My Kitchen Remodel Reveal!!

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Four months of living in a dust bowl without a kitchen, two huge winter storms leaving us without power for days, a conveyer belt moving bucket after bucket of concrete rubble from our jackhammered kitchen floor, a flood in our basement, unexpected reworking of sagging kitchen ceiling beams, delivery delays, orders getting lost… I was convinced at times that our kitchen renovation was 100% cursed but you guys, cursed or not it’s finally done!!!!!!!

You won’t find ten foot ceilings, soaring archways, or any of the other dramatic architectural details that you see in all the magazines but that’s actually the thing about our renovation that I’m most proud of. We were able to work with standard height (actually only 7 1/2 feet!) ceilings and a builder’s basic rectangular layout to create a new kitchen that we couldn’t love more!

Before launching into all of my “before” and “after” pics (get ready… I took a ton!), I want to give a huge thanks to MasterBrand Cabinets, Monogram, Caesarstone, Blanco, Walker Zanger, Amerock, & Serena & Lily for partnering with me by providing some of the products used in my renovation. I sought all of these companies out because I love their products and knew they’d be perfect for our home and I’m honored that they trusted my vision enough to come along for the ride. So with that, let’s get going with my kitchen renovation reveal! (post includes affiliate links – full disclosure statement available {here})

Let’s start by throwing it back five years to when we first bought our covered-in-wallpaper home and our kitchen looked like this (it was almost a deal-breaker for us buying the house!):

Shortly after moving in we made a few small changes including taking down the wallpaper and window shade, painting the walls, and adding a space for our microwave at the end of our island (more on our island microwave project {here}):

We thought we were going to be living in the house for only 2-3 years but once we realized it was going to be much longer than that, my original “let’s just change the countertops” project turned into a total gut job with no survivors:

Fast forward to today and this is our new kitchen!!!

So much went down in the past 4-5 months that I don’t even know where to begin showing you around but let’s start with one of the biggest changes in this space – the cabinetry. Our old cabinets were original to the house and literally falling apart plus they had a very “country” feel so changing them up was a no-brainer. I went with a simple Shaker style (“Montgomery” from MasterBrand Cabinet’s Diamond line of cabinetry) that will stand the test of time and decided on white for the cabinets around the perimeter of the kitchen and a beautiful dark gray (Moonstone) for the island (which is about 40″ x 94″ measuring the countertops). Whites can be really tricky but honestly Diamond’s standard white color couldn’t be more perfect – it blended with everything I threw at it (countertops, backsplash, hardware) without ever looking too warm or too cool:

My cabinets have so many amazing interior features (if you missed it, you can see the details of my cabinetry plans {here}) that I’m going to be sharing a full post on them but just to share a few favorites, I LOVE our new pantry. Like, love it so hard! Our old pantry was not only kinda ugly but totally dysfunctional – it was so shallow that I couldn’t even fit bigger cereal boxes in it without turning them to the side and taking up half the shelf:

Our new pantry is super deep and has four large pull-out shelves that hold about double what our old pantry did:

Check out {this pantry organization post} for my six favorite ideas for how I whipped my pantry into organized shape!

Another favorite feature is the built-in paper towel holder above our trash cans – it’s one less thing cluttering up our countertops and I love that there’s extra space in the back to store additional rolls:

I also have several game-changing new features integrated into my island cabinetry (including a built-in toekick vacuum!) that have made working in the kitchen so much easier and more efficient. Even though I didn’t gain much square footage of cabinetry with the renovation, I can not only store more in my new cabinets than I used to be able to but everything is just so much easier to access. Having so many drawers instead of typical base cabinets with doors has made a world of difference! You can check out all of the unique storage and organizational features packed inside my kitchen cabinets in {this post}.

And can we talk about my new lighting and my lighter, brighter, and a heck of a lot prettier countertops??

I chose {these} beautiful open pendants (12.5″ small size) because with low ceilings, they go a long way to keeping the space feeling open and airy (for a similar look at a lower price, check out {these pendants}). And if you were involved in the great Instagram lightbulb debate, there’s a 50% chance you’re happy with the globe bulbs I went with and a 50% chance you’re not (I got a kick out of how everyone had such strong opinions about the right lightbulbs for these fixtures :)). For more details on the spacing of our kitchen island pendants and tips for figuring it out in your own kitchen, check out {this post} on height and spacing tips for kitchen pendants.

For our countertops, I’ve always loved the look of marble but was turned off on the idea of using it in our kitchen after having it in a bathroom where it ended up with all sorts of stains and etchings. I went on the hunt for the quartz countertop that looked the most like marble and I landed at Caesarstone’s Statuario Maximus. You guys, it is stunning! And since there’s not much variation from slab to slab, it was such a relief in the middle of the endless kitchen remodel decisions to have one less decision on my plate (the slabs are so similar that you don’t need to go to the stone yard to choose the specific ones you want like you do with marble or granite). And more importantly, it’s been unfazed by coffee spoons left on the countertop, dripping bowls of tomato soup, and every other potential stain situation that’s come its way.

