaced it with stained gray concrete. Our contractor and a structural engineer via Austin Maintenance tore down the two floor to ceiling columns and attached a long beam across the ceiling to open the kitchen up even more and keep it safely supported. The old pantry closet, cabinets, counter tops, island, and back splash also got torn out. And we replaced all of the appliances and added a counter depth fridge, range hood and stainless steel farm house sink. We went with an all white kitchen (white cabinets, white pantry closet, white walls, white back splash). We extended the island making it nice and big and went with the London Grey quartz counter top and dark grout around the white subway tile. We designed bookshelves to be added next to the new pantry and got two galvanized barn light pendants  hung over the island.

The final look we were going for was a modern cottage. My favorite parts of the kitchen are the big island which opens up to our living room making it great to entertain family and friends. And I love, love, love my new stove! It’s a dream for anyone who loves to cook like I do!

Here are the before and afters:


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