Our much anticipated kitchen renovation reveal is finally here! I am so so so excited to finally be sharing this with you! When we bought our house just over 4 years ago, we knew it was going to require extensive renovations in order for it to be our “forever” home. We love the area, the school district and the neighbors who we have gotten to know over the years, so we decided the investment was worth it. After over a year of planning, we finally broke ground last May (May, 2016). Because the renovation was not just a gut job, but rather a large addition, the renovation took almost a year. The timeline was partially our fault, as we had taken on the job of painting the house ourselves to save money. While we did save a lot of money, I’m not sure I would ever paint an entire house again. Let’s not even talk about the fact that there are still minor paint jobs that we have to finish….
The main reason we did an addition rather than just renovating the existing home was because our original kitchen was absolutely tiny and no matter how much we brainstormed how to utilize the existing space, we couldn’t seem to come up with a plan that gave us our dream kitchen and everything else we wanted/needed. You can read about our entire home renovation journey in my Renovation Diary.
As a recap, our kitchen used to look like this (see more here):
Eric and I pulled out all of the appliances and cabinets ourselves, which we donated to The Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity. This is a great way to give back to the community and get an itemized tax deduction at the same time! Our old kitchen space would later become our wet bar area and a hallway.
From there, we had to start our design plan. I knew I wanted a neutral white and gray palette so I took to Pinterest, where I pinned every single white and gray kitchen I could find. We went with White Shaker Cabinets, Calacatta Marble countertops and backsplash along with high-end stainless appliances. Many people shy away from using marble because of its susceptibility to staining and etching. We have found that as long as we seal the marble before a big party and are vigilent about wiping the countertops down after cooking, the marble is resilient and generally easy to care for. We are willing to take on the challenge, but if you are scared about the maintenance or if an etch is going to bug you, go with a faux marble quartz instead! We have quartz on our bar and love it!
Here’s a look at some of the construction.
We had some friends over this weekend for a mini-house warming, so Eric and I took the opportunity to photograph the kitchen while we had all of these pretty desserts and flowers around (I would never waste the money to style the kitchen otherwise)! The desserts were an absolute hit, especially the macaroons, which we got at a local bakery. One of the macaroons was a play on the Italian Rainbow cookie and it was DELICIOUS! The Whispering Angel rosé is a favorite among my girlfriends, so I made sure we wouldn’t run out of it and the Sugarfina Champagne Gummies were another hit with the whole crowd!
We are still in the process of adding some personal touches, but I couldn’t wait any longer to share these pictures with you! I have also linked everything below!
You can now see my kitchen reveal featured on Shutterfly!
Range (Thermador) | Refrigerator (Thermador) | Microwave (Thermador) | Dishwasher (Thermador) | Sink (Kohler) | Faucets (Grohe) | Cabinets (Omega) | Light Fixtures (Visual Comfort) | Stone Countertops – Calacatta Michaelangelo | Backsplash – 4×12 Calacatta Subway Tile
Kitchen Island Chairs (Overstock) | Cutting Boards (Small, Large) | Pizza Server (Target) | Utensil Holder (William Sonoma) | Wooden Spoons (Amazon) | Stainless Utensils (All Clad) | Cake Stand (Target) | Glass Bowls (Small, Large) | White Serving Platter (Target) | Rosé Glasses (Macy’s) | Paper Straws (here) | Succulent Planter (Target) | Flower Vases (Small, Large) | Tree Bark Platter (Target) | Seagrass Charger (Bed, Bath & Beyond)
Champagne Gummies (Sugarfina) | Rosé (Whispering Angel) | Flowers (local) | Macaroons (local) | Naked Cake (local)
Thank you so much for stopping by!
ElizabethJune 4, 2017 at 11:14 pm
KristenJune 5, 2017 at 5:23 pm
Thank you so much Elizabeth! We are so excited that it is done and we finally get to enjoy it!!
ErinJanuary 1, 2018 at 7:53 pm
Your kitchen is gorgeous! This is super helpful as I’m embarking on a big renovation myself. Do you happen to have your island and kitchen dimensions that you can share? Even better, do you have a blueprint or something visual to look at? Thank you!
KristenJanuary 2, 2018 at 9:14 am
Thank you so much for your kind words Erin!! The kitchen is open concept, so it is a bit difficult to give you a definitive answer on dimensions, but the kitchen is approximately 20’x15’and the island is 10’x4′. If you email me (email@example.com), I’d be happy to send you a shot of the blueprints for that room! Thank you so much for stopping by and goodluck with your reno!
Kristi CRJune 30, 2018 at 10:36 am
We just finailized our kitchen with the same materials. Where did you get the pendant lighting over the island! Gorgeous taste!
KristenJuly 1, 2018 at 3:41 pm
Thank you Kristi! They are the Chapman Lanterns from Visual Comfort in the medium size! I went ahead and linked them above! We found them 50% off at our local lighting store! Enjoy your new kitchen!