Surviving a Kitchen Reno with a Newborn

It’s done! The kitchen reno that we started at probably the worst time ever is done… or at least we’re at a stopping point for a hot second haha. You can check out our farmhouse kitchen inspo and some progress shots that I blogged about a month or so ago here. If you don’t know me personally you probably don’t know that I kind of hate Santa Fe style houses, we live in the desert in AZ and we actually live in a Santa Fe so that’s pretty unfortunate. So Wyatt’s slowly but surely making my desert farmhouse-ish dreams come true! Unfortunately I forgot to take really good before pictures but the afters really show how open the house is now. It’s so nice to be cooking in the kitchen or doing dishes and still completely visible to everyone in the living room or in my case, to keep an eye on my little trouble making girls. I swear Harper’s always into something and I’m sure Indy will be right behind her when she gets bigger.

Sunshine & Lullabies Kitchen Reno

Let me start by saying, I truly recommend not starting a complete kitchen remodel with a 2 week old baby when your husband is going back to work in a few days. If we would’ve been smarter we would have started when Wyatt had a week or two to solely devote on the kitchen. But that didn’t happen so instead we had to work little by little and it’s taken us just about 3 months to get to where we are today. There were days where we thought we were going to loose it because it was turning into such an ordeal but I’m glad we didn’t give up because it’s so amazing now that it’s done. I’m pretty obsessed with it actually… Can’t. Stop. Staring.

Sunshine & Lullabies Kitchen Reno

The minute that the barstools arrived it felt complete and we started sitting at the island that night while Wyatt was cooking dinner. Then breakfast the next morning… you get the idea. This sucker is going to get used a ton, yay! I can already picture all these moments in my head and they make me so happy. Two little girls with their legs kicking away, chatting about school, baking Christmas cookies… this spot is the new center of our home and it’s definitely my favorite DIY that we’ve ever done.

Sunshine & Lullabies Kitchen Reno

So let me roundup what was included in this reno. We demoed the wall between the kitchen and living area, rearranged cabinets along the wall, rehung the top cabinets that hadn’t been properly hung, adding cabinets to make an island, installing butcher block, painting to match other cabinets, shiplapped the island back, hardware, ripping out tile and then retiling where the wall and cabinets used to be, moved around electrical and internet connection, removed track lighting, installed can lighting, and added two pendant lights over the island. Holy cow, that was a lot of work! And Wyatt did it all with a little help from my mom to lay some of the tile. We figured we saved ourselves about $2,000-$3,000 by doing it ourselves so all that hard work definitely paid off. Now that it’s so open we decided that we want to rip down the existing backsplash and replace it with white subway tiles with a darker gray grout, I need a rug for the middle area and I’m dying to tear down those huge beams in the dining area. Down the line I’d love to replace the counters all the way around with either butcher block or granite/marble and a giant farmhouse sink.

Do you like doing DIY projects or hiring people to do them? There were definitely points that I wished we could’ve hired out, but it’s also super satisfying knowing that you did it yourself. What’s your next projects on your to do lists? And without more talking, here’s the finished product and all our ‘after’ pictures. Have a good weekend!

xoxo, Ashley

BEFORE (not the best picture sorry!)

Sunshine & Lullabies Kitchen Reno

AFTER

Sunshine & Lullabies Kitchen Reno

Sunshine & Lullabies Kitchen Reno

Sunshine & Lullabies Kitchen Reno

Sunshine & Lullabies Kitchen Reno

Sunshine & Lullabies Kitchen Reno

Sunshine & Lullabies Kitchen Reno

You can check out my DIY Barn Door Baby Gate here

Sunshine & Lullabies Kitchen Reno

Sunshine & Lullabies Kitchen Reno

Sunshine & Lullabies Kitchen Reno

Sunshine & Lullabies Kitchen Reno