Some people love marble countertops and embrace the natural wear and markings (I have several friends with marble kitchens and they’re stunning!) but I’m a quartz girl all the way and will stick with getting my marble fix through my many marble cutting boards 🙂

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Another big change (and huge improvement) with my kitchen is my new Monogram appliances that are the perfect mix of beauty and function. The one that first caught my eye when I began appliance shopping was {this Monogram range} – it became the focal point of my new kitchen and is absolutely gorgeous! Like I want to stare at it and pet it all day gorgeous! And I love the functionality of never being short on burners, having a built in griddle, and having a smaller second oven that’s the perfect size for most of my daily baking.

I’m super happy with the big guy next to it too. Refrigerators are tough because I feel like you usually need to pick your poison – you can have a tall, shallow refrigerator with more limited storage space or you can have a big, bulky refrigerator that has tons of storage but is kind of a beast. While I admittedly often err on beauty over function if given the choice, after having had a refrigerator for the past five years that had the most limited storage space (it was hateful!), I ended up with what I think was the perfect solution – I chose {this Monogram counterdepth refrigerator} that doesn’t stick out into my kitchen nearly as far as a typical refrigerator would but it has almost as much storage space packed inside (the amount of food and drinks that I can fit into the door bins alone is insane).

And after having been without a dishwasher for months and washing everything bent over in our bathroom tub, I basically wanted to cry tears of joy when our new dishwasher (found {here}) got installed. I love that the control panel is hidden on top and it recesses far enough back to be perfectly in line with my cabinet fronts and also that it sings to me when I open it 🙂 My dishwasher and refrigerator also have app integration so I get notifications when I’m low on dishwashing pods or someone left the refrigerator door open.

Oh and my microwave drawer – we can’t forget that because I wanted to thank you for your great advice when I was deciding between a freestanding microwave and microwave drawer. Almost all of you said to go with the microwave drawer and I’m so glad I listened because my whole family loves it!

For all of the details of my kitchen appliances, check out {this post} about features to look for in your next kitchen appliances!

Where to next? How about that eye candy behind the range? I think every kitchen needs something that ties the colors in it together, and this Walker Zanger mosaic (Villa D’ Oro Granada) is what did it for mine. I seriously think that they must have created it with me in mind 🙂 because it’s so spot-on my style. Such a stunner! And the pot filler (available {here}) is the icing on the cake – love this pretty combo!

Right next to it I have a round woven tray (found {here}) with some of my most-used utensils in {this beautiful marble and wood holder} that’s actually a wine cooler. Plus I added {this cute hand towel} that’s easy to grab for getting a quick pot off the stove or wiping a spill and several of {these patterned white bowls} that we grab constantly for cereal, ice cream, and snacks.

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For those of you who have been following my kitchen renovation since way back when I was first starting to work on a design plan, you might remember that I really struggled with whether or not to remove our kitchen fireplace. It really was such a lovely feature of the old kitchen but at the same time the placement of the fireplace made it impossible to fully use the space.

While I still have a little bit of guilt about demoing it, I’m so glad that I did because it allowed us to continue our cabinets down the long wall, wrap them around the window wall and have full use of the space:

Where the fireplace once was, we now have both upper and lower cabinets as well as open corner shelving made with 2″ oak that’s one of my favorite features of our new kitchen! You can find all of the details of how we created this open corner shelving in {this post}.

It was so fun finding little pretties for the shelves to add in along with some old favorites:

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Demoing the fireplace also allowed me to fulfill my dream of having something to stare at other than a wall when I do dishes. Instead of this lovely dishwashing view:

I now have this beautiful one looking out at our wooded front yard – love!:

I’m never going to tell you that I now like doing dishes but I will tell you that I like it a whole heck of a lot more than I used to! The faucet was something that I debated back and forth on for quite a bit but I ended up choosing {this bridge faucet with sprayer} – I wasn’t sure if having two handles instead of one would be annoying but so far so good. And I debated about sink size too since this 33″ baby (Blanco’s Cerana II available {here} and {here}) seemed so huge compared to the microsink I used to have but some friends pushed me to go big and they were right – it’s so nice having the extra space and I also love that the sink is so deep that it hides my dirty dishes when I don’t put them in the dishwasher right away. The added little pretties of the cute striped tray, wood scrubber, and gray striped towel complete my little dishwashing space.

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Continuing on down that window wall, previously we had a short length of shallow cabinetry along with double doors leading into our dining room:

Now, the current line of cabinetry simply dead-ends into the wall – I was surprised to find that so much of the glassware I stored in the old cabinets is now easily stored in the bank of drawers on the end. They hold much more than I would have thought! Other changes here include removing the double doors to the dining room so that we have a simple cased opening instead and adding some beautiful artwork (available {here}) and a potted plant (pot found {here}) which adds so much life to the space!

