Jou Fixer Upper – Finished! Kitchen Before & After

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Our Finished Kitchen

Possibly our most used (and favorite) part of our house. Our kitchen is finished! We did finally move into our home several months ago, but just getting around to documenting the projects. So many friends have been requesting a kitchen before & after post and photos. Thanks for your patience!

The kitchen had a major facelift. Not sure if you remember what it used to look like and the various projects that went on in this space. Here’s a previous kitchen demo post if you need a refresher. We kept the footprint of the old kitchen layout, but gutted everything else and raised the ceiling to be flushed with the rest of the dining room. We installed new insulation, drywall, plumbing, electrical, Samsung and BOSCH appliances, and an IKEA kitchen cabinet system.

Kitchen Before & After

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Jou Fixer Upper – Pros and Cons of Tile Flooring

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Tile talk

We love tile. So much that we have tile flooring throughout the house. As a fan of the traditional wood flooring look, we selected a porcelain wood-look tile for its durability, non-porous surface, and low maintenance attributes. We don’t have to worry about scratch marks and spill stains.

We hired out the entire main tile flooring and bathroom to a professional contractor, Sartin Tile Co (highly recommend!). Although we know how to lay down tile and grout, it’s messy and laborious. It’s hard work and would have taken us several months.

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Jou Fixer Upper – DIY Electrical Rewiring

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DIY Electrical Rewiring

When it comes to our Jou Fixer Upper, Wayne is such a jack-of-all-trades. His handiwork knows no boundaries and he attributes his DIY electrical rewiring skills all to YouTube University.

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Jou Fixer Upper – Recap Part 2

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Another Jou Fixer Upper Update

There’s a lot to catch up with our Jou Fixer Upper and it’s hard to keep up. Our previous recap post focused on the repairs and installation behind the walls. This installment will touch upon our design style, inspiration, and a couple project repairs.

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Jou Fixer Upper – Recap Part 1

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Fixer Upper Update

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve last updated on our fixer upper. We’ve been spending our weekends and weeknights giving it much more than a facelift. In the beginning process, the majority of our time was spent in demo-mode. We had some #demofail, but made some progress with removing the carpet, kitchen appliances, and countertop.

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Demo day part 3 // Kitchen edition & challenges we faced

Out with the old – Kitchen demo days

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BEFORE // The original kitchen cabinets, appliances, and tile counter. Who remembers those automatic can openers attached under the cabinets?

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AFTER // What kitchen? Removed almost everything. It was hilarious rolling the old school kitchen stove, microwave, and dishwasher to our sidewalk for bulk pick-up.

After taking a break to handle the landscaping, it was time to get back to demo. Up next was to completely gut the kitchen. This includes removing all of the cabinets, lighting, sink, and appliances.

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Demo day part 2 & unpleasant surprise

Demo Day Ready!

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After our first failed demo day, we were itching to start working on the house. We decided our first demo project would be to remove the old carpet since it would be fairly simple and would also make it easier to work on other projects in the house. However we came to find a not-so-pleasant surprise and it set us back a few weeks. More details below.

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It wasn’t difficult but since there was carpet throughout the entire house, it took us several days to cut, remove, and roll up the carpet.

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Demo Day FAIL!

Where’s The TV Magic?

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According to HGTV, the first thing that happens after getting the keys to a older house is always demo day. After having watched countless hours of home improvement shows, we planned to have demo day the first weekend after we got the keys to our new home. Saturday morning rolls around and we excitedly head to our storage unit to gather our tools to begin our big project. But by the time we finished moving everything around to get to the tools that we packed in the very back of the storage unit, we were both sore, exhausted and ready for a break. After we finally packed everything in to the car, half the day was already over and we hadn’t even seen the house yet. Where’s the TV magic?? Continue reading