Since we installed tongue and groove planks on the kitchen ceiling during our remodel, I have been getting so many comments and emails asking about the source for the planks, so I thought I would update the post a bit and share the info on where we got ours.

Where we found pre-primed tongue and groove pine planks for our kitchen ceiling. And they didn't break the bank! chatfieldcourt.comBefore we started working on the ceiling I did a lot of research, as per usual for me, on what would be best to use for the kitchen ceiling. The biggest takeaway I got from all that research was to use primed planks and I’m so glad that we followed that advice because, not only did it save our necks and backs, but it also saved us a ton of time.

Pre-primed tongue and groove planks installed on the ceiling during a recent kitchen remodel, and where we found them. chatfieldcourt.com

Getting the info online proved to be the easy part because finding it in a store was almost impossible. We went to every store in our area that sold lumber until we walked into our local Home Depot (*affiliate link) and hit the jackpot.

They had primed tongue and groove pine planks in 8 and 12-foot lengths…exactly what we were hoping to find. For all of you that have been asking, here is what the display looked like in the store.

Pre-primed tongue and groove planks. Why we used them for our kitchen ceiling and where to find them. chatfieldcourt.com

I’ve heard from several people that the planks that they have been able to find have been very expensive. I thought the ones that we got were very reasonable. We spent about $275 just for the planks for our 13’x 8′ kitchen.

Where to find pre-primed tongue and groove pine planks for a kitchen ceiling. And they won't break the bank! chatfieldcourt.com

Painting it was literally a pain in the neck, but it wasn’t the worst job ever. The whole time we painted, though, we kept saying that we were so happy that we spent the extra money on the pre-primed, and we’re both cheap frugal when it comes to buying stuff like wood or other building supplies that will get painted.

Pre-primed tongue and groove planks installed on the kitchen ceiling. chatfieldcourt.com

A little extra tidbit…I did find a few spots where a small amount of sap seeped through but I just added an extra coat of paint over it and it looked fine. It may seep through again but, honestly, you can’t tell. I just noticed because…well, I’m weird like that. I would stand there and practically stand on my head to look at spots on the ceiling at different angles and in certain light but a normal person walking in there probably wouldn’t notice. The mister didn’t, but I could shave my eyebrows off and he probably wouldn’t notice. Ok, bad example. Seriously, it wasn’t really an issue, I just wanted to let you know that it could happen.

Pre-primed tongue and groove planks installed on the ceiling during a recent kitchen remodel. chatfieldcourt.com

The ceiling turned out so much better than we thought. I would love to do another one in our new house in North Carolina….fingers crossed.

I hope that this little bit of info helps you out. Let me know if you’re able to find any pre-primed tongue and groove planks in your area. I’d love to pass the info on.

You can find the tutorial on the plank ceiling here…

Tutorial for installing a tongue and groove plank ceiling in the kitchen. chatfieldcourt.com

Tongue and Groove Plank Ceiling Tutorial

Or see the whole remodel reveal here…

From dark to light and bright, a small kitchen remodel reveal. chatfieldcourt.com

Kitchen Remodel Reveal

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Woohoo, it’s Friday my friends, which means the weekend is almost here. After the week I’ve had, I’m so ready for it.

Before you get your weekend on though, I wanted to let you know that I’m sharing our kitchen remodel, along with a tutorial on our plank ceiling, over at Remodelaholic today!

A complete DIY kitchen remodel. How we turned a small, dark kitchen into a bright space with plenty of storage and counter space for under $3000. | chatfieldcourt.comIf you’ve been following along then you know that 2 days after the last cabinet door went up, we had to put the house on the market. I know…very sad, but we’re about to move into a new house where we’ll get to start all over again. Yay…I think.

I definitely want to do another plank ceiling somewhere in the new house. I love how it turned out in our kitchen.

A DIY kitchen remodel with a beautiful plank ceiling. How we turned a small, dark kitchen into a bright space with plenty of storage and counter space for under $3000. | chatfieldcourt.comIf you head on over to Remodelaholic, you can check out the full tutorial and see the pretty “after” pics of the kitchen.

I hope your weekend is great and I wish all of the mother’s out there a very Happy Mother’s Day!

 

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Before I share all of the kitchen remodel details, I want to take a moment to thank you for all of the sweet comments and emails from the reveal. I’ve always known that I had the best readers and you all proved it again and again during this whole process, by sharing words of encouragement and cheering us on when we felt like we would never get done. I am truly grateful.

Turning a small, dark galley kitchen into a light, bright space. Get all of the kitchen remodel details from paint colors to tile and countertops.| chatfieldcourt.com

This is a long one so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy. If you make it through to the end you’ll find all of my sources and projects with links, along with an announcement.

Small kitchen remodel details with sources with after photos | chatfieldcourt.com

I shared the reveal a few days ago and only showed a few before shots and a lot of afters, so today I wanted to give you a quick summary of the projects that we did and try to answer some of the questions I’ve gotten.

