Posts in Kitchens
Porch House Kitchen + Sunroom // 5 Lessons from a 16-day kitchen renovation (+ The Before-and-After's)

At the end of every project, I like to look back and remember where we started. Seeing those ‘before’ photos when you’re standing in the ‘after’ is fun, rewarding, and confidence-boosting. But more than that, it’s insightful. Looking back gives me a chance to see where the project excelled and where it fell flat.

So today, I’m going to share some ‘before and afters’ with you and 5 lessons that we learned on the Porch House kitchen + sunroom renovation. And you can be sure that we’ll be applying these hard-learned lessons on our upcoming Farmhouse kitchen renovation.

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Our Final Farmhouse Kitchen Floor Plan (And How We Made the Decision)

Sometimes it takes being away from home to really give you clarity about your home. At least that’s what Garrett and I found while on our recent 3-week road trip. 

We spent hours (and hours, and hours…) in the car. A couple of those hours were spent talking about our home and upcoming kitchen renovation. But most of the time, we didn’t even think about our Farmhouse. We were too focused on our family, where we should stop next, and having fun.

And all that non-thinking-about-our-home turned out to be gloriously freeing and enlightening. By the time we got home, both Garrett and I knew exactly what we wanted to do with our kitchen. And I think our choice will surprise you, because it certainly surprised me!

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Dexter House Kitchen // It's (finally) 100% Done!

We renovated the Dexter House kitchen over 3 years ago, but left it at 95% done. Sure we planned to finish the last 5%. But then life got in the way. There was a new baby and a move and then another house to renovate and another baby and…well you get the idea. The Dexter kitchen was ‘good enough’, so it just kinda slipped from our radar.

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Dexter House Kitchen // How to Make a New Faucet the Centerpiece of a Kitchen

One of the major projects we wanted to tackle at the Dexter House kitchen earlier this month was replacing the faucet. It’s funny to call a project that takes an hour major, but a new faucet can certainly feel major. It’s the most frequently used item in the most frequently used room in a home and a good one will change your life. Or at least the dishes 😉

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