Hey guys – buckle up because we’re going on a long ride today. It may be long, but we are screaming with excitement to finally be writing about our kitchen upgrade reveal! Just imagine this is a text message, and we’re sending you allll the praise hands emojis! Alright, let’s get into the good, the bad, & the ugly (except not ugly anymore!)…
Way back in October (we have full time jobs, okay?), I wrote the very first post about our kitchen upgrade. In this post, we listed these items as “to do’s” in the kitchen:
Appliance upgrade Paint walls Paint cabinets Replace hardware Replace counter tops Add tile backsplash
- Replace pantry shelving
So from this list, only replacing the pantry shelving remains! But, our list has changed a bit since October, and I’ll lay that out at the end of this post.
Let me first remind you what our kitchen looked like when we moved in.
I still can’t believe all these colors. & that we didn’t change a thing for almost a YEAR.
And here she is, (current) final reveal!
If you haven’t yet realized, grey is our go-to color. When originally choosing a color for the kitchen, we felt it should extend to the nook and the hallway leading to the garage. We wanted it to have a little more life, and to blend from our bedroom, so we chose a cool gray that sometimes appears more blue than gray. I really love this color though, especially in the nook area.
This. Took. F-O-R-E-V-E-R. We had the doors on our upper cabinets off for so long that people started asking if we were converting to open shelving, and said if we were, our cabinets were too messy for that (embarrassed much? #rude)… I can assure you if we wanted to do open shelving, we would pretty them up a bit, friends. (Also if I’m being honest, our cabinets are pretty freaking organized, so YEAH. It’s not like those comments had an affect on me or anything….)
Anyways… this took forever like I said, but that’s no one’s fault except my own. I drug my feet on this one a bit because it wasn’t the most enjoyable thing. I loved painting the lower cabinets gray because I could see the transformation right in front me. That’s my favorite thing about all this we’re doing – seeing things change right before our eyes. But, the upper cabinets took me so long, because it didn’t feel that life changing, you know? I was just sprucing up the white. Granted, it sure as hell made a difference because those prior “white” cabinets were on the verge of full on yellow.
Clearly, this was a passionate ordeal for me. But they’re “done” now, at least on the outside. We still want to paint the insides because they look more yellow than ever now. Similarly, that will be a slow, behind the scenes process.
So now for some actual details for you.. read more about how we painted our cabinets here and here. We used Valspar Cabinet Enamel Paint in SW Gray Matters (lower) and the white shade without tinting (upper).
We chose this hardware, and I still love the contrast so much.
We have all the heart eyes for this big chunk of beautiful slab goodness!
The hardest part of this was making a decision on what we wanted! You can read more on how we decided here. Once we decided, we visited several specialty stores in town and received a few quotes. After we made our choice, it was mostly out of our hands!
There were two changes we made to our new counter top layout:
- Full bar area. The previous formica had a small section beyond the sink. It’s like it wanted to be a bar but couldn’t make up its mind. We made up our minds quickly that we definitely wanted this to be a bar area to provide extra seating. So this was extended to be a full bar. We purchased these brackets for support.
- No counter top “backsplash.” We wanted to install our own full backsplash, so we chose to have the countertop end where it met the wall.
extended bar with support until new brackets arrived
Adam was on site for the measurements and installation. Can you believe he made me wait until I got off work to see it?! He said a picture wouldn’t do it justice, and honestly he’s right. I’ve done my best to capture it in these photos (although lesson learned, take pictures in morning, not at night!).
So during the week we moved in, we purchased and had delivered a new set of appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, and microwave). We love the classic look of stainless steel too.
When replacing the counter top we got to choose a new sink to match, and faucet! We selected this at Lowe’s. We like how it fits our style, with the same cylindrical look as the cabinet hardware. Delta also has a lifetime warranty and it transfers with owners, which from what we read is rare, and we thought this would be great for new owners one day.
If I could do something besides crunch numbers all day…
… I would either be a painter, a tiler, or a baker (that one’s for another post).
Since we chose to paint our lower and upper cabinets in different shades, we decided to keep the backsplash simple, to be more a transition piece between the two, similar to the counter top. In my opinion, subway tile will never get old. We stuck with a traditional pattern, but spiced it up just a bit with delorean gray grout. We replaced all outlet covers with Levaton plates from Amazon. Perfect size, color white, and sturdy.
this small section was so tough
One day soon we’ll talk more in detail about the exact products we used for this and steps we took from buying the tile, to second guessing our choice after it was on the walls, to how we handled our electrical outlets – the list goes on!
Walls – Coming Soon
We painted these walls before anything else in these spaces. So when the time came to decide the gray for our lower cabinets/drawers, I’ll be honest I didn’t think much about the current wall color. Mainly because they don’t “connect” to the walls in many places.
Once all of the cabinets were painted, the counter top was installed, & the backsplash was complete, we started to just really not like the walls. They were too blue, didn’t fit with the other gray, and honestly we had been inspired by our friend’s house and could NOT get that off our minds.
A couple of months ago we visited my friend Kristen’s home, and oh my gosh I wish she would just become an interior designer! Needless to say, it was so inspiring and her and her husband did a wonderful job planning the layout and design of this home. What Adam and I both loved were the white walls. It was clean and fresh and open. She had touches of wood accents which we have incorporated in our home already, and I loved her both whitewashed and red brick accents. So, when we encountered this kitchen paint dilemma, we immediately thought of Kristen’s home, and decided to just go for it – paint is paint, and if we don’t like it again, we’ll just change it. White would allow the kitchen to pop on it’s own without having the walls trying to compete for the trophy.
We’ve now tested our sample and are prepping to re-paint the walls! We’ll share this update soon!
We love wood accents, dark hardware, neutrals, and some pops of color. I’m trying to add greenery throughout our home as well. Here are some links to some of the accessories and additional items in our photos.
- bar stools
- runner rug
- FL sign (gift)
- basket (similar)
- utensil holder (similar)
- lamp (tutorial here for preserving shells)
This reveal is all wrapped up! Whenever we leave for a trip and come back home, we still can’t believe we’ve done this much to our house! There are so many beautiful kitchens out there, but I have to be honest – we’re in awe every time we come home to ours!
Here’s the remaining items for our kitchen to feel “complete”:
- Paint walls, again
- Paint baseboards
- Paint bottom and inside of cabinets
- Paint pantry walls
- Replace pantry shelving
- Replace or paint ceiling fan
Stay tuned for our new wall color, backsplash details, & whatever the next adventure may be 🙂
’til next time,