Small kitchen remodel details and sources with after photos | chatfieldcourt.com

When we started the remodel on our small galley kitchen in January 2015, we had 3 main goals we wanted to accomplish. We wanted to lighten up the space, add more storage and do it all on a budget. Our plan was to complete everything in 6 months but…yeah, that didn’t happen.

Small kitchen remodel details and before photos | chatfieldcourt.com

The project that started it all off was the removal of the two soffits. A messy and dirty job but it really opened the space up.

Kitchen remodel details about soffit removal | chatfieldcourt.com

After we patched the ceiling and walls, we installed a plank ceiling. A couple of coats of paint later and our first big project was complete. Wow, talk about changing a room. I love it!

Kitchen remodel details and adding a diy plank ceiling | chatfieldcourt.com

The next project to get tackled was the custom cabinet we built around the refrigerator. It added a ton of extra storage and toned down the look of the fridge (if that’s even possible when you have a large gray box in a small room).

Kitchen remodel details and adding a custom cabinet around a refrigertor | chatfieldcourt.com

Once the fridge was done we worked on the DIY range hood. I wanted to change the small stainless steel one that was there, so we took it apart and used the insides to make our own custom hood. I think the one that we built is a much better fit in our new kitchen.

Kitchen remodel details and adding a custom range hood before and after | chatfieldcourt.com

Kitchen remodel details and info on adding a custom range hood| chatfieldcourt.com

The other side of the kitchen got some attention when we raised the window sill and built a custom cabinet that would give us more countertop space and more storage, which is what we needed most in here.

Kitchen remodel details and info on adding more storage with a custom cabinet| chatfieldcourt.com

Kitchen remodel details and info on adding more storage and counterspace| chatfieldcourt.comI had a few items on my “wish” list for the kitchen and built-in garbage/recycle bins was at the top. Now they are hidden away and I’m so happy with the way it turned out.

Kitchen remodel details and info on adding more storage | chatfieldcourt.comWhile all of the cabinet building was going on, I was working on the one thing that made the biggest difference in this small space, painting all of the kitchen cabinets. If you’ve ever done this then you know that it’s a monumental task. I will admit that, because of my back injury, it took me almost a year to finish, but I did it.

kitchen reno painted cabinets

The kitchen sink was the next project. We had a double stainless steel sink before and I wanted a change so we went with the DOMSJÖ from IKEA. It’s just a single bowl but it’s nice and big to work in and I love it!

Kitchen remodel details and info on adding a farmhouse sink and photos | chatfieldcourt.com

Once the sink was installed and all of the cabinets were built, it was time to choose tile and countertops. I always knew that we would have a subway backsplash but choosing the countertops was a more difficult decision. We finally decided on granite and began the most difficult project of the whole remodel, cutting and installing the granite. We were on a budget with this whole remodel so we chose to do it all on our own, a job we’ve never done before…ever. It took us two weekends to finish and it was nerve-wracking until the end. All we kept thinking about was all the money that would be wasted if we cut wrong or cracked it while working on it. Thankfully it all worked out and we got beautiful countertops on a budget.

Kitchen remodel details and info on granite countertops and photos | chatfieldcourt.comThe subway tile backsplash with gray grout was next and, once it was all done, we knew that the end was in sight.

Kitchen remodel details and info on adding a subway tile backsplash | chatfieldcourt.com

One thing that we did that really opened the space was to remove a cabinet between the two windows on the sink wall. We added a barn wood shelf, for a little texture and to break up the white, subway tiled wall, and I think it may be my favorite thing in the kitchen.

Kitchen remodel details and info on adding a barn wood shelf and photos | chatfieldcourt.com

Because this is a small space there are only 2 walls that we can paint to add a little bit of color. After much debate, and a lot of swatches, I went with the same color I used in the adjoining living/dining area, BM Gray Owl at 50% strength. I also painted the back door a pretty dark gray, BM Wrought Iron. There’s a little gray in the countertops that I loved and the wall and door colors really bring it out.

Kitchen remodel details and info on paint colors and photos | chatfieldcourt.com

We still had a couple of big projects to finish though and one of them was lighting. The only working light in the room before the remodel was a center ceiling light. It took me 3 tries to find the perfect one  but, in the end, I found a beautiful pendant light.

Kitchen remodel details and info on lighting and photos | chatfieldcourt.com

One pendant light was not enough for this space so we added recessed lighting. This project was the one that the hubs dreaded most, and kept putting off, but they really look great and made a huge difference, especially when we’re working in the kitchen at night.

Kitchen remodel details and after details on recessed lighting and photos | chatfieldcourt.com

The final project was to add new cabinet doors to the custom cabinet we built on the sink side of the kitchen. Months ago we were lucky enough to find 2 similar cabinet doors, at the right size at a local ReStore, but we needed 3 more. We discussed making them but, by the time we bought the correct tools and wood to make them, we could order 3 already made and ready to paint. So we went the least expensive route and ordered them. Once they arrived I did a quick sanding, a coat of primer and 2 coats of paint and they were ready to hang.

Kitchen remodel details and after details and photos | chatfieldcourt.com

After 418 days and a ton of projects, our remodel is complete and I truly love it all!

