My Kitchen

My kitchen might be my favorite room in my house.  Which is odd since I don’t get to spend that much time in it.  Remember the episode of SATC when Carrie mentions she has sweaters in her oven?  Um, yeah…

This room used be disgusting, and that’s no exaggeration.  You can see it here for yourself.  I always knew I wanted a ‘black and white’ kitchen, but a kitchen remodel seemed REALLY daunting, and I knew I couldn’t do it on my own.

(BTW, there is a list of sources at the bottom of this post, thanks!)

Kitchen 2

The cabinets…  I spent an entire summer painting them.  There are 9 coats total on those puppies.  I think there are 5 coats of primer and 4 coats of paint, or vice versa.  I stripped, sanded, primed and painted them all myself.  My entire house and garage became a painting studio since I had to lay out every cabinet door and drawer.

Kitchen 4


The hardware…  I love my new cabinet/drawer pulls.  I wanted something on the more contemporary side to balance out the traditionalism of the cabinet faces.  I admit, the corners are SHARP.  I’ve actually cut myself on these pulls!  Definitely not something to have with small children in the house.

Kitchen 3

The floors… My dad and I laid down wood laminate floors over my old vinyl flooring.  It took us a day and a half to install the floor and put in the the new baseboards.  I originally wanted something darker and shinier but was warned that it will show every foot and paw print.  I went with a more semi-matte finish in a beautiful walnut color and never looked back.  I will say, I originally vetoed the final color in the store but brought home a sample just for kicks.  I put it down next to my new white cabinets and I couldn’t believe it – it was exactly the color I was looking for!

Kitchen 1

The counter top and backsplash…  This is the one area I contracted out.  The countertop is actually a faux marble.  It’s laminate!  We squared off the counter, it was rounded before.  And we extended it another 6 inches so I could barstools under it and have a breakfast bar.  Both ideas were Mom’s.  Thanks Mom 🙂

The backsplash is actually a white Carrera marble.  I know what you’re thinking – “She put Carrera next to laminate?  Ew.”  The Carerra was literally a few dollars more than ceramic tile and the laminate doesn’t scream “laminate” so I figured I could get away with it.

Anyways, I am in love with white Carrera marble, and can spot it a mile away.  I had them cut 12″ tiles in half and stagger them in a subway pattern.  The grout lines are really thin and in a darker gray.  I love how it all turned out.

Kitchen 5

Appliances…  The fridge I got 6 weeks after I moved into my house and the original died on me.  The dishwasher came when the old one flooded twice on my Birthday years ago – the same Birthday I got pulled over cause I forgot to put my new tags on my license plates… I digress…

My dad and I installed the overhead microwave when I got tired of my old one taking up so much counter space.  PS – we had to cut out the overhead cabinet and put in that light box to make room for the new microwave.  The sink and faucet are new.  I took advantage of the fact that we had to take out the old sink to put the new counters in.  The new sink is much deeper and has square basins.  I prefer straight lines and 90 degree angles for most things structural in my house.  The oh-so-lovely beige oven/stovetop has hung in there since I moved in.  I tend to forget it’s there most of the time.  I’m sure I’ll have to replace it someday.  But hey, it’s a good place for sweaters, right???

Kitchen 6

The doors…  The sliding glass doors are new.  The old ones barely locked and turns out there was a massive leak and the subfloor below the old doors had rotted out.  So, new energy efficient sliding doors went in.  I painted them black which I love.  I put the sheers over them to give me some privacy and the cats something to play in when they’re bored.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing more of my kitchen.  More about other rooms in my house soon!

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44 Comments on My Kitchen

  1. Kyla @HouseOfHipsters
    October 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Turned out great! Love that tulip table. Do you have a before pic? Sorry, I’m new here. Found you on the Finding Silver Pennies link up =)

        • Tyler
          October 21, 2014 at 10:54 pm (2 years ago)

          Thanks Kyla! It was most definitely a labor of love. It was soooo worth the many years of waiting 🙂

  2. Teri
    October 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Awesome job on you kitchen!

    • stripes
      October 18, 2014 at 9:02 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Teri, glad you like it 🙂

  3. Julie @ Life of Bliss
    October 18, 2014 at 8:50 am (2 years ago)

    Absolutely beautiful kitchen! Love the table and chairs as well!

    • stripes
      October 18, 2014 at 9:01 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Julie!

    • Tyler
      October 21, 2014 at 10:58 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Julie! Yeah, I’m still crushing on my new kitchen chairs 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane
    October 20, 2014 at 8:41 am (2 years ago)

    Wow, Tyler! I, too, have painted my cabinets and it is SO MUCH WORK! I know you are thrilled with the beautiful results, though. I also just love your wine glass chandelier–I’m pinning that great idea! Thanks for linking up at the Pretty Preppy Party!

    • Tyler
      October 21, 2014 at 10:57 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Christy, thanks for hosting us all 🙂 The second I saw the wine glass chandelier I was SOLD! I can actually take them off and use for parties. Perfect for me and 15 and of my best friends 😉

  5. fifa coins today
    October 21, 2014 at 11:05 am (2 years ago)

    I am continuously looking online for ideas that can assist me. Thanks!

  6. Selene Galindo
    October 21, 2014 at 8:52 pm (2 years ago)

    Gorgeous kitchen! I love the white cabinets with the darker counter top!

