Dexter House Kitchen // A Few Updates + Maintenance


The Dexter House has been an Airbnb since we moved from Seattle to the countryside 2.5 years ago. And this house has seen a lot of guests since then. Quite frankly, it was starting to show…especially in the kitchen. So with 3 days open earlier this month, Garrett and I headed over to the Dexter House to tackle maintenance and a few lingering items from our to-do list.

Here’s what we planned to do to the kitchen:

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one // paint touchups

Like most of our kitchens, we bought stock cabinets and painted them during our initial renovation (see more here). They’ve held up fairly well, but there was definitely wear on many of the cabinets. And in a few spots, it was worse than that…bare wood putty or primer was still showing.

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two // replace the faucet

We put a pretty basic faucet in this kitchen during our initial renovation, but our goal was to upgrade to a faucet with a sprayer. Big dreams around here 😉

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three // add a cabinet door

We were able to keep two of the original cabinets during this kitchen renovation, which I love, but I didn’t love that one of them was missing a door. It always felt unfinished. So we finally ordered a custom door online and installed it. I got a ton of questions about the process on Instagram, so we’ll be sure to share more about this easy fix.

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four // take the upper cabinets to the ceiling

One thing that’s always bugged me about this kitchen is that the new upper cabinets next to the hood vent didn’t touch the ceiling. They felt out of place and disconnected from the original cabinetry. I think we had always planned to add a small soffit above them, but then we had another baby and moved to the Farmhouse and well you know how it goes. We were excited to finally get a few days to tackle this!

five // refinish the butcher block countertops

The red oak countertops were in need of a sanding and fresh finish.

six // freshen up the styling

As a renovator and home blogger I spend a lot of time immersed in Pinterest and Instagram and I wanted to bring in a few of my favorite ‘trends’ into this space. And by trends I mean a vintage rug and landscape art.

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The Grit and Polish - Dexter Kitchen Cabinets and Sink BEFORE.jpg

We’ll be sharing how everything turned out next week including ‘freshened up’ kitchen photos! In the meantime, let us know if you have any questions about how anything else has held up in this space and we’ll answer in the comments.

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