Kitchen reveal: Plan for the worst, hope for the best.

Jan 19

I have humongous reveal for you.   Wait.  That sounded a bit dirty.  Ha ha!  I can’t spill all the deets but it rhymes with kitchen schmenovation.  Holy batman! Brace yo’ self for awesomeness.  Shimmery gold ahhhhhmazingness….

 

Remember when I mentioned the kitchen renovation all casual like, as if it wasn’t a big deal?  And it wasn’t. Until it was.

Have you ever felt such overwhelm during a renovation that you think…

 

"OH JUST KNOCK THE WHOLE DAMN HOUSE DOWN AND START OVER?!"

 

It happened.  I ended up at the corner of overwhelm and erhhhmergerd.  It was a tough five months annnnnnnd I may or may not have been watching too much Dexter.

 

 

It was a shitastrophy shit storm.

 

Want to know what happens when your contractor abandons you when you are waist deep in a kitchen renovation?   I lived with a vodka filled hip flask and a constant stream of popcorn for dinner.  Kidding.  Not kidding. The struggle was real.

 

gulp

You may remember this blog post when we started planning our kitchen reno.  I wrote it way back when I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (what exactly does that mean??! ) Right after that, the kitchen went to hell in a hand basket.

It’ll take 48783057435345436534 posts to share the entire renovation.  The good, the bad and the messy middle.  PS. the middle was super-duper-fragilistic messy.

 

Before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/

The new kitchen is WHITE. Obvs.  Hello, have you met me?  I know I’ve mentioned about four thousand trillion billion times before, but I’m super into white .

 

I love white and the staggering simplicity it brings to a space.

 

Let’s be clear on this right now: If you invite me into your home and try to convince me that brown is where it’s at, I’m not falling for it.  You can drug me, and I still won’t have it.

The new kitchen has a walk-in-pantry.  We even hid the refrigerator behind panels in the pantry. Didja see how I slipped that in there?  Yup.  Hid. The. Refrigerator.

 

Boom chick-a-wow-wa… it’s hiding around the corner in this photo…

Before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/

Before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/

Before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/

 

Here’s the pantry before//after.  Need a barf bucket?  Technically, the refrigerator is also hidden in these photos, but I promise it’s in there. Why did I just confuse you like that?  Sip.

 

Before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/   Before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/

 

Wanna see that again?  Before & aftaaaa…

 

Get great ideas for a kitchen renovation with these before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/

Get great ideas for a kitchen renovation with these before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/

You can see a pinch of the refrigerator, up there ^^^ on the right.  The pantry isn’t complete yet. It should be completed by 2096, right after I see pigs fly.

 

Dang, things got crap-tastic.

 

I have to tell you something.  All the photos are a sparkling rendition of what really happened.

 

The kitchen was the worst renovation experience in the history of ever.

 

Normally, home renovation is one of my very favourite things on earth. I thrive on it.  T.H.R.I.V.E.  Weirdo, right? Not this time.  This time, I had to find joy in the little things because the big things weren’t happening.

 

I worked for a YEAR towards the ahhhhmazing opportunity to have our kitchen featured in Chatelaine Magazine.  That was the hardest work and the best work, all at once. A year of planning and then ….

 

Our contractor put it all together with bubblegum & hot glue.

 

On the day of a photo shoot, the kitchen LOOKED somewhat photo worthy, but we didn’t have running water, parts were hot glued in place, things were unfinished & mismatched, countertops weren’t sealed, cabinet doors were falling off, drawer handles were missing and the dishwasher panel literally fell off.  Nothing truly functioned, compliments of our super unreliable contractor.

 

Cue stress.

 

This is what our kitchen looked like, the day before the shoot…

The day before.  <— I screamed that. 

 

Get great ideas for a kitchen renovation with these before and after photos of an ahhhmazing kitchen renovation via @lynneknowlton | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE. Enter the contest for a chance to win a champagne bronze faucet from @DeltaFaucetCan https://lynneknowlton.com/giveaways/faucet/

 

Are you making a face that slightly resembles this—> ?!?!?!?!!!!!.  Yeah, me too.  Sip.  

