May 2, 2016


Hi again EOS readers! I’m super excited to finally share our finished kitchen with you guys. It took a little longer than expected (not surprising for any renovation – even less so when you’re doing the work yourselves) but Eric and I are really happy with the results. We hope you like it too!

As a reminder, here’s what the kitchen looked like when we bought the house:

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And after a few days Eric turned it into this:

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We ripped everything out including a load bearing wall between the kitchen and dining room (best decision!). If you missed them please check out our earlier posts (part 1 and part 2) for more details about our plans and the process.  Here’s what we decided on for the final design plan using Deerfield assembled cabinets in willow gray by

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And thanks to my handy husband (and help from our family and friends) here’s what our kitchen looks like now!

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We kept the original L-shape layout and added an island for extra storage and seating. We also put in a larger window above the sink and greatly improved the lighting situation with recessed lights,  a lantern above the island a sconce over the sink (originally there were only 2 oddly placed “boob” lights throughout the entire space). Here’s a run down of our selections!


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We really, really love it. The cabinets in particular have exceeded our expectations. The solid maple construction and soft close doors feel high end and the gray color ended up being perfect for us. Other favorites include the farm sink, electric range and the pull down faucet. We considered a pretty bridge faucet at first but I’m SO happy we went with the Brizo – it’s really well made and so much easier to use for clean up. And we can’t forget that lantern! I’ve been obsessed with the Darlana for a long time now I’m so happy we were able to use it in our kitchen.

Thanks to’s partial sponsorship of our new cabinets, and EGD’s trade resources, we ended up spending about $12,500 on materials. Please keep in mind this does not include the new hardwood flooring, or any labor, electrical or plumbing costs. The true hero here is my husband, Eric, who has put in hundreds (maybe thousands at this point) of hours of time figuring out how to dismantle our house and put it back together again. He had zero home renovation experience before we bought our house last August and he’s done such an amazing job. It’s even inspired him to pursue a new career! In the past few months he’s started working for DM Painting & Carpentry (who did Erin’s basement renovation) as well as taken on a few side projects of his own.

So thank you, dear husband, for making our house beautiful and for putting up with your slightly neurotic, perfectionist wife (we kid that I’m the worst client but it’s not far from the truth). And thank you EOS readers for joining us on this journey! Later this year we plan to renovate our 2nd floor so who knows, maybe we’ll be back with a few more projects to share.  :)  -Lindsey

How GREAT is this you guys??? Lindsey and Eric did such an amazing, amazing job.  I too can’t wait to see what else they do to their cute house! -EG

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