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I’m short on words today but I wanted to post a bunch of photos of our kitchen remodel as well as some sources:


Custom Cabinets: Tommy O’Dell (Austin) 512-293-2288, cabinets are walnut and painted board. The blue is Sherwin Williams Solo™ 100% Acrylic Interior/Exterior Latex Paint in semi gloss Bosporus (SW 6503). It has held up really well so far, seems durable.

Raw edge bar – wood purchased off Craigslist – fabricated in place by my handy hubby with the help of my awesome carpenter uncle Chris Reeves 512-630-6039 (Reeves Carpentry)

Vintage Lantern pendant lights – from the Austin Antique Mall and converted into pendants by D & W Lighting (they can repair, rewire, and make almost anything into a light fixture)

All appliances are Frigidaire Pro series. The jury is out on if I would recommend them. The ice maker is sketchy between crushed and chopped (first world problems, I know)…

The countertops are Silestone White Zeus, purchased from Treehouse (an Austin home improvement store that has tons of cool stuff). If you are in Austin and are looking for quartz/silestone or any other unique countertops, I highly recommend you look at Treehouse. WAY better selection than Home Depot/Lowes. These counters ran about $55/sf installed.

Backsplash tile is Ann Sacks Savoy HIVE in ricepaper (it is a glossy white tile with a thin gray outline) and was around $12/sf.

Sink (36″ stainless steel zero radius apron front) is from amazon and was only $410. Faucet is Ruvati from overstock and ended up at $106 after sales/discounts.

36″ stainless range hood was from EBAY and we love it, just $319.

Cabinet Pulls are from IKEA, Vinna line.

The banquette is vintage from Craigslist, and we had it reupholstered in a gray marine grade soft smooth vinyl.

The breakfast nook table is a vintage carrera marble top table that I found at Marburger Farm last spring in Round Top.

The yellow pendant over the breakfast nook is the Urban Outfitters Geo Pendant $69 which I spray painted a sunny yellow and added a cloth cord.

The bar stools are from BEND Goods but were actually a very lucky Craigslist find!

The walnut wood art was handmade by moi with leftover walnut pieces from our last kitchen remodel:)



Our kitchen is 95% done. Just small details and fixes left, but nothing too noticeable. I’ve got a bunch of photos to share, but for now I wanted to post a few overall before and after shots. We’ve come a  long way with this house. It was in dire need of updating and modernizing when we got our hands on it. I love the way it turned out. We went back and forth about how to maximize the layout with the small footprint (our house is just 1700+ square feet which isn’t tiny but small by some standards). I was dead set on having a raw edge bar (check) and a breakfast nook with the upholstered banquette that we had purchased on Craigslist a few years back (check). I was also dead set on a walk in pantry (no dice) but we were able to build so much floor to ceiling storage that I think I love it even more. It’s very functional and accessible. The cabinets are a deep blue and I love them. They are definitely not for everyone, but I think Jonathan Adler might appreciate the look:)So, onto a few peeks. I’ll have more to share next week (including sources)!



One of my favorite things to do when I am not remodeling our house is to dream about flipping a house and browse the MLS for houses that have potential. I often find homes that have great bones but need a lot of work, favorite them, and then see them pop up again months later all redone thanks to a flipper. Often times you can see in a listing the original photos (under the original sold details) as well as the remodeled photos, which (for me) is a lot of fun to browse and compare. This morning I was browsing the MLS listings in my favorite areas and came across this house (currently for sale) which caught me with the first photo (stunning)! And the price at 610k for that high quality level of remodel and over 2k square feet seems pretty reasonable (not that I could afford it, but I wish!)


8803 North Path Austin, Texas 78759

If I were a buyer and had no interest in remodeling a house, this house would definitely catch my attention. It’s so well done (at least from the photos – I haven’t seen it in person). I’m not being paid to write this post FYI and I have no affiliation – I just thought it was an interesting topic for anyone that loves before and afters.

So, I went and found the MLS listing for the original house pre-remodel and it is a pretty remarkable change! Love the light floors and the carrera marble, and the moldings on the ceilings!  I went into the MLS and found a few other houses that this company has done – they all look pretty amazing. I think I want to be them when I grow up. Ok really, I just want to flip a house – but not one of those flippers who uses the cheapest materials just to make a quick buck. I would flip a house the way I would want a house done to make it something I would want to live in myself. So if anyone reading this wants to do the same and has the money but maybe not the time or know how, hit us up;)




As of this posting, our remodel is about 95% complete! Only almost 2 years after buying the house and 10 months after starting the actual remodel:)If we’ve learned anything with remodeling 2 home now – it’s that things take about 10x longer than you think! Oh, and that the building trade is the only trade that can get away with not showing up, being consistently late and unreliable and still get business.

The kitchen is nearly done – just punch out now. These pics are a bit older but I wanted to show in progress since I am so behind with the blog:)We have a wall of walnut cabinets on the back wall with the fridge “built in” and the uppers are also walnut. The lowers and left wall are all paint grade.


Also, here is a sneak peek of what we did on the peninsula. We picked up this raw edge wood from a guy on Craigslist probably 4 years ago. We never could find a spot to use it at the last house, but we were determined to make it happen with this house. I LOVE it. Finished pics coming soon.