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Thursday, January 29, 2015

{New House} More Renovation Progress

Friends!! It's been another busy and productive week of renovations at the new house, and I'm absolutely awestruck watching the transformation take place. So far, everything looks better than I could have imagined, or even hoped. And other than the 'pantry snafu,' there have been no more mishaps.

Today we're neck-deep in the BHG photo shoot...imagine more flowers than a wedding, and half the contents of Home Goods...that's my house right now. #itsadream But I wanted to pop in and show you the Kitchen updates since last week. Remember these aren't pretty pics by blog standards, but pretty darn fun to see!

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Reno Progress

Can you even believe it's the same room (see the Before shots here)?! And this is just with primer on the cabinets, and naked walls. They removed the old cabinets over the stovetop, and built this phenomenal frame box around the existing vent hood. It's literally built of thin plywood, and finished with trim...but makes such a huge statement. The room finally has a focal point!

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Reno Progress

They finished installing the make-me-drool backsplash, and we went higher on this wall to make a bigger impact. I love being able to see more of the pattern repeat.




Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Reno Progress

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Reno Progress

The windows looked like puny afterthoughts, so we added a chunky marble ledge, and will trim them with a wood frame to give them more prominence and intent.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Reno Progress

The lovely green wallpaper was removed, only to discover an even lovelier burgundy border underneath. So all the walls in the Kitchen and Breakfast Room had to be refloated. But just like the primed cabinets, they are already so much cleaner and brighter! You know it's going to be good when primer is an improvement.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Reno 
Progress

The new drawer fronts had to be ordered, so those will be the last things installed...along with the hardware.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Reno Progress

The corner cabinet was a lazy susan, which is basically a black hole for anything you attempt to store there, so they are making it a hinged door that opens to stationary shelves. The cabinet on the right will be pull-out trash and recycle.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Reno Progress

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Reno Progress

The Butlers Pantry was tiled and primed, and one of the cabinets cut out to accommodate a drink/wine fridge. I mean, who am I that I have a Butlers Pantry?!?! With a drink fridge for crying out loud!!?? You're all invited over for cold drinks when we're done. There won't be a butler, but I'll get the kids to serve you.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Reno Progress

You know you have a top-notch rockstar contractor when they even float the wall hidden behind the fridge.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Reno Progress

They removed the recessed light over the sink, and wired for the new pendants that will hang over the breakfast bar. Thank goodness for math-savvy friends who help you figure out exactly where they should be placed! (Instead of splitting the bar in half, and hanging one light centered in each half, we split the bar in thirds and hung them at those dividers. The first way had them too close together.)

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Reno Progress

Mr. Rockstar Contractor....my favorite person in the world right now!

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Reno Progress

The Breakfast Room lost the wallpaper and a dated light fixture, and gained an old fridge and a light bulb. Still an improvement if you ask me.

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Reno Progress

Progress is beautiful!

Hi Sugarplum | Kitchen Reno Progress

I took these pics Tuesday after work, and as usual, yesterday was big....so another round of updates coming soon! Don't forget you can follow daily progress on my InstaGram and Facebook. I'm also posting behind-the-scenes of the magazine shoot. I know, my life is so totally obnoxious right now.  But don't worry, things will be back to a snails pace around here soon enough.



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48 comments:

  1. I can barely stand all the excitement!!! BHG photoshoot and an amazing kitchen makeover?!?! Squeal! Love that you went higher for a bigger impact. Love it so much

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  2. WOW! WOW - WOW - WOW!!! Amazing, just amazing. I'm dying over the backsplash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. CASSIE! SUCH a good idea to have the backsplash go up higher! And the hood? OMG! Everything looks great! And I'm still lol'ing over here about "there won't be a butler, but I'll get the kids to serve you". :)

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  4. Not gonna lie. I'm usually not a "busy back splash" kind of girl...but I ADORE that back splash. It is GORGEOUS! So fun to see the progress!

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  5. Oh my GOSH, Cassie - it is so much better already. That backsplash is so totally gorgeous and the vent hood really makes the windows stand out and look like so much more of a feature than they did before. I can't wait to see it finished!

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  6. You are multi-tasking like crazy, I love it. The kitchen looks amazing!!!

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  7. Love your backsplash!! and yes, your contractor is amazing!!

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  8. Pretty sure I would be bouncing around, clapping my hands, and squealing any time I would walk into that kitchen :D The pendants are going to look awesome. Can't wait to see more. Your house has become my design drug. I neeeeeed more!!! Enjoy your amazing day with BH&G!!!!!

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  9. Obnoxious? No! Ridiculously amazing?...Yes! Yes! Yes! Thrilled for you, Cassie.

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  10. everything looks absolutely amazing especially that gorgeous tile backsplash! Congratulations on EVERYTHING!

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  11. i have major kitchen envy! it's so BIG!! :) love it. and cant wait to see your BH&G photos!! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  12. Looking great! Yes, one day while eating lunch I rethought our kitchen plans for when we need a redo. I HATE lazy susan's. I had decided I would rather have one bank of drawers than the lazy susan. It sits to the left of our stove and I thought the perfect place for a utensil drawer and then spices in the drawers below! Love the tile and great idea to beef up the narrow windows. The height with the hood and windows is great.

