I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to share my kitchen remodel reveal with all of you! This is the first major renovation we have ever done, and it was really stressful picking out all of these finishes, hoping everything comes together like I envisioned it in my head. Now that it’s done, I’m absolutely thrilled with the result, and thankful that everything came together as I planned it. (Although we’re still waiting on the backsplash). This kitchen has not only transformed the look of our home, but also how we live in our home. It’s as though it always should have been this way. We were so lucky to have such a great general contractor, and our cabinet maker brought our plans to life.
I will be sharing more kitchen posts with more details in the different selections that we’ve made, but I really want to get these before and after photos published, because this has been such a long time coming! Can you even believe that we started planning this remodel in October 2020?
A huge thank you goes out to my friend Kelly, from Kelly Ann Photography, who came and helped me shoot and edit many of the photos I’m sharing with you here today.
If you’ve missed any of the planning details along the way, you can see our 2021 kitchen remodel plans here. This post contains some affiliate links.
Let’s get to it!
My New Kitchen
This view never gets old, and I’m happy every day that I walk into this space. It literally is a dream come true, and I tell everyone that I will leave this house in a body bag – I’m never moving. All of the stress, worry and disruption were 100% worth it.
Do you even remember the before? Excuse the mess – I was cleaning everything out and snapping photos in the midst of the chaos before the contractors started. This wall, and another angled wall as you walk in the front door were taken out, and it just completely changed everything.
Taking the cabinets to the ceiling is such a game changer. Our old kitchen had staggered cabinets that just looked and felt choppy. This new kitchen is streamlined and buttoned up. With everything being so open, that was something that was important to me – to keep a lot of the “kitchen stuff” hidden away.
This is an angle that I never really photographed in the past, for obvious reasons. My peninsula cut off the space, and there really wasn’t much to see, compared to how things are now with the walls opened up and the island.
We kept this wall because otherwise it would have been way too open, and this also lends itself to some great storage possibilities. I don’t even have a “before” view of this area, because there just wasn’t a good way to capture the angle!
This corner of the kitchen is where the storage gets serious. Like I mentioned, with everything being so open, I wanted to keep the clutter and visual noise to a minimum. The cabinet along the back wall on the left, is a workhorse in terms of what’s hidden behind it. It stores our microwave, my KitchenAid mixer and InstantPot, just to name a few things.
The larger upper doors open and slide back to hide them away. Very convenient since there is a doorway leading into the kitchen. But mainly, I’m just happy to have all of this stuff tucked away behind closed doors, and not sitting out on my countertops.
Speaking of counters, can I just tell you how happy I am with mine? As soon as I saw honed quartzite, I knew it was for me. I love the look of natural stone, and these are nothing short of spectacular. The veining detail is perfectly featured in the way that the stone was fabricated too.
In this view, you can really appreciate how much everything was opened up in this remodel. But again, that wall still maintains a certain degree of privacy, so everything isn’t wide open for all to see.
Now you can see the space that we kept for the wall cabinets. The rest of it – all of its angles and funky stair step tile treatment is gone. The tiny island, that wasn’t even part of the original plans. Not to mention the floor tile. Do yourself a favor – never, ever get travertine tile if you have a choice. It’s so porous and hard to keep looking clean. I think that was my most favorite thing to see removed as part of this process.
No More Breakfast Nook
One thing we decided to ditch with this remodel, was the breakfast nook. We hardly used it, and we have a dining room nearby, so it made sense to get rid of it and make better use of the space. I think the whole family agrees, that this is way better than what it was. We all use this area daily, and the beverage fridge is one of my favorite elements. We added a couple of chairs so people can sit and chat, have a drink, read a book, whatever you want. And I will publicly give credit to my husband for saying that the cabinets in this area should be the same color as the island. That was a great call, and he makes sure to make his contribution known to anyone who sees the kitchen. 😉
We also got rid of two niches in the process of pulling together this remodel. There was one where the cabinets are, and another one where the photos are. Another “feature” I don’t recommend. They’re so hard to work with, and I’m so happy to see my three prints on this back wall now.
Breakfast Nook – Before
You can see what I’m describing in this photo. We’ve just found the new layout to be so much better for the way that we live. I love it.
Here you can see how we went with paneled appliances as well, keeping the refrigerator incorporated with the kitchen design. And I love this fridge. Even though it took six+ months to get it here and installed, it was worth it. I swear, our food lasts longer in this beauty, and putting groceries away is actually fun. And don’t even get me started on the stove. It is a dream. My whole family will vouch for the fact that I’m cooking more, and trying a whole slew of new recipes as well.
We did extend the wall slightly, to accommodate everything and to keep things looking symmetrical, but overall, the full length of the back wall really isn’t that much longer than the old one. It just feels like it with the new layout.
The whole kitchen is just so much more functional and conducive to interacting with others while you’re working. It’s a night and day difference. I can watch tv while I’m cleaning up. Interact with my guests both in the kitchen and in the family room. I don’t feel like I’m cut off from everyone else the way I did before. And I still can’t get over how much taller the space feels with the cabinets going to the ceiling!
Another area my husband wanted to address was the pantry. Our old pantry was ok, but there was a lot of room for improvement. One of the main things that we added here to help with the functionality was a pocket door. Having a regular door on it before, just didn’t make sense. You lost additional storage space, and the door was pretty much open, all the time. We expanded it a bit and also rebuilt and redesigned it. The only thing I’m kicking myself about here is not adding any outlets in here. But a small qualm for the pantry overall.
We had the shelves stained to match our floors, and added in a wood countertop too, which is perfect for the small appliances and snacks. And yes, there is room to spare in here because I haven’t decided if I want to bring back all of the crap I had in my kitchen before the remodel. I’m finding that I don’t want to bring back a bunch of the junk that I packed away, into my shiny new kitchen!
I’m going to be sharing some more of the features in my kitchen in upcoming posts, but now that everything is pretty much wrapped up, I want to share it! But since I know that you’re going to want some of the details, I’ll share some of them here.
Kitchen Remodel Sources
Perimeter cabinet color: Benjamin Moore Pashmina
Island and beverage center: Sherwin Williams Inkwell
Wall color: Benjamin Moore Pale Oak
Cabinet Knobs: Signature Hardware Osian 7/8″ knobs in satin brass
Cabinet Pulls: Signature Hardware Strasbourg pulls in satin/polished brass, 8″ and 3 3/4″ sizes
Refrigerator/Dishwasher Appliance Pulls: Forge Industrial Modern “Jasper” Appliance Handles in Satin Brass
Blanco Supiriore Quartzite (honed)
Furniture and Accessories:
Rug Runner: Ballard Designs Carli Hand Tufted Wool Multi Rug
Accent Table: Ballard Designs Addison Tray Table
Side Chairs: Uttermost Encore Armchair
Bar Stools: Restoration Hardware Delos Counter Stool
Refrigerator: Subzero 42″ French Door Panel Ready
Stove: Wolf 48″ Gas Range
Cochran’s Lumber Select Engineered white oak in a Frisco finish
Blanco Diamond Super Single in White
Empressa Bridge Faucet in Polished Chrome
Custom cabinets from Refined Cabinetry
Thank you so much for following along with this whole process, all the way to the full kitchen remodel reveal. While I’m glad that it’s over, if I had to do it again, I most certainly would!