Hold on a hot minute. Has it really been 2.5 months since my last blog post? I’m afraid it’s true.
Pretty sure I promised you a kitchen update “coming soon” back in April, and here we are in June! What else can I say except, this is the lane of life I’m in right now. Raising 3 kids, working, wrapping up a hectic school year, and trying to squeeze in home renovations is challenging.
But the good news is, today I finally have a kitchen update to share.
For years I have been wanting to upgrade our kitchen sink and get something other than the tiny builder grade stainless option that came with our home when we built it 12 years ago.
It only took 12 years, but ain’t she a beauty? Cast iron, with white porcelain overlay and only about twice as deep as my former sink.
I actually don’t mind standing here and doing all the dishes anymore. What can I say, it’s the little things that bring housewives joy.
Aside from the sink, the next big wish list item for my kitchen was a larger island. We’ve had a smaller island in this space for many years that was done on the cheap, but just wasn’t cutting it anymore. I needed something more efficient and suitable for meal prep for a family of 5.
And because I love farmhouse style so much, I really wanted a butcher block top. Not only is butcher block classic, it’s also highly durable and if you treat it properly, entirely food safe.
I’m thrilled to report I got my wish granted, and I’m so happy with the result.
We chose a much larger island base cabinet – simply purchased an unfinished stock wood base off the shelf from Menards – trimmed out the sides, added bead board paneling and painted it. It’s nearly double the size of our old island and gives us so much more additional storage.
The color we went with on this piece is called Stained Glass by Pittsburgh Paints. It compliments my main kitchen colors really well, which are all in the Aqua family. Did you know that aqua is the only color hue proven to promote energy and induce calm?
Once the base was complete, we added the butcher block top.
This piece also came from Menards and was a very reasonable cost for its size. We attached it to the base, then applied several coats of Mineral Oil to the top to finish it. Using Mineral Oil is what makes it food safe, and it needs to be reapplied to the surface about once a month to ensure it remains well protected.
These little updates have made all the world of difference in enjoying and utilizing our kitchen space more. I’m so glad we bit the bullet and finally moved forward with these long awaited upgrades.
All of our lower kitchen cabinets have also recently been given a fresh coat of white paint. This color is called Delicate White, also by Pittsburgh Paints.
After almost 4 years since their initial paint job, things were starting to look a
little lot dingy. You can read all about how we first painted our builder grade cabinets white here.
Wow, I feel like I’m ready to have my own cooking show in here now! Pioneer Woman, Wisconsin Edition? Or how about Girl Meets Suburban Farm? Either way, I’m pleased as a peach and can’t wait to cook all the summer recipes ahead in this kitchen.