During the same time, my hubby Michael was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  Quite honestly, I didn’t think life could get worse.  We had been living with a sink in the basement and eating meals off our laps for 5 months.  I’m sure my family was prepping a straight jacket for me and a nice little rubber room (hopefully with white walls)

Depressing much?  Plans this weekend?  Besides deleting me from your blog reader?

 

Getting swung by the tail

Pretty much everything that involved our contractor was chaos.  I’d rather move to another country and change my phone number than have a really scary, honest conversation with somebody that wasn’t doing their job.  I want everybody to be friends and I want everybody to be kind.

For 5 months, he basically went AWOL.   He went everywhere and anywhere, except our kitchen.  When he was occasionally present, his presence and workmanship sucked all of the fun out of the room.

 

Not cool. Not cool. Not cool. Not cool.

 

We lived with a demolished, non-existent kitchen for what felt like f.o.r.e.v.e.r.    It was an eternity, in kitchen years.  The whole nightmarish experience would best be described as a Stephen King novel.  A horror show.  It took a long while to feng shui that evil out.

And you peeps wonder why I drink.  Haha.

 

Beautifully whitewashed kitchen renovation ideas via DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE || Lynne Knowlton

 

Plan for the worst, hope for the best.

 

The five month experience was so bad, I cried.  A lot. Annnnnnnnd I’m a professional.  Go figure.

 

It burned me out to a crispy crisp.  Charred.  Frayed at the edges.  Gonzo.

 

The kitchen was quite possibly the most trashed up thing you’d see this side of the border, but somehow it managed to get from here….to here….

 

BEFORE photos (and great AFTER PICS too) on DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE || Lynne Knowlton

Beautifully whitewashed kitchen renovation ideas via DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE || Lynne Knowlton

 

Well that’s it. That’s all.  Nope.  I have soooooo many great kitchen DIY’s and ideas to share with you, but I’m trying to control myself and not blurt it out all at once.   Okay.  One more sneak peek …

 

SHOP THE POST

 

 

SOURCES

 

Shop the entire kitchen here … it’s full of Wayfair goodness and a kitchen Q & A too! |  Champagne gold Faucet, towel barvanity tray c/o Delta Faucet Canada  |  Reclaimed barn board flooring:  Antique Wood Flooring  |  Pillows & roman blinds c/o Tonic Living  |   Linen Curtains  Not Perfect Linen (AMAZING!!) |  Concrete counter top DIY with Buddy Rhodes Concrete !

If you want to back up the bus and see where it all started, you can see the original kitchen in this blog post here. You can also see the progress here on Instagram {where I not-so-secretly stalk a bunch of people that I want to be my friends.}

 

This is your moment of glory. Tell me your kitchen story.   What are your biggest kitchen challenges? (besides drinking vodka from a hip flask?)  I would never evah everrrr do that.  I would totally do that.

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PS. I love you. That is all.

Lynne

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  1. Dana Simeunovic

    January 19th, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Gorgeous kitchen and amazing sense of humour! We also did a kitchen reno. Also, all white! It also lasted about five months. Also, ate a lot of unhealthy food. Gained a few pounds. Cried a lot. Then cried some more. Super ugly cries. But, just like yours it all somehow worked out! Now onto renovating every single other room in the home…laundry room could possibly be next or our bonus room (with a wet bar, hence the entering of the contest 🙂 thanks!

  2. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:15 am

    You have a food baby belly too, Dana?! I dream of days that I could cry with a super model face instead of the ugly cry. LOL.

    You are doing a laundry room next? Dreamy!! I actually think a laundry room would be FAB to renovate. Really fab. Have you cruised Pinterest yet? I’ve been pinning some if you need some inspiration….

    https://www.pinterest.com/lynneknowlton/laundry-room/

    Congrats on being the FIRST entry into the contest. Sooooooo awesome!!

    Lynne xx

  3. Nicole

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Stories like this are why I live with my not-very-functional kitchen layout instead of starting the renovation my ex and I planned for… in 2002. Also, none of us were wondering why you drink. Instead I was wondering if there was some sort of kitchen reno drinking game. You know, the contractor doesn’t show… take a shot! Something gets installed upside down or backwards, take two shots! Something is discovered that will cost you oob scoobs of money to fix? CHUG!

