I'm so excited to share this Kitchen Makeover Reveal with you guys!
This kitchen makeover was pretty much not planned at all. But, as sometimes happens in home improvement projects, one thing snowballed into another until I found myself smack dab in the middle of a completely unplanned mini kitchen makeover.
It all started with one little project I wanted to tackle. Just one.
But, it was the granddaddy of all home décor projects.
Yep. Painting the kitchen cabinets white.
What is it about white kitchens? They are classic and timeless--not to mention beautiful--and they give your home such a custom, design-y feel. A white kitchen has ALWAYS been on my dream-home wish-list. And you can bet that if I were building a home from the ground up, a white kitchen would be on my list of absolute must-haves. But, when we decided to buy our first home two years ago, building wasn't an option. So, house hunting we went. And would you believe not a single home we looked at had a white kitchen? Ugly orange-y oak, though? You betcha.
Here are some listing photos from when we first bought the house:
The kitchen definitely had some good features: the subway tile backsplash, undermount sink, under cabinet lighting, and new granite counters. (And trust me, these professional listing photos make this space look WAY better than it actually did in real life.)
But, man oh man, those orange-y oak cabinets.
I loved that they were real wood and shaker style, and knew they would look great painted--if and when we ever got around to it. We lived in the house for a little over a year when I finally decided to take the plunge and
paint them white pay someone to paint them white for me. And, then as it often happens with home décor projects, one thing snowballed into another.
Kitchen Makeover: Phase 1 Updates
Overall, here's what we tackled in Phase 1 of our little kitchen makeover:
Painted the Walls, Cabinets, and Island
First things first, we painted the walls in one of my favorite go-to colors: Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. Covering up all those yellow walls made the space feel bigger, more open, and definitely more peaceful.
We tested out several colors before deciding on Sherwin Williams' Alabaster for the kitchen cabinets. (Before the painters came, we had a local builder create a custom vent hood, You can read more about that below). I knew I wanted a pretty, white cabinet, and my family pretty much thought I was losing my mind when I brought home sample after sample of what seemed like the exact same white color to them. White is hard, y'all.
Further complicating matters, we soon figured out the subway tile backsplash wasn't exactly white. It was more of a creamy, off-white. Next to true white cabinets and true white subway tile, my backsplash looked yellow and dated. You can see what I mean in the picture below.
So, I was faced with the choice of not going as white on the cabinets as I wanted to, to avoid making the backsplash look dingy, or replacing the backsplash. In the end, I decided to replace the backsplash with a true white subway tile. It was just easier than settling on a paint color for the cabinets that I didn't truly love.
With all the white in the kitchen, I knew I wanted to paint the island in a contrasting color to give the kitchen some warmth and dimension and help break up all the white. We decided on Thundercloud Gray by Benjamin Moore for the island. And, later, we updated the island counter to achieve a marble look with an amazing peel and stick product.
Built a Custom Vent Hood
This was probably my favorite part of this mini kitchen makeover. We had a local builder come in a build this custom venthood. I just cruised Pinterest until I found one I liked, showed him the picture, and he made it happen! Removing the builder-grade vent hood and replacing it with a custom-built option is one of my favorite ways of making a kitchen look high-end.
Replaced the Backsplash
Because the old backsplash was yellow-y when compared to the new cabinet color (and I didn't like that border you can see above), I decided to replace the backsplash with a true white subway tile. We selected grout in a light gray color, which really helped add some contrast and dimension to the sea of white.
I also laid the tile in a herringbone pattern behind the cooktop to add some more visual interest.
Replaced Cabinet Hardware
Replacing the cabinet hardware was a super easy and affordable way to give the kitchen an updated feel. I didn't want to go through the hassle of having to fill the holes leftover from the prior hardware, so I just found new hardware that matched the existing holes. I went with a super affordable bar pull in a brushed nickel finish. Changing them out was just a matter of unscrewing the old pulls and adding the new. Super easy.
And some more after pics:
Kitchen Makeover: PHASE 2 Plan
And there you have it, friends, our mini kitchen makeover. As always, there is still so much more that I want to do before this space feels complete. Our plan for Phase 2 (which, let's be honest, may actually never happen!) includes:
- Replacing the tile floor with hardwoods. The space definitely needs the warmth and contrast that wood flooring will provide. We've had one quote that, frankly, scared me a little bit. Why are floors so expensive?!!?
- Updating the appliances. Again, breaking up that wall of white appliances for stainless steel will help add some dimension to this all-white space.
- A fun DIY update to the custom vent hood- stay tuned!
- New window treatment for the kitchen window--I'm thinking woven blinds or a roman shade. I've already ordered samples, and I can't wait to pull the trigger on this one!
- Replacing the countertops. The existing granite is beautiful, but it's just too warm for my taste and this room. I've never been a fan of yellow-y tones. So, I'd love to replace the counters with a marble-y looking material without the high maintenance of marble. This will probably be the last on the list due to cost.
Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out this little kitchen makeover. If you have updated your kitchen or are in the process of a kitchen makeover, I'd love to hear all about it! Just comment below or shoot me an email!