This post is sponsored by Floor & Decor. All opinions are my own.
This is what the kitchen looked like when we bought our house. We finished signing the closing documents, got the keys, and went to buy paint before we even went to the house. I started painting that same day. We painted the cabinets (I’ll be posting about this soon!) and even the backsplash to brighten it up a bit and to buy us some time. I wasn’t a huge fan of the blue and pink backsplash. Shocking, right? The painted backsplash was a temporary fix which now, 2 years later, HAD to be changed. The cabinets looked totally different with paint but the countertops weren’t fixable. If you’ve read some of my other posts, you know that the previous owners trashed the place when they got their eviction notice and they were kind enough to leave cigarette burns all over the countertops in the kitchen and the bathrooms. I dreamed of having a farmhouse kitchen complete with a beautiful backsplash and butcher-block countertops and thankfully, Floor & Decor had everything I needed to make it come to life.
If you’ve already checked out part one of this reno, then you got a sneak-peek at my selections. I am in LOVE and I am SO glad that I chose ”Stranded Bamboo” countertops and these beautiful Villa tiles for the backsplash. The total cost for this project was around $2,000 between all the materials and the labor we contracted out which is INCREDIBLE considering the difference it is made in our kitchen. Keep in mind that we also went ahead and replaced our sink and faucet since we already had the kitchen taken apart; that was around $500 that could be put on hold or skipped all together if you are working with a smaller budget or want to keep your existing sink.
We decided to have our countertops cut and routed by a local installation company because of the 45 degree cuts that had to be made in the corner. My husband and father-in-law did the countertop installation themselves and while it might have taken them longer than it would have taken a professional, they did an excellent job and it was pretty easy. Neither of them had ever installed countertops before.
I was amazed at how rich the color was and how much you could see the wood-grain once I applied the sealant. I know opinions on what to use to seal butcher block vary but I went with polyurethane. Applying oil as a sealant is a more food-safe alternative but it involves more upkeep. While these are butcher block countertops, I do not plan on cutting on them or preparing food directly on them either so I wasn’t worried about using a poly finish. Poly was something I did 3 coats of after sanding the countertops smooth using 220 grit sandpaper. It was done in a day and I don’t have to worry about buying and applying oil at least once a month to keep them sealed. To each their own!
When it came to the backsplash, I had planned to do it myself. However, we don’t own a wet-saw and because this is such a small project, the cost of renting one was close to the cost of having a family friend who does tile work come and help us out. He knew I really wanted to learn and he was kind and patient enough to let me do a lot of it while he supervised and helped make the more difficult cuts around the outlets and sink.
Once all the tile went up, we waited 24 hours and then it was time for grout! I went with this dark gray grout and it really helped pull everything together to achieve the look I had envisioned for our kitchen. I will never get tired of walking in to this beautiful space that is now mine and somehow, I think I won’t mind cooking and even washing dishes anymore – I’ll even dare to say I will enjoy it!
My love for woods and whites is real and these gorgeous countertops and backsplash really made the kitchen tie in to the farmhouse feel of the rest of our home. I cannot say it enough, THANK YOU Floor & Decor for carrying the best products at amazing prices! Run; do not walk, to the store closest to you and see how easy and affordable it is to make your dream kitchen come to life!
Countertops – Floor & Decor
Backsplash – Floor & Decor
Grout – Floor & Decor