  4. Nicole

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Also, I adore your list of things you’re handling well. Your writing makes me want to go back to blogging regularly.

  5. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Ahhhh shucks Nicole.. thanks for saying that. It is super duper hard to be consistent with blogging sometimes, isn’t it? I always say… life first, blogging second… but at the same time, it never leaves my mind. It’s like having a baby. It’s always attached to you. haha.

    PS. I just LAUGHED OUT LOUD with ‘no one wonders why you drink’ ROFL

    Lynne xx

  6. Caleigh Melanson

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Holy crap! This faucet is the most gorgeous thing!! I would love that!!! <3

  7. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:22 am

    It totally is, in real life too Caleigh! The love is real 🙂 Thanks for the nod on gorgeousness!
    Lynne xx

  8. Denise Kauffman

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:35 am

    LOVE your white kitchen! I really enjoy your blog! Great faucet!!

  9. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Thanks Denise! Cheers and best of luck with the contest!

    Lynne xx

  10. Kathryn

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:41 am

    The result is gorgeous. I downsized from a four bedroom townhouse to a two bedroom modular home. I thought I had purged (the big house was practically empty — there were whole empty rooms). When the moving truck had filled up the new house I said okay, just put everything else in the garage. Luckily, the truck emptied just as the garage was full (to the ceiling and door). My fantasy was that anything that didn’t fit in the kitchen would go in a garage pantry (right outside the kitchen door is the back door to the garage. I’m hoping by the end of this year to be able to open that door. Inside, the house is new and shiny, and the kitchen is tiny but pretty, and the stove is wonderful, but the faucet sucks. Please give me this one.

  11. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Hi Kathryn!

    You are a trooper! The garage was full ? Oh boy. That gives me anxiety just thinking about it. haha. Our basement was FULL to the brim and we recently emptied it out and painted the sucker. It felt soooooooo good. I was thinking about writing a blog post about it… There is hope. LOL!

    Your new kitchen… tiny, pretty…with a lovely stove. That sounds ahhhhmazing!

    Cheers and thanks so much for entering the contest.

    Best of luck!! Lynne xx

  12. Jenny

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Absolutely LOVE your kitchen and your blog!!!! Oh, and the faucet is fabulous!!

  13. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Cheers Jenny and thanks for the love! Best of luck with the ab fab faucet contest. Lynne xx

  14. Jen

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I have been in LOVE and NEEDING this faucet ever since I first saw it on your blog….love your beautiful new kitchen, and your fantastic blog! Your sense of humor and strength is awe inspiring!

  15. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:58 am

    You are the sweetest. Thanks Jen! Yes, I have been lovin’ on this faucet for forever. So cool of you to notice! :)))) I have 2 of them in my kitchen sinks, one in the basement kitchenette and one in the airstream. I may need to a 12 step program to get rid of my addiction. LOL! Lynne xx

  16. Jen

    January 25th, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Hahaha……your airstream AND treehouse are what my dreams are made of!

  17. Susanne

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Love the gold! Beautiful Reno!

  18. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Much appreciated Susanne! Lynne xx

  19. Helen Marioncu

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Looking for a Kohler white enamelled sink for our next kitchen reno. This gold faucet would sure look nice together!

  20. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Hi Helen!
    Where are you looking for your white enamelled sink? I need HALP finding a replacement sink. Mine already cracked. Like me. LOL. You’re right tho, the gold faucet looks ahhhhmazing with a white sink. Dreamy! Lynne xx

  21. Sara

    January 20th, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Lynne love your website and wicked sense of humor! This faucet would replace the current leaking one in our kitchen and I would show it off and brag about it to all my family and friends.

  22. Lynne Knowlton

    January 20th, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Sara, we could be besties. I thought I was the only person who showed off faucets to my friends. haha. The faucet turns on when you kiss it too. Wait. That sounded all wrong. ??

    Lynne xx

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