Kitchen makeovers are tough. REALLY tough. But ooooooooh they can make your heart sing when it’s done! 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. So here’s the breakdown of my now glorious kitchen makeover!
KITCHEN + MAKEOVER = IT GETS WORSE BEFORE IT GETS BETTER
Let’s start at the beginning. 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.
My advice to anyone considering this is to break it down into elements. It will make the decision making process more manageable. Below is the breakdown of elements in my kitchen.
(BTW, there is a list of sources at the bottom of this post, thanks!)
Editor’s Note (June 11, 2016): I’ve replaced the original photos in this post with more recent, clear and bright photographs. What can I say, I finally learned how to shoot in manual.) The older photos still live on Pinterest, but all link to here.
MY KITCHEN – THE BREAKDOWN
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. The color on the cabinets is Misty Grey by Benjamin Moore. It looks grey on the paint chip, but is definitely white on my cabinets.
I actually get asked about painting my kitchen cabinets (and dining room fireplace and built-ins) so often, that I wrote a more detailed post on the products I used. If you’re considering a similar project, this is a must read.
The hardware… I love my new cabinet/drawer pulls. I wanted something on the 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.
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!
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 put 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 Carrera 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.
Appliances… The fridge I got 6 weeks after I moved into my house after 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 because I forgot to put my new tags on my license plates… yeah, that was a great year.
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???
You can see how I made that big piece of fabric art HERE. It was cheap and so quick to make. And if I want to change it out, it would be easy to cover with new fabric 😉
The doors… The sliding glass doors are new. The old ones barely locked and as it turned out there was a massive leak and the subfloor below 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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- light fixture
- cabinet hardware
- wall paint – Misty Gray by Benjamin Moore
- cabinet paint – Morning Lake by Valspar
- soap dispenser, lamp on counter, towels – Home Goods
- brass candle sticks – Hobby Lobby
- iPad easel – IKEA
- table – IKEA (but I linked to similar tables below)
I hope you enjoyed seeing more of my kitchen. And if you’re considering a kitchen makeover in your own home, I hope you can visualize and compartmentalize how you can do it. If you get stuck on one element, move onto something else to keep the momentum going. It’s not impossible. But it was a labor of love. And I love that it’s done 😉