I also wanted to add in just a few small touches of bling to liven up the space! I love soft gold finishes and while I kept my big ticket items (appliances, faucet, and pot filler) in stainless, I added gold pendant lighting and gold cabinet hardware throughout my kitchen. I didn’t use any knobs but instead went for all pulls, including these Amerock golden champagne pulls (available {here} and {here} ) for my cabinet doors,

the longer 12″ appliance pull version of the same pulls (available {here}) for our kitchen island drawers,

and then these Amerock golden champagne cup pulls (available {here} and {here}) on all of the other kitchen drawers:

Remember when I shared my hardware options and the overwhelming favorite was actually {this one}? Well I absolutely loved those pulls too but they just weren’t right for my kitchen – fortunately I found another space that they’re perfect for (hint: stay tuned for some new laundry room happenings!!).

And last but not least, let’s talk flooring – I couldn’t be happier to see that Saltillo tile go! In it’s place, we added Hallmark’s Alta Vista hardwoods in Malibu and it’s beyond gorgeous! It’s prefinished flooring so it went in before anything else in the kitchen did and I was totally neurotic about keeping the floors covered throughout the renovation (just ask my contractor – I’m pretty sure he thought I was nuts) – it was so worth it because they add so much warmth and beauty to the space:

Of course, Hope’s not too impressed with anything that’s not cushy soft so you’ll find her hanging in her dog bed or over on our new little rug (found {here}) in front of the sink:

The rattan counter stools at our new island (found {here}) do a lot to warm up the space too! I’ve been ogling these stools for years so choosing them was an easy decision – they ended up being the perfect addition to our kitchen and really help tie it all together:

Now that it’s done, I seriously wish I could have all of you guys over for a big kitchen party – I feel like you waded through the renovation trenches with me and that made it so much more fun for me! I’ll be sharing more details about my cabinets and appliances in future posts along with our kitchen eat-in area that also got a facelift but if you have any questions, throw them at me! I’d also just love to hear what you think about my new space – tell me in the comments!!

I’ve included a full source list for my kitchen below in case you were wondering where something came from. And if you’re new here and would like to get more DIY and decorating inspiration delivered to your inbox, I’d love for you to subscribe by email – it’s typically just 2 posts per week and you can unsubscribe at any time! CLICK {HERE} TO SUBSCRIBE!

XO,

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Contractor: Reszoly Builders

Paint color: Benjamin Moore Cloud White (Flat for Walls, Satin for Trim)

Cabinets: MasterBrand Cabinet’s Diamond Cabinetry (more details {here}) – cabinet design by Shauna Lueken

Appliances: Monogram (more details {here})

Countertops: Caesarstone’s Statuario Maximus

Flooring: Hallmark’s Alta Vista flooring in Malibu

Backsplash tile: Mosaic behind range: Walker Zanger mosaic (Villa D’ Oro Granada) | Subway tile: 3 x 6 AKDO Essential Ceramic in Cloud (glossy) | Liner around mosaic: AKDO Vista Liner Essential Ceramic in Cloud | Grout Color: Details on grout are in {this post}

Large framed floral art print

Range accessories: Pot Filler (Kohler Artifacts in vibrant stainless) | Round braided tray | Marble & wood utensil holder | Gold serving tongs | Black & white linen towel | White patterned bowls

Open shelving accessories: My favorite glass vase | Wood duck figurine | Floral recipe box | White pitcher | White flower blossom bowls | Wood + black/white stripe bowls | Acacia wood pepper mill | Marble lidded salt cellar | Dark wood serving bowl | Bleached wood bowl | Spiral handled wood salad servers | Gold stopper glass oil and vinegar bottles | Glass apothecary bottle vase – no longer available | Round, gray stripe planter | Snake plant | Books: Salad Days, Eating in the Middle, Lagom, In My Kitchen, Food with Friends, The Flavor Thesaurus

Island accessories: Lantern pendants over island in gild size small (12.5″) (similar inexpensive version available {here})| Rattan counter stools in Fog | Vase for hydrangeas | Round marble + wood cutting board | Blush stripe towel wrapped around bread | Small white ramekin for jam | Large wood bowl with peaches

Faucet, sink, rug & sink accessories: Kohler Parq bridge faucet in vibrant stainless | Blanco Cerana II farmhouse sink – available {here} and {here} | Gray & white geometric indoor/outdoor rug | Gray stripe tray by sink | Wood handled scrub brush | Gray striped tasseled hand towel | White cement flower pot on end of countertop by art print

Hardware: Blackrock Golden Champagne pulls on cabinet doors and island drawers available {here} and {here} – I used a combination of the 3 3/4″, 5 1/16″ and 6 5/16″ pulls on the cabinet doors, 8″ appliance pulls on the pantry, and {these 12″ appliance pulls} on the island | Highland Park golden champagne cup pulls on other drawers available {here} and {here}

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