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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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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Planning an IKEA Kitchen & 15% off IKEA Kitchen Sale

A glimpse into our kitchen’s future

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We created mock-up of our kitchen using IKEA’s online planning tool

When we purchased our home, we knew we wanted to update the kitchen. That said, our second major demo project is to clear out the outdated (very old and possibly original) appliances, vent hood, and cabinets. We looked at a bunch of cabinet inspo on Pinterest and Houzz, but kept coming back to the simplistic and budget-friendly ones at IKEA. To our luck, there’s an IKEA Kitchen Sale going on. We did some pre-planning before making the trek over to our local store. After browsing the kitchen showrooms, we found what worked with us, and we started the process of planning our new kitchen. 

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