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  13. The patterned tile is so fun! You will create wonderful dishes and memories in that space!
    www.lovelylifeofliz.blogspot.com

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  14. I was so excited to open your blog post today after your tease of a kitchen update yesterday. It kind of felt a little like Christmas. ha! It's fabulous! I sooo wish I had a rockstar contractor. You are definitely the super multi tasker. Congrats on BHG and your new home!

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  15. Cassie, when I hit the full room shot it took my breath away! It's SO beautiful already, I can't imagine when it's finished! So happy for you!

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  16. Gorgeous already! So exciting!! Our friends have a butler's pantry with refrigerated drink drawers and they are about the best thing ever!

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  17. Hi Cassie...between you and Jen, I'm in kitchen remodel heaven without any impact on my wallet! I am not normally a big pattern person but that backsplash is to die for. I cannot wait to see everything when it's done. Thanks for taking us a long for the ride!

    Peggy (long time reader, first time poster...LOL!)

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  18. Love the tile!

    And hold the phone...you mean they are painting your cabinets without removing the doors?! Is that possible? Because I need to paint all my cabinets and this could be huge!

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  19. Man oh man my husband may be using your name in vain soon if I start throwing out suggestions of redoing things in my kitchen!! Ha! And so darn true about floating behind the fridge....we seriously PAID someone to remove wallpaper, texture and paint our bathrooms. I was cleaning my kids bathroom one day when I looked over and realized he didn't even bother to remove the toilet and cover the wallpaper behind it. Steam out the ears I tell ya!

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  20. OH my goodness! The changes are incredible! Thanks so much for sharing the step by step updates with us. I'm so excited for you and your new home! You are going to LOVE it!

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  21. what a transformation! awesome!!

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  22. Looking good!! I am loving that tile backsplash!

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  23. I'm dying! I am so excited to follow the transformation, the perfect break in my work day! Thank you! Looks awesome!

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  24. SO good. I wake up each day hoping for more updates. Your kitchen is going to be WAY too good!!

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  25. OMG! That tile is incredible! I love that you are layering in black, white, and grey throughout the house. It is going to look stunning!

    www.designbyrobinsnest.blogspot.com

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  26. I'm so in love with your backsplash. We just remodeled our kitchen and now I'm like "Gah! I should have done something like that instead!"

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  27. So so good. Ha, Chelsea's comment cracked me up. I love seeing the whole room. So exciting, girl.

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  28. I just started following your blog recently and love the kitchen updates! We're doing a big kitchen and first floor remodel in a dated home right now as well - so fun, stressful and exciting all at the same time!

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  29. Oh my goodness! Everything looks amazing! I love, love, love it! Sheaffer and I are coming over ASAP to see it in person!

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  30. It is going to be AMAZE BALLS!!! Love all of your choices.

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  31. shut the front door. #idbetterbeinvitedtothehousewarming

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  32. This is absolutely phenomenal! Honestly, I gasped when I saw the first picture of the new backsplash in place! So so so good!

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  33. It already looks amazing! Do you know if Mr. Rock Star Contractor prepped the cabinets with anything other than primer? Like liquid sander or anything like that? My cabinets look almost identical to those and I'm stalling. I really want to paint them (and all the moldings in my house, sigh) but I'm so hesitant to start. Your priming looks fabulous. That paint won't go anywhere once it's applied, I can't wait to see!

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  34. Omg this is just too exciting for words!!!! Love watching all of this unfold-it really is crazy but in the best way possible all around! Can't wait to see more.
    http://fourandknowmore.blogspot.com

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  35. Looking good! Love that tile. I'm so excited to see the rest of the spaces take shape!

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  36. The trim and marble sill will make the windows look fantastic- but even now they seem to have more presence than before! I love the length!

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  37. Beautiful update! I get excited with every sneak peak of an update on the progress :-)

    Have you ever considered putting glass front cabinbets on top of your top cabs, taking them to the ceiling? You could probably never reach them without a ladder...but how grandiose!

    Great, great job! Can't wait to see more!

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  38. Your idea for more bright in the kitchen and in the living room is great, I like the white spaces too! Can`t wait to see the final pictures from you!
    Regards, Lydia

    Hourly Cleaning Rates Fulham

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  39. omword that backsplash.....no.words. I'm totally rethinking my idea of white subway tile. I played it safe with a barely off white white on my cabinets and wish now it was bright white. I know I'm playing it safe with the white subway tile - I'm gonna look at some fabu tile

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  40. I love your kitchen! I can't wait to see it finished!

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  41. All i can say is: GURRRLLL!! and YAASSS! so frickin exciting

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  42. Gorgeous!! Love the kitchen updates!

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  43. That hood is beyond beautiful! I love the tapering!

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  44. It's amazing what paint and manpower can do! Looking so great!

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  45. Oh my word! I love love love the backsplash!!!! I want more!

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  46. Me encanta como esta quedando su cocina. En mi pared nel lugar de azulejos lo hizo con un vinilo y en realidad queda igual de bonito pero si que es muy facil de limpiar. Les dejo aqui la web vinilos decorativos de pared

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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