Our Kitchen Renovation: Expectations vs. Reality

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Many thanks to our sponsors in this kitchen renovation: KitchenAid AppliancesMasterBrand CabinetsPolycorFireclay TileDelta FaucetsSinkology, & Rejuvenation. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting the content that keeps Jojotastic going.

Not gonna lie, you guys. Editing this kitchen renovation progress report video was pretty hard for me. If you’ve followed the renovation on Instagram, you probably know some of the behind-the-scenes updates. I wanted to go ahead and share even more about what’s been doing on and (quite frankly) some of the drama we’ve been dealing with here on the blog. It was really important for me to show you guys both the good and the bad of renovating — and that everything isn’t always perfect, even in Blogland.

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Our Kitchen Renovation: Progress Report #3 (Tile!!)

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After last week’s kitchen renovation update about the cabinets, it’s time to share even more progress… we officially have a tile floor! For the most part during this renovation, Sean and I have been able to do the work either ourselves or in tandem with our contractor (more on him to come…). But tile is a totally different story. I feel like we could have handled a straightforward tile shape, like a subway. But I had to be fancy and choose the Chaine Homme from Fireclay Tile! So we brought in a tile master named Dan to install it. As you’ll see in the video, Dan is a trip.

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Our Kitchen Renovation: Progress Report #2 (Cabinets!!)

Our Kitchen Renovation: Progress Report #2. update about our small kitchen remodel including cabinets, floor tiles, countertops, faucet finish, hardware, lighting. Designed by interior designer and expert @roomfortuesday with @fireclaytile @rejuvenationinc @kitchenaidusa @masterbrandcabinetsinc @deltafaucet @polycordesign @sinkology #oldhouse #kitchen #kitchenrenovation #demoday #renovation #oldhome #oldhomerenovation #smallspaces #smallkitchen #kitchenrenovation #beforeafter #kitchenmakeover #kitchen #makeover #fixerupper
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by MasterBrand Cabinets. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting the content that keeps Jojotastic going.

Remember in our last kitchen renovation update, I had shared that I was promised a finished kitchen by Christmas? Yeah, let’s all have a really good chuckle about that one. At some point, I’m sure that I’ll learn not to believe that sort of thing during a renovation project. We are majorly behind schedule. As in, this has been going on for 6 months. That being said, a lot of progress has been made since the last time I posted, so let’s talk about the good stuff, shall we? Today’s progress report is all about a hugely impactful update: our new MasterBrand Cabinets from the Diamond product line!

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Our Kitchen Renovation: Progress Report #1

Our Kitchen Renovation: Progress Report #1. update about our small kitchen remodel including cabinets, floor tiles, countertops, faucet finish, hardware, lighting. Designed by interior designer and expert @roomfortuesday with @fireclaytile @rejuvenationinc @kitchenaidusa @masterbrandcabinetsinc @deltafaucet @polycordesign @sinkology #oldhouse #kitchen #kitchenrenovation #demoday #renovation #oldhome #oldhomerenovation #smallspaces #smallkitchen #kitchenrenovation #beforeafter #kitchenmakeover #kitchen #makeover #fixerupper

Many thanks to our sponsors in this kitchen renovation: KitchenAid AppliancesMasterBrand CabinetsPolycorFireclay TileDelta FaucetsSinkology, & Rejuvenation. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting the content that keeps Jojotastic going.

Even though I live with it every day (and complain about it just as frequently on Instagram Stories), I feel like you guys are owed a full progress report about our kitchen renovation! Truthfully, the construction has slowed down a bit as we wait for key elements to arrive. Can you believe that my goal was to reveal the new kitchen on November 14? Yeah, that’s definitely not going to happen as you’ll see in all of these photos. I’ve learned so much during this process, though… maybe our next renovation will be on time? This post isn’t the most glamorous, but I couldn’t help myself. You all have been such a big part of this project, especially on Instagram, that I wanted to give you a peek at what the status is.

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Our Kitchen Renovation: How to Shop For New Appliances

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You’ve probably seen by now that Sean and I are in the midst of completely renovating our kitchen with the help of my dear friend and amazing designer, Sarah, from Room for Tuesday (to catch up on the renovation process, click here). I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am for the completed space. Our kitchen has been a thorn in my side since moving into #mytinybungalow, so demoing it to pieces felt extremely satisfying. With a kitchen renovation, though, comes a ton of decision making, especially when it comes to new appliances. And I don’t know if you’ve ever browsed through the appliance section at your local box store or cruised them online, but –holy wow- are there a lot of choices and options. If you are in this boat too (or will be soon), I have a few tips I want to share that can hopefully help you feel a little less overwhelmed by the process and understand why we chose KitchenAid appliances to make our kitchen look and feel like the space we have been dreaming about since we bought our home!

Our Best Tips for Shopping For New Appliances

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5 Timeless Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles

Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles That Will Never Go Out of Style, 5 Timeless Cabinet Door Styles from @masterbrandcabinets #sponsored #kitchenrenovation #smallspaces #fixerupper #renovation #cabinets #cabinetry #kitchencabinets

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Being totally transparent, I was a bit scared to choose a cabinetry style. My biggest concern is the risk that we would choose something that feels dated in a few years or too much of a trend — especially because new cabinetry is such a big portion of any renovation budget. I went into this project without many opinions as to which type I prefer or if I even wanted wood or color finish! When Sarah presented her Tuxedo kitchen plan, I immediately knew it was right for us and our home… and felt an immediate sense of relief that we could keep it simple and go with black and white! But then it became question of which cabinet door style to choose. Our sponsor, MasterBrand Cabinets, has numerous options to choose from under several semi- to fully-customizable product lines, so we took an afternoon to scroll through and pick some favorites. I almost feel like an expert in cabinet styles at this point because I’ve looked at so many. For this reason, I’ve been able to narrow down to 5 kitchen cabinet door styles that feel timeless and will never go out of style!

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Modern Kitchen Lighting Pairings

Modern Kitchen Lighting Pairings featuring wall sconces and small pendant lamps from @rejuvenationinc #sponsored #kitchen #kitchenrenovation #kitchenlighting #lighting #kitchenpendant #kitchensconce #smallspaces #fixerupper #renovation

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rejuvenation. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting the content that keeps Jojotastic going.

Oddly enough, one of the most intense debates that Sean and I have had over the kitchen renovation is about lighting! Apparently, we both have a lot of opinions when it comes to the finishes, shape, size, and location of the lighting. Who knew? Anyways, thankfully our lighting sponsor, Rejuvenation, has everything we need (and more) to choose lighting that will make both of us happy and compliment Sarah’s gorgeous design plan. Here are some of the options we considered + the combo we ultimately chose.

Modern Kitchen Lighting Pairings

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