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Kitchen Update

I know this is waaaay overdue and I apologize to everyone that has been waiting for this and wanting full links. I’ve finally done it though! I’m linking everything I can in the kitchen, which is quite a lot of it.

There are some things I wasn’t able to link. The kitchen cabinets are shaker style from Home Depot. The paint color is by Benjamin Moore, although I’m unsure which color. If anyone is very serious about knowing the exact shade, throw me a comment and I’ll do some better digging to figure it out. The counter tops are quartz and also from Home Depot, as well as the tiling for the back splash, which Dave and I did (mostly Dave lol). Appliances are also Home Depot. If you’d like my thoughts on any of those, comment as well. I’m happy to chat what I think about everything we bought.

Anyway, we’re not quite done with the kitchen remodel. We still need to remove the lighting up top and replace with track lighting and Dave is building some shelves for the empty space between windows, but we’re almost there!

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Here’s a picture of the kitchen when we moved in for reference. It hadn’t been changed since the 70s.

If you’re thinking about doing your own kitchen remodel, my words of wisdom are a) always figure there will be unexpected expenses and budget 30% more than planned and b) expect delays to happen. We ran into a lot of little problems along the way, especially working with Home Depot. Some of the work Dave had to go back and fix because they did a poor job installing and there were parts of the job they straight up didn’t finish no matter how much we contacted Home Depot, so we threw in the towel after so many attempts and Dave just did a lot himself. Regardless of the painful process, Dave and I love how it turned out and it just gives us joy everyday.

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Let me walk you through. I’m including links for everything pictured. Some items are sold out, but bookmark anyway in case of a restock! I’ve also included some replacements for items no longer available, like my island chairs. So sad those are gone already!

One of the cheapest AND chic pieces of decor I’ve bought recently is my set of busts from Shein. You can’t beat the price and they just look beautiful. Next to my bust is my favorite bowl by Kate Spade. The gold is perfect as I’ve done a lot of gold accents in the kitchen.

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My island chairs have been one of my favorite purchases and I’m just gutted that they’re gone. Wayfair has removed them from the site, so I don’t think there’s a chance of restock. However, I’m linking some alternate chairs I really love that I was considering when I bought these.

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I bought my botanical art on Ebay and it was the only of its kind, but I’ve listed some options that are nearly identical. The frames are via Amazon and pretty cheap quality, but I think they look nice regardless.

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This is my little coffee corner, which I’d like to work on a little more, but it works for the time being. Dave is a huge coffee snob and does our morning coffee with the Chemex. He also has to have the electric kettle because it heats water faster. You’ll see that we also have a stove top kettle, which seems silly, but when you live on a mountain and deal with extended power outages you NEED a stove top kettle. I use the cutest Cynthia Rowley dishes that I’ve had for about six years, but I found the exact ones on Ebay! I’m using a vintage spoon rest which I also managed to find the exact duplicate! Lastly, the spoon is from a crazy cheap set on Shein and isn’t exactly nice, but I like that I don’t have to worry about them.

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Some blurry details here are the cutest marble towel holder, a tea cup that is guaranteed restock and a plastic dish I use for a sponge. There is also a vintage soap holder that I love and I’ve found similar ones on Ebay.

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I’m pretty Le Creuset obsessed, which you’ll see throughout the kitchen and in my cooking videos. The little dishes have been perfect for salt and crushed red pepper as it’s something I use a lot and like to have on hand. The olive oil and vinegar pieces are also just a lovely convenience. In the background you can see my favorite spatulas as well as a cement tool holder that I’ve included similar options.

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See how pretty these busts are? I have two more I’ll be putting on the shelves when they’re built. I also have a few more Le Creuset pieces, the BEST salt and pepper grinders and the prettiest whisks. It’s also worth noting the trays I’ve used here. They are so pretty and have proved to make cleaning so much easier because I can just move the one tray to clean instead of individual items.

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This recipe box has been a great purchase. I’ve gone back to writing down my recipes instead of saving them in a document and I find this simpler and refreshing. I hate reading recipes from a phone. The treat jar is old, but I found some listed on Ebay and a new version. I found the dessert tray at Homegoods, but I’m listing some cute alternates.

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Last, but definitely not least, is my lovely Kate Spade Kettle. It says “whistle while you work” on the spout. It’s so cute! The spoon rest is also Kate Spade and the pot are Le Creuset. I plan to transplant some herbs there.

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I’m also included links to the kitchen spout and all the gold hardware, which you can find on Amazon.

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Phew! It’s still a bit of a work in progress, but I love where I’m at with the kitchen. I found so many pieces that I love both how they look and the function. The kitchen is the happiest room in my house. 😀

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