Billy and I bought our home in 2008, when we were just 22 and 24 years old. It’s crazy to think we had been together for six years at that point, but our lives together were really just beginning.
I had such a different style then than I do now and I eventually got to a point that I knew I wanted something different a couple of years ago. So, we started redecorating the house in 2015 and tackled most of it with the exception of the kitchen. I wanted a bright white kitchen so badly. I would just sit and stare at them on Pinterest all day long. We started looking at new homes about a year ago and even began the process of talking with a lender; however, I was pregnant with Poppy and we ultimately decided it wasn’t the right time to make a move. I was sitting in the kitchen a few days later with Billy and I said to him that I still loved our home, I just wished our kitchen was more modern and bright and WHITE. So, he said to me, “Then let’s do the kitchen. Happy Mother’s Day!”
We started the process of refreshing our kitchen immediately. The first step was to replace our existing granite. I was never a big fan of what we had and I knew that new countertops would make the biggest impact. It was the most expensive part of our kitchen project, but it was worth it! I love the look of marble, but was apprehensive to get it since it is not the most durable of stones. I found a quartz that looked almost identical and would hold up better with less maintenance.
We didn’t want to spend too terribly much money since we are still planning to move in the next couple of years, so replacing the cabinets was not an option for us. It made the most sense to paint our existing cabinetry. We have a friend who owns a cabinetry business and he does phenomenal work. He recommended the color Snowbound by Sherwin Williams and he sprayed our doors for us so there would be no brush strokes. They turned out beautifully! If you are in need of a cabinet man, he’s your guy! Check out his Facebook page here. We then hired another painter to come in and paint our cabinet boxes for us.
Knowing that we were using our existing cabinets that had vertical lines, I felt like I needed a simple backsplash so we went with white porcelain subway tiles.
We also switched all our black appliances out with stainless, replaced our black sink and bronze faucet with a huge white sink and stainless faucet (this had to be done prior to countertops), and I found these brass knobs and cabinet pulls to add to our newly white cabinets. The final thing I wanted to complete the kitchen was an island light. I found this Capital Lighting fixture that is bronze and silver and I thought it tied our appliances and hardware together nicely.
Once the kitchen was white, we decided we needed a new kitchen table and chairs as well. We found this concrete top table and paired it with these chairs and this light fixturefrom Capital Lighting. We added we decided on this round turquoise rug.
I am so happy with how our kitchen turned out and it definitely appeases me until we finally decide to make a move. I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our kitchen’s facelift! You can shop the rest of our kitchen below!