Today seemed like a good day to reveal our kitchen remodel, so here it is. Get ready for a seemingly never-ending post filled with photos of marble, natural wood, white cabinets, brass, and a few green things for good measure.
Exciting, right?! And I’m glad my Instagram public proclamation made me finally pull these pics together.
This whole process started well over a year ago after moving into a house with bleached wood cabinets, tan glass tile, a tiny sink, and probably the world’s first-ever laminate flooring.
Over the years we painted and did a little backsplash cover-up while planned for the big redo.
It was fine to live with but we really hated this big wall that blocked off the kitchen from the rest of the open floor plan (well except for the view through that amazing peekaboo window, of course).
So we tore out and moved walls, built new walls, laid new hardwood floors, installed appliances, assembled and installed cabinets, planked and painted the ceiling, had marble counters installed, created floating shelves, installed a marble backsplash, and built custom cabinets. And lots more. We took many breaks to do other rooms like our boy’s room, our master closet, and our dining room. But we finally finished up the kitchen just in time to enjoy the summer. Notably, that was my goal for last year too – so we’re only a year late, ha! At least we can capture this summer of fun.
One thing I did after taking these pics is to add a trim piece to the bottom of the upper cabinets. Game changer, I tell you. Just that touch really made it feel much more finished (compare above and below pic for the difference).
Let me tell you, we use every inch of this kitchen on a daily basis. I mostly blame young kids that never stop wanting to eat. But I also actually enjoy cooking and baking – mostly because I like to eat, too.
We tried to make the space look good but really focused on maximizing the function. So I’ll share some of our best hidden storage tips soon. But my favorite for sure is the custom microwave cabinet I built with retractable doors.
When looking back, it is hard to believe that last year we had a huge wall blocking what is now the island and the biggest gathering spot in our home.
Taking a few feet from the guest room and incorporating that space into the kitchen just made the kitchen so much bigger. Totally worth it (sorry guests!).
Overall we’ve been really happy with our marble counters (no stains!) and our RTA cabinets. I get lots of questions about both and we love them!
But nothing tops the brass hardware. I was on the fence for so long and am really glad I took a chance on these – I’m a brass convert!
So that’s it. For everyone following along since the beginning (yikes, that was forever ago) thanks for sticking around to see the end result. For those of you newer folks, I’ll do a follow-up post with a list of all the prior posts that were part of the kitchen remodel soon. And I still need to share a few more things like how we did our floating shelves and built the custom cabinet. But then we’re onto a verrryyy long list of other projects around here. Next up is finishing our window seat built-ins…
Questions? Things I forgot to explain? Let me know in the comments and I’d be glad to answer! I need to put together a source list for you too.
Thanks so much for checking in, friends!