Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Greatest Great Room


It's done. 

I can hardly believe it. 

























































 (Reader's Digest books!)

























It just seems completely unreal that it used to look like this:











And then this:





(I had Jake build out the pantry that was there to be flush with the ceiling and entry closet. I didn't like it after a few days so he took it (completely) out. He is seriously so amazing and patient with me)











As you can imagine, it was a ton of work. But somehow we got most of it done in exactly two months. By somehow I mean that we didn't ever go to bed before midnight. 

(picture was taken on March 3rd with the Ikea receipt)

I have to say, Jake and I make a pretty good team. We did absolutely 100% of everything except installing the counter top (because that was included in the cost of the counter top). 

We designed it, picked it up, put it together, painted it, caulked it, thought about it, sweat on it, hated it, loved it, fought over it, nailed it, screwed it, ordered it, grouted it..... everything. 

Here's a little of what's inside of it:



Who needs a pantry when they can have a giant built-in "china hutch"?




You can't fit a whole lazy susan... how about a half! And a super sweet pull out to hold your toaster, food processor, cheese grater, and your ten thousand piece magic bullet. 





Spice drawer, anyone?



Or how about cereal storage above the microwave...



Maybe you'll like the tubberware drawer. 



Or maybe you'll like not ever having to bend down to get something out of a cabinet again... they're all drawers!




Fully extending drawers. They pull ALL OF THE WAY out. And every single drawer and door is a soft close. You could slam it 1,000 times and you still would even hear it close. 


Jealous? Don't be. 

Jake's new motto: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.  :)


But WOW! Isn't it amazing?! It still kind-of takes my breath away. I can hardly even believe it's ours... or that we did it ourselves. 

And that's the great room!

*Post edit (May 15th). Here are a few links if you are interested in seeing the progress as we went.

Taking the first set of cabinets down
Taking the wall out
Lifting the dropped ceiling (and more)
Tape and texture
What was left of our kitchen
Buying the cabinets and bringing them home
Kitchen in progress, removing existing floor
Fixing the squeaky floor

I didn't write posts on any of the finish work or the floor because we wanted a big before and after.

It's a bummer that you can't see it in the pictures, but we have tongue and groove pine planks (painted white) behind the built in china hutch and on the wall behind the shelves, around the window, and above the microwave cabinets. It looks really cool in person.

I could write a novel about pretty much anything in our kitchen, so ask away and I'll try to compile the answers and post them soon.

42 comments:

  1. I LOOOOOVE IT! It is absolutely BEEEEAUTIFUL Tyrell! Really, amazing! I also love the toy room, so I'll just post that right here too! You guys have put so much work into that place and I love it all! If our cabinets weren't (relatively) new, I'd make Lee install new white ones. I love white cabinets, and that farmhouse sink... well, I'll steal that too ;) And the floor, and your hutch.. yeah, it's amazing!

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  2. WOW! It looks so amazing! Good job you guys! I have been drooling with jealousy the entire time you have been talking about your house and your remodel. It's jut fantastic! And your decor is awesome too. LOVE it!!

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  3. NICE WORK!! I just caught up on your blog...amazing! I feel like I'm totally in your life again :)... Your home is beautiful. You have a great eye for design! Compliments to the carpenter too! GREAT JOB!!!!!



    -BEKAH D

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  4. 7000000 billion times LOVE IT!!! did you get your couches from Ikea?? There the same as mine if so, my favs!! DEAD SERIOUS WHEN AM I COMING OVER!!! I WILL JUST DO A DRIVE BY IF YOU DON'T TEXT ME, I'LL BE THAT ANNOYING FRIEND WHO STOPS IN!!! TEXT ME, OR TEXT JILL. I WANNA COME OVER AND SALIVATE!!!!! WAY TO GO! GORGEOUS!!!!!!

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  5. It looks awesome Tyrell! I just love the open floor plans, it looks so much better than before (but it wasn't terrible before either). I just love the "beat it" sign, I just about died when I saw that. You should be a house flipper because you could probably double the price you pay on houses if you just go in and remodel/decorate the place lol!

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  6. you guys did an amazing job...WOW!!!
    Tori Pierson

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  7. I have no words. This (I've said it before, I'll say it again) should be in a magazine!!!! I'm linking my blog to it right now! INCREDIBLE!!!

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  8. Wow! It looks wonderful! How exciting! It does look like a completely different place!

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  9. It looks awesome!!! I think the china hutch and the island are my favorite. It looks so big and open now. I'm so happy for you!

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  10. Ahhhh-mazing job to the both of you! I can't even believe the transformation and that you did it all yourselves. Total props to you both. I'm in awe. I love how bright and white the space is. So, even if you are flooded out with cloudy rainy days at least you have a bright open space to hang out it :)

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  11. This is such a fantastic makeover - I wouldn't have changed a thing! Do you mind me asking what the budget was for this? I love seeing real life examples of makeovers to get a better understanding of what's achieveable for what cost.