    • Tyler
      October 21, 2014 at 10:49 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Selene! I’m a sucker for black and white, it’s my ‘go to’! 🙂

  7. Ginnie
    November 1, 2014 at 6:06 pm (2 years ago)

    What a beautiful and bright space! You did a great job:)

    • Tyler
      November 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Ginnie, thanks for stopping by and for the kind words 🙂

  8. Christie
    November 3, 2014 at 8:43 pm (2 years ago)

    The kitchen looks great. I know it’s a lot of hard work, but doesn’t it feel soooo good when it’s done? Enjoy it! Great job!

    • Tyler
      November 6, 2014 at 9:53 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Christie, Oh my gosh yes – it was so much work. I’m kinda shocked I actually finished it. Halfway through I started to question my sanity! But it was sooooo worth it in the end. I would tell anyone to go for it! 🙂

  9. the cape on the corner
    November 5, 2014 at 1:12 pm (2 years ago)

    amazing! i love the light fixture and the gorgeous marble backsplash. enjoy your new space.

    • Tyler
      November 6, 2014 at 10:01 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi B, thanks for stopping by! I do love my new space, especially the backsplash 🙂

  10. Karisa | Petite Modern Life
    November 6, 2014 at 2:41 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks great! I love your tulip table 🙂 Thanks for sharing with the Think & Make Link up, I’m glad I got to see your blog! ps. noticed your spam comments. the “Akismet” wordpress pluggin does wonders for those 🙂 Cheers!

    • Tyler
      November 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Karisa, Thanks for hosting, I’m a fan of your blog! Thanks for the pluggin tip. I just switched to WP so I’m still figuring out the ropes 😉 Happy blogging!

  11. Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness
    November 7, 2014 at 11:20 pm (2 years ago)

    LOVE your kitchen remodel!! You did such a great job! I really love that wine glass chandelier, too! SO cool! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Motivational Monday! 🙂 Hope to see you again next week!

    • Tyler
      December 4, 2014 at 8:29 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Amanda, Thanks for stopping by and checking out my kitchen. Yeah, that chandelier comes in handy for parties 😉 See you next Monday!

  12. Wendy
    November 9, 2014 at 11:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Tyler, you did such a great job! Painting those cabinets and living in the house while all that work was being done must not have been easy! You should be so proud of yourself because your space is beautiful!

    • Tyler
      December 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Wendy. Yeah, living in a construction zone and not having a functional kitchen is no picnic. But looking back, it was totally worth it!

  13. Lauren @ Bless'er House
    November 10, 2014 at 5:39 pm (2 years ago)

    It looks incredible!!! You did an awesome job. That wine glass chandelier is killer!

    • Tyler
      November 19, 2014 at 9:36 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Lauren! I love my kitchen now. I’m thinking of having a party just to use all the glasses in that chandelier 🙂

  14. kim@toomuchtime
    November 12, 2014 at 10:26 am (2 years ago)

    Love this makeover! It looks so clean and relaxing!

    • Tyler
      December 4, 2014 at 8:32 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Kim, Yep – it’s fresh and bright but still inviting. Perfect for drinking wine with friends!

    • Tyler
      December 4, 2014 at 8:33 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Laura! The chairs are the newest addition to the kitchen. I got them this summer at At Home (formerly Garden Ridge). I’ve never been so excited about chairs in my whole life, ha ha!

  15. Kyla @HouseOfHipsters
    November 26, 2014 at 8:12 pm (1 year ago)

    I know I was here a while back, but man oh man, your kitchen! Nailed it! PINNED! And thank you for joining the Found & Foraged link up party. We hope to see you again this Saturday! Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. Renee
    December 3, 2014 at 4:35 pm (1 year ago)

    Your kitchen is gorgeous! I especially love your backsplash!

    • Tyler
      December 4, 2014 at 8:37 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks for stopping by Renee! I’m glad you like my backsplash as much as I do 🙂

  17. Carissa
    December 8, 2014 at 10:52 pm (1 year ago)

    What a great kitchen makeover! You’re amazing! I’m so glad to find your blog. Thanks for linking up to Outside {the Box}!

    • Tyler
      December 11, 2014 at 8:30 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Carissa, thanks for hosting each week and for stopping by and saying hello. Happy blogging!

  18. Jordan Faeh
    April 6, 2015 at 5:02 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh, you are so talented! LOVE all the natural light–I’m a natural light junkie. It was great to meet you this weekend at the Go Blog Social conference!

  19. Jenna Stratman
    April 7, 2015 at 10:23 pm (1 year ago)

    Hello, my name is Jenna and I am OBSESSED with your kitchen. I can’t believe you painted the cabinets yourself!! And I’m kind of dying over that countertop. Beautiful!!

    xo Jenna
    J.Lynn Designery

  20. jasompaul
    May 22, 2015 at 6:24 am (1 year ago)

    Looking Very Nice Kitchen!

  21. Jennifer Dawn
    July 19, 2015 at 5:45 pm (10 months ago)

    Your kitchen is beautiful! I especially love the chairs and the wall hanging at the dining area. Lovely!

  22. Shelley
    September 5, 2015 at 11:41 pm (9 months ago)

    Beautiful kitchen..What color is on your walls and cabinets?

    • Tyler @ The Striped House
      September 6, 2015 at 12:10 pm (9 months ago)

      Hi Shelly,

      The cabinets are Misty Gray from Benjamin Moore. The walls are Morning Lake by Valspar at Lowe’s. The cabinet color will look more gray on the paint chip, but trust me when I say it looks white on my cabinets 🙂

  23. matilde
    January 2, 2016 at 7:24 pm (5 months ago)

    Hi could u tell me the size (measure) of the square counter u put as a bar with the stools? I’d like to do one in my small kitchen, thanks.


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