One more before and after, because this post isn’t long enough already. 😉

Kitchen remodel details and before and after photos | chatfieldcourt.com

Small kitchen remodel details and reveal photos | chatfieldcourt.com

Small kitchen remodel details and before and after photos | chatfieldcourt.com

Kitchen remodel details and reveal photos | chatfieldcourt.com

Phew, that took almost as long as the remodel did (almost). Thanks for sticking with me through this long post and the last 418 days of our remodel. If you have any questions about anything we did, feel free to email me or leave a comment.

Now go take a nap, you earned it. 😉

Projects (with links to the posts)

Sources

  • ceiling paint – BM White Dove, pearl finish
  • cabinet paint – BM White Dove Advance, satin finish
  • wall paint – BM Gray Owl, 50% strength
  • back door paint – BM Wrought Iron
  • pendant light – West Elm; love this one too! (affiliate link)*
  • recessed lights – Lowes
  • subway tile – Floor & Decor
  • granite countertops – Floor & Decor
  • kitchen sink – IKEA DOMSJÖ
  • cabinet hardware – Pottery Barn; similar (affiliate link)*
  • chalkboard w/ calendar – a DIY project by me
  • Mason jar lamp – a DIY project by me
  • wall brackets for shelf – Signature Hardware
  • barn wood for shelf – local flea market
  • cutting boards on shelf – HomeGoods

In case you missed it, here is the reveal…

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Kitchen Remodel Reveal

Two days after we finished the remodel we put the house on the market and sold it to move to  North Carolina (totally unexpected). You can see our new house, with a video tour, here.

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New House Reveal (with a video)

 

*You can find my disclosure here.

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The day is here! After a ton of projects, a lot of hard work and a few disagreements, I can finally say that the kitchen remodel is done! It took a little lot longer than either one of us thought it would but it’s totally done and I can’t wait to finally give you the tour.

From dark and cramped to light and bright with plenty of storage. How we did a total DIY kitchen remodel for under $3000. chatfieldcourt.com

We started the remodel on our small galley kitchen in January 2015 with a plan to lighten up the space and create more storage. Here it is before we moved in, red cabinets and all.

kichen reno before 2And the after. Such a huge difference, don’t you think?

A DIY small kitchen remodel done on a tight budget. | chatfieldcourt.com

The 2 things that didn’t change in the kitchen were the appliances and the tile floor.

DSC_1175DIY small kitchen remodel done on a budget. | chatfieldcourt.comBefore we installed the cabinet that we built.

kichen reno before 5We love all of the prep space that we have now and the hubs uses every inch. This is how it looks every day, not styled and ready to use.

DIY small kitchen remodel done on a tight budget. | chatfieldcourt.comThis house was built in 1956 and had enough space for a small refrigerator, not the monsters that we all have now. We built a cabinet around it to help disguise it, and give it more of a custom look, but there’s no denying that it’s huge.

A small kitchen remodel done on a very small budget. | chatfieldcourt.comA small kitchen remodel done all on our own and on a tight budget . | chatfieldcourt.comI won’t subject you to any more bad “before” pictures.

A DIY small kitchen remodel done all on our own and on a tight budget . | chatfieldcourt.comA DIY small kitchen remodel done on our own and on a tight budget . | chatfieldcourt.comThe end cabinet, where I store all of our dry goods, was our final project. It’s the first time I’ve been able to store all of my food in one place and it feels like a luxury.

DIY small kitchen remodel done on our own and on a tight budget . | chatfieldcourt.com

It still feels strange to walk into such a bright space and, even though we didn’t add any square footage and added a cabinet on an empty wall, it actually feels bigger. It’s the first white kitchen that I’ve ever had and I love it. I think it was the right thing to do in this small space.

Small kitchen remodel done on our own and on a tight budget . | chatfieldcourt.com

I have to say that I’ve loved the whole process of doing this remodel. Yeah, it was difficult at times and sometimes the mess was hard to handle, but I really enjoyed it. Now the hubs…I’m not so sure he would say the same. 😉

A reveal of a small kitchen remodel done on a tight budget . | chatfieldcourt.com

If you have any questions about the kitchen, feel free to comment or email me and I’d be happy to answer.

Thanks so much for sticking with me through the 418 days of this kitchen remodel and for all of your encouragement when I was feeling down. I can’t tell you how much your support and comments have meant to me.

A DIY small galley kitchen remodel done on a serious budget and all on our own, from countertops to plank ceiling. www.chatfieldcourt.com

I’ve also shared a post on all of the projects we did, including sources of all the products we used, if you want to check it out.

A small kitchen remodel with all the details, including links to all of the projects we did and the sources. | chatfieldcourt.com

Small Kitchen Remodel Details

Adding a tongue and groove plank ceiling during a full kitchen remodel. | chatfieldcourt.com

Tongue & Groove Plank Ceiling in the Kitchen

In case you missed it, I also shared a tour of my small home with tips on making the most of your small space.

A small house tour with tons of tips and ideas to help you make the most of your small space. | chatfieldcourt.com

Small House Tour

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