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  12. What a vision yall had. It turned out so fresh and designer looking! I know you just sit there on the couch and stare at it a while. Been there... :)

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  13. Words cannot express how fantastic I think this transformation is! And you did it all yourself???? Again.....I have no words. (And for those that know me, this would shock them!) Your kitchen/living room is soooooo beautiful. See? Even my adjectives are totally inadequate! Thank you, no I really mean THANK YOU, for showing us what you did and the phenomenal vision you had to pull this off! One last thing.........I adore, no, worship your built in china cabinet/pantry! We are not worthy! Oh and how can I help but follow along after this!!!

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  14. Just beautiful! I can't believe you guys did all that by yourself! Love the light fixture, the specific drawers for specific things, you guys thought of it all! I pinned it of course, all this hard beautiful work shouldn't go unseen! Great job.

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  15. I saw this on "Better After" and came over. My first thought, well second -- it's so incredibly beautiful was my first -- was that they DID NOT do this themselves. I am completely awed by you guys!

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  16. I also saw this on Better After and didn't believe it so I had to come over and see for myself. You two are completely insane!!! So.....you're still married right? Sleeping in the same bed and all that?? Crazy gorgeous! Beautiful job!

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  17. This is gorgeous!! You guys did an amazing job! I saw this on better after. Just have one question, What kind of flooring did you put down?? It looks like what I'm looking at for our new house which is the Adura plank.

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    1. We got it at Lumber liquidators. Its an engineered birch floor (they didn't have any solid that we loved). It's the five inch plank and it's hand scraped... I'll look for the actual name and let you know.

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  18. This would be amazing even if you hadn't done it all yourself! It looks fantastic! I love your new pantry! You can see everything in it and nothing gets shoved to the back. Great job!

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  19. This would be amazing even if you hadn't done it all yourself! It looks fantastic! I love your new pantry! You can see everything in it and nothing gets shoved to the back. Great job!

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  20. Hi there! I'm another 'Better After' reader in for a visit. Now, though, you're going onto my 'Favorites' and I'll be able to see more of your incredible work!

    The kitchen/dining/living room re-do is absolutely incredible! I've been hoping to do something with my kitchen and you guys have really set the bar high! I hope that we can use you as inspiration to make a running start at it! Thank you for sharing your wonderful work and inspiration!

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  21. Everything looks amazing! Where did you get your super cute bar stools?

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    1. We got them off of craigslist... sorry, I'm no help!

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  22. Beautiful! Where did you get your bar chairs? I would like some similar to them for my kitchen. Just a beautiful job you and your hubby have done!

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    1. I'm curious about the bar chairs too...I have been looking everywhere for some that are affordable.

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    2. You did an amazing job BTW. What vision you have!

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    3. Sorry guys, I'm no help. We bought the table and 6 chairs/bar stools off of craigslist about 9 months ago. My only clue is that they were made in Malaysia! :)

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    4. My mother-in-law gave us 2 of the same chairs a year ago. I would like 3, that's why I asked. I can ask her but I am pretty sure she bought them at an RC Willey sale. They are the neatest chairs and hold up so well with kids.

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  23. This is an amazing transformation! It is beautiful, functional, and looks comfy. Where did you get the sofas? I have to buy one soon, and I love this look. Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest fan, and I would love if you stopped by, Lori

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  24. We got our sofas at Ikea. We even got one of them in the AS IS section. They are both white (which are the least expensive) so they were quite affordable (as far as sofas go).

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  25. I found your blog by way of Better After and wanted to compliment you on your huge, beautiful house transformation! Then I noticed you're in Puyallup -- cool, me too! We're out in the Sunrise area. :)
    Lovely work on your home! I'm also very familiar with Ikea... currently waiting on the stenstorp kitchen island to come back into stock! Argh
    :)

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  26. From a fellow DIYer (my hubs and I also completely gutted our kitchen down to the studs) you rock!! You guys did an amazing job...not too many people do EVERYTHING all by themselves--I'm completely impressed. Love your style!

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  27. coming over from better after - AMAZING work. i'm in awe. everything is beautiful, and i love all the details.

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  28. Can I move in with you??? You guys did an amazing job!!!!
    Helen @ pickedandpainted.blogspot.com

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  29. Hi, I am wondering what kind of flooring you have? I have looked on lumber liquidators but cant seem to find a match.:) AMAZING transformation BTW! And... Im wanting to redo my kitchen and was wondering if you could tell me a ballpark estimation of your costs?. Thanks so much! D

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  30. Beautiful! We have those bar stools and the regular height table and chairs and bought them at Star Furniture in Houston.

    Love your kitchen .... great job!!!!

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  31. I'm stalking this kitchen now. Found you via Pinterest then Better After. Amazing job! We are wanting a kitchen reno and know we could save a ton doing it ourselves, but to convince the hubs...

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  32. I am very impressed! What a ton of work! My curiosity has me tho, is this a manufactured home or stick built? Love it all!!! Thanks, Jenny ><>.....

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  33. This is EXACTLY what I want to do to my house, but couldn't visualize it. Our floor plan is almost identical, including the layout of your "after" kitchen and the front door and hall closet. I just couldn't see how it would look open, but now love the idea. I'm going to bookmark this forever!

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