Our Kitchen Renovation

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The kitchen in the house we bought a year ago now (a year already!!!), looked pretty nice from the listing photos, but once we actually got into the place, the cabinets were super rough...literally pulled off a drawer face in my hand the first time I pulled one open. The dishwasher didn't work, the fridge, though empty, had the most atrocious odor in it and the oven was from 1989 I'm pretty sure. This room is definitely the most drastic change in our whole renovation and was the first room we tackled, since I didn't want the kids in the house without a working kitchen. Juston lived here during most of the renovation, but the kids and I didn't move in until this past October. 

I tried to reproduce the same angles of the before photos when snapping the after pictures so that you can really tell what all we did.

The first thing Juston did in here was to scrape the popcorn texture off the ceilings, then repair, mud, sand and paint them. From there, everything was gutted. I have some photos of the reno in progress but I can't find them.  You can tell from the photo above that we rotated the kitchen island from where it originally stood. It just felt like it was supposed to be the way we turned it when I walked in it the very first time. We also removed the cooktop from the island, took out the stacked oven and microwave from where they were and moved and we also moved the fridge to a new wall where the oven had been. Bare in mind that in most cases, when I'm talking about this specific room and say "We" did something, what I mean is I picked something and Juston did the work haha. 


After moving the fridge, it basically left a whole wall opened up for storage. The butler's pantry area you see above used to house the fridge, but now we have floor to ceiling cabinets bookending some glass fronted upper cabinets for displaying pretty things. We also removed the soffit that was originally above the cabinets and it's amazing how much taller it made the ceilings feel.  We took the new upper cabinets all the way to the ceiling. We put the microwave in the island, which I mostly like. Carter has leanred how to make his own microwave waffles for breakfast haha. Teaching them self-reliance early ;) We also replaced the light fixture above the table. The only potential perceived negative to rotating the island is that we had to use a smaller kitchen table than you could have used with the island facing the original way, but in changing the island, we added seating there, so I'm very happy with the change. 

With the cooktop out of the island, it gives me all of that space for food prep when I'm making supper and Caroline will sit up at the bartop coloring or playing Barbies a lot of times while I'm cooking on the lower portion of the island. 

You may also be able to tell from the above photos that we closed up an opening between the living room and the front room, which we'd now consider a playroom and currently a temporary guest bedroom. But now that it's closed off and separate, it can also be used as an office, which I think will serve us well when we sell this house as we also added french doors to the entry into the room. It's such a mess in that space that I don't anticipate sharing it anytime soon, but we changed a lot in there as well. 

We painted the walls Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, did shaker style cabinets and quartz countertops. We also got new cabinet hardware, a new faucet and did a white subway tile backsplash. I went back and first over whether to do white or gray subway tile, but ended up going white because I feel like for re-sale, it has a more universal appeal and felt less trendy to me. I really liked the idea that the gray tile would pick up the gray marbling in the countertops, but ultimately am glad we went with white because I love it.

We still need to remove the fan that's in there and replace it with two chrome pendant lights above the island instead. I think I have picked out the ones I want, so we should have that done soon enough, though Juston isn't looking forward to tearing out the ceiling to add the second light and run the electric to it. 

Here's a few more shots from various angles. The kitchen open up to our living room, but it still feel seperated enough, which I prefer. I can see the appeal of open floor plans, but I don't care for them personally. 

I still want some new chairs for the kitchen table as I'm not a fan of the ones we have, but I'm not certain what I want. I've got it narrowed down to about three different style chairs, but they're all SO different that I can't decide which direction I want. I'll share my three choices soon and ask y'all for help deciding!

We took out the white blinds that were in here, also old, dirty and barely functioning, and replaced them with these wood blinds from blinds.com. I'm working on replacing all of the blinds in the house with this style.

So there you have it, our updated kitchen. I'm so in love with how it turned out. We saved a lot of money because Juston did all of the painting, ceiling scraping, cabinet installation and backsplash himself. We did have professionals install the countertops for us, but otherwise it was DIY. 

My mom kept telling me that I didn't want a white kitchen because it would always be a mess, but I disagree. It hasn't been any messier than our old kitchen with wood cabinets and dark countertops haha. Honestly, I've loved having the all white and I don't find it any more work to keep clean than any other kitchen I've had. Now the stainless steel is another story! I have found a trick with keeping it clean though. I wipe it down, generally with a wet rag if it's not super dirty, then polish out any remaining fingerprints or smudges with a little bit of olive oil on a paper towel. Works like a charm.


  1. Turned out so good!! I love it
    Chelsea @ https://thewilliamsjourney1.blogspot.com/

    1. Thank you, Chelsea!! It was mostly a fun experience! Now I'm ready to demo some bathrooms! haha My husband is another story though!