It’s Been One Year Since We Completed the Kitchen Renovation!

Written by Renovation, Transformation

I can’t believe we’ve lived with our kitchen for a year now. Honestly, it feels like it has been longer because of how seamless it fits our life. It just feels like it’s always been this way! I go back and look at what it used to be and can barely remember it.

I also can’t believe how we finished this ONE DAY before Thanksgiving and then hosted our parents for the holiday… what were we thinking?! I find it funny how we aren’t hosting this year when we’ve had all the time to prep for food this year… but oh well! This space has done so much for us over the past year including bringing us closer together. We cook more, we are healthier because we are cooking more, we talk more together while cooking and we share how our days went more often. Renovating the kitchen to suit our lives was the best decision we could have made!

So – I’ve posted a lot about our kitchen over the past year. I brought you along a little bit during the renovation process as time allowed (which we didn’t have much of). You can read those posts here: Kitchen Reno From the Beginning | Demo & Finishes | Week 1 & 2 | Week 3. Then there was the big reveal, along with posts about our purchasing and building process of the IKEA cabinets, how we DIY’d the butcher block counters and the open shelf, and how this affected the overall flow of our home. I even snuck in a “how to cook while renovating a kitchen” post for ya! There has always been A LOT to share about this entire process!

But now that we are one year out, we have a slightly different perspective on things. We are revisiting the kitchen with a Q&A video sharing what each of our favorite things are, what we would change/do differently, and what we each found challenging about living through a renovation. We candidly chat with one another about our individual experiences and how they were very different for us. Spoiler: one of us loved the process while the other one was super stressed out. You get one guess who is who!

Renovation is no joke. As much as I enjoyed the entire process, it really is a major time commitment even if you hire it out. Even with as much content as I was consuming trying to educate myself on the process, there was nothing that could prepare me for seeing my own home torn apart or how to deal with each individual issue and decision that needed to be made. You just won’t be able to fully understand until you go through it yourself. But I also truly feel now, that renovation is something you can get better at with time. There is always going to be some feeling of chaos in there somewhere with everything that has to happen, but you will get better at navigating it and knowing what could pop up when.

Renovation isn’t scary for me anymore. It’s something I look forward to now! Because even though it means your daily life will get disrupted for a little bit of time and you will have a little more dust floating around than normal… it means you can get results like this!

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What other questions do you have about our kitchen renovation? Doesn’t matter how big or small. Maybe it’s not even about the kitchen!? If we get enough, Jordan and I can do another video addressing your burning questions – and maybe get into another kung fu battle 😉

Also… I started a Youtube channel! If you’re into that sorta thing… subscribe and never miss a video!

Last modified: November 20, 2018

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